>From: "Sandra Heinen" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Narratology in the Age of Interdisciplinary Narrative
>Research (2/15/07; 6/25/07-6/26/07)
>CALL FOR PAPERS:
>"Narratology in the Age of Interdisciplinary Narrative Research" (2/15/07;
>Papers are invited for the Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Narrative
>Research at Wuppertal University, Germany, 25-26 June, 2007.
>The significance of narrative as a cognitive and communicative tool used to
>make sense of the world by creating personal and cultural identities or
>relating the present to the past and future is increasingly recognized in a
>variety of disciplines, ranging from literary studies and linguistics to
>anthropology, sociology, psychology, historiography and business studies, to
>name but a few. The growing interdisciplinary interest in narrative and
>storytelling, however, has so far not led to a convergence of theoretical
>frameworks and methodological approaches: Far from developing a 'lingua
>franca' for interdisciplinary discussions of narrative, the numerous studies
>of stories and storytelling in recent years seem to have contributed to a
>'Babelisation' of narrative studies. This situation raises a number of
>questions which the contributions to the symposium will explore:
>- What are the differences or similarities between (the analysis of)
>non-fictional and fictional storytelling?
>- To what degree have the various disciplinary approaches to narrative
>acknowledged each other's findings? Do they proceed from the same premises?
>- Can the terminology developed by narratological approaches to fiction
>serve as the basis for an interdisciplinary lingua franca in narrative
>research? Or is fictional narrative significantly different from
>- How can (literary) narratology benefit from concepts and methods proposed
>by narrative researchers in other disciplines? Might the insights of
>narrative psychology, for instance, help to further shape the approach known
>as 'cognitive narratology'?
>- Can 'narrative' and 'storytelling' function as 'travelling concepts'
>(Mieke Bal), facilitating interdisciplinary communication?
>- Is there any common ground between hermeneutic, narratological and
>empirical methods of describing, analysing and interpreting narrative(s)?
>We welcome contributions both from literary scholars and from narrative
>researchers in other disciplines. There will be keynote lectures by David
>Herman (Project Narrative, Ohio State University) and Bo Pettersson
>(Department of English, University of Helsinki). Please submit proposals for
>a 20-minute paper to Roy Sommer at [log in to unmask] by February 15,
>2007. Proposals should include both an abstract (150-250 words) and a short
>biographical note. All submissions will be considered for a prospective
>volume on the topic.
>Prof. Dr. Roy Sommer
>University of Wuppertal
>English and American Studies
>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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