Project Narrative Summer Institute: June 8-June 19, 2015

osu-web-header-horizThe Project Narrative Summer Institute (PNSI) is a two-week workshop at The Ohio State
University in Columbus, OH that offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline, from institutions worldwide, the opportunity for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory. This summer’s PNSI will run from June 8 to June 19, 2015, led by Project Narrative core faculty James Phelan and Angus Fletcher, with the theme “Foundations and Innovations.” Attendees should seek funding from their home institution for the Institute’s tuition of $1,500; this does not include housing, but Project Narrative will help attendees find reasonable accommodations. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 23, 2015.

About this year’s theme:

“Foundations and Innovations” may conjure up the terminology of “classical” and ‘”postclassical” narratology, but at PNSI 2015 we have something bigger and more dynamic in mind. Rather than orienting the field around distinct periods, we’ll explore it by setting up feedback loops among strong theories, primary narratives in different media, and their implicit challenges to interpretation. We’ll range from Aristotle’s Poetics to Pixar’s screenwriting philosophy, from Chicago School readings of Macbeth to cognitive analyses of comics, from Genette-inspired readings of Persuasion to feminist approaches to Nike ads, and we’ll save time for participants to workshop their own innovative–and newly foundational–projects.

Applicants should send a CV, a short statement of interest (no longer than a single-spaced page), and one letter of recommendation. Applications can be emailed to or sent by post to the following address:

421 Denney Hall
Attn: Project Narrative
164 W 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Please email with any questions.