Call for Papers: “Illness Narratives”

Call for Papers: “Illness Narratives”

Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research

DIEGESIS 6.2, winter 2017 Topic: “Illness Narratives”

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: September 30th, 2016 Deadline for the submission of articles: June 30th, 2017

About the TOPIC:

We relate and describe illnesses in different situations, for various purposes, and in di- verse ways. The range of illness narratives includes, among others, documentation of patients’ medical histories, autobiographical accounts of illness (clinical narratives), narratives which are co-constructed during doctor-patient conversations, case reports in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, fictional accounts of illnesses, as well as visual and narrative representations of sick people and disease in painting, photography, film, and other media. Recently, empirical disciplines have made some initial attempts to develop a “narratology of doctor-patient communication” (Elisabeth Gülich) and to bring about a ‘narrative turn’ within medicine.

The DIEGESIS-issue “Illness Narratives” explores the nexus of illness and its narrative representation. Which specific functions does narrative (re-)construction of illness ful- fil? Is there a connection between specific illnesses and their respective narratives (and if so, is it useful for differential diagnostic purposes)? In order to do justice to the diver- sity of illness narratives, we invite scholars from different disciplines to submit pro- posals for methodological contributions, exemplary case studies with a focus on narra- tology, or comparative investigations drawing on conversational linguistics, psychol- ogy, psychotherapy, medicine, cultural studies, history, sociology, literary studies, art studies, and other disciplines.

We invite abstracts of approximately half a page (DIN-A4) by September 30th, 2016 at the latest. Please send your abstract, along with a brief CV, to the editorial team of

Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research

DIEGESIS: The editorial team and the editors will decide on the acceptability of proposals by November 15th, 2016. Contributions have to be submitted by June 30th, 2017. The issue will be published in December 2017.

In addition, we always welcome REVIEWS of new works (i.e. works published in the last three to four years) in the field of narratology; we specifically welcome cross-disci- plinary contributions in addition to contributions from those working in the fields of language and literature. Recommendations for reviews can be sent to the aforemen- tioned e-mail address at any time; in your e-mail, you should name the book(s) you would like to review and provide a brief overview of your academic career.

Furthermore, we would also like to invite suggestions for CONFERENCE REPORTS on any events in the field of narrative research. If you want to send us proposals for such reports please include brief information on the topic, venue, date, and organizers of the event as well as a short outline of your academic career.


DIEGESIS is the first interdisciplinary journal dedicated to narrative research that pro- vides free online access to full-text articles and reviews (www.diegesis.uni- The high standard of work published in DIEGESIS is ensured by a combination of competitive calls for papers and a peer review process.

DIEGESIS is published at the University of Wuppertal and in cooperation with the local Centre of Narrative Research (CNR) ( by Matei Chihaia (Romance studies), Sandra Heinen (literature and media studies), Matías Martínez (German studies), Michael Scheffel (general literary studies) and Roy Sommer (English and American studies).