Mon. Sept. 18(11:15) Marie Thompson (Assoc. Prof. Communication, Wright State)
Location: SAC Salons AB (no zoom)
Title: Narrative Mapping: Our Stories as Visual Dialogues
Abstract: Our propensity to communicate the lived/ing experience to others through stories is a fundamental expression of our collective humanity. We are innate storytellers. Narrative Mapping was developed by Thompson as an arts-based research method and pedagogical practice to explore health and healing in diverse contexts. Situating our personal narratives amidst larger socio-political and institutional forces, the process involves deep listening and reflection with self and others. Storytelling can help move us beyond the isolation of contemporary health and healing disciplines while drawing us together in more empathic, responsive dialogues. Dr. Thompson conducted a mapping session for participants contemplating health and healing amid our collective uncertainty and strife. We discussed various applications where narrative maps can be used as unique communicative devices to promote more collaborative practices of care.