Blog Guidelines

Instrumental Narratives Guest Blog Guidelines

Please send blog proposals to samuli.bjorninen@tuni.fi

Everyone is urged to share their story today, from consumers to multinational corporations, from private citizens to nation states. Storytelling consultants are thriving in today’s storytelling economy, but where are narrative scholars? Do the professional analyzers and theorizers of narrative have a say in the current storytelling boom? The blog aims to popularize the insight and methods of narrative scholarship and features analyses of instrumental storytelling by high-profile narrative scholars.

Concept: The analyzed case – preferably just one – can deal with uses or abuses of the narrative form, storytelling practices or narrative sense-making in any area of life: politics, journalism, business, identity work, artistic/literary sphere, activism, forms of social participation. We encourage our contributors to evaluate possible societal risks or benefits of the type of instrumental storytelling analyzed, while paying special attention to the use of the narrative form in the chosen example. More general reflections on the storytelling boom, its causes and effects, are welcome as far as they support the analysis of the selected case.

In order to make the blog a possible springboard for comparatist developments, we recommend that the posts revolve around cases from the writer’s own national, cultural or linguistic context.

Format of submission: 1000–2000 words in doc./docx. Brief biographical information (150 words). A photo of the contributor or some other image that we can use in the public post.

Editorial process: The blog editors will edit the submission with the main purpose of enhancing their readability in the blog layout. Before proofreading and publication, the edited blog text will be returned to the author for approval and possible final changes.

Audience: The international and interdisciplinary community of narrative scholars. Stakeholders and collaborators from different professional and societal spheres. The blog is intended to be usable in different pedagogical contexts and aims to make narrative studies approachable to a wide readership.

Reach: The texts will be published in Instrumental Narratives blog (WordPress) and shared on the iNARR social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) as well as on the social media channels of affiliate organizations. The ultimate goal is to inspire spontaneous dialogue on topical narrative-related issues among narrative scholars, as well as between expert from different fields and lay audiences.