CFP: ENN7 Monopoli, Italy (Deadline: 24.2.2023)

The 7th conference of the European Narratology Network will be held in Monopoli, Italy, on 26-28 September 2023.

This year’s conference is co-located with IGEL 2023, the conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, and the common theme is Rhythm, Speed, Path: Spatiotemporal Experiences in Narrative, Poetry, and Drama.

Submissions related to this topic will be given priority but submissions about other topics are also welcome. The deadline for submission is February 24th, 2023.

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Call for papers

The European Narratology Network invites submissions to the 2023 conference about narrative processes, devices, and experiences in literature, film, theater, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.

The aim of the conference is to offer a space for a discussion about the role and enactment of spatiotemporal experiences in narrative, lyrical, and performative works. The focus should be on narrative theory in relation to literary studies, theory of versification, performance studies and other relevant domains.

We welcome contributions related to formal and thematic perspectives about spatial configurations in narrative (e.g. linear, circular, cyclical), spatial patterns (e.g. goal-oriented, free exploration), and spatial attributes related to genres, forms, techniques, and themes.

Possible topics

We encourage submissions related to (but not limited to):

Measures of narrative speed and duration in literature and in a transmedia perspective
Rhythm in fiction and in poetry
Wandering minds and bodies in poetry, theater, and narrative; walking as embodied storytelling; bodily movement as prompt of poetic and narrative forms, e.g. in Dante’s Comedy, flânerie, stream of consciousness (e.g. Joyce’s Dubliners, Dujardin’s Les lauriers sont coupés)
The chronotope of the road: link between movement and literary techniques (e.g. linear fairy tales; Pindaric novels; disordered-without-aim stream of consciousness)
Themes: means of transportation (from horse to spaceships) and narrative progression; exodus, odyssey, diaspora, migration, pilgrimage.

Proposal submission procedure

Send submissions via the submission form, including the following information:

Name of first author (First, Last and Title) and affiliation
Email of corresponding author
List co-authors (names and affiliations)
Title of presentation
Three to five relevant keywords
Upload of anonymized abstract (500 words max; file format: .doc, .docx, .txt)
Please indicate the format (paper or panel) by ticking the appropriate box:

The deadline for submissions is 24 February 2023.

Preconference Doctoral Seminar

Date: Tuesday morning, 26 September 2023.

In conjunction with the 7th International Conference of the European Narratology Network, a preconference doctoral seminar on narratology will be held. The doctoral seminar will be primarily devoted to topics connected with historical narratology. Both theoretical proposals as well as particular analyses are highly appreciated.

Applicants for the seminar must be doctoral students during the 2022–2023 academic year and doing research on any topic connected with narratology. At the end of the course, the participants will receive a diploma and 1 ECTS.

Prospective participants are asked to send a 500-word description of their doctoral research together with their résumés and name of institution via the registration form at enn7conference[at]

The deadline for submissions is 24 February 2023.

The seminar will consist of an introductory lecture and of working sessions to which the participants will be distributed according to their particular topics. The seminars will be led by supervisors who are experts on particular topics. Each student will present their topic (10–15 min), after which the supervisor’s comment on the topics, and a discussion, will follow.

Important dates

Panel proposals and papers submission deadline: 24 February 2023

Acceptances will be sent out on: 15 April 2023

Conference begins: 26 September 2023

Conference ends: 28 September 2023


The 7th Conference of the European Narratology Network is organized by

Enthymema, International Journal of Literary Criticism, Literary Theory, and Philosophy of Literature (

in cooperation with

University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy

University of Groningen, Netherlands

Conference convenors: Stefania Sini (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy) and Federico Pianzola (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


Inquiries concerning the conference can be sent to enn7conference[at]


About us

ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.