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AIAS Symposium

Narrative Selves in Art and the Everyday


This two-day international symposium concentrates on the study of and comparison between literary narratives and incidentally occurring storytelling practices, emphasizing crossovers both within different narrative practices and their study. It analyzes the (auto)biographical processes of making sense and communicating experience, where art and the everyday interact as resources for meaning-making. 

The symposium brings together experts on several fields of transdisciplinary narrative studies (literary studies, sociology, medicine, psychology, linguistics) to discuss and develop the theories and methods that investigate the human mind in interaction. Focusing on verbal and visual storytelling in and across different media the participants study, what are the culturally available stories and modes of narration for sharing our experience. How do different narrative techniques enable representing and communicating the experience of one’s own and that of another? How is the narrative self constituted and negotiated in different mediatized environments?


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on a map.

Keynote speakers

Invited speakers

  • Greger Andersson, Örebro University, SE
  • Mari Hatavara, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, DK
  • Matti Hyvärinen, University of Tampere, FI
  • Stefan Iversen, Aarhus University, DK
  • Mikko Keskinen, University of Jyväskylä, FI
  • Jarmila Mildorf, University of Paderborn, DE
  • Maria Mäkelä, University of Tampere, FI
  • Henrik Skov Nielsen, Aarhus University, DK
  • Bronwen Thomas, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Jarkko Toikkanen, University of Tampere, FI
  • Richard Walsh, University of York, UK 


  • Hanna Rautajoki, University of Tampere, FI

Programme and abstract

The programme is now ready. See the detailed programme with abstracts.

Time schedule


10.1516.30: Panels

18.00−: Dinner: for speakers only


10.00−15.00: Panels

15.15−17.00: Round table discussion: for speakers only


Mari Hatavara, Professor, AIAS Fellow

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies