Call for Papers: Narrative and Semiosis

Special panel at the 11th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, Nanjing, China (5 – 9 October 2012)

Convened by Henry Yiheng Zhao (Sichuan University),
Paul Cobley (London Metropolitan University),
and Marina Grishakova (University of Tartu).

In tandem with the increasing awareness of the omnipresence of narrative in human environments, the conditions are ripe for a general semiotics of narrative. Clearly, this does not simply entail narratology, or a semiology of narrative in which merely the internal mechanisms of narratives are identified and analysed. Rather, in the face of contemporary studies of narrative - in the social sciences, cognitive science, postclassical narratology and systems theory - the relations between narrative and semiosis need to be considered on a much wider basis, including those to do with cognition, networks and systems.

This panel therefore seeks to address the following questions:

We will be particularly interested to receive abstracts for papers which are concerned with the following issues:

Papers on narrative in any medium will be welcomed.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, as a Rich Text Format document attached to an email, to the panel organizers

zhaoyiheng2011 @
marina.grisakova @
p.cobley @

by 27 February 2012

Main Congress website:

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