SINS 2014

The second Summer Course in Narrative Studies was held in August 2014. 34 PhDs, postdocs and seniors scholars took part. The overall rating of the course was 4,8 (on a scale from 1 to 5). Testimonial snippets from participants

“The best course in Narrative Studies. Absolutely recommended for getting into the field and for stretching the network!”

“a wonderful academic and social experience”

“unique possibility of direct interaction with key researchers in the field”

“really great stuff, useful discussions, interesting speakers” 

“I am very satisfied – hope to come again next year”   

Michael Bamberg

Michael Bamberg (1947- ) is coeditor of the journal Narrative Inquiry through which he supports and encourages theorizing and research into narrative from differing perspectives. In addition, he is the series editor of Studies in Narrative consisting of a series of books at the cutting edge of narrative research. Michael Bamberg has been an important figure in the promotion of a series of different genres of applied linguistic and narrative research. From his dissertation work on the acquisition of narratives by young children (Bamberg, 1987), through positioning theory (Bamberg, 1997a, 2003) and analysis of narratives (Bamberg, 2011b, 2012), to identity construction in talk-in-interaction (Bamberg & Georgakopoulou, 2008; Bamberg, 2011b, 2011c; Bamberg, De Fina, & Schiffrin, 2011), he has contributed varied strands to applied linguistics (De Fina, Schiffrin, & Bamberg, 2006; Bamberg, De Fina, & Schiffrin, 2007, 2011; Bamberg, 2011a).

Marie-Laure Ryan

Marie-Laure Ryan is an independent scholar. In 2010-2011 she was a Johannes Gutenberg Fellow at the University of Mainz, Germany, where she researched the phenomenon of narrative distributed across various media. She is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory (1991), Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (2001), and Avatars of Story (2006). She has also edited Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory (1999), Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling (2004), Intermediality and Storytelling, with Marina Grishakova (2010), and together with David Herman and Manfred Jahn, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2005). She is presently editing the Johns Hopkins Guide to New Media and Digital Textuality with Lori Emerson and Benjamin Robertson. Her scholarly work has earned her the Prize for Independent Scholars and the Jeanne and Aldo Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literature, both from the Modern Language Association, and she has been the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA followships.

Porter Abbott

Porter Abbott is Professor Emeritus in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His main areas of interest are narrative & narrative theory, 19th & 20th-century literature, modernism, literature, cognition, evolution, and self-writing.

Among his book publications are The Cambridge Introduction to NarrativeBeckett Writing Beckett: The Author in the AutographDiary Fiction: Writing as ActionOn the Origin of Fictions: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesReal Mysteries: Narrative and the UnknowableThe Fiction of Samuel Beckett: Form and Effect


Stefan Iversen and Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen