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Pre-conference doctoral master class with Jan Christoph Meister (April 14/15 2015)

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About Jan Christoph Meister

Jan Christoph Meister is a professor of Modern German Literature (Theory of Literature, Methodology of Textual Analysis and Literary Computing) at the University of Hamburg. In the period 1986-1995, he was Deputy Chairperson of Modern Languages at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg/South Africa. He taught at the University of Munich in 2006 before establishing the chair of Computational Humanities at Hamburg University.

Since 2013, Meister has been the Chair of the Executive Board of the EADH - European Association for Digital Humanities. He is a founding member of DHd - Digital Humanities in the German speaking region (2012 ff). He was the main convenor of the DH2012 conference at Hamburg University and the recipient of the 2010 Google Digital Humanities Award. He is a founding member of the ENN, European Narratology Network, and keynoted its biannual conference in 2013 (Paris). Jan Christoph Meister is a key figure in narratological discussions. He is the editor of the living handbook of narratology (LHN) and of Narratologia (de Gruyter book series). He developed the online learning environment NarrNetz for training purposes. Prof. Meister is an internationally renowned scholar. He is at the helm of the emerging field of computational studies in narrative. His research appeals to scholars of literary studies, but also of linguistics and history, and it partakes in debates in Digital Humanities. He is the recipient of the Google Digital Humanities Research Award.

Research Interests: Literary Computing, Cognitive Modelling, Narratology, Austrian Literature of the 20th century, Fantastic Literature.

Relevant publications

  • Jan Christoph Meister: Computing Action. A narratological approach. Berlin/New York 2003.
  • Silke Lahn, Jan Christoph Meister, Matthias Aumüller (eds.): Einführung in die Erzähltextanalyse. Silke Lahn, Jan Christoph Meister, Matthias Aumüller, co-authored with Benjamin Biebuyck, Anja Burghardt et al. Stuttgart Weimar: Metzler, 2008.
  • Time: From Concept to Narrative Construct: A Reader (eds. Jan Christoph Meister & Wilhelm Schernus (Narratologia; 2011)
  • http://www.catma.de/ CATMA/CLÉA is a general purpose markup and text analysis tool, available as a web-enabled, browser based application for collaborative annotation of texts and corpora. Development of CATMA is currently heading in the direction of automated analysis of narrative by inclusion of HeidelTIME and other plugins.



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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

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).