Real Fictions: Resistance to and Reception of Contemporary Narratives
5-6 April 2018, University of Tampere, PinniB building (Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere)
Sam Browse: ‘Political Fictions’
Alison Gibbons: ‘When Fiction imprisons Life: The trial of Ahmed Naji, or, morality and fictionality at the intersection of intention and reception’
In the so-called “post-truth” age, the boundary between reality and fiction seems increasingly hard to distinguish: politicians spin stories; novelists and actors appear as self-named characters in novels, sitcoms, and movies; and historical events are narrativised in literary texts. Moreover, the post-truth or refer-fictional phenomenon reaches beyond the intentions of creators and beyond the fabric of texts. For one thing, the growing popularity of life-writing genres such as memoir, autofiction, and historical fiction demonstrates a desire on the part of consumers for (at the very least, a fictionalised version of) reality. For another, the media “echo-chambers” of the internet demonstrate a desire on the part of citizens for news and opinion that reflects their own perceptions of social and political reality, rather than an established authority. Ultimately, in the twenty-first century – when life becomes fiction and fictions have lived consequences – the dominant sentiments are personal or emotional versions of the truth, and such sentiments can be evidenced in texts created by writers and speakers as well as in the actions and responses of readers, viewers, and the voting public.
Thursday April 5th
11.15−12.45 I session, PinniB4116, chair: Maria Laakso
Samuli Björninen, Aarhus University: “The Rhetoric of Factuality: Post-Truth and Alternative Facts in the Context of Cognitive Rhetoric”
Mari Hatavara, University of Tampere: “Fictionality Studies, Narrative Modes & Cross-Fictionality”
Teresa Pepe, University of Oslo: “Autofiction and Hoaxes in the Egyptian Blogosphere”
lunch, own expense
14.15—15.45 II session, PinniB4116, chair: Juha Raipola
Siim Sorokin, University of Tartu: “Digital Enclaves as Leakage Spaces for Societal Realities: Reciprocal Misogyny of Skyler White”
Joe Ondrak, Sheffield Hallam University: “They Came from the Web! How Creepypasta’s Post-postmodern Monsters Creep into Reality”
Markus Laukkanen, University of Tampere: “The Truth is Here”
coffee break: coffee, tea and some fruit available
16.15−17.45 Key note lecture, PinniB1096, chair: Mari Hatavara
Alison Gibbons: “When Fiction imprisons Life: The trial of Ahmed Naji, or, morality and fictionality at the intersection of intention and reception” PinniB1096
18.00−20 Welcoming party, PinniB4087: light refreshments & wine available
Friday April 6th
10.15−11.45 Key note lecture, PinniB1096, chair: Matti Hyvärinen
Sam Browse: ”Political Fictions”
lunch, own expense
13.15−14.15 III session, PinniB4116, chair: Samuli Björninen
Cinzia Orlando, Università di Pavia: “Walter Siti: autofiction and contemporary realism”
Elise Kraatila, University of Tampere: “Conspicuous Fabrications: Confrontations of the Post-Truth in Speculative Fiction”
coffee break: coffee, tea and some fruit available
14.45−15.45 IV session, PinniB4116, chair: Siim Sorokin
Juha Raipola, University of Tampere: “Narrating the Anthropocene: Anthropocene Fiction and Non-Fiction”
Maria Laakso, University of Tampere: “Fictionalizing science in Alan Weismans World Without Us and TV series Life after People”
Narrare, Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, and the national network for the study of experience will arrange a joint concept workshop at the University of Tampere on Monday, 18th September, 2017. The event is a continuation of the workshop held in April at Tampere, and this time we are going international with two guest speakers from Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden. The day will consist of their talks followed by the concept workshop in which we will discuss, once more, how narrative relates to experience and experientiality. The objective, as set out in the spring, is to keep working on the definitions for Narrare’s e-directory of concepts.
