Past Events


Workshop: Intermediality and Narrative (September 26, 2018, University of Tampere)

Narrare, Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, will arrange a workshop at the University of Tampere, Finland, September 26th (12–16, room Pinni B3107). The event will consist of a guest lecture and a number of idea papers submitted by researchers from all stages of their careers to be discussed together. The focus of the day will be on intermediality and narrative:

* How do the two concepts relate to, complement, and challenge one another?

* How does intermediality theory open up narrative theories for application beyond the verbal and the literary?

* What is the impact of intermediality theory on the understanding of genre – literary or otherwise?

* How are narratives affected by today’s changing media environments and/or different medial configurations?

* What constitutes an intermedial narrative in the first place?

To contribute, send in your idea paper (150–200 words) addressing one or more of the questions above by Fri 14 Sep. To participate as a member of the audience, confirm your attendance by Sun 23 Sep. Participating in the workshop will be your ideal chance to receive expert commentary on your research and meet with people in the field.

Contact: Jarkko Toikkanen, jarkko.toikkanen[at]

To promote future cooperation, joining Narrare will be Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) at Växjö, Sweden. Our confirmed guest is Péter Makai, a postdoc at IMS working on evolutionary grand narratives across media borders. Péter’s paper (see below for abstract) will be commented on by Prof. J. Tuomas Harviainen (Information Studies and Interactive Media).


Vast narratives of evolution: Games of life and stories of speciation

Péter Makai

Biological evolution happens gradually, in most cases, imperceivably slowly. While a family or a tribe might have an oral history of a few generations, the history of life on Earth, etched into bones, rocks and DNA record a grand narrative of millions of years. How is evolution made intelligible and acceptable? By telling compelling stories using scientific evidence and reasonable speculation, by compressing time into well-wrought narrative patterns. Meanwhile, because of the algorithmic logic of evolution, digitised media, and computer games in particular, are in a privileged position to present evolution, since they can simulate the contingent, non-teleological nature of evolution. These fictional “experiments” occur within the confines of the game-worlds they simulate, but, in order to make the experience playable, players actually become intelligent designers: they meaningfully direct the flow of ludic evolution, thereby perverting the logic of natural selection. At the workshop, I want to tease out the implications of this tension between the possibilities of different media for authoring vast narratives and the actual constraints human interactions and cognitive capabilities impose on the meaning-making process in making evolution a lived experience.

Please find also an idea paper by Péter Makai by clicking this link: PKM Leading Idea Paper – The Vast Narrative of Evolution Across Media


The Literary in Life (LILI18): The Social, Affective and Experimental in Narratives across Media

venue and date: University of Tampere, Finland, 13–15 June 2018


LILI18 targets the social, affective and experimental in literature, and explores literary forms of mediation in everyday life. How are literary conventions and devices, both narrative and poetic, employed in social and cultural meaning-making? We investigate the use of stories and metaphors, affective tone and emotion-expressions, as well as literary experimenting, in literature and social life. This approach will allow literary scholarship to regain its focus on literary works and literariness, and open up the boundaries that in many research traditions have isolated artworks from the world of everyday life and routine textual practices. These boundaries are medial in nature, which means that the traffic between art and the everyday is mediated in the form of social, affective and experimental uses of narrative and poetic modes. We are consistently exposed to media platforms, both old and new, that sustain and challenge our perceptions of the world, and employ similar narrative and poetic, as well as rhetorical and aesthetic, means across the board. In this way, we are presented with medial representations that engage us both affectively and in terms of cultural knowledge. In effect, private experiences are mediated as a public process we may have little control over.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Prof. Amy Shuman, Department of English (folklore, narrative, and critical theory), The Ohio State University, US
• Prof. Winfried Menninghaus, Director of Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
• Dr. Jan-Noël Thon, Department of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham, UK


Please register for the conference by 28 May 2018 HERE


Participation fees (VAT 0 %):

Early Bird, regular: 150 EUR (175 EUR from 1 May onwards)

Early Bird, doctoral researchers: 100 EUR (125 EUR from 1 May onwards)

The fee includes the conference programme and materials, scheduled lunches and coffee breaks as well as the conference dinner on 13 June at the restaurant
Finlayson Palace.


