The Centre for Narrative Research in collaboration with NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) will host the eleventh annual Research Day for graduate students on 25 April 2012, at Docklands Campus, University of East London. Over the last ten years, this has been an exciting event with participants from all over the UK and Europe and we look forward to meeting again for a friendly and productive day of presentations and discussions.

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To ‘Think is to Experiment’ has been functioning as an intellectual and narrative space for postgraduate students from various disciplines in different stages of their research. Over the past years, the event has hosted stimulating presentations and intense conversations on the multiplicities in narrative-based research, approaches and experiences. The event has also been a communication node for the participants to build up further research connections.

NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) is a Phase III ESRC funded National Centre for Research Methods node concerned with the everyday habitual practices of families. These are frequently taken for granted, but orientation to the social world and what people do are (at least partly) negotiated within families. NOVELLA aims to look at new ways of analysing narrative and combining narrative analysis with other qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse ‘disconnects’ between people’s narratives of their family lives and their everyday practices.