Archive for July, 2009

2010 Narrative Conference Call for Papers

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Narrative and hosted by Case Western Reserve University, the International Conference on Narrative is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. This year’s Conference will take place on April 8-11 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, at Case Western Reserve University, and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Plenary speakers include Susan Stanford Friedman (University of Wisconsin Madison), author of Mappings, Penelope’s Web, and Psyche Reborn; Rita Charon (Columbia University), founder and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, and co-editor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics; and Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, The Dustbin of History, and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy in the American Voice.

We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, nationality, discipline, and medium.


For individual paper proposals, please include an abstract (500 words max.) and a brief vita (no more than 2 pages). All paper proposals must include the title of the paper; presenter’s name and institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and email address.

For panel proposals, please include an abstract (700 words max.) summarizing the panel’s rationale and describing each paper. All panel proposals must include a title for the panel and a title for each paper. In addition, please include each panel member’s institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and email address, as well as a brief vita (no more than 2-3 pages) for each of the panel members.

This year, the Society will hold a poster session on the teaching of narrative. This session will enable poster presenters to share their approaches to teaching narrative. Posters may have multiple authors. To submit a proposal for a poster, please include an abstract (500 words max.) and brief vitas on all presenters.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30th, 2009.

Please send all proposals by email in Word, WordPerfect, or PDF format to:

If you are unable to send your proposal by email, send two copies of all materials to:

Kurt Koenigsberger
Narrative Conference Coordinator
Department of English, Case Western Reserve University
11112 Bellflower Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7117  USA

Please address all questions to Kurt Koenigsberger (

All participants must join the International Society for the Study of Narrative . For more information on the ISSN, please visit:


Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

All graduate students who presented papers at the ISSN conference in Birmingham are invited to submit your work in competition for the graduate student prize.  The winner will receive a copy of a Perkins Prize-winning book of his or her choice, will be invited to expand the winning paper for consideration by Narrative, and will receive $500 toward expenses for the 2010 ISSN conference in Cleveland.

Please submit your papers electronically as Word attachment to both of the judges, Susan Lanser and Sheila Teahan by July 15, 2009.  The submitted papers should be ones actually presented at the conference, not expanded or edited versions of them.  For the ease of the judges, kindly double-space your manuscripts and number the pages.