Narrative puts the emphasis on the formative and constructive power of language and communication. When people become ill, the narrative structure and stability of their life stories are disrupted. This has been described as a 'broken narrative'.
Mostly, an essential purpose of illness narratives is to incorporate illness into the greater framework of life, so illness requests the construction of a new (life) story. Illness represents a break not just with a particular form of representation but with the possibility of representation at all. Illness is a powerful way of reminding us about human bodily nature. This event is exploring different embodied experiences of illness by paying attention to how illness stories are told and performed - as 'situated practices' - in particular, their social and cultural context, and in their relation to pathologies of the body.