The participation fee is paid when registering for the event. The payment is made either with a credit card, by PayPal or via online banking (no additional charges). Participants from Finnish organisations can also choose invoicing as their payment method, in which case an invoicing fee of 20 EUR (VAT 0 %) will be added to the sum total. A payment receipt will be sent to you by e-mail. The system sends the invoice automatically after completing the registration. Please make sure that the invoicing details are accurate. If the participant has provided inadequate or faulty invoicing details when registering for the event, a supplementary 20 EUR (VAT 0 %) will be charged in addition to the previous invoicing fee for issuing a new invoice.


Cancellation policy
For cancellations received by 28 May 2018, the paid registration fees will be fully refunded, except for the possible invoicing fee. No refund will be issued for cancellations made after this date. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Participation that has already been registered can be transferred to another person from the same organisation without any extra charge. Cancellations and requests for refunds and registration transfers must always be made by e-mail to


Wednesday 13 June


9.00 – 10.00 Registration, Pinni B building lobby
10.00 Opening words (auditorium B1100, 1st floor)
10.15 Keynote I: Winfried Menninghaus
“The Enjoyment of Negative Emotions in Art-Reception”
11.30 Lunch (Restaurant Minerva, 2nd floor)
12.30 Sessions I
14.00 Sessions II
16.00 Coffee (Lobby buffet, 1st floor)
16.30 Conference panel I (auditorium B1100, 1st floor)
Literature and emotions: Creating emotion effects and affecting readers (LILI University of Helsinki)
19.00 Conference dinner (Restaurant Finlayson Palace, add. Kuninkaankatu 1)


Thursday 14 June


9.00 Sessions III
10.30 Keynote II: Amy Shuman (auditorium B1100, 1st floor)
“The Personal is Allegorical: The Production of Truths and Lies in Political Asylum Narratives”
12.00 Lunch (Restaurant Minerva, 2nd floor)
13.00 Sessions IV
14.30 Sessions V
16.00 Coffee (Lobby buffet, 1st floor)
16.30 Conference panel II (auditorium B1100, 1st floor)
Narrative Selves in Art and the Everyday (LILI University of Tampere)


Friday 15 June


9.00 Sessions VI
10.30 Keynote III: Jan-Noël Thon (auditorium B1100, 1st floor)
“Narrative across Media and the Challenges of Media-Consciousness”
12.00 Lunch (Restaurant Minerva, 2nd floor)
13.00 Sessions VII
14.30 Conference panel III (auditorium B1100, 1st floor)
Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Experimental Literature (LILI University of Jyväskylä)
14.30 Coffee (Lobby buffet, 1st floor)
16.00 Conference roundtable: The Literary in Life



Conference web site:
The Academy of Finland research project “Literary in Life”


Pre-conference Ph.D. workshop: Analyzing Everyday Storytelling

Time: Tuesday June 12, 2018 (11:00–17:00)

Venue: University of Tampere

Workshop language: English



The course theme: The focus of this course is on everyday stories and storytelling as they occur in and shape social reality. What are the stories that people encounter, use, negotiate and co-construct in everyday life? How, where and why are the stories told? How do these stories travel around? Who has the right to tell particular stories? How do the “narrative environments” (Gubrium and Holstein) give form and trigger particular kinds of social storytelling? What kinds of socially sanctioned storytelling practices exist? The course provides participants with a theoretical framework and methodological tools for analyzing stories and storytelling practices in varying everyday contexts.

Visiting teacher: Prof. Amy Shuman, Department of English, Ohio State University is a distinguished expert in folklore, narrative, and critical theory. She has published on conversational narrative, literacy, political, food customs, feminist theory and critical theory, and her books include Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts by Urban Adolescents (1986); Other People’s Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy (2005); and (with Carol Bohmer) Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century (2008).

