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Nominations for ISSN Elections!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

 

Dear Members of ISSN,

 

This October the Society will elect two new Executive Board members, to serve for three years, as well as its next Second Vice-President, who serves four years (proceeding to First Vice-President, President, and Past President). The nominations for these positions are drawn up by the nominating committee, which comprises the current VP and two other Society members.  This year, that is me, Per Krogh Hansen and Bronwen Thomas.

 

All ISSN members are invited to propose names for the nominating committee to consider. Self-nominations are entirely in order, so don’t be shy! Note that eligible candidates will have attended recent ISSN conferences, and will usually commit to attending two meetings of the ISSN Executive Board in each year of their term – one at the ISSN Conference and one at the MLA Convention.

 

Please send your suggestions to me, Per or Bronwen (along with a brief indication of the reason for your recommendation) no later than August 1.

 

Brian McHale: mchale.11@osu.edu

Per Krogh Hansen: pkha@sdu.dk

Bronwen Thomas: ‎ bthomas@bournemouth.ac.uk

 

All the best,

Brian McHale

Project Narrative Summer Institute 2015

Monday, March 16th, 2015

See the following announcement from Jim Phelan about the 2015 PNSI:


Angus Fletcher and I will direct the 2015 Project Narrative Summer Institute at Ohio State from June 8-19.  This year’s theme is “Foundations and Innovations in Narrative Theory.”  Here’s our description:

PNSI “Foundations and Innovations” may conjure up the terminology of “classical” and ‘”postclassical” narratology, but at PNSI 2015 we have something bigger and more dynamic in mind. Rather than orienting the field 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 from Aristotle’s Poetics to Pixar’s screenwriting philosophy, from Chicago School readings of Macbeth to cognitive analyses of comics, from Genette-inspired readings of Persuasion to feminist approaches to Nike ads, and we’ll save time for participants to workshop their own innovative–and newly foundational–projects.

More details, including info about cost and application procedures, can be found at https://projectnarrative.osu.edu/programs/summer-institute  We should have the tentative reading list up on the site sometime next week. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to me and/or Angus <fletcher.300@osu.edu>

And please help us spread the word. 

Thanks,

Jim

2016 Perkins Prize Nominations

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

 
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, consists of $1,000 plus a contribution of $500 toward expenses for the winning author to attend the Narrative Conference where the award will be presented. 

The Perkins Prize is conceived as a book prize rather than an author prize. Thus 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 2014 will be announced at the Austin MLA Convention in 2016, and the prize will be presented at the Narrative Conference in Amsterdam in June 2016. 

To nominate books with a copyright date of 2014, please send an email with “Perkins Prize” in the subject line to the Chair of the judging committee: Richard Walsh <richard.walsh@york.ac.uk>. Publisher, third-party, and self-nominations are appropriate. Please indicate in the email whether the publisher, the author, or the Chair of the judging committee is to be responsible for ensuring that books are sent to the judges. Copies of books must be sent to each of the three judges.The deadline for nominations and for receipt of books by the judges is June 1, 2015

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

Richard Walsh
Dept. of English & Related Literature
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
UK

Henrik Skov Nielsen
Centre for Fictionality Studies
Institut for Æstetik og Kommunikation
Aarhus Universitet
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7
Bygn. 1485 / lokale 318
8000 Århus C
Denmark

Robyn Warhol
36 Larch Rd.
South Burlington VT  05403
USA

2015 Subscriptions Now Available

Monday, November 10th, 2014

2015 Subscriptions for Narrative are now open, allowing members to renew their membership in the Narrative Society for another year. This year, individual members will have additional options for subscribing to Narrative: along with print subscriptions, the journal now offers individual online subscriptions, which will be accessible through a web portal via the OSU Press, as well as combination print and online subscriptions.

Please visit http://narrative.georgetown.edu/membership/ for additional information on subscription.

If you have any questions, please email Emily Taylor at the OSU Press.

