Visual Autobiographies in East London: Narratives of Still Images, Interpersonal Exchanges, and Intrapersonal Dialogues


  • Cigdem Esin University of East London
  • Corinne Squire University of East London



narrative, context, visual autobiography, co-construction, East London


This article reports on how a study of visual autobiographical workshops, conducted with social diverse groups in East London, provides us with insights about the narrative nature of still images, and the co-construction of narratives across a number of contextual levels, including those of interpersonal interaction, and internal dialogues within the self and with imagined audiences. The paper argues that such research can support and perhaps extend contemporary reformulations of "narrative" in the verbal field as involving multiple, co-constructed, temporally uncertain, often contradictory and incoherent narratives. It also suggests that the still image narratives and their dialogic production indicate the fragmented, deferred and montaged narrative constructions that could usefully be explored within more conventional forms of narrative.



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Author Biographies

Cigdem Esin, University of East London

Cigdem ESIN is a lecturer in psychosocial studies. She completed her PhD at University of East London. Her doctoral research focused on sexual constructions in the narratives of educated young women and their mothers in modern Turkey. Her research interests are in interactions between individual stories and grand socio-cultural narratives, and interconnections between gender, power and politics within historically specific contexts. She has been working in research projects on gender, employment, women's movements and organisations and sexuality of young people since the mid-1990s.

Corinne Squire, University of East London

Corinne SQUIRE is professor of social sciences and codirector, Centre for Narrative Research, at University of East London. She is author of "HIV in South Africa" (Routledge, 2007), and editor of "Doing Narrative Research" (with Molly ANDREWS and Maria TAMBOUKOU, Sage, 2008) and "HIV Technologies in International Perspective" (with Mark DAVIS, Palgrave, 2010).




How to Cite

Esin, C., & Squire, C. (2013). Visual Autobiographies in East London: Narratives of Still Images, Interpersonal Exchanges, and Intrapersonal Dialogues. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(2).



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