Course format: Before the course, participants submit a paper (5–6 pages in total) that consists of the research question, theoretical background and the intended way of reading the material (2 pages), and an excerpt of the research material (3–4 pages).  The course starts with Prof. Shuman’s lecture on the core concepts and latest developments that interdisciplinary narrative studies have to offer to analyzing everyday storytelling.  During the course, every participant has 5 min time to introduce his or her problem and materials followed by a discussion led by Prof. Shuman. The purpose of the course is to offer feedback and ideas for reading, not to give long explanations about one’s own paper.

Credits: Presenting a paper in the pre-conference workshop: 3 credit points; presenting a paper and participating in the conference The Literary in Life (LILI18): The Social, Affective and Experimental in Narratives across Media 5 credit points. See

Course organizers: Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, Academy of Finland research project “Literary in Life” (LILI), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere.

Contact persons: Matti Hyvärinen (, Matias Nurminen (

To apply: Send a one-page letter with information about your research question, theory, way of reading, material, and the stage of your research, containing your contact details and affiliation, to Coordinator Matias Nurminen

Deadline for applications and papers: Deadline for the one-page letter is May 15, 2018. The participants will be informed about acceptance promptly after applying. The papers (see Course format) must be sent no later than June 3, 2018.

Welcome to our pre-conference workshop in June, and please find all the information also from below (link to a pdf-file):

LILI18 PreSeminar_announcement


Tulevaisuuden kertominen, kuvitteleminen ja ennakointi tieteessä ja taiteessa

Symposium Tampereen yliopistossa 1.6.2018

Tulevaisuuden kuvittelua ja tulevaisuudesta kertomista tapahtuu kaikilla yhteiskunnallisen keskustelun alueilla: politiikassa, yhteiskuntasuunnittelussa, mediassa, tieteessä ja kirjallisuudessa sekä taiteessa. Tulevaisuuden kertomista ja kuvittelua on yhtä lailla dystopiaromaanin kuvaama kauhistuttava tulevaisuus, yhteiskuntafilosofin näkemys ihanteellisesta yhteiskuntamuodosta tai journalistin hahmotelma ihmisten selviytymisestä ilmastokatastrofin jälkeen.

Kertomus onkin tulevaisuutta hahmottava, jäsentävä ja ennakoiva muoto, jota hyödynnetään paitsi taiteessa myös erilaisissa arkisissa kommunikaatiotilanteissa. Kertomalla ja kuvittelemalla tulevaisuutta voidaan arvioida ymmärrettävällä tavalla nykyisten kehityskulkujen seurauksia tai tarjota vaihtoehtoja ja perusteluja toiminnan muuttamiseksi. Kertomukset ja fiktio ylipäätään myös mahdollistavat tulevaisuuden kokemuksellisen haltuunoton tavalla, johon tieteelliset faktat eivät välttämättä pysty. Fiktio ja kertomukset voivat osoittaa meille, miltä tulevaisuudessa eläminen tuntuu.

Symposiumissa pureudutaan monitieteisesti hahmottamaan tulevaisuuden kertomisen ja kuvittelun mahdollisuuksia. Tilaisuus on kaikille avoin. Lämpimästi tervetuloa kuuntelemaan!


Pinni B4113, Kansleririnne 1

10.15-10.30 Aloitus
10.30-11.00 Juha Raipola: Sopivan kokoinen kertomus: Ilmastonmuutos ja mittakaavakritiikki
11.00-11.30 Olli-Pekka Moisio: Utooppinen pedagogiikka
11.30-12.15 Paavo Järvensivu, Tero Toivanen ja Ville Lähde: Tehtävänä tulevaisuus: Monitieteinen ympäristötutkimus, journalismi ja draama

12.15 – 13.00 LOUNAS

13.00-13.30 Teppo Eskelinen: Parempien tulevaisuuksien kuvittelu yksin ja yhdessä
13.30-14.00 Aleksi Lohtaja: Utopiat ja niukkuus: Miksi utopioista kerrotaan asketismin kautta?
14.00-14.30 Jarno Hietalahti: Naurettavat utopiat. Humoristinen suhtautuminen toisinolemisen mahdollisuuteen

14.30-15.00 KAHVI

15.00-15.30 Keijo Lakkala: Utopia ja nykyisyyden suhteellisuus
15.30-16.15 Maria Laakso, Hanna Samola ja Toni Lahtinen: Nuortenkirjallisuuden dystopiat 2010-luvulla