ISSN Executive Council: New Nominations by 1 August

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

This autumn the International Society for the Study of Narrative will elect two new Executive Council members to serve three-year terms as well as its next Second Vice-President, who serves for four years (proceeding to First Vice-President, President, and Past President). Ballots for these elections are drawn up by the nominating committee, which this year comprises Paul Dawson, Jim Phelan, Cathy Romagnolo, and myself as current First VP.

All ISSN members are invited to propose names for the nominating committee to consider. Note that eligible candidates will have attended recent ISSN conferences and will usually commit themselves to attending two meetings of the Executive Council during each year of their term, one at the ISSN Conference and one at the MLA Convention.

If you would like to propose a nominee for either Second VP or a Council position, please submit your recommendation to me by August 1, with a brief supporting rationale, at lanser@brandeis.edu.

On behalf of the Executive Council, my thanks for your support of ISSN. We hope to see you at the next International Conference on Narrative: Chicago, March 5-8, 2015.

Yours,
Sue Lanser
lanser@brandeis.edu

Call for Proposals (Reprise): 2016 MLA Panel

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The ISSN Program Committee (Kurt Koenigsberger, Erin McGlothlin, Brian McHale) invites proposals for the Society’s guaranteed session at the 2016 MLA, scheduled for January 4-7 in Austin, Texas.  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 2016 should include a session title and a brief rationale not to exceed one page. Please submit your proposal to Brian McHale (mchale.11@osu.edu) by November 1, 2014.  The Program Committee will announce its selection by December 1, 2014.

Call for Papers: Modelling Narrative Across Borders

Monday, July 7th, 2014

** CALL FOR PAPERS **

The 4th Conference of the European Narratology Network (ENN)
Modelling Narrative across Borders
April 16 to 18, 2015
Ghent University, Belgium
http://www.enn4.ugent.be

Keynote speakers:
Thomas Pavel (University of Chicago)
Monika Fludernik (University of Freiburg)
Elena Semino (Lancaster University)
David Herman (Durham University)

Pre-Conference Doctoral Master Class
April 14 and 15, 2015
Confirmed speaker: Jan Christoph Meister (University of Hamburg)

Modelling Narrative across Borders

Narratologists are increasingly faced with the situation that the concept of narrative varies widely across borders. This is a happy circumstance for the relevance and vitality of narratological concepts. At the same time, however, this situation means that any easy “lateral compatibility” of concepts such as “narrator,” “(un)reliability,” “focalization,” etc. can no longer be taken for granted. Concepts have a different bearing across different media such as the printed book, film or the digital media. Carrying on with the debates that got underway at the 2013 Paris conference, ENN 4 will address these issues by exploring conceptual models and inputs from various disciplines and methodologies such as rhetoric and stylistics, but also more recent developments including the cognitive sciences, media studies, the digital humanities and many more. In doing so, the ENN aims to act as an on-going forum for discussing narrative theory across borders – conceptual, disciplinary, national, cultural, historical.

Paper submission and selection procedure

Deadline for submission of panels: September 1, 2014
Deadline for submission of proposed papers or posters (200 words): October 1, 2014

  • Abstracts should contain title, author’s name and affiliation and an outline proposing a theoretical .
  • Pre-organized panels for consideration should additionally contain

– a summary paragraph along with proposed session title
– name of a panel chair (this may be one of the speakers)
– max 3 or 4 papers per panel

  • For a poster, please submit a 200-word abstract and a CV. There will be separate poster sessions.

Send submissions to the conference organisation committee via enn4@ugent.be (please write “ENN Conference: Submission” in the subject line.)

Acceptances will be sent out on November 15, 2014
Registration for the Conference will open on November 15, 2014
Deadline for registration: January 10, 2015
Registration fee: 165 € – Students: 85 €

In order to present a paper at the conference, participants must be members of the ENN.
To register as a member, please consult the ENN website – “How to join the ENN”
http://www.narratology.net/join-ENN

The official languages of the Conference are English, French and German.
The Pre-conference and Conference will take place at Ghent University, Belgium.

