Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on Events and Narrative in Language TEPEN (2nd edition)

The Conference:


International Conference:
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on
Events and Narrative

University of Lodz (Poland), 11-12 May 2018

Plenary Speakers:

The following eminent researchers will deliver lectures as plenary speakers:

Prof. Michael Bamberg, Clark University, USA

The role of change-of-states-representations for ‘narrative empathy’ and ’
emotion transportation’ in audiovisual narratives

I am interrogating the role of event-representation as a central aspect of plot construction for a psychology of narrative persuasion. Working from visual representations in a wordless picture-book and a sixty-second wordless audiovisual clip, I will discuss the role of cinematographic devices and techniques in the composition and arrangement of character representations as potentially more relevant for recipients’ emotional immersion than event information and their sequential arrangements into plots. I will wind up with some general remarks regarding the implication of these kinds of considerations for the concept of ‘narrative analysis.’


Prof. Marta Dynel, University of Łódź, Poland
Deception in multimodal film narrative

The focus of this presentation is  film deception in multimodal narrative, a topic that does not seem to have garnered much consistent scholarly attention. In this talk, I attempt to address this gap by bringing together different disciplines: the pragmatics of film discourse, the cognitive philosophy of film, as well as the philosophy of deception. I take as my point of departure the pragmatics of film narrative (relying on two communicative levels) and film reception, as well as a range of philosophical observations on viewers’ cognition of fictional worlds. My main goal is to distinguish types of film deception with regard to the two levels of communication on which it materialises, as well as subordinate factors (whether or not the viewer is the target of deception, and when the viewer is allowed to recognise its presence; in tandem with the role of narrative unreliability).


Prof. Joanna Pawelczyk, UAM, Poznań, Poland

Without having women, it’s like it’s like … you’re more open to just being a typical Marine: Identifying gender ideologies in interviews with American war veterans

In this talk I want to address the question whether gender continues to be a relevant social category in the functioning of the American military as one of the symbolically masculinist professional sites. This appears to be a timely question as numerous measures have been taken to advance the presence and position of women in this occupational setting. The focus of the talk is on whether the structural assimilation of women in the military – as evidenced in the existing regulations and policies – is accompanied by the cultural assimilation that would indicate that women and femininity are not ‘othered’ by women soldiers  themselves and their male counterparts in this professional setting.

Drawing on the methodology of conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis I will qualitatively scrutinize interviews with American male and female war veterans to identify the dominant gender ideologies that to a great extent may constitute an unspoken yet organizing device of the operation of the U.S. military. On a more methodological note, limitations and affordances of interviews as data will be addressed as well as whether the analytical apparatus of CA and MCA can inform the studies of gender construction.



The aim of the 2nd edition of TEPEN conference is to bring together scholars of varied disciplines to explore EVENTS and NARRATIVES from a range of perspectives. By applying a variety of analytical, empirical tools and concepts, contributors will hopefully show how people construct events and/or narrative form in language, and how language resources are selected and used to perform desirable versions of narrative and events in them. Although other topics may be considered, we welcome papers dealing with, but not being limited to, issues such as the following:

– theoretical and empirical aspects of narration in linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis
– theoretical and empirical aspects of events in linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis
– events in narration, their parts and kinds
– narrative schema(s)
– goals of narrative
– narrative in different  aspects of life (social, individual)
– processes of constructing time, space, cause-effect structure in events and in narratives
– time in narration, narration in time
– spoken and written narratives
– events and narrative in political discourse
– events and narrative in different discourses
– media and presentation of events, their construal
– units of narration
– units of events
– narrative occasioning,
– narrative, stories in conversation,
– narrative in different semiotic systems, e.g. sign language,
– gestures and sign languages in event and  narrative construction
– stories and forms of narrative in second language acquisition
– events and narrative in language pedagogy (first as well as foreign languages)

The list is not exhaustive.