This special issue is a collection of eight papers presented at the first symposium on Narrative Research organized by the NNN and the University for Humanist Studies (Utrecht, The Netherlands), in March 2011. The aim of the symposium was to sketch, and perhaps broaden, the horizon for narrative research in two ways. First, we wanted to bring together narrative researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and from different geographical locations (The Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and Finland). Second, we wanted to bring the Dutch network in contact with other networks or centres of narrative research in Europe, such as the Centre for Narrative Research in London and the Nordic Network of Narrative Studies. We looked for diversity and we found it at the symposium. Based on the resulting diversity of approaches in the papers, we construct in this editorial a dynamic, multi-voiced narrative of the field of narrative inquiry based on the contributions of the authors. Diversity notwithstanding, we also presuppose a common theme to connect the contributions: narrative on the move. This theme directs our attention to the question of whether narrative inquiry is moving, and if so, in what direction. We notice three types of movements: in theory, in time, and in the quality criteria of “real-life” narratives. Our construction of the narrative of narrative on the move is based on three questions:
Which basic assumptions of narrative inquiry are challenged by the authors of this special issue (their perception of the past)?
Which are the new assumptions they hold implicitly or explicitly (their present)?
Which assumptions are left untouched or remain implicit?
Below, we summarize which assumptions the authors challenge and with which assumptions they replace them. Based on the new and untouched assumptions, we conclude with an outline for the development of a research agenda for the future of narrative inquiry.