Election Results

November 26th, 2018

The membership of the ISSN has elected the following officers:

Second Vice-President: Lindsay Holmgren, McGill University

Members of the Executive Council:

Dorothee Birke, University of Innsbruck

Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, University of Pennsylvania

Please join me in congratulating them! Please also join me in thanking the other candidates, whose willingness to serve is a sign of the Society’s strength: Thomas Pavel, University of Chicago; Helen H. Davis, Wilkes University, and Aaron Oforlea, Washington State University.

I also want to thank the nominations committee: Maria Mäkelä (Chair), Chris Gonzalez, Karen Kukkonen, Gerald Prince. Finally, a tip of the hat to Eddie Maloney, our Electronics Communications Coordinator, who has once again managed the election with efficiency and grace.


Jim Phelan

Narrative List – Call for Wayne C. Booth Award Nominees

November 5th, 2018

Dear colleagues,

The International Society for the Study of Narrative awards the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize outstanding scholar-teachers who have made sustained contributions to narrative studies over the course of their careers.

Please send your suggestions regarding potential nominees to the initial nominating committee:

Dan Punday (dpunday@english.msstate.edu), Maria Mäkelä (Maria.E.Makela@uta.fi), and Sylvie Patron (sylvie.patron@orange.fr).

The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2018.

This prize will be awarded at the 2020 Narrative Conference in New Orleans.

Thank you,

Dan Punday

Announcing the Perkins Prize for Books Published in 2017

November 2nd, 2018

Each year, the International Society for the Study of Narrative recognizes a book or books that have made the most significant contribution to the study of narrative. It is my great pleasure, as chair of this year’s Perkins Prize committee, to announce the awards for books published in 2017.

The 2017 Perkins Prize is awarded to The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine, co-authored by Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Craig Irvine, Eric R. Marcus, Edgar Rivera Colón, Danielle Spencer, and Maura Spiegel, and published by Oxford University Press.

Honorable mention for the 2017 Perkins Prize is awarded to Permissible Narratives: The Promise of Latino/a Literature, written by Christopher González and published by the Ohio State University Press.

The Perkins Prize was established in honor of the “contributions of Barbara Perkins and George Perkins to the development and success of the Society, including the founding of both The Journal of Narrative Technique and the Society itself.” Citations for both books will be read during the Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Narrative conference in Pamplona.

Committee members Marco Caracciolo and Erin James join me in congratulating Rita Charon, her co-authors, and Chris González for their outstanding achievements. I also extend my hearty thanks to Marco and Erin for their intensive engagement with the large number of excellent books submitted for this year’s award and for their thoughtful and collegial deliberations.

Congrats again!


Sue Lanser

Narrative Conference 2020 in New Orleans!

October 22nd, 2018

Dear Narrative Society friends,

The Executive Council of the ISSN is pleased to announce that the 2020 conference has been awarded to Mississippi State University, which will hold the conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans from March 5 to 8. Kelly Marsh and Dan Punday will serve as conference organizers.

In addition to Mississippi State as host, The University of New Orleans will be a sponsor (thanks to Nancy Easterlin for her work!), and Kelly and Dan are in contact with some other New Orleans area institutions hoping to line up additional sponsors.

The website for the conference is up at narrative2020.org. Kelly and Dan will have more information about the 2020 conference at the Awards Lunch in Pamplona.


Sue Kim
ISSN Conference Liaison

Update Dates 2019 Conference Pamplona: May 30-June 1

October 22nd, 2018

Dear Narrative Society friends,

Due to a number of extenuating circumstances, the dates of the 2019 International Conference on Narrative has been changed to May 30 to June 1, 2019. The conference website has been updated: https://www.unav.edu/web/narrative-2019.

The plenary speakers will remain the same, and the deadline for proposals remains January 15, 2019 (send to narrative2019@gmail.com)

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience; the change had to be made for the best Narrative Conference experience possible! (We’re the BEST conference!)

If you have any questions, please do feel free contact me or the conference organizers, Professor Rocío G. Davis (rgdavis@unav.es) Professor Rosalía Baena (rbaena@unav.es).

Thank you as always for your understanding and good cheer!

Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

October 5th, 2018

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, I am delighted to be able to announce that the winner of the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 is the distinguished narratologist Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She will be receiving her award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2019 annual conference in Pamplona, and will be honored with a special panel devoted to her work and career.

Please join the Executive Committee in congratulating our colleague Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan.


Dan Punday
President, ISSN

CFP MLA 2020

June 5th, 2018

The ISSN Program Committee (Sylvie Patron, Tara MacDonald, Per Krogh Hansen) invites proposals for the Society’s guaranteed session at the 2020 MLA, scheduled for January 9-12 in Seattle.

A topic may be proposed by any current member(s) of ISSN, who would also chair or co-chair the chosen panel. Participation on the panel will be open to all members of MLA. Proposals for the ISSN session at MLA 2020 should include a session title and a brief rationale not to exceed one page.
Please submit your proposal to Sylvie Patron (sylvie.patron@orange.fr), Tara MacDonald (tmacdonald@uidaho.edu), and Per Krogh Hansen (pkha@sdu.dk) by November 1, 2018. The Program Committee will announce its selection by December 1, 2018.

Inviting Submissions for the 2019 Perkins Prize

February 21st, 2018

Established in 1994, the Perkins Prize honors Barbara Perkins and George Perkins, the founders of both The Journal of Narrative Technique and the Society itself. The prize, awarded to the book making the most significant contribution to the study of narrative in a given year, provides $1,000 plus a contribution of $500 toward the winning author’s expenses for attending the Narrative Conference at which the award will be presented.

The Perkins Prize is conceived as a book prize rather than an author prize. All books on the topic of narrative, whether edited collections, collaboratively written books, or monographs, are eligible to compete. If an edited collection or collaboratively written book is selected, the prize goes to the editor(s) or the collaborators. The winner of the competition for books published in 2017 will be announced at the MLA Convention in Chicago in January 2019, and the prize will be presented in June 2019 at the Narrative Conference in Pamplona, Spain.

To nominate books with a copyright date of 2017, please send an email with “Perkins Prize” in the subject line to the chair of the judging committee, Sue Lanser:  lanser@brandeis.edu

Publisher, third-party, and self-nominations are all appropriate.  Copies of books must be sent directly to each of the three judges. Please indicate in the nominating email whether the publisher or the author will send the books. The deadline for receipt of books by the judges is June 1, 2018.

Books should be sent by authors or their publishers directly to each of the three committee members:

Susan S. Lanser
Department of English
MS 023
Brandeis University
Waltham MA 02454-9110

Marco Caracciolo
Department of Literary Studies
Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2
9000 Ghent

Erin James
Department of English
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

Project Narrative Summer Institute

December 11th, 2017

The Project Narrative Summer Institute is a two-week workshop on the campus of Ohio State University that offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline the opportunity for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory. The focus for summer 2018 will be Narrative Theory: Foundations and Innovations, and it will be co-directed by Robyn Warhol and James Phelan.

“Foundations and Innovations” may conjure up the terminology of “classical” and “postclassical” narratology, but for PNSI 2018 we have something bigger and more dynamic in mind. Rather than orienting the field of narrative theory around distinct periods, we’ll explore it by setting up feedback loops among strong theories, primary narratives in different media, and their implicit challenges to interpretation. We’ll range from Aristotle’s Poetics to contemporary (serial) television and experimental graphic narrative, from Russian Formalist theorizing to queer and feminist narratologies, from Chicago School theory to innovative fiction and nonfiction in prose. We’ll also examine other contemporary narrative-theoretical approaches, and save time for participants to workshop their own innovative—and newly foundational—projects.

Feel free to write to Robyn <warhol.1@osu.edu> and/or Jim with questions <phelan.1@osu.edu>

Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

November 7th, 2017
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, I am delighted to be able to announce that the winner of the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 is the distinguished narratologist, cultural theorist, visual-arts critic and film-maker Mieke Bal, of the University of Amsterdam.
She will be receiving her award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2018 annual conference in Montréal, April 21, 2018, and will be honored with a special panel devoted to her work and career.
Please join the Executive Committee in congratulating our colleague Mieke Bal.
Jan Alber
President, ISSN