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Call for Panelists: "Narratives, Narrators and Restorying" Narrative Matters: May29-June 1 Paris
full name / name of organization:
American University of Paris
Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative
Call for Papers:
We are putting together a proposal for an interdisciplinary panel on the intersection between autobiography and narrative studies for the upcoming "Narrative Matters" conference in Paris in the summer of 2012. We are seeking one or two panelists working in a medium other than prose memoir or autobiographical documentary (for which we already have panelists). We are particularly interested in the critical scrutiny of narratives that replace actual or implied pre-existing autobiographical narratives, narratives where the narrator and narrative have a singular and evolving relationship, and works that highlight the process of creating autobiographical narratives. We welcome, for instance, work focused on the graphic memoir, photography, narrative painting, sculpture, and so on or on non-literary forms with an actual or implied narrative component (medical charts, CVs, news videos, social media, census data, transcripts, political counternarratives, etc).
Please send paper titles, abstracts of no more than 250 words, a short biographical statement of no more than 100 words, and contact information off-list to LAnderst@mmm.edu and Stone@Fordham.edu by October 5th.
The American University of Paris, The University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative at St. Thomas University, invite scholars from all disciplines to reflect upon the productive interplay between life and narrative.
What is the relationship between life and narrative? As noted by Jerome Bruner in his article on "Life as Narrative" (1987), this is one of the central intellectual questions facing narrative inquiry and narrative practice across multiple disciplines – psychology, narrattology and literary theory, digital media, sociology, history, sociolinguistics, philosophy, medicine, education, gerontology, communications, social work, ethics, religious studies, etc. Indeed, there is broad agreement that narrative representations (from novels to histories, biographies, websites, films, museums) and life are essential to each other. Narrative draws upon life for inspiration to create an imagined world that has substance, color, texture, and meaning. Meanwhile, life draws upon narrative for resources to imagine our identity and to interpret others, situations, and the "real" world. Both are involved in an intricate exchange, playing off one another, informing and creating one another. However, the relationship between life and narrative – between experience and story - is not merely theoretical in nature but practical as well. Narrative has a profound impact on our understanding of what it means to be human; of the choices we make as persons; of the nature of health and wellness, teaching and learning; of the meaning of history; of how social groups work through conflict; and of how the cultural and political world is ordered.
Panels and papers
Scholars are invited to organize panel sessions and present papers on various aspects of the broad theme of "Life and Narrative."
Possible questions include:
What is the relationship between telling and living?
Confirmed Plenary speakers