Kirjallinen elämä. Kirjallisuuden ja arkipäivän rajankäyntiä. (SA), Synkistyvät tulevaisuudenkuvat. Dystooppinen fiktio Suomalaisessa nykykirjallisuudessa ja kulttuurissa. (Tampereen yliopisto, Koneen säätiö), Ympäristöriskit, dystopiat ja myytit nykykirjallisuudessa (Toni Lahtinen, SA)





What: a double lecture
When: 10 am – 12 pm, May 30, 2018
Where: B4087, University of Tampere

Remedial Poe: The Sonic and the Vibratory
Prof. Jonathan Elmer, Indiana University, US

Why is Poe one of the most re-mediated authors of the 19the century? In this paper, I will argue that it is both Poe’s analytics of the senses and his dramatization of a passage beyond normal embodied sense experience (that is, what one hears with ears, or sees with eyes) that is attractive to those working in media other than Poe’s own. Poe’s tales were experiments in attention and the conflict of the senses. Perhaps the most consistent pattern of such conflict is the undoing of a regime of vision (and the fixations it promises) by fugitive sonic elements—a cat’s cry, a beating heart, a repeated phrase, the tinkle of a bell. I will explore this thesis by reference to the dimension of sound and the vibratory cosmos it indexed, using remediations by CS Peirce (“Art Chirography”), Jean Epstein (“La Chute de la Maison Usher”), and Lou Reed (his “Raven” album).

Jonathan Elmer is Professor of English at Indiana University, where he is also Director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute. He has published on a wide array of writers and thinkers, from Thomas Jefferson to Richard Wright, Edgar Allan Poe to Kurt Vonnegut, Jacques Lacan and Niklas Luhmann to Jeff “the Dude” Lebowski.

Touch Images in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum”
Jarkko Toikkanen, University of Tampere

In A Philosophical Enquiry, Edmund Burke lists the causes that give rise to sublime astonishment in which the mind finds itself “suspended, with some degree of horror”. Two of these causes are obscurity and privation, or the partial or total sensory reduction that may be either real or imaginary – that is, something occurring in nature or an affect caused by experiencing art. Poe’s protagonist is undergoing his torture first-hand, whereas the reader experiences the horror and astonishment only in imagination. In doing so, they too are subjected to a sensory reduction in a Burkean manner that can be analyzed in terms of its rhetorical design. How exactly is the reader affected by the taking away of sight, and what kinds of sensory perceptions appear in its place? When there is nothing or very little to see, other senses come to the fore. Here it is the touch images – damp stone, fangs of rats, a blade to cut into flesh – the reader is made to imagine that define the intermedial experience.

Jarkko Toikkanen currently works as university researcher at the University of Tampere in the Academy of Finland consortium “The Literary in Life” (285144). His work on Edgar Allan Poe includes the articles “Auditory Images in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’” and “Failing Description in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’”.

All are welcome to this free double lecture! For more info, you may contact Toikkanen (



Tutkitko väitöskirjahankkeessasi kertomuksia tai käytätkö esimerkiksi kerronnallisia menetelmiä? Monitieteinen kertomuksen tutkimuksen keskus Narrare järjestää kolmatta kertaa kevätseminaarin väitöskirjatutkijoille Tampereella maanantaina 21.5.2018. Tarjoamme mahdollisuuden verkostoitua sekä kehittää kertomukseen ja kerronnallisuuteen liittyviä teorioita, metodeja ja erilaisten aineistojen analyysiä monitieteisessä toimintaympäristössä. Osallistujien töitä kommentoivat keskuksen eri tieteenaloja edustavat kokeneet tutkijat ja professorit. Tänä vuonna vierailevana kommentoijana toimii tällä hetkellä Helsingin tutkijakollegiumissa vieraileva professori Ann Phoenix (Professor of Psychosocial Studies, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University of London).

