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SINS 2016

The fourth Summer Course in Narrative Studies was held in August 2016. 40 PhDs, postdocs and seniors scholars took part. The overall rating of the course was 4,9 (on a scale from 1 to 5). Testimonial snippets from participants:

“very satisfied with the input for my project” “very satisfied with the input for my project”  

”exceptionally stimulating” 

“the overall experience was superb”

”everything has been great” ”everything has been great”  

“so many interesting projects”

“a most rewarding summer school personally and professionally”

“this course is fantastic”

“I cannot depict anything that needs to be improved”


Jens Brockmeier 

Professor Jens Brockmeier received his degrees in psychology, philosophy, and linguistics/literary theory from the Free University Berlin where he also was awarded his Habilitation and took on his first appointment as assistant professor of epistemology and philosophy of science. Since then, he has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Toronto, The New School New York, and Linacre College Oxford, among others, before he joined the American University of Paris in January 2014.
   Brockmeier’s research is concerned with the cultural fabric of mind and language. A number of his research projects have revolved around writing and literacy and its psychological, cultural, and philosophical implications. In a similar key, he has examined how language, as a form of life and central dimension of human development, works in specific social and applied settings. In particular, he has been investigating narrative as psychological, linguistic, and cultural form and practice.
   Among his recent publications are Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, and the Autobiographical Process. (2015), Beyond Loss: Dementia, Memory, and Identity (2014), Health, Illness and Culture: Broken Narratives (Ed. with Lars-Christer Hyden) (2008 Hb; 2011 Pb), and Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture [Studies in Narrative 1] (Ed. with Donal Carbaugh) (2001). 

Ansgar Nünning

Ansgar Nünning is Professor of English and American Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany. He is the founding director of the Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities and of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) as well as the academic director of the International PhD Program (IPP) “Literary and Cultural Studies” and a member of the Collaborative Research Centre “Memory Cultures.” He has published widely on English and American literature, cultures of memory, narratology, and literary and cultural theory. His most recent publications include Metzler Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie, Introduction to the Study of Narrative Fiction (with Birgit Neumann, 2008), Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaften (edited with Vera Nünning, 2003), and Cultural Ways of Worldmaking: Media and Narratives (with Vera Nünning and Birgit Neumann, 2010). He is editor of the series Uni Wissen Anglistik/ Amerikanistik, Uni Wissen Kernkompetenzen, WVT-Handbücher zum literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium and ELCH: English Literary and Cultural History (both with Vera Nünning), MCM: Media and Cultural Memory/Medien und kulturelle Erinnerung (with Astrid Erll), and WVT-Handbücher zur Literatur- und Kulturdidaktik (with Wolfgang Hallet).

Vera Nünning

Vera Nünning is Professor of English philology at Heidelberg University. She came to Heidelberg in 2002. From 2006-2009 she acted as vice-rector for international affairs at Heidelberg University, in 2011/12 and winter 2013/14 she was a fellow in two Institutes of Advanced Studies. She has been guest professor at the Universities of Zaragoza (2006), Lisbon (2009), Helsinki (2010) and Bergamo (2011). Since 2009 she has been working as vice-president of the German consortium of the German-Turkish University in Istanbul.  She is co-editor of the journal English Studies (since 2007) and responsible for the articles on British literature in Kindlers LiteraturLexikon (since 2005, now online). In addition, she is co-editor of three book series and 22 collections of essays as well as (co)author of ten monographs, among those Reading Fictions, Changing Minds - The Cognitive Value of Fiction (2014), Der Englische Roman des 19. Jahrhunderts (3rdedition 2007), and A Revolution in Sentiments, Manners, and Moral Opinions": Catharine Macaulay und die politische Kultur des englischen Radikalismus, 1760-1790 (1998).
   Her research interests include the theory of narrative, with a particular focus on cognitive and cultural narratology, cultural theory, gender studies, contemporary fiction, and the social, cognitive and affective value of fiction. She has published books and articles on cultural history from the 16th to the 19th century and British fiction from the 18th to the 21st century

Jan Alber

Dr. Jan Alber is Associate Professor at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark and University of Freiburg, Germany. During his AIAS Cofund Junior Fellowship in Aarhus, Alber is working on the project "Ideology and Form: The Experimentalism of Recent Australian and Indian-English Prose Narratives". He is vice president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN). Among his publications are Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama (forthcoming), Narrating the Prison: Role and Representation in Charles Dickens' Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and FilmA Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Theory and Interpretation of Narrative (with Nielsen and Richardson, 2013), and Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses (with Monika Fludernik, 2010).  


Henrik Skov Nielsen and Stefan Iversen, both Aarhus University