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We are the stories we tell. A variety of narratives—journalistic, artistic, and scholarly— compete to explain our cultural circumstances and to ground individual experiences within a collective reality, from the news site to the novel, from political rhetoric to religious doctrine. Yet as storytelling platforms have multiplied, audiences have fragmented, and agreement on the significance of any single narrative is increasingly difficult to achieve. The distinction famously attributed to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan—“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts”—seems to be breaking down. The media circulation that the historian Benedict Anderson postulated as uniting citizens in “imagined communities” now seems equally capable of dividing them. We seek an interdisciplinary, humanistic conversation about how contemporary narratives of identity and experience, belonging and exclusion, are fostered or censored; how criteria of truth, feeling, or opinion are harnessed to assert a narrative’s importance; and how social and cultural institutions mediate the circulation of these narratives.

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CONVENED BY


         
              Lori Lefkovitz 
              Professor of English
              Department of English
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities

                                                      


FACULTY FELLOWS


Carmel Salhi

 

              Carmel Salhi
              Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
              Department of Health Sciences
              Bouvè College of Health Sciences
              “The ’Deserving Refugee’: Iraqis’ Contested Narratives and
             Identity in Resettlement” 

 


              

              Iris Berent
              Professor of Psychology
              Department of Psychology
              College of Science
            “Our language, our selves”

 


Headshot of Berna Turam

             

              Martha Davis
              Professor of Law
              Associate Dean for Experiental Education
              School of Law
            “An Exploration of Narrative Dissonance, Design and Democracy”
              


Jessica Silbey

 

              Jessica Silbey
              Professor of Law
              School of Law
             “Intellectual Property Stories”

 


Erika Boeckler

 

              Erika Boeckler
              Assistant Professor of English
              Department of English
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
             “’Silent’ and ‘Invisible’ Collaborators: How Material Objects Mediate Stories” 

 


Mai'a Cross

             

              Mai’a Cross
              Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science
              Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
              Department of Political Science
              International Affairs Program
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
             “The Ultrasocial World: International Cooperation Against All Odds”


Marina Leslie

 

              Marina Leslie
              Associate Professor of English
              Department of English
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
              “Begetting Crimes: Laboring Women and
             Fake News in Early Modern Print Culture” 

 


Daniel Noemi Voionmaa

 

              Daniel Noemi Voionmaa
              Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
              Director, Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Program
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
              “Spies, Writers, and Artists: Modernity’s Gaze and
             Paranoia in Latin America’s Cold War” 

 


Kathrin Zippel

 

              Kathrin Zippel
              Associate Professor of Sociology
              Department of Sociology and Anthropology
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
             “Narratives of Belonging and Exclusion of Academics”

 


GRADUATE FELLOWS


              

              Anjuli Fahlberg
              PhD Candidate
              Department of Sociology and Anthropology
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
             “Dancing around the Devil: Violence, Poverty, and
             New Geographies of Citizenship in Rio de Janeiro”


              

              Jonathan Fitzgerald
              PhD Candidate
              Department of English
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
            “Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists
            Writing Against the Mainstream”


VISITING SCHOLAR


             

             

              Simon Rabinovitch
              Assistant Professor of History at Boston University
              Visiting Scholar
              “Jewish Collective Rights: An International Comparison”