Call for papers

Waikato’s Narrative Research Network Half-day Symposium

 “Narrative: State of the Art in Aotearoa”

University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Thursday 17 April 2014 

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If you are in any way involved with ‘narrative’ we invite you to join us to engage in an ongoing interdisciplinary conversation.


Abstract deadline: March 17th, 2014

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the first Narrative Symposium to be held at the University of Waikato on Thursday 17 April 2014 from 1.30 pm, followed by drinks.

Presentations will address speakers’ current research into/about/of/using narrative.  We welcome papers that address conceptualizations of narrative, studies of narrative, and studies using narrative.

The three key themes for the symposium are:

  • Interpretations and definitions of the term ‘narrative’ and is there such a thing as ‘narrative’?
  • The uses of narrative: narrative as data, narrative as analytical tool, narrative as representation
  • Narrative form, narrative construction, narrative expression

Presentations will be 5-10 minutes long followed by 10 minutes discussion.

We will invite speakers to continue the conversation by contributing to an edited volume for Te Reo, Journal of The Linguistic Society of New Zealand.

Abstract submission and Registration guidelines:

Please submit abstracts to fgounder(at) by March 17th, 2014.  Abstracts should not exceed 100 words.

If you would like to attend the symposium, please register with Farzana Gounder fgounder(at) by March 31, 2014.

Call for book chapters

Narrative practices and identity constructions in the Pacific Islands

Editor: Farzana Gounder

Publisher: John Benjamins. Studies in Narrative (SiN) series

In the South Pacific, the fabric of culture is held together by the threads of narrative.  The construction of these narratives is of immense scholarly interest; however, until now, there has not been a scholarly work devoted to exploring the region’s linguistic and social contexts of narrative construction.  Narrative practices and identity constructions in the Pacific Islands seeks to address this need.  

In recognition of the region’s linguistic and cultural diversity, chapters discussing the narrativization patterns in any of the following countries are particularly welcome: Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rotuma, Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Submissions should fit into one of these three areas:

  • Narrative structure and focus
  • Manner of telling narratives
  • Collective memory, cultural ideologies and narrative constructions

Discussions must be tied back to ‘self’ and ‘identity’ in the South Pacific context.


The book will appeal to anyone who is interested in how the act of narrative construction provides a site for the speaker’s identity negotiations.  For this reason, the book will be of interest to anthropological linguists, discourse analysts, narrative analysts, sociolinguists, and oral historians.


We welcome chapter proposals of 500 words. If accepted, you will be invited to submit a paper, which will be peer reviewed.  If your paper is selected, your final book chapter will also be peer reviewed.


If you wish to submit a proposal, please note the timeline, word length and dates in the table below and email your proposal to Farzana Gounder at farzanagounder(at) (When sending email, replace (at) with @)

Timeline Text length Dates
Chapter proposal 500 words 28 April 2013
Notification 28 May 2013
Full chapter submission 5000-7000 words 28 September 2013
Notification 28 November 2013
Final chapter submission 28 January 2014
Notification of final acceptance/rejection 28 February 2014