Voit osallistua seminaariin max 8 liuskan mittaisella paperilla, joka sisältää (1) lyhyen metodin/teoriakehyksen esittelyn, josta käy ilmi tutkimuskysymys, aineisto, sekä tutkimuksesi suhde kertomuksen tutkimuksen kenttään (1–2 sivua); (2) analyysin, jossa tulkitset aineistoasi (max 4 sivua); (3) jos mahdollista, edustavan katkelman käyttämästäsi aineistosta (1–2 sivua). Teksti voi olla englanniksi tai suomeksi. Odotamme osallistujien esittelevän seminaaripäivänä lyhyesti (max 5 minuuttia) paperinsa ennen kommentteja ja keskustelua. Valitsemme osallistujat motivaatiokirjeiden perusteella. Pyydämme lähettämään 300–500 sanan motivaatiokirjeen 16.4. mennessä osoitteeseen Ilmoita selkeästi haluatko osallistua suomen vai englanninkieliseen sessioon. Lopulliset seminaaritekstit pyydämme toukokuun 4. mennessä samaan osoitteeseen.

Kutsua saa levittää.

If your PhD project involves studying narrative or if you make use of narrative methods, this announcement is for you. On Monday May 21, 2018, Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies hosts the third 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. Our confirmed visiting scholar this year is Professor Ann Phoenix. Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University of London and currently Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

We ask participants to submit a max. 8-page seminar paper that consists of (1) a brief introduction to your research question, target material, method or theoretical framework and its contextualization within the field of narrative studies (1–2 pages); (2) an analysis where you interpret your material (4 pages); (3) if possible, a representative excerpt from your target material (1–2 pages). Submissions are to be written in either English or Finnish. On the day of the seminar, participants are expected to present their papers briefly (max. 5 minutes) before comments and discussion. Please apply by sending a motivational letter of 300–500 words to Matias Nurminen ( by April 16. There will be sessions in Finnish and English – please inform us which session you wish to participate! The deadline for the seminar papers is May 4, and they are to be sent to the same address.

Please feel free to circulate this message.

Real Fictions: Resistance to and Reception of Contemporary Narratives

5-6 April 2018, University of Tampere, PinniB building (Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere)

Keynote Speakers:
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”

Welcome to a guest lecture Wed 29 Nov 11.00-12 (Pinni B3111)

Dr Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar (Avans University of Applied Sciences)
Exercises in Applied Narratology: Designing Narrative Learning
Environments and the Structured Narrative Interview


In this presentation, I will introduce some of the work I have done in ‘applied narratology’: the transfer of narratological methods and findings to professional practices of narrative. After introducing the field of applied narratology as I see it, I will discuss the structured narrative interview that I developed together with Floor Basten and the work I have done on designing narrative learning environments together with Floor van Renssen.

The structured narrative interview came about as an attempt to integrate some of the extensive research on narrative in the humanities and to use possibly relevant findings of narratology in sociological research, not merely as a tool for analysis, but also as an instrument to gather data. We designed an interview method based on Greimas’ tools for analysis: actants and components of the narrative program are explicitly used to instruct interviewees. The resulting structured narrative interview can be used in varied ways.

Together with a teacher training institute in the Netherlands, I have been involved in attempts to construct narrative learning environments based on the idea that ideally, education is, like narrative fiction, a ‘giant laboratory’ (Ricoeur 1990) where experiments with estimations and evaluations, with judgments of approval and condemnation can take place. Both are served by a certain degree of autonomy that allows for such experimentation. And both are, in the best cases, strongly polyphonic, rather than dominated by one single story. Thus, insights gained from the study of narrative fiction in literature and other forms of high and low culture may inform our programme for narrative learning environments.

