Saturday Lecture Series
The Saturday Lecture series is an event co-sponsored by the International Linguistic Association. We invite speakers from all over the world to make presentations about their work. Past speakers include Brian Street, Carey Jewitt, Ron and Suzie Wong Scollon, Kevin Leander, and Michele Knobel.
- • Charlotte Linde: Working the Past: Narrative and Institutional Memory. Saturday, October 10, 11:00am, 277 Grace Dodge Hall.
Linde describes the ways in which institutions use narratives to remember their past, and to work their past in the present. The work is based on an ethnographic study of how narratives are used in a large insurance company to construct both collective and individual identity and memory. Her study looks both at the microstructure of narratives, showing how they are shaped by the institutions within which they are told, and at the large scale effect of narratives in creating individual and institutional identities.