Upcoming events

Past events

Chaucer's Pardoner and the Rhetoric of Metafiction and Metalepsis

Wednesday 5 June 2019

An Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies seminar in the 'Historicising Fictionality' series with speaker Richard Walsh.

The Politics of Experimenting with Fiction in Conquest England

Thursday 16 May 2019

An Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies seminar in the Historicising Fictionality series with speaker Elizabeth Tyler.

UK Narrative Studies Symposium

Friday 15 March 2019

A gathering of UK researchers with interests in interdisciplinary narrative studies

Affording Innerscapes: Dreams, Introspective Imagery and the Narrative Exploration of Personal Geographies

Thursday 7 March 2019

A 'Narrative and the Senses' seminar with Marco Bernini (University of Durham). Part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies seminar series: 'Limit Narratology: Cognition and Culture'.

"Story-Telling and Staging Romance in Shakespeare’s Pericles"

Wednesday 27 February 2019

A 'Historicizing Fictionality' Seminar with speaker Jane Raisch (Department of English and Related Literature, University of York).

‘Not undesirable’: South Africa’s Nobel laureates and the censors

Thursday 14 February 2019

A 'Historicizing Fictionality' Seminar with speaker David Attwell (Department of English and Related Literature, University of York).

A 'Narrative and the Senses' seminar

Thursday 31 January 2019

A 'Narrative and the Senses' seminar with Dr Claire Chambers and Dr Richard Walsh (University of York). Part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies seminar series: 'Limit Narratology: Cognition and Culture'.

ICNS Seminar: Jan Alber, "Ways of Making Sense of the Unnatural"

Wednesday 19 September 2018

An event in the occasional ICNS seminar series on topics in narrative theory, featuring visiting speaker Jan Alber (RWTH Aachen), specialist in "unnatural narratology" and past president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Mock Conference Panel: Aspects of Narrative

Monday 26 March 2018

A conference-panel style presentation of three papers, from Hanna Roine (Helsinki), Yu-Hua Yen (York) and Francesca Arnavas (York)

Essay Film and Narrative Technique: First Symposium of the BAFTSS ‘Essay Film’ Research Group

Saturday 18 November 2017

Symposium on this non-fiction form exploiting fictional techniques. Free registration open.

Narrative in Question Symposium and grants workshop

Thursday 15 June 2017

External speakers: Liesbeth Korthals-Altes (Groningen): 'Narrative fiction and Negotiations of Value – Genre Framing and Ethos Attributions.' Greta Olsen (Giessen): 'The Ideological Work of Images of Refugeeism.' Merja Polvinen (Helsinki): 'Enactive Processing of Science Fiction Narrative.'

Narrative in Question Seminar 7

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Mark Jenner (History): 'What you drink is what you write? Diet, dullness and medical writing in Restoration and Augustan England' [Note that the talk from Alice Hall (English) on 'Disability and narrative: Kenzaburō Ōe's fiction' has been cancelled]

Narrative in Question Guest Lecture

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Sandy Louchart (Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art), 'Interactive Digital Narratives: Exploring Narrative Creativity in Games'

Narrative in Question Seminar 6

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Emily Heavey (SPRU): 'Telling ghost stories: The narrative construction of the phantom limb.' Richard Walsh (English): 'The Centre for Narrative Gravity: Narrative and the Philosophy of Selfhood after Dennett'

Narrative in Question Seminar 5

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Roger Marsh (Music): 'Poor Yorick - singing Laurence Sterne.' Peter Lamarque (Philosophy): 'Transparent and opaque modes of reading narrative.'

Narrative in Question Guest Lecture

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Mari Hatavara (Visiting Professor, Tampere), 'A Narratological Analysis of the Political Interview'.

Narrative in Question Seminar 4

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Debbie Maxwell (TFTV): 'Co-creating shared futures through storytelling.' Catherine Laws (Music): 'Player Piano: performing narratives of sound and body.'

Narrative in Question Guest Lecture

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Alice Bell (Sheffield Hallam), 'Immersion in a Playable Story: a Cognitive, Empirical Approach'.

