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About Jan Christoph Meister

Jan Christoph Meister is a professor of Modern German...

Topic of the ENN conference

Narratologists are increasingly faced with the situation that the concept of narrative varies...

ENN 4 - Conclusion

The 4th Conference of the ENN at Ghent University (Belgium) is now over. With 162 speakers, 28 doctoral course participants and a total number of 250 participants, ENN 4 was this year's biggest event in the field of narrative studies on European soil. We extend our gratitude to all those present for making this event into an unforgettable, high-quality experience.

The new ENN executive board wishes to thank John Pier (University of Tours and CRAL-CNRS, Paris) for his outstanding service to the network during the past 6 years.

Three newly elected members serve on the Steering Committee: 

- Gunther Martens (Ghent University) Chair
Ondrej Sladek (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague) 
- Karin Kukkonen (University of Turku)

Pictures of the conference will be online soon.

Reminder: Doctoral school course with Jan Christoph Meister

For pre-registered PhD students only.

Doctoral School Course: "Narratology between Hermeneutics and Computation. With a Hands-on Workshop on Collaborative Markup and Textual Analysis of Narrative"

The Doctoral Workshop will take place at the "Blandijn", the building of the Faculty of Philosophy / Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Blandijnberg 2, B-9000 Gent. The rooms will be sign-posted, they are 100.057 (PC-Pool A & B) and 100.017 (both on ground floor) . Consult the map here: http://www.flw.ugent.be/file/25

Preparation for our seminar including reading lists, the seminar program and short abstracts of the participant's own dissertation projects will be collected and distributed via a virtual project room which you can find at


All information concerning the reader, place, location and other practicalities can also be found on this AGORA-workspace to which professor Meister provided a password a while ago. Send us an email at enn4@ugent.be


Conference booklet

You can now preview the conference booklet here (see attachment).


Searchable programme

New: you can now search the programme and the content of all abstracts via this page.

Programme and conference teaser!

ENN4 conference programme and schedule!

Please find the programme, the schedule and the abstracts (as yet unformatted) as attachments below (last update: March 30 2015).

You may now also explore the programme and the abstracts here.

FAQ for the ENN4 conference

Please "read more" to find the answers to frequently asked questions.

Conference rate at NH Hotel Ghent Belfort

We brokered a special conference rate with NH Hotel Ghent. This rate is valid for a limited amount of rooms (25 rooms) and only until February 20th. This hotel is even closer to the conference venue, it is situated right within the historical city centre next to the city hall and the belfry. The rate for a single room is 120 EURO. It comes with specific benefits: breakfast is included and special cancellation and payment options apply that you won't get when you book via the regular website. 

Please consider that the conference rate cannot be booked via the hotel website. Instead, you need to fill out the document in attachment and send it, not to ENN, but to the address mentioned in the document.

About the ENN conference

Topic of the ENN conference

Narratologists are increasingly faced with the situation that the concept of narrative varies widely across borders. This is a happy circumstance pointing to the widespread relevance and vitality of narratological concepts. At the same time, however, this situation means that any easy “lateral compatibility” of concepts such as “narrator,” “(un)reliability,” “focalization,” etc. across different media such as the printed book, film or the digital media, among others, can no longer be taken for granted. Carrying on with the debates that got underway at the 2013 Paris conference, ENN 4 will address these issues by exploring conceptual models and inputs from various disciplines and methodologies such as rhetoric and stylistics, but also more recent developments including the cognitive sciences, media studies, the digital humanities and many more. In doing so, the ENN aims to act as an on-going forum for discussing narrative theory across borders – conceptual, disciplinary, national, cultural, historical.

What is ENN?

The European Narratology Network (ENN) is an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster and facilitate research in narrative studies across the board by providing resources to the community and by organising a bi-annual conference. Our focus is predominantly, though not exclusively, European as regards:
• our object domain, which spans narrative representation inliterature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures;
• our institutional affiliations: universities, research institutionsand interest groups based in one of the European countries.

The ENN Steering Committee:

  • John PIER (University of Tours and CRAL-CNRS Paris), Chairman
  • Gunther Martens (Ghent University)
  • Karin Kukkonen (Turku University)

Confirmed ENN4 keynote speakers:

Thomas Pavel (University of Chicago), Monika Fludernik (University of Freiburg), Elena Semino (Lancaster University), David Herman (Durham University)   

Registration for the Conference will open on November 15, 2014

Deadline for registration (visitors): April 7, 2015

Registration fee for participants: 165 € | PhD students: 85 €  | Visitors: 45  € /day 

In order to present at the conference, speakers  must be members of the ENN. To register as a member, please consult the ENN website – “How to join the ENN” http://www.narratology.net/join-ENN  

The official languages of the Conference are English, French and German.  

Inquiries concerning the conference can be sent to enn4@ugent.be

Main conference convenor: Prof. Gunther Martens (Ghent University). 

For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.enn4.ugent.be.  

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About ENN and the conference


The organisers acknowledge that the fourth conference of the European Narratology Network is sponsored by the following institutions and bodies:


About US

ENN4 is organised under the auspices of Narratology@UGent, the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, and the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University. We acknowledge the financial support of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO-Vlaanderen) and of the Doctoral School Arts, Humanities and Law (Ghent University).