The Project Narrative Summer Institute
(PNSI) is a two-week workshop on the Ohio State University Columbus campus that
offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline the opportunity
for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory. The
focus for summer 2014 will be Queer and Feminist Narrative Theories: Interdisciplinary
Institute Directors: PNSI 2014 will be
co-directed by OSU faculty members Robyn Warhol, Arts & Humanities
Distinguished Professor of English, and Amy Shuman, Professor of English,
Anthropology, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of
Disability Studies. The Institute draws on the co-directors' interdisciplinary
training and research experience to recombine foundational queer and feminist
texts in social sciences, literary theory, and narratology, with the goal of developing
new transdisciplinary methodologies for teaching and research. Scholars in all
humanities and social science fields are welcome.
Application Process and Deadline: Please submit
application materials to Professors Warhol (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Shuman (email@example.com).
A complete application consists of three items: (1) A current c.v. (with up-to-date
contact information); (2) a personal statement of no more than 1,200 words
informally proposing your PNSI project and explaining how participation in PNSI
will enhance your scholarship and/or teaching; and (3) one letter of
recommendation. Recommendations can be submitted directly by your letter
writers to the Institute Directors, or they can come with your other application
materials. Project Narrative will make admission decisions by April 15, 2014.
The deadline for applications is Monday, March 31, 2014.
Fees and Housing: Tuition for the 2014 Project Narrative
Summer Institute is $1,500. This does not include housing, but the Project Narrative
staff will assist participants in finding affordable housing options according
to individual needs. Project Narrative cannot provide financial aid, but the
co-directors will gladly write in support of participants' applications for
funding from home institutions.
Structure of PNSI 2014: The co-directors will
distribute a list of readings to be completed before the beginning of the
institute. Each participant will bring a scholarly or pedagogical project to
work on during the two weeks and to share with PNSI seminar members. The
project might be, for example, the outline for an article or conference paper,
a proposal for a book or dissertation, a lesson plan or a course syllabus. The
Institute meets each morning as a seminar to discuss assigned readings and to
share work in progress, giving participants time in the afternoons to pursue their
individual projects. The co-directors will facilitate seminar discussions and
make themselves available to meet once with each participant.
Topics and approaches to be addressed: Seminar
readings will survey theoretical writings from a variety of disciplines on the
gendered and sexed dimensions of narrative. Topics for discussion include queer
theory, French feminism, and the erotic; temporality, spatiality, and seriality;
ethnography, oral narrative, and conversational storytelling; medicine,
embodiment, and dis/ability; intersectionality and assemblage; the structure of
address in literary and popularmedia texts; tellability and the unnarratable.
Texts for close analysis will include Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir Fun Home, women's religious conversion
narratives and queer coming-out stories in written and You-Tube formats, and
Netflix TV's Orange is the New Black,
as well as selected short literary examples. To provide a common vocabulary for
discussing elements of narrative, participants will read David Herman et al., Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical
Debates, with particular attention to the sections written by Professor
Warhol on feminist narratology.
For more information about PNSI email either
of the co-directors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Watch the Ohio State University Project Narrative website for developing
details about the reading assignments and daily schedule for PNSI 2014.