Fourth ENN conference (16-18 April 2015, Ghent, Belgium) - deadline: Sept & Oct. 1 2014

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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 framework and/or a case study.
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.)

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.

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 Chris 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

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