Summer School - How Stories Affect our Lives: The Psychology of Narrative Impact, 12 - 17 July 2020, University of Würzburg, Germany

Publish Date: Jan 29, 2020

Deadline: Feb 21, 2020

Summer School ‘How Stories Affect our Lives: The Psychology of Narrative Impact

Stories are omnipresent in our media-filled world, ranging from literary texts, children's books and fairy tales, journalistic eyewitness accounts and political propaganda, to television series and online customer reviews. The psychology of narratives is a topic that currently receives a lot of attention in psychology and communication science. The topic is also of high relevance to scholars in related fields such as literary studies, linguistics, or marketing. Stories are encountered by individuals and groups of all ages, from children listening to bedtime stories to adults who are confronted with a wide variety of narrative contexts with different forms and functions. Stories can provide aesthetic experiences and entertainment, but they also play an important role in education and learning. Even if they are fictional, stories can have a considerable influence on our worldviews, our moral judgments and our self-concept, and they can shape our social-cognitive abilities.

In the 2020 Würzburg Summer School ‘How Stories Affect our Lives: The Psychology of Narrative Impact’ (SALON 2020), experts will share their insights on the psychological consequences of reading, listening to, or watching stories. The summer school offers keynote lectures from leading researchers and focused, in-depth courses that advance participants' knowledge and methodological skills. The aim is to bring doctoral students working in the field together with renowned experts and to provide an open and friendly setting for discussions and scientific exchange. The summer school will take place from July 12th to July 17th, 2020. All courses will be taught in English.

There is no attendance fee and accommodation and the social program are provided free of charge for admitted participants. Make sure to apply quickly, as the maximum number of participants is limited.


You may apply for participation if all of the following conditions are met:

  • You are a graduate student (master, doctoral) in psychology, communication studies or related fields (e.g., educational science, empirical studies of literature, psycholinguistics).
  • You have sufficient English skills to follow and contribute to courses in English.

*Please note that a large percentage of accepted participants will likely be international students, i.e., students who are not and have never been enrolled at a German university. That said, a limited number of participants from German universities will be admitted in addition to the international students.

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