Newsletter XVI March 2017

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • ENN-related news
    • CFP ENN 5: Registration and abstract submission system now live
    • CFP: Preconference Doctoral Seminar "Cognitive Narratology Today" (Prague, September 11–12, 2017)
    • How to update your ENN online profile
  • Upcoming events and CFPs
    • PALA conference "Interdisciplinary Stylistics", July 19-22, 2017
    • CFP: Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS) 2017 (deadline: April 20. 2017)
    • CONF: International Conference on the Theory of Lyric (Boston University, June 7–11, 2017)
    • CONF: PALA conference "Interdisciplinary Stylistics", July 19-22, 2017
    • CFP: Narrative and Hypertext Workshop (July 4 - 7, 2017)
    • CONF: Greimas aujourd'hui: l'avenir de la structure (Paris, 30.5-2.6.2017)
    • CFC Points of View in: Philological Studies (deadline: April 15)
    • JOB: 2 PhD positions within the ERC Starting Grant Project “Narrating the Mesh.” (Ghent University; deadline: May 2)
    • CONF: Fictionality in Literature: Core Concepts Revisited (Aarhus, May 3-4)
    • PhD position in Comparative Literature (University of Oslo; deadline: 21 April 2017)
    • “Fictionality and Factuality 2017: Counter-narratives in Organizations”(4-14/7; Aarhus University; deadline: March 15!)
  • New Publications


Dear !subscriber_name, this is the 16th installment of European Narratology Network newsletter. We remind you that registration for ENN 5 in Prague is open and that we eagerly await your abstracts at . We are also looking forward to your opinion on the ENN membership poll. Please direct your browser to this link prior to March 31.  The narratology community deplores the passing away of two leading figures within the discipline, Lubomír Doležel and Tzvetan Todorov. Both are commemorated by contributions mentioned in the "new publications" section below.This is the first "full html" newsletter to be sent out to all ENN members via the new website You can also read this newsletter online here. The ENN website should now more faithfully reflect and represent the current ENN membership, which is approaching the number of 1000 members. Happy reading!  
The ENN Steering Committee 
Gunther Martens, Karin Kukkonen, Ondřej Sládek

ENN-related news

CFP ENN 5: Registration and abstract submission system now live

Registration | Abstract Submission

If you wish to register for the conference or submit an abstract/panel proposal, please click on the link below, log in to the registration system and complete the registration or abstract submission form.
You will receive a confirmation by e-mail after submitting your registration or abstract/panel proposal.
​Your registration can be viewed or modified anytime after logging in.

Requirements on the abstracts/panel proposals

- Abstracts of oral presentations and posters (200 to 400-word) should contain title, author’s name, affiliation and e-mail
- Panel proposals should contain abstracts of all the panel participants, title and summary of the panel, name of panel chair
- Accepted formats: doc, docx, rtf

Registration fees


Early bird (until 30/6)

Standard (1/7–5/9)

Late & on-site

Conference participant

4185 CZK (155€)

4455 CZK (165€)

6210 CZK (230€)

PhD student (incl. preconference seminar)

2160 CZK (80€)

2295 CZK (85€)

3240 CZK (120€)


Registration fees include access to all scientific sessions, conference materials, welcome drink on Sept. 13, coffee breaks, lunches and VAT.


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Cancellation policy

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August 1 - August 31, 2017

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CFP: Preconference Doctoral Seminar "Cognitive Narratology Today" (Prague, September 11–12, 2017)

Preconference Doctoral Seminar

Cognitive Narratology Today

Prague, September 11–12, 2017

In conjunction with the 5th International Conference of the European Narratology Network, a preconference doctoral seminar on cognitive narratology will be held. The doctoral seminar will be primarily devoted to the topics connected with general narratological and poetological concepts such as Fictional Characters and Their Minds, Time and Temporality, and Reader, Reading and Interpretation as viewed from the cognitive perspective. Both, proposals with theoretical perspectives and particular analyses are welcomed. 

