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CfP Challenging concepts of broken and unnatural narratives


"Challenging concepts of broken and unnatural narrative"

GCSC (JLU), 14-15 November 2017

The GCSC Research Area „Cultural Narratologies“ is excited to be able to invite (post-)doctoral researchers from various disciplines to a two-day intensive workshop on the topic of broken and unnatural narrations. We are going to explore the theory behind these concepts and apply them to ongoing research in the study of literature and culture. The aim of this course is to examine the forms, mechanisms and aesthetics of fictional/factual broken and unnatural narratives in and between the respective realms, deepen and broaden the understanding and challenge the concepts. The workshop is designed as a forum to read and discuss theoretical texts, to get input and to present current work in the field to peer doctoral researchers and senior narratologists. We are delighted to have cast together three experts theorising broken and unnatural narratives who are eager to work with early career researchers in the field.

The workshop offers (post-)doctoral researchers the opportunity to present their problems and questions within the approach of broken and unnatural narratives in a small interdisciplinary group of peers and selected experts. The intense reading retreat with key texts on the topic of broken narratives and unnatural narratives as well as the keynote lecture and the masterclass on broken narratives held by Prof. Stefan Iversen will deepen the participant’s knowledge in the respective field. Furthermore, the participants are invited to make use of the specialised consultations by Prof. Ansgar Nünning and Prof. Jan Alber (10 minute slots). With this highly individualised offer, we would like to give participants the chance to discuss questions and problems with some of the most important representatives in the research field of broken and unnatural narratives. Finally, the workshop will be a platform for networking and interchange both formally and informally.

For the presentations, we ask applicants to focus on a specific problem in connection with broken and/or unnatural narratives that they encounter in a current project. Presenters get the opportunity to introduce their case in 5 minutes slots with subsequent discussions of 10 minutes.

We ask applicants to hand in abstracts of no more than 200 words about the case of broken or unnatural narratives that they would like to present in the colloquium. Please send your abstract to all of the organisers, and no later than October 17, 2017. Please do also include your institutional affiliation, e-mail, and a 100-word bio. We will notify you of acceptance on October 23, 2017.

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