Aarhus University Seal

SINS 2013

The first Summer Course in Narrative Studies was held in August 2013. 35 PhDs, postdocs and seniors scholarls took part. The evaluations of the course were very positive; the overall rating of the course was 4,6 (on a scale from 1 to 5). Testimonial snippets from participants

“Truly excellent and has made a SIGNIFICANT contribution to my doctoral work. I am very grateful”

“highly skilled presenters and engaged participants”

“good balance of the different disciplines”

“great emphasis on discussion”

“The location was EXCELLENT”

“Extremely well organized. Content was very strong. This course strikes me as a significant contribution to the community”

“looking forward to attending future SINS!”, 

“would definitely want to come back and keep in touch” 

Paul Dawson

Paul Dawson is a senior lecturer at The University of New South Wales, Australia. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of narrative theory and Creative Writing as an academic discipline.

Paul is the author of Creative Writing and the New Humanities (London/New York: Routledge, 2005), a comprehensive international account of the historical origins, theoretical underpinnings, and disciplinary future of Creative Writing programmes.

Paul's scholarly research focusses on narrative theory and contemporary fiction. His article, "The Return of Omniscience in Contemporary Fiction" won the 2010 prize for Best Essay in Narrative, awarded by the International Society for the Study of Narrative. He is currently working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP110100721) entitled "The return of the omniscient narrator in contemporary fiction: authorship and narrative authority in the new millennium."

Paul is also a writer of fiction and poetry. His first book of poems, Imagining Winter (Interactive Press, 2006), won the 2006 national IP Picks Best Poetry Award, and his poetry and short stories have been widely anthologised, both in Australia and overseas. 

Ruth Page

Dr. Ruth Page is lecturer at School of English at University of Leicester (UK). Her research interests bring together feminist narratology and the analysis of narratives in digital contexts. Her work is integrative in nature and seeks to open up dialogue between literary-critical and sociolinguistic traditions of narrative research.

She has published essays on postmodern British fiction, news media reports, children’s storytelling, conversational narrative, hypertext fiction, blogs and social networking sites. She is the author of Stories and Social Media (Routledge, 2012), Literary and Linguistic Approaches to Feminist Narratology (Palgrave, 2006), editor of New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).

 Alexandra Georgakopoulou

Alexandra Georgakopoulou is Professor in Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics at King’s College, London (UK). Her research interests include: everyday conversational storytelling as social interaction and socio-cultural practice, particularly in contexts of female friendship and adolescent peer-group interaction; small stories research as a new paradigm for narrative and identities analysis; stories and new/social media engagements.

Her books include: Small Stories, Interaction and Identities (John Benjamins, 2007), Discourse Analysis (with D. Goutsos, 2004, 2nd ed, Edinburgh University Press), Narrative Performances: A Study of Modern Greek Storytelling (1997) and (with Anna De Fina) Analyzing Narrative: Discourse and Sociolinguistic (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She is currently co-editing a Handbook of Narrative Analysis (with A. De Fina, Wiley-Blackwell) and a Handbook of Language & Digital Communication (with T. Spilioti, Routledge). She is on the EB of 7 international journals, including the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Narrative Inquiry, and Language@Internet


Jan Baetens

Jan Baetens is Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Among his research interests on the one hand poetry and the other hand word and image relations in so-called minor genres (graphic novel, photographic novel, film novelizations). He is also a strong interest in photography, and the narrative analysis of images in general, and has worked on the use of images as illustrations in literary texts (narratives as well as poetry).

He is the author or co-author of various books and edited volumes on these subjects, most of them in French (his working language). Among them Hergé écrivain (Paris: Flammarion, 2006) and Pour le roman-photo (Brussels: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2010). With Jean-Jean Poucel, he co-edited a double issue of Poetics Today (30:4 and 31:1) on constrained writing, a type of literature that he likes to follow in his work as a published poet (all collections in French, among for instance Slam, a 2006 book on basketball, and Autres nuages, from 2012, a book on "clouds as trees", inspired by Stieglitz's Equivalents).

Henrik Skov Nielsen

Henrik Skov Nielsen is Professor at Department of Aesthetics and Communication University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is head of the recently established “Centre for Fictionality Studies” where he is working on a project on fictionality conceived of one of the most fundamental human cognitive skills and as an ability to imagine how something might be, or can be, or would have been or simply: is not.  Simultaneously he is working on narratological research projects on the relation between authors and narrators and on unnatural narratology in the context of the research groups, NRL and “Unnatural Narratology”. 

Stefan Iversen