Narrative and Wellbeing 19.-20. Oct 2017


Thursday 19 Oct

9.45-10.00 Registration (Pinni B 3107)

10.00-10.45 Narrare welcomes you to the conference (Pinni B 3107)

Maria Mäkelä (Director of Narrare): Opening words

Matti Hyvärinen (Vice-director of Narrare): A doctor’s story: Counter-narrative and tellability

10.45-11.00 Registration (Pinni B 3107)

11.00-1.00 Parallel sessions I (Pinni B 3117 & 3118)

Lunch break

2.00-3.30 Parallel sessions II (Pinni B 3117 & 3118)

Coffee break (+walk to the Linna building)

4.00-5.00 Plenary talk (chair: Mari Hatavara, Linna K103) Cindie Aaen Maagaard (University of Southern Denmark): Second-person narration in post-intensive recovery: Nurses as narrators of patients’ diaries

6.30 Conference dinner at Ravintola Tampella (Kelloportinkatu 1)


Friday 20 Oct

10.00-11.00 Plenary talk (chair: Laura Karttunen, Pinni B 1096) Maura Spiegel (Columbia University): “I have story about myself…” Thickening a thin story with film in the narrative medicine classroom

Coffee break

11.30-1.00 Parallel sessions III (Pinni B 3117 & 3118)

Lunch break

2.00-3.30 Parallel sessions IV (Pinni B 3117 & 3118)

Program of the parallel sessions downloadable via this
link (pdf-file, last update 16.10.2017)

Format for presentations: 20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Invited speakers

Our wonderful invited speakers are Cindie Aaen Maagaard (University of Southern Denmark) and Maura Spiegel (Columbia University).


Cindie Aaen Maagaard (Thursday 4-5 pm. Linna K103)

Second-person narration in post-intensive recovery: Nurses as narrators of patients’ diaries

My talk explores the role of narrative in well-being through a practice designed to help patients recover from the often traumatic experience of intensive care: nurses’ writing of daily diary entries on behalf of patients who are heavily sedated or in a coma. The diaries are intended to fill in the gaps in patients’ memories and thus help alleviate psychic distress on leaving the intensive care unit. Despite their brevity, the first-hand, second-person diary entries demonstrate great complexity with respect to narration, as texts addressed to a “you,” in order to communicate with a “you,” but which are also about that “you” and on “behalf” of “you.” My talk will address issues of narration raised by the diaries, and what we may learn from them, not only about patients, but also about how nurses navigate among professional and personal constraints as they make narrative choices that both interpret patients’ experiences and shape patients’ understanding of them during recovery.


Cindie Aaen Maagaard is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. Her teaching and research areas are communication, multimodality and the uses of narrative and counter-narrative in organizational and institutional contexts, including clinical settings. She is currently implementing a recent collaboration on patient diaries with Odense University Hospital and is part of a team developing a teaching program in narrative medicine for students in health care professions at the University of Southern Denmark. Selected recent work includes “Narratives in medicine” together with Anders Juhl Rasmussen, forthcoming, for the Danish publication Syg Litteratur [Sick Literature], “Counter-narratives” with Marianne Lundholt and Anke Piekut, for the International Encyclopedia for Strategic Communication, and “’Speaking through the other’: Countering counter-narratives through stakeholders’ stories” (Routledge, 2016).


Maura Spiegel (Friday 9-10 am. Pinni B 1096)

“I have story about myself…”: Thickening a thin story with film in the narrative medicine classroom

The hospital and the clinic have a way of thinning out lived experience for caregivers and patients alike. Discussions of films and short writing exercises can offer a technique for re-awakening attention to the complexity, ambiguity, curiousness and richness of lived experience in the clinic. It can thicken the story to positive effects. I will draw on my experience of teaching film to and facilitating writing prompts with medical students and senior caregivers over the past 15 years.


Maura Spiegel teaches literature and film at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is the associate director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also teaches a film course to first-year medical students. With Rita Charon, MD, PhD, she edited the journal Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press) for seven years. She co-authored The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press), The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying and Living On (Anchor/Doubleday), and has published articles on many subjects including the history of the emotions, Charles Dickens, Victorian fashion, and diamonds in the movies. She is currently finishing a book on the life and films of Sidney Lumet (St. Martin’s Press).



The conference is free of charge. Participants must cover all their
expenses, including the conference dinner on Thursday. It’s also
possible to participate in the conference without giving a paper.

