The Third LACE Winter School

Uses of Narrative

22.-26.01.2018
University of Tartu, Estonia

Students and researchers interested in storytelling and narrative are invited to come together in Tartu, Estonia, to take part in the third LACE Winter School on the Uses of Narrative. With some of Europe’s leading narrative scholars as speakers, as well as contributions from a wide array of disciplines and practices, the Winter School will showcase cutting-edge research and explore the uses of narrative: what do individuals and societies ‘do’ through their use of narratives? What methods should we apply to study the widespread and diverse forms of narrative in culture? The winter school is open to graduate students of literature, art and media studies, sociology, journalism, and all other fields.

Background and themes

In the 1980-90s, the study of narrative became an expanding area of interdisciplinary research in rapid development which produced a real explosion of knowledge in a wide range of academic disciplines. Narratological tools have been used to study historical, scientific, political discourses and to explan human behavior. Films, TV series, comic books, and videogames offered rich material for narrative analysis.

The narrative turn brought with it a great interest in narrative fiction as a ‘laboratory’ (Ricoeur) where experimentation with forms of action, value and judgment takes place. Beyond the academe, fiction and those who studied it received much attention in the fields of psychology, counselling, journalism and management, where insights from narratology were used to inform professional practices, often under the umbrella term storytelling.

Contents

  • The Winter School will in particular zoom in on:
  • Narrative and cognition;
  • Narrative and negotiation of values;
  • Narrative across media;
  • Catastrophe and disaster narratives;
  • Narrative hermeneutics and autonarration;
  • Transdisciplinary studies of narrative;
  • Applied Narratology.

Lecturers: Jan Alber, Jan Baetens, Helena Buescu, Evelyn Gius, Marina Grishakova, Stefan Kjerkegaard, Liesbeth Korthals Altes, Robert Kurvitz & Märten Rattasepp, Donata Meneghelli, Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar, Domingo Sánchez-Mesa Martínez.

The Winter School is organized by the university network LACE (Literature and Change in Europe), including the Universities of Aarhus, Bologna, Granada, Groningen, Leuven, Lisbon and Tartu.

Academic coordinators: Prof. Marina Grishakova, Dr. Jaak Tomberg

Organizing commitee: Agnes Neier, Hanna Linda Korp, Remo Gramigna, Karl Jaagola, Siim Sorokin

The event is supported by the Estonian Research Council (Grants PUT1481 and PUT1494), and by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies).

More information: http://www.narrative.ut.ee/