Maggie: And for this little bit now could we talk briefly about one other continuing initiative? – Michael’s legacy around the development of ideas and thinking in the context of what’s happening in the field of social and human inquiry, how he initiated those opportunities for us to get together and talk about ideas in those years before he passed away. Always with explorations being the driving force, not to come to any conclusions or to have to do anything with these ideas necessarily but to see what they triggered and sparked. We had lovely conversations around kitchen tables and dining room tables, at every meal. How are we have been able to continue here, meeting regularly every month with some paper somebody’s found somewhere that is interesting or could be interesting to read.
Shona: What are we reading at the moment?
Maggie & Rob: “Corporal generosity “(Corporeal Generosity: On Giving with Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas) by Rosalyn Diprose
Shona: And before that we were reading?
Maggie: A lot on Delueze, neuroscience, neuro-psychology and the fit with narrative practice (a few sessions on that), the effect of trauma on the body (how we work with that in our therapeutic conversations), lots of topics…
Shona: One of the things I like about that is how we’ve been able to quite deliberately invite some younger practitioners into those conversations with us. It’s a bit of a wider network of men and women, all working in the field, to share ideas, not having to come to a final point yet, just the enthusiasm of sharing ideas.
Rob: There is that theme again, of being at the point of social inquiry, not coming up with the answers, but being intensely interested in where things are going on, and what they might spark.
Shona: So many people recognize the contribution Michael made in that way – if we look at many of the authors that have contributed to what narrative practice has become, they are people outside of our field, and I guess in a way that is what we’re trying to do, to stimulate our thoughts by people outside of the field of social work and psychology.
Maggie: And this is giving us even more rich accounts of narrative practices, like this round on “corporal generosity” and the real focus on those experiences of life, our bodies have experiences of life, these stories are not disembodied. What I enjoy is the ways in which these explorations take us right out into other fields and spark & explore new territory, and how much we seem to enjoy linking it back to narrative practice, what this contributes to practice and what this might give a richer account of practice and ideas.
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