Venturing into narrative practices and relations - S'aventurer dans les pratiques et les relations narratives

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A workshop on developing narratively engaged practice in care and rehabilitation - Un atelier sur le développement d’une pratique narrativement engagée dans le domaine des soins et de la réadaptation

By alternating short, prompting lectures with participants’ own reflections and practice, this full day workshop offers an opportunity to engage in both theoretical and practical aspects related to narrativity in healthcare. Presentations will include narrative theory, narrative methodology as well as conclusions and lessons learned from ongoing research.

En alternant de courtes conférences avec les réflexions et la pratique des participant·e·s, cette journée de formation offre l'occasion de s'engager dans les aspects théoriques et pratiques liés à la narrativité dans les soins. Les présentations  - en anglais - porteront sur la théorie narrative, la méthodologie narrative ainsi que sur les conclusions tirées des recherches en cours.


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  • Chercheuses et chercheurs
  • Doctorant·e·s
  • Enseignant·e·s
  • Etudiant·e·s
  • Personnel d'enseignement et de recherche (PER)
  • Toute personne intéressée


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Four blocks where each block includes a short prompting lecture followed by participants' reflection and practice.

  1. Theoretical resourses and narrative philosophy
  2. Narrative methodology
  3. Ongoing research – examples, conclusions and lessons learned
  4. Developing and applying narratively engaged practices in care and rehab.

La journée - en anglais - sera divisée en quatre temps, comprenant une courte conférence d'introduction, suivie d'une réflexion et d'une mise en pratique par les participant·e·s.

  1. Ressources théoriques et philosophie narrative
  2. Méthodologie narrative
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  3. Recherche en cours - exemples, conclusions et leçons apprises
  4. Développement et application de pratiques narratives engagées dans les soins et la réadaptation.



A propos de Josephsson Staffan, Professor, Karolinska Institutet

Direktor, Strategiska forskningsområdet vårdvetenskap (SFO-V) / Strategic Research Area Health Care Science
Sektionen för arbetsterapi | NVS | Karolinska Institutet

Staffan Josephsson is Professor and a Research Director in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He earned his degree in occupational therapy at Stockholm College of Health Sciences in 1985. Between 1985 and 1989 he worked as an occupational therapist in geriatric care, in addition to studying pedagogics and theatre studies at Stockholm University.
He completed his PhD in 1994 at Karolinska Institutet, writing his thesis on everyday activities as meeting places for people with dementia. As a part of his PhD studies, he spent time at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying narrative, family interventions and conceptual foundations with Cheryl Mattingly, Mary Lawlor and the late Gary Kielhofner.  His work there was influenced by a shared interest in the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur, who was known for combining phenomenology and hermeneutics to explain how everyday human activity shapes understanding through narrative.
Staffan Josephsson began his teaching and research at Karolinska Institutet in 1998 and he was promoted to full professor in 2011.  In 2010 he affiliated with Sør-Trøndelag University College and later the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway. At NTNU, he has collaborated with Professor Sissel Alsaker to develop a “narrative-in-action” approach to explore how everyday activities help people make sense of the world by integrating, interpretating and communicating individual, social, structural, ideological and existential material.
Staffan Josephsson’s work has also been influenced by his connections with occupational scientists in Chile and Japan, as well as in his personal life, where his community interactions as a storyteller and his involvement in the local art community continuously inform his perspectives.

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A propos de Lisa Herulf Scholander, PhD-student, Karolinska Institutet

PhD-student - Department of Neurobiology, Care sciences and Society
Division of Occupational Therapy | Karolinska Institutet

Lisa Herulf Scholander gained her physiotherapist degree at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, in 2007 and her MSc degree in clinical medical science at Karolinska Institutet in 2015 and has ten years of clinical experience. She has also studied creative writing at Linnaeus University, Sweden. Currently, she is on her final year of doctoral education at Karolinska Insititutet, working on a qualitative research project about narrativity in geriatric care. The research is based on ethnographic fieldwork and focus group dialogues with health care professionals and theoretically grounded in philosophy about narrative and action where Paul Ricoeur’s narrative theory is an important resource. Her studies focuses on the everyday conditions for narrative practices in geriatric care: how narrative meaning-making takes place in everyday activities, how narration is expressed in healthcare professionals’ experiences of their everyday work and the conditions and opportunities for staff to engage in narrative and person-centred practices.

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