Narrative in Question Seminar 3

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Kate Gridley (SPRU): 'Life Story Work in Dementia Care.' Silvia Gennari (Psychology): 'Narratives and cognitive processes during reading.'

Narrative in Question Guest Lecture

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Molly Andrews (CNR, East London), 'On Time: Narrative, Apology and Forgiveness'.

Narrative in Question Seminar 2

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Greg Currie (Philosophy): 'Not as we know it: narrative and the recreation of experience.' Romana Turina (TFTV): 'Making meaning in reparative storytelling through digital narrative.'

Narrative in Question Guest Lecture

Wednesday 25 January 2017

Mark Currie (Queen Mary, London), 'Narrative, Time and Contingency'.

Narrative in Question Seminar 1 - An introduction to narrative theory

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Richard Walsh (English) will offer a perspective on narrative as a mode of cognition and sensemaking, and Mari Hatavara (Visiting Professor, Tampere) will respond.

Complexity in the Humanities Workshop IV

Wednesday 20 April 2016

An interdisciplinary discussion of time and complexity, led by Susan Stepney and Leo Caves (University of York) and Emma Uprichard, (University of Warwick).

Complexity in the Humanities Workshop III

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Work in progress from the Narrating Complexity volume, from Maria Poulaki (University of Surrey), Erika Fülöp (University of Lancaster) and Romana Turina (University of York).

Complexity Reading Group

Monday 11 January 2016

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide: YCCSA reading on self-reference

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide: Niklas Luhmann, System as difference

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide: Brian Cantwell Smith -- Varieties of Self-Reference

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Fictionality Forum 4

Friday 6 February 2015

Informal discussion on fictionality-related work presented by members of the Fictionality group. In a variation of the usual format, Michele Campopiano will give a talk entitled "Historical narratives between art and philosophy: a turning point in Croce's theory," followed by discussion.

Complexity Reading Group

Thursday 15 January 2015

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Fictionality Forum 3

Monday 24 November 2014

Informal discussion of fictionality-related readings, circulated in advance. Henry Bainton has offered his essay, "History, Documents, Fiction," for the first of our medieval fictionality discussions.

Complexity in the Humanities Workshop II

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Part two of a two-day workshop inaugurating the Complexity in the Humanities research strand in the Centre for Modern Studies, responding to and expanding upon the narrative and complex systems perspectives from day one.

Complexity in the Humanities Workshop I

Monday 3 November 2014

Part one of a two-day workshop inaugurating the Complexity in the Humanities research strand in the Centre for Modern Studies, featuring presentations from members of the NarCS network on complex systems and narrative.

Complexity Reading Group

Monday 20 October 2014

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

RIDERS Summer School 2014

Monday 4 August 2014

A week of interactive storytelling workshops organised by the EPSRC-funded RIDERS project (Research in Interactive Drama Environments, Role-Play and Storytelling).

Complexity Reading Group

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Fictionality Forum 2

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Informal discussion of fictionality-related readings, circulated in advance. From Ziad, the introduction to his 2012 book, Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel; and from Jurate, her conference paper, "Phenomenology of Fiction as Aesthetic Truth in James Joyce’s ‘Epiphanies.’"

Complexity Reading Group

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Complexity Reading Group

Friday 28 February 2014

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Fictionality Forum 1

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Readings from work by members of the Fictionality group, introduced by the authors and discussed in relation to the group's common interest in historicized and culturally-specific explorations of fictive rhetoric.

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Fictionality Group meeting

Friday 15 November 2013

Open discussion of Fictionality Group objectives for the coming year.

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Complexity Reading Group

Monday 4 November 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Complexity Reading Group

Thursday 10 October 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Fiction and Fictionalism reading group

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Chapter-by-chapter discussion of Mark Sainsbury's book, Fiction and Fictionalism

Narrative qualitative research in the social sciences: workshop and seminar

Thursday 3 October 2013

Workshop and seminar examining the place of narrative in qualitative research across the social sciences.

