Shared passion within a diversity of interests: a credible and stimulating alternative. The Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Storytelling: Global reflections on narrative’ A review— Josie McSkimming


This article describes the recent narrative turn in qualitative research in the context of a recent inter-disciplinary conference. The academic and therapeutic implications of storytelling were explored in an explicitly dialogic setting. While positivist quantitative research may currently exert some dominance in the clinical world, academic research within the social sciences has the opportunity to challenge and subvert such conventional research practices. Narrative inquiry and analysis offer a credible and creative alternative, offering research participants new opportunities to document their stories and more fully engage in the meaning construction of research projects.