So what's the plan? Well, it involves reviewing, selecting and adapting both the 'cartoons' from previous sessions, as well as graphical elements that relate to the 'big stories' (meta narratives) and contexts of those narratives. That in itself I think will be really useful, as I focus on the talk around the process - what gets selected, adapted and so on. Participants will have the opportunity to move elements around in ways meaningful to them. As you might expect, there's a little more to it than that. A second half to the session gets us thinking about how narratives relate to the social worlds and lived experience of participants. The table (see picture) is split into two, with narrative elements on the top and contexts / springboards for these on the bottom. This allows me - in a jargon free way - to superimpose that arc you see in the picture, which represents the three stages of Ricoeur's hermeneutic arc:
- prefiguration (in brief, how lived experience and communities of relations 'prefigure' narratives in that they provide us with shared symbolic meaning, patterns and so on).
- configuration (the act of consciously constructing a narrative - for example, by the act of enplotment).
- refiguration (the act of using narratives to direct or influence new action).
I think research should be fun, as well as hard work.