CfA: Fact, Fiction and Narration

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Date(s): 14. May – 01. July


Department of Philosophy, University of Rijeka and Croatian Society for Analytic Philosophy issue a CFP for the international conference


to be held in September 22nd and 23rd 2021, online

We invite scholars working in aesthetics, philosophy of art and other philosophical areas, as well as cognitive and social scientists and psychologists to explore contemporary philosophical theories of narrative and fiction, their relationship, connections and implications for our views on various forms of art, ranging from literature, movies, poetry, TV series and serials, theatre, visual art, performing art, etc. We are interested at investigating the relation between narrative art and the real world, as well as modes of engagements with fictional works of art and narrative works of fiction and nonfiction.

Topics include, but are not limited to: definition of fiction and narrative; fiction, narrative and imagination; storytelling; narrative fiction across the genres; narrative in art and sciences; ethical and epistemological issues of fiction and narration; issues of interpretation; reliable and unreliable narrators; ethical perspectives in narratives; definition, value, appreciation of fiction;
modes of engagement with fiction; poetry and fiction; fiction, narration and literature; theories of fiction; emotional engagements with fiction and narratives; aesthetic experience of narrative art; empathy and fiction; rationality and fictional emotions; cultural and educational aspects of art; cognitive sciences and narrative art; creativity and the arts; etc.

Plenary speakers:

DEREK MATRAVERS (The Open University)

JONATHAN GILMORE (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

MAREIKE JENNER (Anglia Ruskin University)

RAFE MCGREGOR (Edge Hill University)


We invite submissions for 30 minute presentations, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. If you are interested in presenting your work, please send the title and the abstract of max. 300 words by July 1st, 2021 to Iris Vidmar Jovanović ( Notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 20th. There is no conference fee.

Organizing committee: Iris Vidmar Jovanović, Mario Slugan, Joerg Fingerhut