Extended deadline for proposals October 9,
Deadline for final seminar papers October 28.

If your PhD project involves studying narrative or if you make use of narrative methods, this announcement is for you. On Friday November 11, 2022, Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies hosts the sixth annual seminar for PhD students. The seminar provides a chance to meet PhD researchers from diverse backgrounds who work on or with narrative, but also to participate in Narrare’s ongoing endeavor of developing theories, methods and analytical tools for the interdisciplinary field of narrative studies. The seminar papers will be commented on by the senior researchers and professors of the Centre. Our confirmed visiting scholars commenting on the workshop papers this year are Professor Jarmila Mildorf and Professor Mikko Keskinen. Jarmila Mildorf is Associate Professor for English Language and Literature at the University of Paderborn. Her research interests are in socionarratology, dialogue studies, audionarratology, radio drama, narratives and mental health and the medical humanities. She is co-editor-in-chief of the book series “Narratives and Mental Health” (Brill). Mikko Keskinen is Professor of Literature at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research interests include experimental narrative (e.g. negation and interrogative in narration); intermediality; multimodality; sound, voice, and speech in prose fiction; and demediation and literature.

The seminar will be held as a hybrid event at Tampere University. It is possible to participate the seminar via Zoom, even though we hope many participants to come to Tampere. The keynote lectures will be given on site in Tampere and they are streamed. Moreover, it is possible to join the panel sessions via Zoom. However, depending on the Covid-19 situation in Finland in November, we encourage the participants to consider visiting Tampere and taking part in the seminar in person.

Proposals: We ask prospective participants to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented at the seminar. The one-page proposal should include: title, research question, target material, method and theoretical framework plus a short description of the issues the author would like the seminar to address when discussing their paper. The language of the proposals and the seminar is English.

Seminar papers & presentations: Those selected to present at the seminar are expected to send in written papers to be discussed. Those papers should include an extended version (2 to 3 pages) of the proposal and a representative excerpt (2 to 3 pages) of their target material. In case the original target material is in any other language than English, we ask for you to provide a short sample (at least half-a-page) of the material translated to English.

On the day of the seminar, participants are expected to present their papers very briefly (max. 5 minutes) before comments and discussion.

Please apply by sending your proposal to Anna Kuutsa ( by September 18. The deadline for the final seminar papers is October 28, and they are to be sent to the same address. Any possible questions can be directed to Anna Kuutsa as well.

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