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SINS 2017

The fifth Summer Course in Narrative Studies was held in July/August 2017. 44 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:

“One of the most rewarding opportunities of my career”  

”Lovely atmosphere, nice scheduling and great people!"

"A hugely enriching experience"

"It has been most rewarding both professionally and personally"

"Great keynotes, cutting-edge research and good discussions"

"I have found SINS to be even more productive for my own research than I had hoped"

Molly Andrews 

Molly Andrews is Professor of Political Psychology and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research at University of East London. Her research explores the implicit political worldviews which individuals impart through the stories they tell about their lives, as well as the wider social and political context which makes some stories more ‘tell-able’ than others. Andrews has conducted research projects in Britain (life histories with lifetime socialists), the United States (analyzing anti-war activism as an expression of patriotism), East Germany (accounting for national identity in the context of the demise of one’s country) and South Africa (examining testimonies before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission). Among her recent publications are the monographs Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life (2014) and Shaping history: Narratives of political change (2007). She has coedited Doing narrative research (2nd edition 2013) and published in journals such as Narrative Inquiry, Cultural Memory, Media, Culture and Society, and International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.  

Dorothy J. Hale   

Dorothy J. Hale is professor of English at University of Berkeley (CA). Her research focuses on two related fields: the Anglo-American novel, especially from 1875 to the present, and the theory of the novel, which develops into its own discipline during this period. Hale continues to be particularly interested in problems of novelistic form. Recent major publications are Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present (1998) and The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1900-2000 (2006). Recent articles related to her current book project, The Novel and the New Ethics, include "On Beauty as Beautiful? The Problem of Novelistic Aesthetics by way of Zadie Smith" (Contemporary Literature, 2012), "Aesthetics and the New Ethics: Theorizing the Novel in the Twenty-first Century" (PMLA, 2009), "The Art of English Fiction in the Twentieth Century" (The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth-Century English Novel, 2009), and "Fiction as Restriction: Self-Binding in New Ethical Theories of the Novel" (Narrative, 2007).  

Marco Caracciolo   

Marco Caracciolo is assistant professor of English and Literary Theory at Ghent University in Belgium, where he coordinates the ERC Starting Grant project “Narrating the Mesh” (NARMESH). Marco’s work explores the phenomenology of narrative, or the structure of the experiences afforded by literary fiction and other narrative media. He is also interested in the dynamics of interpretation and in engaging with characters, especially characters whom readers perceive as “strange” or deviant (narrating animals, serial killers, cyborgs). He is the author of The Experientiality of Narrative: An Enactivist Approach (2014), Strange Narrators in Contemporary Fiction: Explorations in Readers’ Engagement with Characters (2016) and A Passion for Specificity: Confronting Inner Experience in Literature and Science (co-authored with psychologist Russell Hurlburt 2016). In addition to this, he has published articles in journals such as Poetics Today, Narrative, New Literary History, Style, and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.  

Jan-Noël Thon

Jan-Noël Thon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Tuebingen, where he works on comics studies, film studies, game studies, transmedial narratology, and processes of media convergence in digital media culture. He is the author of Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture (2016) as well as the co-editor of Subjectivity across Media. Interdisciplinary and Transmedial Perspectives (with Maike Sarah Reinerth, 2016), Storyworlds across Media. Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology (with Marie-Laure Ryan, 2014), and From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels. Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative (with Daniel Stein, 2013). In addition, he has published in journals such as DIEGESIS, IMAGE, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Storyworlds.