college of arts and sciences

call for papers

PLEASE NOTE: As of 30 November 2009, all submissions have been acknowledged and evaluated, and those proposing papers have been notified of the program committee's decision. Please write if after this date you have not received notification (it means a message has failed to reach you).

Sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Narrative and hosted by Case Western Reserve University, the International Conference on Narrative is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. This year’s Conference will take place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, at Case Western Reserve University, and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Plenary speakers include Susan Stanford Friedman (University of Wisconsin Madison), author of Mappings, Penelope’s Web, and Psyche Reborn; Rita Charon (Columbia University), founder and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, and co-editor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics; and Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, The Dustbin of History, and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy in the American Voice, and (with Werner Sollors) editor of A New Literary History of America.

We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, nationality, discipline, and medium.


For individual paper proposals, please include an abstract (500 words max.) and a brief vita (no more than 2 pages). All paper proposals must include the title of the paper; presenter's name and institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and email address.

For panel proposals, please include an abstract (700 words max.) summarizing the panel's rationale and describing each paper. All panel proposals must include a title for the panel and a title for each paper. In addition, please include each panel member's institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and email address, as well as a brief vita (no more than 2-3 pages) for each of the panel members.

This year, the Society will hold a poster session on the teaching of narrative. This session will enable poster presenters to share their approaches to teaching narrative. Posters may have multiple authors. To submit a proposal for a poster, please include an abstract (500 words max.) and brief vitas on all presenters.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30th, 2009.

Please send all proposals by email in Word, WordPerfect, or PDF format to:

If you are unable to send your proposal by email, send two copies of all materials to:

   Kurt Koenigsberger
   Narrative Conference Coordinator
   Department of English, Case Western Reserve University
   11112 Bellflower Rd.
   Cleveland, OH 44106-7117  USA

Please address all questions to Kurt Koenigsberger (

All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications of decision will be sent in early December. NB: International participants sometimes require early notification of acceptance of papers in order to secure funding and facilitate travel arrangements. Upon request, submissions from outside North America can be evaluated on a rolling basis.

All participants must join the International Society for the Study of Narrative . For more information on the ISSN, please visit: