On the Uses of the Reconstructive Analysis of Autobiographical and Work Narratives for Professional Discourse and Self-Reflection

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Seminarraum Geschichte 1 (Main Building)
RC38 Biography and Society (host committee)

Language: English

The dynamics of sociological biographical research partially derive from an ongoing interest in biographical studies within the professions, e.g., social work, teaching, and psychosocial health care. In professional schools there has been a growing awareness that becoming familiar with biographical research can contribute to a strong foundation of (future) professionals’ practical case analyses. There have also been new styles of reconstructive research and self-reflection within the professions, which are of interest for biographical research in general. It is important for us to stay sensitised to such developments and practical uses. The interdisciplinary and interprofessional character of biographical research has always been a hallmark of our joint project. 
The session will provide the chance to present and discuss innovative work, which can contribute to professional self-reflection, professional discourse and the voicing of professional perspectives and experiences in public debates. It will be possible to discuss, e.g., the analysis of professionals’ spontaneous work narratives and its practical uses, the self-reflective ethnographic study of one’s own practice, and other developments in professional research. Colleagues from different countries, disciplines and professions are invited to participate and to share their experiences. The chances of such developments should be explored but also problems and structural restrictions.
Session Organizers:
Lena INOWLOCKI, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany and Gerhard RIEMANN, Technische Hochschule Nuremberg Georg Simon Ohm, Germany
Gerhard RIEMANN, Technische Hochschule Nuremberg Georg Simon Ohm, Germany