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The Center of Narratological Studies (CNS) is a faculty-grounded research unit, and an interdisciplinary, international research network, located at the University of Southern Denmark, Kolding. Our purpose is exploring narrative in all its aspects, with an interest both in empirical and theoretical issues. As a group, we collaborate on common projects, but also work and publish individually and with further associates. Our associate scholars and we specialize in diverse research areas, but share a common interest in how narratives, oppositional counter-narratives and small/living stories, in particular, inform and influence social interaction and structure.

We draw on classical and contemporary social and cultural theory to pursue research questions pertaining to how agents, by means of discursive encounters, construct and shape their contexts, and how, vice versa, dominant contextual narratives impact on agents. Centrally, the CNS has an interest in organizational studies, reaching from research into management-employee interaction in corporations, to studying professional and organizational developments in public higher education or health organizations, inter alia. We further help organizations to develop their narrative/storytelling practices based in critical awareness of powerful narrative dynamics. We offer workshops and seminars, and engage in lecturer exchange and conferences.

CNS is located at SDU’s Campus Kolding and headed by Klarissa Lueg and Ann Starbæk Bager. The Center was founded in 2008 by Per Krogh Hansen and was headed by Marianne Wolf Lundholt until 2019. Since then, CNS has been steadily growing, both by appointing tenured faculty and hiring junior scholars, and by expanding the national and international network of cooperating scholars. Currently, we work within the scope of organizational change and narratology.

Klarissa Lueg, Associate Professor, Dr.phil.habil., is the Director of the Center of Narratological Studies. She specializes in (sociological) organizational research, with a focus on higher education and processes of change induced by internationalization and global exchange. She investigates intercultural encounters, and the formation of identity by means of analyzing both narrative and opposition towards dominant narrative.

Ann Starbæk Bager, Associate Professor, PhD, is the Co-director of the Center of  Narratological Studies and one of the organizers of the center’s annual international storytelling conference. Ann’s research is on organizational narrative studies in a discursive and practice-based perspective. She is part of defining the field of organizational discourse and storytelling activism. She is currently publishing on matters of storytelling, power, multimodality, change and ethics in relation to organizational and leadership communication (e.g. together with David Boje, John McClellan and Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen). She has recently published at Routledge, John Benjamins, Palgrave, Communication and Language at Work (CLaW), Tamara: Journal of Critical Organization Inquiry and Journal of Philosophy of management. 

Anne Merete Lyngroes Fladmose, PhD Student, researches in the area of organizational narratives in changing organizations. She is interested in management behavior, organizational development, organizational culture and communication. Her PhD outlines aspects of interrelated meaning constructions by exploring narratives involved in organizational change and development processes.