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Considerations and Challenges in Life Story Research

Thursday, 6 June 2019, 9:15am – 4pm

Considerations and Challenges in Life Story Research

A symposium for researchers, students and practitioners organised by the School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Science.

To register, please contact Aideen Lynam (

Personal narratives and life story research are truly multidisciplinary activities and are of growing interest in many fields, including work with people with disabilities. As a group, individuals with significant communication impairments are vulnerable to having their stories lost or silenced. This symposium brings together scholars and practitioners from many differ backgrounds to discuss some of the challenges of capturing stories that can be hard to access, and to explore potential solutions and opportunities. Among the issues that will be discussed are a personal story of Autoethnography, the process of developing the personal identity project My Journey, My Voice, and the role of technology in facilitating and supporting personal story telling.

Participants from all backgrounds are welcome, particularly those whose research draws on a life story dimension or those who work with people with disabilities. The purpose is to explore common interests and facilitate discussion across disciplinary boundaries.


Meredith Allan (Australia), Vivienne Fitzroy, (UK), Laurence Gibson (UK), Jeff Higginbotham (USA), Mary Rogan (TCD), Cathriona Russell (TCD), Annalu Waller (UK)

Organized and Supported by:

Trinity Long Room Hub, Provost Project Award, Dept of Clinical Speech and Language Studies


09.30 Introduction and Opening (Martine Smith, TCD)
10.00 A personal story of Autoethnography (Meredith Allan, ISAAC, Australia)
11.00  Ethical challenges and considerations (Cathriona Russell, TCD)
11.45 Making it happen My Journey, My Voice (Vivienne Fitzroy, RCSLT Northern Ireland)
12.15 Panel discussion
12.45 Lunch
13.15 Creative technologies, capturing stories (Annalu Waller, University of Dundee)
14.00 Thinking creatively, implementing in practice (Jeff Higginbotham, Buffalo University NY)
14.30 The creative process: Hearing the story from a creative perspective (Laurence Gibson, UK)
15.00 Battling the elements: Capturing the hard to hear stories (Mary Rogan, TCD)
15.45 Panel discussion
16.30 Close

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)
Contact Name: Aideen Lynam

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