• “Narrating the Mesh”

    NARMESH is a multidisciplinary research project interrogating contemporary narrative and its potential for staging, challenging, and expanding the human imagination of the nonhuman...

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    Blog post by Gry Ulstein and Shannon Lambert


Why do we not see these linking forms all around us?

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

I’m interested in the forms of narrative that climate science has generated. It’s an epic story, of course, with a million authors.

Ian McEwan, Solar

Guest lecture by Lieven Ameel (Turku Institute of Advanced Studies)

"Peopling the Future City: Embedded and Embodied Futures in Planning, Policy, and Fiction"
April 25, 2019
16:00-17:30, Blandijn, second floor, room 120.025

Guest lecture by Pierre-Louis Patoine (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle)

"Inhabiting Fantasy Worlds: Toward a Non-Productive/Ecological Aesthetics"
March 25, 2019
15:00-16:30, Blandijn, first floor, Faculty room

Guest lecture by Kocku von Stuckrad (University of Groningen)

"Science to Fiction – Fiction to Science: Literature, Poetry, and Knowledge of Nature"
February 21, 2019
17:00-18:30, Blandijn, Faculty room

New article on nonhuman characters in fiction

Marco Caracciolo, “Notes for an Econarratological Theory of Character.” Frontiers of Narrative Studies, Volume 4, Number s1, 2018, pp. 172–89.

Read on the journal website here

Guest lecture by Kári Driscoll (Utrecht University)

"What Is a Zoopoetic Reading? The Panther, the Axolotl, and the End of the World"
November 29, 2018
15:00-16:30, Blandijn, Faculty room

Guest lecture by David Rodriguez (Stony Brook University and NARMESH visiting scholar)

"Spaces of Indeterminacy: Literary Description and the Form of the Environment"
November 8, 2018
14:30-16:00, Blandijn, room 090.038

Guest lecture by Jan Alber (RWTH University Aachen)

"Narrative and Ideology"
October 18, 2018
16:00-18:00, Rozier, LibraryLab Magnel

New article on narrative and temporality in postapocalyptic fiction

Marco Caracciolo, “Negative Strategies and World Disruption in Postapocalyptic Fiction.” Style, Volume 52, Number 3, 2018, pp. 222–41.

Read a pre-print version of the article here (UGent Biblio)

Read the print version on Jstor

Guest lecture by Alexa Weik von Mossner (Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt)

"From Eco-Narratology to Empirical Ecocriticism: Exploring Empathy and Emotion in Environmental Narrative"
June 21, 2018
15:00-16:30, Blandijn, room 120.012 (second floor)

Guest lecture by Ben Van Overmeire (Ghent University)

"Using Buddhism as a Resource for Ecological Thinking: Opportunities and Challenges"
May 14, 2018
11:15-12:45, Blandijn, Large meeting room (third floor)

New article on narrative, embodiment, and deep time

Marco Caracciolo, "A Walk Through Deep History: Narrative, Embodied Strategies, and Human Evolution"
Costellazioni, Volume 5, 2018, pp. 123-146. Special issue on "Narrative and the Biocultural Turn" edited by Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski and Vittorio Gallese.

Read a pre-print version of the article here (UGent Biblio)

Guest lecture by Erin James (University of Idaho)

"Narrative in the Anthropocene."
March 27, 2018
14:00-15:30, Blandijn, Large meeting room (third floor)

Guest lecture by Jon Hegglund (Washington State University)

"'The problem with people who aren’t human': Anthropomorphism, Posthumanism, and Fictional Character."
December 4, 2017
17:00-18:30, Blandijn, Faculty Room (first floor)

Guest lecture by Ben De Bruyn (Maastricht University)

"Ecowar Fiction and Submarine Aesthetics"
November 9, 2017
11:00-12:30, Blandijn, Faculty Room (first floor)

New article on Michel Faber's Under the Skin

Marco Caracciolo, "'Murky Mercy': Michel Faber’s Under the Skin and the Difficulty of Reality"
College Literature, Volume 44, Number 4, Fall 2017, pp. 591-614

Read the article here (Project MUSE; requires a subscription)