Archive for July, 2014

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

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.

Sue Lanser

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 ( 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


The 4th Conference of the European Narratology Network (ENN)
Modelling Narrative across Borders
April 16 to 18, 2015
Ghent University, Belgium

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 (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”

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: 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

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

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

Check back soon for additional information concerning accommodation etc.

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