Anne Holm and Niklas Salmose, both senior lecturers based in English literature at the Department of Languages, will present on blends of narrative and experience. Holm is a cognitive stylistician specializing in metaphor as a means of conveying embodied experience. She is particularly interested in narrative representations of nomadity and dislocation in contemporary literature. Salmose will investigate nostalgic fictive experiences in film and literature from a stylistic perspective rather than through representation. First he will talk about what constitutes a nostalgic experience and then he will analyze how that experience can be simulated through narrative fiction.
Join the workshop to come together with other experts working on narrative and experience. Similar to April, if you would like comments on your own research, you may send in your idea paper (1–2 pages) in advance and receive helpful tips from your colleagues on the day. Then again, if you only wish to attend as a member of the audience, that is an option too. The event will also be streamed online. Details on all practical matters will be resolved closer to the date of the workshop.
The day will be hosted by Jarkko Toikkanen and Maria Mäkelä. Email jarkko.toikkanen[at]uta.fi on your chosen method of attendance – idea paper or audience member, in class or online – by 1 Sep.
Open lectures (Main Building, A1):
Opening words, 10:15-10:30
Anne Holm: “Nomadity as embodied absence: narrating the experience of dislocation”, 10:30-11:30
Niklas Salmose: “A Method of Analyzing Emotional Experiences in Fiction” 11:30-12:30
NARRARE INTERDISCIPLINARY SPRING SEMINAR FOR PhD RESEARCHERS May 8, 2017, University of Tampere
Deadline for proposals April 13!
If your PhD project involves studying narrative or if you make use of narrative methods, this announcement is for you. On Monday May 8,
Narrare: the Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies hosts the second annual spring seminar for PhD students. The seminar provides a chance to meet PhD researchers from diverse backgrounds who work on or with narrative, but also to participate in Narrare’s ongoing endeavor of developing theories, methods and analytical tools for the interdisciplinary field of Narrative Studies. The seminar papers will be commented on by the senior researchers and professors of the Centre.
The participants are asked to submit a 5-page seminar paper that can be your PhD research plan or a sample analysis of the materials you are studying. Submissions are to be written in either English or Finnish. Please apply by sending an abstract of 200–300 words to Maria Mäkelä (maria.e.makela[at]uta.fi) by April 13. The deadline for the 5-page seminar papers is April 26, and they are to be sent to the same address.
We-Narratives: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Plural and Collective Storytelling
Friday, April 7th, 2017
University of Tampere, lecture hall Pinni B 3109
Organizer: Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies / Maria Mäkelä firstname.lastname@example.org
MASTER NARRATIVE – COUNTER NARRATIVE?
Workshop with Ann Phoenix
University of Tampere, February 3, 2017
Organizer: Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies
Fri 3 Feb 10.10 am – 14.15 pm / lecture room Pinni B 4075
Thu 2 Feb 4.15 – 5.45 pm / lecture hall Pinni B 4113
Ann Phoenix, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University of London
“Another Long and Involved Story”
Organizer: Doctoral Programme in Literary Studies, University of Tampere
GUEST LECTURE, 18.10.2016 at 10.15-11.45, Main building A3
Professor Henrik Skov Nielsen: “FICTIONALITY IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICS”
Nielsen takes his point of departure in the recent paradigm shift in the wake of Walsh 2007 (cp. also Nielsen, Phelan and Walsh (2015), Zetterberg Gjerlevsen (2016), Walsh (2016), and Phelan (2011) where fictionality as communicational strategy is extricated from fiction as a genre denominator. This allows for an examination of fictionality outside fiction. He looks at contemporary politics in forms ranging from clearly ideological and political fake news to election videos by right wing parties and to media coverage of the current election campaign in America.
Henrik Skov Nielsen is Professor at The Department of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. He heads “Narrative Research Lab”, http://www.nordisk.au.dk/forskningscentre/nrl and ”Centre for Fictionality Studies”, http://fictionality.au.dk/ He is currently visiting professor at Tampere University, Finland. Main areas of expertise include first person narratives, unnatural narratives and fictionality.
September 29th to 30th, 2016
Symposium “The Ideological Force of Narrative” with invited speakers Jan Alber and Dorothee Birke, including a worskhop for PhD and MA students.
