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International Symposium "Experiences of Illness and Narratives:
Possibility of a Narrative Approach as an Analysis Method"

Place: Conference Room, Soshikan Building, Ritsumeikan University
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■International Symposium "Experiences of Illness and Narratives: Possibility of a Narrative Approach as an Analysis Method"

◇Purpose of This Event
We invite Professor Arthur W. Frank in August and hold an open symposium.

Professor Frank is known for the author of The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, And How to Live, The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology, and other works. He is a pioneer of medical sociology based on postmodern human views.

This time Professor Frank will lecture narratives as analysis method and then three graduate students will have presentation on their research. Why don't you spend a day in August in Kyoto considering narratives?

◇Date:August 28, 2011(Sun) 13:30~16:30(Doors open at 13:00)
Place:Conference Room, Shoshikan Building, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University
56-1 Tojiin Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto City
Access Map URL http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/common/img/data/access-map-kinugasa.pdf
Campus Map URL http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/common/img/data/kinu_map.pdf

Host:Global COE Program Ars Vivendi, Research Center for Ars Vivendi of Ritsumeikan University
Co-host:Institute of Human Human Sciences of Ritsumeikan University, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University

Admission Free(Capacity: 130), Advance application is necessary.

◇Poster in Japanese [PDF]

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■Program
13:30~13:40 Opening Remarks by Shinya Tatetiwa(Program Leader, Global COE Program Ars Vivendi / Professor, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University)

13:40~15:10 Keynote Lecture by Professor Arthur W. Frank(University of Calgary)
"Holding One's Own as an Art of Living: Reflections on Companion Stories and Narrative Analysis" Interpreter:Hitoshi Arima(Project Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Graduate School of Medicine)

15:20~16:20 Symposium
Mayuko Ono(Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University)
"Illness Beyond Description: Three narratives and "Ars Vivendi" of patients with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)"

Michitaka Otani(Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University)
"Narratives of 'Harm' and Those of 'Illness': Considering the Difference between Them"

Mayu Akasaka(Graduate School of Letters of Ritsumeikan University)
"Place and Relationship that Generate Narratives of Illness: From Narratives of Multiply-layered Self"
【Designated Discussion】
Professor Arthur W. Frank & Tatsuya Sato(Professor, Faculty of Letters of Ritsumeikan University)

16:20~16:30 Closing Remarks Yoko Matsubara (Professor, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University)

Moderator
Keynote Lecture=Tomoo Hidaka(Graduate School of Letters)/ Symposium=Mari Fukuda(Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University)
Keynote lecture will be conducted in English but with Japanese interpretation. Presentations of the symposium will be made in Japanese.
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■Where to Apply and Where to Contact
※ Via Email
  1) Please write 「アーサー・フランク国際シンポジウム申込み」on the subject.
  2) Please write your name, affiliation and e-mail address on the body.
  3) Please send an e-mail to ars-vive@st.ritsumei.ac.jp
※ Since there is no parking space, please use public transportation when you come.

Where to Contact:
Administrative Office, Research Center for Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
56-1 Kitamachi Tojiin, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577
TEL:+81-75-465-8475 FAX:+81-75-465-8342
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■Professor Frank's Comment
The Symposium comprised my own lecture and shorter presentations by three graduate students in the Ars Vivendi program. My lecture emphasized the importance of what I call “companion stories”, that is, stories people rely upon to inform their attitudes and actions. Companion stories are especially important in situations when people have to “hold their own”, by which I mean sustain what is valuable about the self when that value is threatened. Illness and disability pose threats to what people have valued about their self, and narrative research focuses on the stories people tell to meet those threats.

The three graduate student papers raised very different issues. Mayu Akasaka’s presentation discussed issues of research interviewing when the interviewer shares the respondent’s physical condition, and the respondent--quite naturally--begins to ask questions about how the interviewer deals with the condition. The presentation exemplified the research interview as an occasion of dialogue, rather than a one-way elicitation of information. Ohno Mayuko spoke eloquently about respondents’ attempts to articulate extreme pain that defies simple causal understanding. The potential contribution of her ultimate research in this area was clearly evident. Finally, in a more programmatic discussion, Michitaka Ohtani discussed differences between narratives of traumas that have been humanly inflicted, as opposed to suffering that can only be understood as having natural--effectively unpreventable--causes. That distinction presents great potential for future investigation.



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Translation by KATAOKA Minoru
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