Pre-Conference Doctoral Seminar – April 14 and 15, 2015

In conjunction with the 4th Conference of the European Narratology Network, a new pre-conference doctoral seminar on interdisciplinary narrative theory will be offered. The seminar will feature as confirmed speaker Professor Jan Christoph Meister (Hamburg University). The master class will be devoted partly to the theoretical discussion of narratological parameters and partly to the application of these parameters to (automated) narrative analysis. It will involve a hands-on introduction to tools for computational narratology and collaborative narratological annotation (in cooperation with the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities @GhentCDH).

Applicants for participation in the seminar (who must be enrolled as doctoral students in a degree-granting institution during the 2014-2015 academic year) doing research on any topic of narrative in any medium are eligible.
Prospective participants are asked to send a 2- to 3-page description of their doctoral research together with their résumés and name of institution to the following address: enn4@ugent.be. Please write “ENN Conference: Master Class” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.

Ph.D. students completing the course will receive a diploma. The course counts as 2 ECTS.
Price: The course is free of charge, but participants will need to pay the (student) conference registration fee to

Further information and links

Inquiries concerning the conference can be sent to enn4@ugent.be

Main conference convenor: Prof. Gunther Martens (Ghent University).

For more information, visit the conference website (under construction):

http://www.enn4.ugent.be

Check back soon for additional information concerning accommodation etc.

Social media links
http://www.facebook.com/Narratology
http://www.twitter.com/ENN_Europe

Hashtag
#ENN4
Feel free to spread this CFP via the link http://www.enn4.ugent.be/CFP

ISSN MLA Proposals

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The ISSN Program Committee (Kurt Koenigsberger, Erin McGlothlin, Brian McHale) invites proposals for the Society’s guaranteed session at the 2016 MLA, scheduled for January 4-7 in Austin, Texas. 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 2016 should include a session title and a brief rationale not to exceed one page. Please submit your proposal to Brian McHale (mchale.11@osu.edu) by November 1, 2014. The Program Committee will announce its selection by December 1, 2014.

Call for Nominees

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

This autumn the International Society for the Study of Narrative will elect two new Executive Council members to serve three-year terms as well as its next Second Vice-President, who serves for four years (proceeding to First Vice-President, President, and Past President). Ballots for these elections are drawn up by the nominating committee, which this year comprises Paul Dawson, Jim Phelan, Cathy Romagnolo, and myself as current First VP.

All ISSN members are invited to propose names for the nominating committee to consider. Note that eligible candidates will have attended recent ISSN conferences and will usually commit themselves to attending two meetings of the Executive Council during each year of their term, one at the ISSN Conference and one at the MLA Convention.

If you would like to propose a nominee for either Second VP or a Council position, please submit your recommendation to me by August 1, with a brief supporting rationale, at lanser@brandeis.edu.

On behalf of the Executive Council, my thanks for your support of ISSN. We hope to see you at the next International Conference on Narrative: Chicago, March 5-8, 2015.

Yours,
Sue Lanser
lanser@brandeis.edu

2014 Best Graduate Student Essay @ Narrative Conference

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Any graduate students who presents a paper at the conference in Boston is invited to compete for the prize for the Best Graduate Student paper at the Narrative Conference. The winner will receive a copy of a Perkins Prize-winning book of his or her choice and will be encouraged to expand the winning paper for consideration by Narrative. In addition, the 2014 award winner will be eligible for $500 toward expenses to attend the 2015 conference. Submit papers electronically as attachments (Word PC-compatible files) to both of the judges, Kay Young <kayyoung@english.ucsb.edu> and Paul Wake <pfwake@gmail.com>. Papers should be sent to them by May 1, 2014. Papers must be unrevised conference presentations.