Applicants for the seminar must be doctoral students during the 2017–2018 academic year. At the end of the course, the participants will receive a diploma.

Prospective participants are asked to send a 500-word description of their doctoral research together with their résumés and institutional affiliation via the registration form at The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

The seminar will consist of an introductory lecture, delivered by the leader of the seminar and keynote speaker, prof. Monika Fludernik (University of Freiburg), and of four working sections to which the participants will be distributed according to their particular topics. The seminars will be led by four supervisors, who are experts on particular topics. Each student will present their topic (10–15 min), after which the supervisor’s comment on the topics, and a discussion, will follow.  

Registration fee: conference: 165€; PhD students: 85€

(PhD students participating in both, the seminar and also in the conference, will pay 85€ only)

Full CFP:


How to update your online ENN profile

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* Returning visitors may now access the website via SSO (Single-Sign-On). This means that you can login via credentials used for logging into Facebook, Google, Linkedin, on the condition that the email address attached to this external login corresponds with the one used within the ENN membership database and [2] that you provide the correct credentials for the external login! This feature is still somewhat experimental and may function better with some providers rather than others. Given that you may have forgotten your ENN website login by now, SSO is a viable alternative to following the "New password"-procedure (which remains possible too, of course.) Using SSO is not encouraged for creating new accounts.

* In case of problems, please contact us via email:

Upcoming Events and CfPs


International conference on the theory of lyric at Boston University

June 7–11, 2017


The conference is organized in association with the free International Network for the Study of Lyric ( Confirmed keynote speaker are

  • Charles Altieri (University of California, Berkeley),
  • Dominique Combe (ENS, Paris),
  • Jonathan Culler (Cornell University),
  • Virginia Jackson (University of California, Irvine),
  • Eva Zettelmann (University of Vienna),
  • Jahan Ramazani (University of Virginia).

Deadline for submissions is February 17.

We invite paper proposals in English that address the question of “Situating Lyric” from a wide range of perspectives, including but not limited to the following.

  • Situating lyric is a geographical and temporal matter.
  • What is the place of “lyric” in the world, and/or its relation to “poetry”?
  • How is lyric (and how has it been) variously situated in different cultural and national contexts and eras within Western literature?
  • How are (changing or enduring) Western notions of lyric poetry to be situated vis-à-vis various individual or interacting poetic traditions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or indigenous cultures?

We welcome proposals that deepen or revise recent investigations into the situation of lyric in literary history.

  • Is “the lyric” a continuous genre, a transhistorical mode, a post-hoc invention of recent vintage?
  • Is it (has it been) important to identify a prototype of lyric that can be situated with respect to its outlying others – poetic forms or other speech genres that contrast with it?
  • What roles have avant-garde or other anti-lyric movements played in situating lyric?
  • Discussions of lyric are strikingly (uniquely?) fragmented along linguistic and national lines.
  • Sophisticated and ambitious theories often take little account of work beyond the writer’s own language. At the same time, lyric has received significant attention in some fields beyond literary studies, such as philosophy.
  • What is the disciplinary situation of lyric studies today?
  • What are the disciplinary sites in which lyric is, or should be, investigated, and how do or could these disciplines shape our view of lyric?
  • To what extent does, or should, the language in which the theorist writes constrain the theory?
  • Is a world-literature approach to poetry studies possible? Desirable? If so, what could it look like, and what are the desiderata that might get us there? If not, what should we have instead, and why?
  • In lyric poems, the production and configuration of voice, addressee and perhaps a bystanding audience have often been felt to constitute a “situation” in themselves.
  • What does a renewed look at the notion of the lyric’s communicative situation contribute to a broader theoretical understanding?
  • Where should lyric poems be situated with respect to mimesis or fictionality on the one hand, “reality statement” or epideixis on the other?
  • How should the formal features of poetry bear on these questions?
  • Has the longstanding focus on the “speaker” of the poem (or “the lyric I”) led to a theoretical impasse, and in either case, what is the best way forward?
  • What are the historical and geographical vagaries of conceiving of lyric poetry as song, speech, prayer, letter, inscription, artefact? What do such analogies individually illuminate, and obscure, for an attempt to theorize lyric today?
  • Are there good arguments for not characterizing lyric poetry in terms of communication (or non-communication), however nuanced we make those terms?

