38052 10:00-10:30 | Room 503 (5F)

Narrating the Self

Markus Heidingsfelder, Habib University, Pakistan

Our psyches inscribe narrativity into the medium of language to be able to observe our actions. By providing these actions with a story, we are not only able to simplify ourselves – and by doing that, establish a relationship to the world -, we are also capable of telling others ‘our story’, so that they can ‘read’ us. In other words: We are all storytellers when it comes to identifying ourselves (our selfs). In my presentation, I will first reconstruct what we call storytelling by looking at its form i.e. the selective mechanisms that ignore simultaneity in favor of chronology, to then look at the different possibilities of presenting simultaneity in a linear form. In a second step, I will focus on four key aspects of self-narrativity: a) the problem of isolating actions from each other, b) the paradoxon of self-observation, c) the general importance of narrativity in society, and d) last but not least the social conventions that licence certain narratives and prohibit others. Finally, I will ask in how far the new media technologies may have affected the ways of how we narrate ourselves today