Post Your Ideas, Announcements, CFPs, etc. Here!

11 responses to “Post Your Ideas, Announcements, CFPs, etc. Here!

  1. It’s excellent news that there is now a weblog on narrative theory. Or are there any others of which I am not aware? Maybe the blogroll section needs to be developed in order for discussions and conversations to arise. Congratulations!

  2. More metacomments on the blog:
    I find the design somewhat disorienting. In most blogs you find a front page with the most recent article, which then moves down when a new article is added… indeed, this “last ones first” seems to be one of the most basic structural traits of this rather gaseous genre, blogging. Here the most recent discussion seems to be accessible only through the “categories” on the left-hand column, and not through the “recent posts”, which again is disorienting… I think it should get the main central position, at least until the next discussion is broached, and the welcome note a marginal one. Also, a section of links to the “latest comments” will be a welcome addition—especially once there’s a number of conversations going on.

  3. And while I’m at it, I’ll post an announcement; I’ve uploaded a paper on “Emergent narrativity” to my Social Science Research Network page. For those readers who are not using this network, it’s well worth checking: you can upload your papers and make them available through the Internet free of charge, whether they are working papers or accepted papers. My latest:

  4. Another publication announcement. Just our: Theorizing Narrativity, ed. John Pier and José Angel García Landa. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008. With papers by the editors, Gerald Prince, Meir Sternberg, Marie-Laure Ryan, Michael Toolan, Monika Fludernik, Ansgar Nünning and others.

  5. A potentially useful link, open access journal (in French though):

    Cahiers de Narratologie

  6. Call for papers
    Happy Endings

    University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France
    23rd-24th January 2009

    Happy endings are frowned upon. Loved by readers, they are loathed by
    critics: as the conventional conclusion to fairy tales and Victorian
    novels, the vehicle of patriachal hegemony promoting conservative
    values such as marriage and heterosexuality, happy endings are said to
    be a burden for the novelist and the sure sign of the poverty of a
    text submitting itself to the pressure of a readership avid of easy
    rewards. Happy endings have thus been disparaged by critics, ever
    since Henry James?s mocking definition (?a distribution at the last of
    prizes, pensions, husbands, wives, babies, millions, appended
    paragraphs and cheerful remarks?). Yet, scholars such as Barbara Weiss
    (?The Dilemma of Happily Ever After: Marriage and the Victorian
    Novel?, 1984) and Alison Booth (Famous Last Words, 1993) have shown
    that nineteenth-century novelists were not the blind advocates of
    domestic felicity, and contributions furthering this point will be
    welcome. We also propose to extend the question of the existence and
    representation of happy endings to twentieth and twenty-first century
    novels and films. What form and what place do happy endings have
    today? Is conjugal love still a telos? Do they still signify aesthetic
    and moral conservatism? Do they still display the same ideology of
    reconciliation and escapism from social ills? What narratives of
    gender roles do they tell? This conference will aim at exploring the
    formal and ideological dimension of happy endings through the ages.

    In literature, papers will explore general fiction, with a particular
    attention to texts in which happy endings conventionnally play a major
    part: romance, children?s literature and (fairy) tales –as well as
    their rewriting (by Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt or Jeanette Winterson).

    On screen contributions will question filmic representations of
    literary happy endings, or more generally, on the importance of happy
    endings in British and American cinema, in classic or contemporary

    Please send a 300-word abstract to and
    The deadline for submission is June 1st, 2008. Notifications will be
    mailed in July 2008.
    Please mention in your proposal any audio-visual equipment needed.
    Please include complete contact information (name, home address,
    email, phone, affiliation) along with a short CV.

  7. New, longish paper on narratology (in Spanish):
    García Landa, José Angel, “Blogs and the Narrativity of Experience / Los blogs y la narratividad de la experiencia” (2008). Available at SSRN:

  8. CFP: Academic Autobiography, Intellectual History, and Cultural Memory in the 20th Century: An Interdisciplinary Conference

    Proposals are sought for an Interdisciplinary Conference entitled “Academic Autobiography, Intellectual History, and Cultural Memory in the 20th Century” to be held at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) on the 26-28 of March, 2009. This conference aims to engage the current paradigms of the debate on autobiographical writing by academics (historians, literary critics, anthropologists, and sociologists, among others) and analyze these in the interdisciplinary context of the consciousness of the ways intellectual history and cultural memory may be developed, articulated, and promoted in the twentieth century. Autobiographies by academics who have played important public roles and whose scholarship have shaped the ways we think about disciplines, society, culture, or politics�such as Nancy K. Miller, Eric Hobsbawm, Clifford Geertz, Leila Ahmed, Edward Said, Jill Ker Conway, Ihab Hassan, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Yi-Fu Tuan, among others�may be explored as new approaches to the discourses of intellectual history and culture in our age. We invite proposals that offer new ways to read these autobiographies and analyze their discursive possibilities in the historical, cultural, and academic contexts in which they were written.

    Specific topics may include, but are not limited to: the academic as author/historian; academic life writing as history or cultural discourse; academic autobiography as intellectual history; life writing and the definitions of academic disciplines; the intersection between private and public lives in academic autobiographies; academic autobiography as a literary or historical genre; the ways in which the notion of literary or historical discourse may be rethought in the context of this form of writing; the ways academic autobiographies challenge our notions of historiography or literary analysis.

    500-word abstracts and a 1-page CV must be submitted (email submissions preferred) before October 15, 2008 to the Conference Organizers at this address:

    Prof. Rocío G. Davis
    Modern Languages Department
    University of Navarra
    Pamplona 31080
    Fax: 34-948-425636

  9. Thank you kindly for posting this CFP up. I am working on a dissertation dealing w/autobiography and cultural memory, so am thrilled to see this opportunity.

    Much appreciated! Keep them coming!


  10. Call for Papers

    The journal invites contributions from scholars and practitioners in the arts, humanities and social sciences who are engaged with culture and innovation. This may include articles concerned with:

    Cultural artifacts (e.g. tools, systems, performances) as products of interdisciplinary knowledge exchange
    Curatorship and knowledge exchange
    The dynamics of science and technological interaction with the cultural realm
    Alternative histories of innovation
    The cultural dynamics of innovation processes
    The spaces and institutions of cultural knowledge exchange
    Knowledge exchange and epistemology
    The relationships between research, research and development and practice

    Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words, curated case studies and reviews of books, works, exhibitions and performances are also welcome.

  11. Great idea for a blog! Just a quick notice/request from my and my colleague working on a trandisciplinary project at the University of York.
    As part of our work on a summer research project entitled ‘Using social network analysis to explore narrative structure’, we are looking for users to complete a survey focusing on the way individuals read and understand the social interactions and relationships in a text. The survey focuses on a single short story, and requires users to enter information about the relationships they perceive in the work. Our project aims to explore these responses in terms of what they reveal both in themselves, and when read against a digital method for extracting similar information.
    Thank you in advance for your time.
    Survey link:

    Any reposts are very, very welcome.

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