Please send an abstract of 300–500 words (including your affiliation) by February 17, 2017 to Proposals for a group of 3-4 papers forming a panel also welcome. In general papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length; in a panel with 4 participants, 15 minutes per paper is the strict maximum.


 via ENN member Prof. Dr. Ralph Müller

Germanistische Literaturwissenschaft und ihre Didaktik

Universität Freiburg

Av. De l’Europe 20

1700 Fribourg

Tel 079 6933679

Summer Course in Narrative Studies 2017

SINS17 is now open for registrations - feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested (and sorry for any cross-posting). Participants in previous iterations of the course (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016) are also encouraged to apply.



The Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS) is an intensive PhD-level course that brings together PhD students, postdoctoral students, faculty members and leading scholars in a multi-disciplinary, international discussion of existing and emerging concepts and approaches in the broad field of narrative study. The course is hosted by Aarhus University and it takes place at the Sandbjerg Estate, Denmark, July 30th – August 4th.

   Through a combination of keynote lectures, participant papers, workshops and master classes the summer course covers the state of the art of current approaches as well as provides the participants with outstanding possibilities of getting feedback on their own work. Key note lecturers and work shop leaders this year include Dorothy Hale, Molly Andrews, Marco Caracciolo, and Jan-Noël Thon.

   The institute welcomes scholars working with any and all type of narrative form or function, be that verbal or non-verbal, fictive or non-fictive, spontaneous or artificial, and presents researchers from fields such as postclassical narratology, narrative inquiry, rhetorical narrative theory, cognitive narrative theory and transmedial approaches.

 Deadline for application is April 20. 2017.


 All the best,

Stefan Iversen

Interdisciplinary Stylistics

37th Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, July 19-22, 2017, West Chester, PA.

Stylistics has been an interdisciplinary enterprise since its infancy, emerging in the intersection between literary criticism and linguistics.  M.A.K Halliday’s functionalist approach to the study of language led to the expansion of the scope of stylistics so as to incorporate social-semiotic concerns and methodologies and paved the way for a more context-sensitive approach to meaning-making. Critical stylistics, feminist stylistics, and pragmatic stylistics are some of the branches that emerged as a result of this expansion, and the field has not stopped growing since. PALA 2017 aims to investigate what interdisciplinarity currently means and invites papers that push the boundaries of the field and address new challenges for stylistics and its branches. We particularly invite papers that discuss how stylistics has embraced cognitive, corpus, pedagogical, multimodal, and neuroscientific methodologies to explore how (literary) texts work, in addition to welcoming submissions from other relevant areas.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Margaret Freeman, Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts
  • Prof. Anne Furlong, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Prof. Patrick C. Hogan, University of Connecticut
  • Prof. David Hoover, New York University
  • Prof. Dan McIntyre, University of Huddersfield​

More information can be found on the conference website:

If you have any questions, please contact PALA at:

Call for Papers

Narrative and Hypertext 2017

Workshop on narrative systems

To be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2017, Prague, The 28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (Prague, Czech Republic; July 4 - 7, 2017)


This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together individuals from the humanities and technological communities to share work and discuss state-of-the-art research on narrative from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. This is the 6th iteration of one of the longest running and most successful workshop series at ACM Hypertext.

This year's workshop will principally build upon these previous successes, and aims to continue to consolidate this community by providing an open interdisciplinary forum of discussion on key issues facing the field.