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

What is Unnatural Narratology?

Tuesday 25 June 2013

In this talk Richardson explains and defends the new literary theoretical concept of 'Unnatural Narratives' and offers an overview that discusses their theory and practice, nature and extent.

Unnatural Stories, Plots, Progressions and Endings

Tuesday 25 June 2013

An ICNS workshop in which Brian Richardson will present a short paper on "Unnatural Stories and Sequences" as a vehicle for discussing aspects of his concept of unnatural narratology.

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Complexity Reading Group

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

Complexity Reading Group

Thursday 7 March 2013

Interdisciplinary discussion across the "two cultures" divide

What Have Stories Got to Do with Systems? Narrative and Emergence

Friday 11 May 2012

If you were to assume that complex systems are fundamentally inhospitable to narrative, you'd be entirely justified. Does that mean that complexity scientists and narrative theorists have nothing to say to each other?

Narrative and performativity workshop

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Emilie Morin (English) on “Beckett, Sound Narratives and the Birth of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop,” and Catherine Laws (Music) on “Beckett’s Ghost Trio: Composing Listening.” Followed by discussion.

Workshop on narrative and adventure game design

Friday 6 May 2011

Charles Cecil, director of Revolution Software, will talk about the role of narrative in adventure game design, and lead a discussion on the prospects for better integration between computer games and stories.

Women's Graphic Memoir

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Robyn Warhol will present a paper on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir Fun Home, and lead a discussion of women's graphic narrative.

The Office and the Really Real: Structures of Address in Mockumentary and Reality TV

Tuesday 15 March 2011

Robyn Warhol is the Director of Project Narrative at Ohio State University. Her talk will examine the ways in which the look to camera and other structures of address are manipulated in the TV series, The Office, and other "mockumentary" forms.

Narrative and Maps: Cartographic Narratology and Digital Technology

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Marie-Laure Ryan is the foremost international authority on fictional worlds and narrative in digital media. Her talk will explore the relation between narrative and space via interactive media maps.

Interactive narrative workshop

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Marie-Laure Ryan (Boulder, Colorado) will present a paper on interactivity in narrative, with responses from Daniel Kudenko and Maria Arinbjarnar (Computer Science).

Narrative research workshop 2

Friday 23 April 2010

An interdisciplinary discussion of papers by Richard Walsh (English), Geoff Wall (English), and Sarah Collins (Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School).

Narrative research workshop

Friday 4 December 2009

An open discussion of opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research projects based upon the narrative research theme. Discussion led by Richard Walsh.

Fictionality workshop 5

Wednesday 17 June 2009

A round-table discussion based upon an essay by Monika Otter (Dartmouth College New Hampshire); the essay, along with extracts from the Rhetorimachia (in Monika’s own working translation) will be circulated in advance.

Interdisciplinary One-Day Symposium on Narrative Research

Wednesday 3 June 2009

An all-day event exploring the state of narrative research across the disciplines. Speakers Brian Richardson (Maryland), Peter Goldie (Manchester), Maria Tamboukou (Centre for Narrative Research, East London) and Porter Abbott (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Fictionality workshop 4

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Brian Richardson (University of Maryland) will present a paper on "The Question of Fictionality in Nabokov and Others." The respondent will be Porter Abbott (University of California, Santa Barbara), and an open discussion will follow.

Fictionality Workshop 3

Saturday 14 February 2009

Exploring historical variation and continuity in the concept of narrative fictionality, with speakers Monika Fludernik (Freiburg) and Richard Walsh (York).

Fictionality workshop 2

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Stephen Benson from the University of East Anglia leads a discussion on narrative voice in contemporary fiction.

Inaugural Fictionality Group Workshop

Monday 22 December 2008

An exploration of historical variation and continuity in the concept of narrative fictionality, with speakers Hilary Dannenberg (Bayreuth) and John Morgan (Swansea).

General enquiries

Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies
Humanities Research Centre
Berrick Saul Building
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
UK

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Tel: 01904 323338