Conference venue

The conference will take place in the Pinni B building on the main
campus of the University of Tampere.
Map of the campus area

Contact information

Conference organizer: Laura Karttunen laura.s.karttunen[at]
Conference secretary: Matias Nurminen matias.nurminen[at]




Tampereen yliopiston Paavo Koli –salissa (Pinni A) perjantaina 13.10. klo 10.15 – 15.15

10.15 – 11.45 PÄÄESITELMÄ
Timo Pankakoski:
Poliittiset metaforat: mitä ne ovat, miten niitä käytetään ja miten niitä tulisi tutkia?
*** LOUNASTAUKO 11.45 – 12.30 ***
12.30 – 13.00
Maria Mäkelä:
Poliitikot somessa: kertomusvaarallisia näkökulmia joukkoistamalla kerättyyn aineistoon


13.00 – 13.30
Matti Hyvärinen:
Metaforat, kertomus ja Big Data: Demokratian äänet-projekti


*** KAHVITAUKO 13.30 – 13.45 ***


13.45 – 14.15

Mikko Poutanen:
Alkoholin kehykset suomalaisessa julkisessa keskustelussa

14.15 – 14.45

Matias Nurminen:
Punainen pilleri, eli kuinka maailma selitettiin: intertekstuaalinen metafora manosfäärin ideologisena oikeutuksena


14.45 – 15.15





VTT Timo Pankakoski, Helsingin yliopisto

Poliittiset metaforat: mitä ne ovat, miten niitä käytetään ja miten niitä tulisi tutkia?


Tarkastelen poliittisten metaforien luonnetta ja niiden hedelmällisen tutkimisen tapoja niin ”varsinaisessa” politiikassa kuin poliittisessa ajattelussakin sekä analysoin esimerkkitapauksia molemmilta aloilta. Poliittisten metaforien erityisyys kytkeytyy nähdäkseni niiden käyttöihin ja funktioihin, ei asiasisältöihin tai institutionaalisiin kriteereihin. Politiikassa metaforilla esimerkiksi nostetaan asiakysymyksiä agendalle tai neutralisoidaan niitä, säädellään poliittiseen yhteisöön kuulumista sekä ohjataan tulevaisuuden kehitystä tai menneisyyden tulkintaa luomalla ajallisia rakenteita ja kiteytyneitä kertomuksia. Poliittisia metaforia käytetään myös metapoliittisemmin määrittämään politiikan luonnetta ja häivyttämään näkyvistä valintojen poliittisuutta. Toistaiseksi metaforatutkimus ei ole riittävästi huomioinut poliittisten metaforien erityisyyttä eikä poliittisen ajattelun historian eksegeettisiä erityistarpeita. Hahmottelen syitä tähän ja esitän alustavia kriteerejä nämä seikat paremmin huomioivalle lähestymistavalle.


VTT Timo Pankakoski toimii Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtorina Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkostossa Helsingin yliopistossa. Hänen tämänhetkinen projektinsa käsittelee poliittisen konfliktin käsitettä ja sen metaforisia ulottuvuuksia modernissa saksalaisessa politiikan teoriassa. Aiemmin Pankakoski on työskennellyt mm. tutkijatohtorina Turku Institute for Advanced Studiesissa, Eurooppa-tutkimuksen vt. yliopistonlehtorina Helsingin yliopistossa, tutkijatohtorina Jyväskylän yliopistossa sekä vierailevana tutkijana Queen Mary -yliopistossa Lontoossa. Hänen tutkimuksensa kohdistuu pääasiassa politiikan teoriaan, (etenkin saksalaisen) poliittisen ajattelun historiaan, radikaaliin konservatiiviseen ajatteluun, intellektuaalihistorian ja käsitehistorian metodologiaan, politiikan ja kaunokirjallisuuden yhtymäkohtiin sekä metaforateoriaan ja poliittisiin metaforiin.


Narrative and Experience – concept workshop, University of Tampere, Mon 18 Sep 2017

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] on your chosen method of attendance – idea paper or audience member, in class or online – by 1 Sep.

UPDATE 11.9.2017:

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


National network for the study of experience (in Finnish):



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] 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



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


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”, and ”Centre for Fictionality Studies”, 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

Kertomuksentutkimus 2015

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.

Hajoava perhe, eds. Matti Hyvärinen, Eriikka Oinonen & Tiina Saari, Vastapaino 2015.



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)


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