Narrative is a prevalent form of information common in our entertainment and communications, and key to our understanding of the world and its events. By building better models of narrative along with methods for generation, adaption, and presentation we enable narrative systems to become more effective but also improve our understanding of narrative structures.

There is a growing community of researchers working on narrative systems, hypertext narratives, and machine readable narrative models, for which this workshop seeks to act as a hub to review advances and to discuss what the field might achieve in the coming year.

The hypertext conference has a history of publishing work related to narrative research ranging from explorations of criticism and the creation of digital narrative to authoring hypertext fiction and semantic narrative systems. This workshop aims to support this work by providing an open interdisciplinary forum of discussion on key issues facing the field.

The event is a full day workshop with planned sessions based around presentations of short paper submissions from attendees. As well as the planned sessions we plan to have some serendipitous sessions allowing for free discussion on topics of interest to those attending much like what is seen in 'unconference' events. Topics of interest for these sessions will be polled from the participants during coffee breaks at the beginning of the day and over lunch to allowing for serendipitous sessions late morning and at the end of the day. As well as free discussion these serendipitous sessions might include small relevant presentations and technical demos. This structure is based on the highly successful structure of previous workshops. Areas of discussion and relevant topics for the workshop include:

  • Models of Narrative
  • Systems for the Presentation of Narratives
  • Adaptive and Personalised Narratives
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Narrative Generation
  • Narrative as a method of Knowledge Capture
  • Social Media as Narrative
  • Narrative as a lens on identity
  • Argumentation and Rhetoric
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Cinematic Hypertext
  • Authorial support systems
  • e-Literature
  • Strange Hypertext
  • Interaction and Narrative
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration on narrative
  • Location Aware Narrative
  • Game Narrative
  • Digital Journalism and Citizen/Collaborative News


Researchers and practitioners working with hypertext or narrative are invited to attend this workshop. Participants are asked to submit a short (between 2 and 5 pages ACM format) position paper on their current work. Authors of papers selected for presentation will be informed 4 weeks after the submission deadline. All the position papers of participants will be made available on the workshop website.


As with last year the workshop will be split into planned and serendipitous sessions. The planned sessions will comprise of presentations of work from those with selected submitted papers with time for questions and discussion after each.

The serendipitous sessions will depend on the interests of the attendees of the workshop and will function in the style of an unconference. The preceding coffee break to each serendipitous session will allow participants to put forward suggestions for discussion topics, short presentations, or demos. The organisers will then select the most popular activities suggested as the focus for that session.

Submission Details

Papers should be in ACM format, be between 2 and 5 pages long and submitted as a PDF. The papers should be emailed no later than midnight GMT 20th March 2017 to Charlie Hargood at Submitted papers will be refereed and notification of acceptance sent out 4 weeks later. Accepted papers will be included alongside the ACM Hypertext conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library, and author will have a week to prepare camera ready papers for submission after acceptance.

Important Dates:

  • 20th March: Paper Submissions Due
  • 15th April: Notification of acceptance
  • 2nd May: Camera ready papers due
  • 4th July: Workshop


you have any questions please feel free to contact the organisers:

Charlie Hargood:

David Millard:

Congrès international autour du centenaire de la naissance d’A. J. Greimas (1917-1992)