Thursday lectures are open for all, welcome
GUEST LECTURE, 26.8. at 12-14, B 3107
Dr. Richard Walsh (University of York): Sense and Wonder: Complexity and the Limits of Narrative Understanding
My talk considers certain cognitive constraints upon the possibility of understanding complexity, as a preliminary attempt to negotiate with those constraints. I examine what it is to bring complex systemic processes into a meaningful relation with our cognitive capacities – which is to say, into relation with narrative; our narrative understanding of systemic behaviour latches onto the system’s emergent behaviour, at the cost of a disregard for how this emergent behaviour is actually being produced. This limit on understanding nonetheless implies the possibility of an inhabitable cognitive borderland, if we view our cognitive engagement with complexity as an “edge of sense” phenomenon. I pursue this idea by considering the (rather surprising) attempts to define emergence in terms of surprise, and put the notion of surprise in narrative context by invoking Alfred Hitchcock’s well-known distinction between surprise and suspense. Doing so provides a way to clarify the affective dimension of the observer’s experience of emergence, and locates it in a certain double relation to knowledge in narrative. This double perspective clarifies the respect in which things may appear to make sense even while we are unable to make sense of them; an affective experience I equate with wonder. Wonder is, among other things, a religious feeling conforming to the double perspective structure I have proposed; the order of things, whilst eluding us, submits to omniscient cognition. I situate omniscience in relation to its literary analogue, omniscient narration, and contrast it with the position of the character narrator, in the middest – drawing upon Don DeLillo’s White Noise as example. DeLillo’s novel provides a suggestive link to The Cloud of Unknowing and a mystical tradition of understanding as a feeling, and even a relinquishing of knowledge. I end by considering whether such mystical ideas can help clarify the wonder I have associated with emergence in complex systems.
In Finnish only: Tutkimuskeskus Narraren keskustelutilaisuus, Pinni B4116 12-14
Kokemus, odotus ja kerronnallisuus
Elämän narratiivisuuden merkitystä analyyttisen nykyfilosofian valossa tarkastelee akatemiatutkija Antti Kauppinen. Keskustelijoina myös filosofian professori Arto Laitinen, sosiologian professori Matti Hyvärinen sekä englannin kielen ja kirjallisuuden yliopistonlehtori Jarkko Toikkanen.
Open lecture by LTL Guest Professor Henrik Skov Nielsen
Paavo Koli auditorium 14-16
Edgar Allan Poe and René Descartes imagining madness
In the paper I read three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, two of which are canonical; “The Black Cat”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Oval Portrait”. I contextualize the narratives in relation to unnatural narratology, to fictionality and to the meditations of Descartes. More than anything the paper is concerned with close readings. If listeners have a chance to acquaint themselves with one or more of the stories that is great but anyone will be able to follow.
Oct 22, 2015
Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies presents
Oct 22 2015
Seminar (in Finnish) on the state of the art in Narrative Studies.
The seminar day also sees the unveiling of two new publications:
Narrative Theory, Literature, and New Media. Narrative Minds and Virtual Worlds, eds. Mari Hatavara, Matti Hyvärinen, Maria Mäkelä & Frans Mäyrä, Routledge 2015. http://www.tandf.net/books/details/9781138854147/
Hajoava perhe, eds. Matti Hyvärinen, Eriikka Oinonen & Tiina Saari, Vastapaino 2015. http://vastapaino.fi/kirjat/hajoava-perhe/
June 4-6, 2015
International conference Ethics of Storytelling: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature, Media and Visual Arts
May 20, 2015
Terminology workshop on ”Narrative Identity”
May 19, 2015
Memory and metaphor: How do we make sense of the past?
Guest Professor Jens Brockmeier (The American University of Paris)
May 5, 2015
Fictionality as documentation strategy: The Act of Killing and The Ambassador
Henrik Skov Nielsen (Aarhus University; Guest Professor at the School of Language, Translation, and Literary Studies, UTA)