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[Commlist] cfp: Symposium Therapeutic Narratives

Mon Mar 29 12:18:41 GMT 2021

Call for Abstracts Online Symposium
Therapeutic Narratives? Processes and Effects of Eudaimonic Entertainment
8-9 July 2021
Organized by: Anneke de Graaf and Enny Das, Radboud University Nijmegen
Contact: (a.degraaf /at/

The last decade has seen a surge in research on eudaimonic entertainment, or entertainment that provides viewers with meaning and insight into human life. In this research area, several processes and effects of eudaimonic entertainment have been studied, such as mixed affect, need satisfaction and well-being. In addition, it has been suggested that eudaimonic entertainment can be beneficial to viewers’ health and that it may contribute to being able to cope with difficult issues and situations. For instance, tragic portrayals of characters’ death may enable viewers to better deal with their own fear of death. Also, portrayals of characters showing virtues like love and kindness may motivate viewers to be kinder to others. Potential underlying processes of these effects have been suggested, such as the feeling of being moved and self-reflection. The aim of this symposium is to discuss the benefits viewers may gain from eudaimonic entertainment and the processes that facilitate these effects. Proposals for presentations of empirical results as well as theoretical frameworks are invited.

Deadline: Please send in your abstract with a maximum of 300 words before 7 May 2021 to (a.degraaf /at/ Notices of acceptance will be sent before 28 May. Sessions will be planned taking the time zone of the participants into account as much as possible (tentatively late afternoon - early evening Central European Time). The symposium will be held via zoom and will be free of charge.

Funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) through the project Beyond a Fear of Death: Exploring the Terror Management Potential of Eudaimonic Entertainment.
Hosted by Radboud University Nijmegen.
Organizers: Anneke de Graaf and Enny Das, Department of Language and Communication, Radboud University Nijmegen.​

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