Le congrès de l’Association Française de Sémiotique se tiendra du 30 mai au 2 juin 2017 dans les locaux et sous le patronage de l’UNESCO à Paris. Classé parmi les anniversaires de cette grande institution pour l’année 2017, il célébrera le centenaire de la naissance d'Algirdas Julien Greimas.
Le projet scientifique de ce congrès s’inscrit naturellement dans la perspective des travaux du fondateur de la sémiotique structurale, souvent appelée de ce fait « greimassienne ». Par delà l’hommage à une œuvre hautement représentative du structuralisme et dont l’influence reste considérable, il s’agira d’en interroger les fondements, de situer ses propositions dans le contexte plus général des sciences du langage et de la signification, d’examiner la manière dont elle s’est prolongée et continue à inspirer aujourd’hui des recherches et des créations. On se proposera notamment, du côté épistémologique, de questionner la pertinence de ce que fut le « structuralisme », d’évaluer ses transformations et son devenir, et d’envisager la « prise » de la sémiotique sur le monde et ses discours, ceux des disciplines qui les appréhendent en sciences humaines, ceux des réalités sociales qui les façonnent et les mettent, dramatiquement ou non, en perspective.
Le congrès s’organise en quatre grands thèmes portant chacun sur une des problématiques caractéristiques de l’œuvre de Greimas et de ses développements actuels. Chacun de ces thèmes associe à l’investigation théorique l’étude d’objets et de domaines d’analyse qui, en retour, suscitent la recherche de modèles : pratiques du quotidien, arts, littérature, médias, discours politique, architecture et urbanisme, sciences du vivant, mathématiques.

Greimas a défini et porté un projet scientifique visionnaire, qui a permis à la sémiotique de se projeter, de s’adapter et de s’enrichir en interagissant et en évoluant avec les paradigmes scientifiques de la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle et du début du XXIe . Un premier ensemble de propositions de communication portera sur cette postérité, à évaluer et à discuter, notamment au regard des transformations qui ont permis la transmission et l’actualisation du projet intellectuel de la sémiotique structurale des années 1960-70 : les nouveaux paradigmes sémiotiques, l’émergence des problématiques, l’évaluation des avancées.

Dès l’origine du structuralisme, l’un des objectifs collectifs des sciences humaines et sociales était de mettre en évidence la transversalité des questions de signification. Cette visée reste d’actualité, même si un vent contraire a poussé nombre de disciplines à se resserrer sur leur domaine traditionnel. Le projet demeure, cependant, de saisir dans chacune d’elles la forme d’une sémiologie qui lui est propre. La sémiotique greimassienne maintient cet objectif, en s’efforçant d’étendre ses investigations à l’étude de ces sémiologies spécifiques, et en cherchant à travers elles la construction d’une transversalité. Un deuxième ensemble de propositions de communication portera donc sur la relation transdisciplinaire à partir de ces sémiologies et en dialogue avec elles.

La sémiotique d’inspiration greimassienne a proposé et expérimenté au cours des cinquante dernières années un nombre important de modèles théoriques, principalement par déduction et construction (sémiotique tensive, sémiotique des instances énonçantes, des interactions, de l’iconicité, etc.). Les progrès réalisés depuis dans les différentes sciences humaines et sociales, ainsi que dans les neurosciences et les sciences cognitives, permettent d’envisager aujourd’hui des procédures de validation et de falsification de ces modèles au-delà des seules applications descriptives. Un troisième ensemble de contributions aura pour objectif d’interroger la validation des nouvelles propositions théoriques.

