The Eighth International Conference on Narrative
November 12-14, 1999
Department of Communication
University of Kentucky

Special Note:

     Use of the Internet has made it possible to handle conference submissions, deadlines, and presentation schedules in a much more flexible manner than in previous years. Submissions of papers or panels are now invited until October 15, 1999. Submissions can be made electronically to; they will be added to the list on a continuous basis. Individual notifications will also be mailed. 

Call For Papers

    The University of Kentucky Department of Communication invites your submissions to the Eighth International Conference on Narrative, to be held Friday, November 12, to Sunday, November 14, 1999, in Lexington, Kentucky.

    The theme of the 1999 conference, Discourse & Representation, suggests topics addressing the diverse ways in which narrative language and imagery and symbolism in other domains is manifested and used in social interaction, literary and ephemeral texts, the media, and the fine and performing arts. Contributions that foster awareness across boundaries and categories are especially welcome.

    As in previous years, we would like to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including cultural and critical studies, education, psychology, literatures and languages, communication, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, folklore, social work, medicine, art history, history, women's studies, journalism, radio, film and media studies and all others interested in narrative. Theoretical and methodological contributions of all persuasions are as welcome as studies of narrative in different contexts.
The conference language is English; data sessions should be conducted in the most appropriate language.

    The International Conference on Narrative is a highly productive working event. Various presentation formats are offered; please indicate your preference on the title page of your submission.

  1. Research papers will be scheduled for panel sessions; panels are most suitable for theoretical or programmatic topics that do not require the sharing of extensive data sets. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Please mark your submission 'Panel.'
  2. Posters will be set up and remain on display for the duration of the conference. This format allows the presentation of larger amounts of research data and provides a more individual setting for discussion without time constraints. Please mark your submission 'Poster.'
  3. Participants who travel with major data sets they intend to work on in a small-group setting may wish to reserve the special meeting room available for this purpose. The room will be scheduled for up to two hours per individual. The number of data sessions is limited and early submission of your proposal is suggested. Please mark your submission 'Data session.'
  4. As in previous years, three round-table discussions will be organized that focus respectively on theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues described by the conference theme.  Short programmatic statements of no more than five minutes will be followed by a round-table discussion with participation from the audience. You are invited to submit a proposal for a round-table in addition to your other work. Please mark your submission accordingly.


The prepaid conference registration fee of $85.00 ($50.00 for students and the unwaged) provides admission, refreshments, and a lunch package for Friday and Saturday. The prepaid subscription to the volume of conference proceedings is $25.00. After October 16, 1999 (postmarked), the regular registration fee will be $90.00, the student registration $60.00.  Please make your registration checks payable to the University of Kentucky and send them to the address below.

Submissions are restricted to extended abstracts not exceeding 1000 words; they must be accompanied by a briefer abstract of no more than 50 words, which will be included in the program. Please also provide your e-mail address; this information will be listed in the program to facilitate preconference discussion between panel members.

Please send one copy of your submission, preferably as a Word Rich Text File email attachment or by mail to the conference chair: 

Joachim Knuf, Conference Chair
Department of Communication
231 Grehan Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0042
(606) 257-4102 * E-mail:  *  Fax: (606) 257-4103

The postmarked deadline for submissions is October 16, 1999. Confirmation letters, registration forms and hotel information will be mailed to participants as submissions arrive; a preliminary program, registration forms, and other information will be available on the Internet. Please note that no presentation will be programmed unless the registration fee has been received! Late submissions, accompanied by the registration fee, will be accepted as long as is practical.  Manuscripts completed by February 15, 2000, will be reviewed for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Previous proceedings are available at $27.50 each.

An e-mail listserv has been set up to facilitate conference organization. Mail the message "sub narrate firstname lastname" to to receive conference mailings. The conference website is

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