Young Researchers Conference April 2021: Narratives of Body and Mind

Thursday, April 8 to Friday, April 9, 2021


Young Researchers Conference

Audience waiting for a speech Copyright: © RWTH Aachen

8 th – 09 th April 2021

The conference will take place online (via Zoom) between 8th and 9th of April 2021. It is organized by ACCELS, which belongs to the Department for English, American and Romance Studies at RWTH Aachen University.

Since the cognitive turn in narrative theory opened up a new research field for literary studies, new and innovative approaches have been developed in various research areas, including the study of narrative. Starting from computational models that gave rise to situational or mental models, to the recent move towards embodied approaches in cognitive literary studies and empirical research with actual readers, cognitive literary studies turned into a broad field that lends itself to complex combinations of different research areas. In this interdisciplinary conference, we examine the various research areas in which narrative theory meets narratives of the body, narratives of the mind or the common ground between them.

Please find the schedules including date and time (CET) of the respective panels and presentations below. Presentations should be 20 minutes long and should be held live.


Conference Program

Day 1: 8th April 2021 (Thursday)

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Address (Deborah de Muijnck, ACCELS)

09:15 - 10:00

Keynote: Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Ficto-Memoir for Re-Storying Lives (Leanne Dodd, Central Queensland University, Australia)

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:45

Panel 1: Self and Narrative (Chair: Judith Eckenhoff)

Self as a Narrative Palimpsest – From Recollection to Articulation (Nishant K. Narayanan, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad)

Instagram and the Self (Agnieszka Krasicka, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań)

From ‘human thoughts’ to ‘stone thoughts’: Language, Storytelling, and Embodiment in Byatt’s Narrative (Marzia Beltrami, University of Tartu)

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 15:30

Panel 2: Narrative and Form (Chair: Jessica Jumpertz)

Uncomputable Discomfort: In Search of the Digital Sublime (Ruben Vanden Berghe, Ghent University):

Exquisite Defects. Detoxing the Female Literary Genius (Liselotte Van der Gucht,Ghent University)

Psychotropic Backgrounds: Realigning Reader Experience in Clare Allan’s Poppy Shakespeare (Sandra Marzinkowski, Ruhr-Universität-Bochum)

Imagining Ekphrasis (Polina Gavin, Aston University)

How the Linguistic Construal of the Reader in Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” Impacts Readers’ Empathetic Engagement (Fransina Stradling, University of Huddersfield)

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:45

Panel 3: Narrative and Mental Health (I) (Chair: Deborah de Muijnck)

An Embodied Perspective on Deictic Viewpoint in the Narratives of People with a Sensitivity to Psychosis (Linde van Schuppen, José Sanders, Myrthe Faber, Anna Ciaunica, Radboud University Nijmegen)

A Unified Group Approach to Theater as a Therapeutic Technique for Cognitive and Emotional Development in Children (Jin Chey, Independent Scholar)

Communicating Eating Disorders: Metaphor, Embodied Simulation and Experiential Understanding in Autopathographies (Jakob Summerer, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg)

Relationship Modeling between Patients and Doctors (Albert Sung, Independent Scholar)


Concluding Words (Caroline Kutsch, ACCELS)

Day 2: 9th April 2021 (Friday)

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Back (Kai Tan, ACCELS)

09:15 - 10:00

Keynote: Knocking on the Door: Presence in Literature (Lieven Ameel, Tampere University of Applied Sciences)

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:45

Panel 4: Embodied Experience of Narrative Space (Chair: Kai Tan)

Empathic Spaces “In the Cage” (Andrea Talmann, University of Stuttgart)

Spatialization of Emotion in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” (Mohammed Shabanpour, University of Tehran)

Enacting Encounters with Psychogeographical Literary Moments (PLMs) (Kai Tan, RWTH Aachen University)

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 15:00

Panel 5: Narrative and Mental Health (II) (Chair: Caroline Kutsch)

Innocence of Anorexia or the Anorexia of Innocence: A Brief Discussion of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (Cansu Kutlualp, Sabanci University)

Restricted Possible Worlds and Depression: A Stylistic Analysis of the Presentation of Mental Health in Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing Using a Possible Worlds Framework (Megan Mansworth, Aston University)

Fuzzy Temporality and the Difficulty of Narrativizing Loss and Traumatic Experiences in Mario Alberto Zambrano’s Lotería (2013) (Mario Grill, University of Klagenfurt)

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee Break

15:15 - 17:15

Panel 6: Narratives of the Other (Chair: Teresa Turnbull)

Embodied Being and Non-Being in FRANK3N5T31N (2015) (Kit Schuster, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg)

Baudrillad goes Gothic: How Alternative Reality Games Change the Notion of Gothic Fiction for Gen Z (Christina Metzger, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg)

Accumulation of Bodies and Unnegotiated Memories: The Idea of Hoarding in the Selected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner (Shamael Mortuza, Queen’s University, Canada)

Altered Consciousness in 1960s American Science Fiction: A Corpus-Stylistic Analysis (Elizabeth Oakes, University of Helsinki)

17:15 - 18:00

Concluding Words (Teresa Turnbull, ACCELS)