Si la sémiotique relève pour une part des sciences de l’esprit et de la culture, son extension actuelle couvre l’ensemble des faits sociaux et au-delà. Le projet du structuralisme visait à rapprocher les sciences humaines et sociales des sciences de la nature. Par ailleurs, les productions concrètes des sémioticiens, depuis une cinquantaine d’années, s’ouvrent et empruntent à la philosophie, aux mathématiques, à l’éthologie et à l’écriture littéraire. D’où cette interrogation majeure sur le statut présent et à venir du projet scientifique que Greimas a initié. La plupart des grandes questions de notre temps impliquent de fait la contribution des sciences humaines et sociales : l’environnement, le développement durable, les droits de l’homme et des populations, les discriminations, la santé, l’accès à l’énergie, à l’information, à l’éducation, etc. La sémiotique jouera pleinement son rôle si elle interroge, avec les autres sciences humaines et sociales, les discours de ces domaines, les processus de décision, la gouvernance des systèmes, ainsi que les conséquences sociales et anthropologiques des transformations en cours et à venir. Ce sera l’objet d’un quatrième groupe de propositions de communication.
L’objectif général du congrès est d’interroger la descendance théorique du structuralisme (français et international), de faire reconnaître à l’œuvre de Greimas le rayonnement qui lui revient, et surtout de susciter de nouvelles pistes de recherche à partir d’une réflexion critique sur les acquis.
En s’inscrivant clairement dans l’une des quatre thématiques définies ci-dessus, les propositions de communication pourront se fonder sur des concepts, des objets ou des pratiques, sur des confrontations théoriques et des échanges transdisciplinaires, ou sur des études concrètes issues des différents domaines de spécialité des sémioticiens.
La langue officielle du congrès est le français. Les autres langues de travail sont l'anglais, l'espagnol, l'italien et le portugais. En cas de communication dans l'une de ces dernières langues, prévoir une projection en français.
Ces propositions de communication (comprenant le nom et le rattachement institutionnel de chaque auteur, le titre, un résumé et une courte bibliographie – le tout ne dépassant pas 3000 signes espaces comprises) doivent être déposées sur le site internet du congrès ( via l’onglet « Soumissions » avant le 20 octobre 2016.
Pour toute information sur le congrès, veuillez consulter le site du congrès ou contacter Marine Maréchal (coordinatrice) :

I would like to invite you to contribute to a special narratological issue of 'Philological Studies', a Polish academic journal founded in 1884, published by the University of Warsaw. The topic of the issue is 'Points of View'. CFP deadline is 15 April, 2017.


Joanna Jeziorska-Haładyj

University of Warsaw

Job description

We invite applications for two PhD positions within the ERC Starting Grant Project “Narrating the Mesh.” The envisioned start date for these positions is 1 October 2017, and the maximum duration 4 years. The positions include full social security coverage and a net salary of approximately 1,900€ per month.

Profile of the candidate

Project background The “mesh” is Timothy Morton’s metaphor for the interrelation between humans and a large gamut of “nonhuman” realities, from the bacteria in our guts to macro-entities such as climate change. “Narrating the Mesh” (NARMESH in short) is a multidisciplinary research project interrogating contemporary narrative and its potential for staging, challenging, and expanding the human imagination of the nonhuman. How can narrative, in both literary fiction and oral storytelling, capture the ways in which humans are dependent upon the climate or the geological history of our planet? How can we narrativize entities that elude the human scale? How can stories undercut anthropocentric ideologies and foster a sense of respectful coexistence with realities beyond the human? NARMESH addresses these questions by bringing together literary studies, narrative theory, and narrative approaches in the social sciences. The 1.1-million-euro project is funded by the European Research Council and based at Ghent University in Belgium, whose Literary Studies department hosts a wide range of innovative research projects, including two other ERC grants. The Principal Investigator is Marco Caracciolo (, who is Assistant Professor in English and Literary Theory at UGent. The team will include the PI, a post-doc, two PhD students, and two student assistants. Applicants are encouraged to visit for further details on the project, including the submitted proposal.

Job profile

The PhD students will work on contemporary (post-1990) fiction in English. They will focus on two narrative genres that foreground the interrelation between humans and nonhuman realities: catastrophic fiction (i.e., Cormac McCarthy’s The Road or Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven) and so-called “lab” fiction exploring scientific themes, including but not limited to climate change (e.g., Ian McEwan’s Solar or Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker). The exact scope and outline of the dissertations is to be defined by the PhD students in collaboration with the PI. Because the project aims to cross-fertilize contemporary narrative theory and ecocriticism, a thorough knowledge of at least one of these fields is essential. An interest in mind-oriented approaches to fiction and its possible effects on readers is desirable.

Preliminary time line

− 2 May 2017: Application deadline

− 18 May: Shortlisting is complete, applicants are notified of the result

− Week of May 22: The interviews take place via video conferencing

About Ghent

University Ghent University is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in the Low Countries. Every day over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students strive to realize its motto “Dare to Think.” Ghent University’s mission is to wed high-quality education with internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility. Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance. Applications from female candidates are thus especially welcome.

