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Institute of Education
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Welcome to the website of the NOVELLA research project
NOVELLA conducts research concerned with the everyday practices of families. These are frequently taken for granted, but people's habits and their relation to society are often negotiated within families. Novella's research considers what people do and what they say they do, as this can tell us about their identities, values and possible future actions.
NOVELLA is funded by the ESRC, National Centre for Research Methods. It is a collaboration between the Institute of Education, the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London and the Young Lives research programme at Oxford University. NOVELLA is also in association with the University of Sussex.
28th February 2014 NOVELLA/CNR symposium Mapping the present, envisioning the future
This event marks the launch of two books: Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life (Oxford 2014) by Molly Andrews (NOVELLA and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London) and Living with HIV and ARVS: Three-letter Lives (Palgrave 2013) by Corinne Squire (NOVELLA and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London).
7th July 2014 NOVELLA Conference
This is a one day conference at St Catherine's College Oxford to discuss NOVELLA's methods and showcase the findings and their implications for family identities, practices and policies on environment, food, parenting, food blogs and qualitative 'paradata'. The keynote address will be given by the leading international scholar on narrative analysis, Professor Cathy Riessman. There will be opportunities for both methodological and substantive discussion.
Full list of our events
Parenting identities and practices by Heather Elliott, Julia Brannen and Ann Phoenix
Family lives and the environment: Narratives across countries by Janet Boddy