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The 2020 Project Narrative Summer Institute: June 22nd – July 2nd

Institute Co-Directors: James Phelan, University Distinguished Professor of English, and Amy Shuman, Professor of English


The 2020 Project Narrative Summer Institute: Narrative, Medicine and Disability

PNSI is a two-week workshop on the campus of Ohio State University that offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline the opportunity for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory. The focus for summer 2020 will be Narrative, Medicine and Disability, and the co-directors will ground their approach in the principle of dialogue. More specifically, we will explore the connections and tensions among a range of objects of study—the three objects named in the Institute’s subtitle– and of discourses about them: narrative theory, narrative medicine, and disability studies. Sample dialogues: What can narrative theory and narratives about illness do for each other? What can narrative medicine and narratives of disability do for each other? What can narrative theory, narrative medicine, and disability studies do for each other? What are the limitations of efforts to find synergies among these objects of study and discourses about them? We’ll take up these questions in relation to the readings listed below, and in relation to the specific interests and projects of the participants.

PNSI 2020 Description and Syllabus


To Apply:

Applicants should send a current CV, a short description of the proposed project (no longer than a single-spaced page), and one letter of recommendation to Project Narrative by April 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed promptly after the deadline. If, in order to meet funding deadlines, applicants need an earlier decision, the co-directors will consider special requests for early action.

Applications can be emailed to or sent by post to the following address:
421 Denney Hall Attn: Project Narrative 164 Annie and John Glenn Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

Please email with any questions about applying.


Fees and Housing:

Tuition for the 2020 Project Narrative Summer Institute is $1,800. This does not include housing, but the Project Narrative staff will assist participants in finding affordable housing options according to individual needs. Project Narrative cannot provide financial aid, but the co-directors will gladly write in support of participants’ applications for funding from home institutions.

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