Hanna Nicola Piepenbring

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Hanna Nicola
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Institute for Education University of Kiel, Germany

Narratological interest

My main interests are life stories and narrative analysis in the social sciences. I am a German doctoral candidate at the University of Kiel in Germany and I work in the Department for General Science of Education and Educational Research at the Institute for Education. In my PhD thesis, I will discuss the methodology of narrative inquiry, focusing on intercultural contexts (e.g. a European researcher uses this method in non-European countries). I wrote my Master’s thesis about the lifespans of South-Korean women with higher education degrees and their meaning making regarding social norms and values. Because of my Master’s thesis I got interested in methodological issues, which can occur when you use “Western” methods in other cultural contexts. For my research, I used a narrative analysis method developed by the German sociologist Fritz Schütze. Currently, I am interested in learning ways of analysis used in other countries. There are some trending methods in social sciences in Germany, but they are mostly developed by German researchers. I want to find out, if some more artful approaches may be more useful in intercultural contexts.


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ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.