How to apply

Applications should consist of the following materials:

- CV, with list of publications and contact details for at least two recommendation letters.

- Digital copies of university degrees.

- Cover letter of maximum 2,000 words, detailing (1) how the applicant’s expertise and past studies contribute to the overall goals of NARMESH; (2) which of the two genres (catastrophic or “lab” fiction) the applicant would foreground in their doctoral work; (3) what post-1990 novels they would include in the corpus; (4) and how they would explore these novels in light of the project’s theoretical framework. Please address each of these points in the cover letter. Please send these materials in a PDF file to, with the following subject line: “*Last name* Application PhD positions.”

Ghent University
After decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries with 36,000 students and more than 8,000 staff members.



Centre for Fictionality Studies at Aarhus University the conference, Fictionality in Literature: Core Concepts Revisited, which might be of interest to some of you.

For more information please visit the home page:

Preliminary program

Contact: Henrik Skov Nielsen

Wednesday, May 3

09.00 - 09.15: Welcome

09.15 - 09.55: Louise Brix Jacobsen - Paratext

09.55 - 10.35: Gerald Prince - Reader

10.35 - 11.15: Henrik Skov Nielsen - Author

11.15 - 12.15: Lunch break

12.15 - 12.55: Sylvie Patron - Narrator

12.55 - 13.35: Porter Abbott - Character

13.35 – 14.15: Maria Mäkelä - Consciousness

14.15 – 14.30: Break

14.30 - 15.10: Laura Karttunen - Speech Representation

15.10 - 15.50: Karin Kukkonen - Plot


Thursday, May 4

09.00 - 09.05: Welcome

09.05 - 09.45: Richard Walsh - Metafiction and Metalepsis

10.45 - 11.25: Rikke Andersen Kraglund - Intertextuality

10.25 - 11.05: Lasse Gammelgaard - Poetry

11.05 - 11.45: Catherine Gallagher and Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen - Novel

11.45 - 12.45: Lunch break

12.45 - 13.25: Greta Olson - Tropes

13.25 - 14.05: James Phelan - Literary Non-fiction

14.05 - 14.20: Break

14.20 - 15:00: Jakob Lothe - Ethics

15.00 - 15.40: Susan Lanser - Ideology and Social Justice

The University of Oslo has announced a PhD position in Comparative Literature:
More information: steering committe member Prof. Karin Kukkonen.
We would like to announce a summer school program that may be of interest to your students: “Fictionality and Factuality 2017: Counter-narratives in Organizations,” which will take place July 4th – July 14th at Aarhus University in Denmark.
The summer school is being organized jointly by scholars from Aarhus University, the University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University. As you can see in the link below, the program combines topics in narratology, fictionality, factuality and organizational narratives.
A course description and information about practicalities and application are avaiIable on the website for the course on the following link:
The course is part of Aarhus University’s extensive Summer University, which manages the application process and provides information about accommodations. Information about the Summer University, including a link and contact information can be found at
The summer school can be contacted directly per email or by chat Mondays and Wednesdays between 10-11 (Danish time).
The application deadline is March 15th 2017


ENN members are asked to send in announcements of recently or soon-to-be-published monographs and anthologies together with the standard bibliographical information (NB: intended for this heading are books, not articles). This information, which will be included in each upcoming Newsletter, should be sent to the Chairman of the ENN Steering Committee, Gunther Martens, at with a copy to Tobias Hermans (Bloomington University, Indiana) at .
Grishakova, Marina, and Siim Sorokin. Notes On Narrative, Cognition, And Cultural Evolution. Sign Systems Studies 44 (2016): 542–561. Web. Sign Systems Studies.
Grishakova, Marina, and Siim Sorokin. Notes On Narrative, Cognition, And Cultural Evolution. Sign Systems Studies 44 (2016): 542–561. Web. Sign Systems Studies.


About us

ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.