The Summer Course in Narrative Study (SINS) is a six days intensive program that brings together PhD-students, doctoral students, faculty members and leading scholars in a multi-disciplinary, international discussion of existing and emerging concepts and approaches in the broad field of narrative study.
Through a combination of keynote lectures, participant papers, workshops and master classes the summer institute covers the state of the art of current approaches as well as provides the participants with outstanding possibilities of getting feedback on their own work.
The institute welcomes scholars working with any and all type of narrative form or function, be that verbal or non-verbal, fictive or non-fictive, spontaneous or artificial, and invites leading key researchers from fields such as postclassical narratology, narrative inquiry, rhetorical narrative theory, storytelling, cognitive narrative theory and transmedial approaches.
The Summer Course in Narrative Study is hosted by Aarhus University and takes place in August at the university’s main conference center The Sandbjerg Estate, located in an area of natural beauty in the southern part of Jutland, Denmark.
One of the main goals of SINS is to instigate, stimulate and further refine productive dialogue on ongoing narrative research in an international state of the art setting. To help achieve this, the course combines different types of presentation and discussion as well as employs shifts in subject positions to facilitate genuine interaction between participants and the invited key notes. The course consists of three main types of sessions:
Lecture sessions: Invited key note speakers provide both overview and in-depth reports from the most recent research in their field with ample time for questioning and discussion.
Project presentations: Prior to the course, participants provide a short, written account of an aspect of their ongoing work on narratives and/or narrative theory. On the basis of these accounts the participants are divided into groups, each headed by one of the invited lectures. In these groups each participant will do an oral presentation with comments, suggestions and questions from the rest of the group.
Reading sessions: Taking classic and very recent key texts as well as more marginal or under utilized theory in narrative study as their starting points, these groups provide an option to discuss a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues. Based on their area of interest, the participants are free to pick from the several different simultaneous groups.
Final program will be provided to participants at a later date.
Signing up and Cost
PhD students/doctoral students, postdoctoral students, scholars as well as senior staff members from all fields of study are encouraged to apply for a spot on the course. In 2019 the course holds a maximum of 36 participants. Should more than 36 apply the organizers of the course will select those deemed most qualified based on a number of factors, among those relevance of research topic. Participants in previous iterations of the SINS course are encouraged to apply again. Deadline for application is April 25, 2019. Filling out the form includes uploading a motivation letter (max 200 words), an overview of current research and interests (max 200 words) and providing information about your educational background. PDF and word file format is accepted. The participation fee is €350. This includes accommodation, all meals served and housing in single rooms. Participants must cover travel expenses.
Preparation and Credit
Prior to the course, participants provide a short, written account of an aspect of their ongoing work on narratives and/or narrative theory. These accounts will be distributed among all participants and will aid in dividing the participants into groups during based on topic, methods and theoretical affiliation. Apart from the short project presentations, participants will be required to read approximately 1200 pages in preparation for the lectures and reading sessions of the course. The course awards 5 ECTS points for those enrolled at PhD-level
Accommodation and Travel
The Summer Course in Narrative Study is hosted by Aarhus University and takes place at the university’s main conference center The Sandbjerg Estate, located in an area of natural beauty in the southern part of Jutland, Denmark. Participants are housed in single rooms with private bathroom. All meals are included and served on the premises. For those travelling from Aarhus, a SINS bus will leave from the centre of Aarhus. More information on this will follow to the participants at a later date.
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