NELK Teaching Workshop: Experimental and Interactive Storytelling (EIS)

Experimental and Interactive Storytelling (EIS)

With globalization bridging distances and cultures and the lightning-fast speed of digital modes of transmission of information and delivery of media, the way we tell stories, as well as the manner in which these stories are consumed and shared, seem to be in a state of constant flux.

21st century narrative media come in many shapes and sizes, from movies, books and tv shows to Instagram stories, works of fan fiction, roleplay and cosplay, and open-world video games, with the modern-day media consumer increasingly taking charge of the stories they want to live and tell. In the summer semester of 2021, the NELK team invites students to explore the notion of experimental and interactive storytelling through an innovative teaching workshop. The workshop will comprise an exercise course co-taught by Ashumi Shah and Danica Stojanovic, who will be focusing on concepts of experimental literature and metamodern narration. Course participants will be divided up into two project groups which will dive into key aspects of experimental and interactive storytelling through exemplary case studies. Topics for discussion include:

• Adaptations and retellings
• Roleplay and cosplay
• Videogames and board games
• Comics, manga and anime
• Literary events and pilgrimages
• Fandoms and fan practices
• Choose-your-own-adventure texts
• Social media stories
• Celebrity and public figure stories

The teaching workshop will conclude with a student conference in July 2021, in which students present and discuss case studies of their choice. The student conference invites further discussion and inquiry into the dynamic practices of storytelling and broadens the scope of application of cultural and narrative theory.


For the conference Zoom details, please write to:


Friday, 16 July 2021

15:00 15:15  Opening Remarks
Part 1 Fandom and Fan Fiction
15:15-15:40 Goldberg, Carolin and Lübcke, Michaela: The Destiel Fanfiction Response to the Supernatural Series Finale   
15:40-15:55 Pilling, Louisa: Published Twilight Fanfiction
15:55-16:10 Müller, Sandra: Werther Fandom and Modern Fan Culture: A Comparative Study
16:10-16:25 Akman, Damla: ‘Stucky’ Queerbaiting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
16:25-16:40 Discussion
16:40-17:00  Coffee / Tea Break
17:00-18:00 Keynote by Nicolle Lamerichs: Material Fandom: Cosplay, Affect and Sustainability


Saturday, 17 July 2021

9:00-9:10 Opening Remarks
Part 2 Gaming, Cosplay and Celebrity Engagement
9:10-10:10 Därr, Sarah; Herrmann, Sebastian; Schwab, Alexandra: Are there Dragons in Your Dungeons?: Collaborative Stories, Possible Worlds
10:10-10:25 Kurz, Michael: Historical Accuracy and Fidelity in Red Dead Redemption 2
10:25-10:40 Sungur, Cansu: A Triforce of Meaning: Interactivity in Breath of the Wild
10:40-10:55 Knittel, Amelie: “Your Next Line is...“: Visual Storytelling through Make-Up in JoJo’s Bizarre
10:55-11:10 Mann, Verena: Cosplay in Six The Musical
11:10-11:25 Discussion
11:25-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-12:45 Felsberger, Isabell: The World of One Piece: Fandom & Author-Fan Engagement 
12:45-13:00 Bayluk, Ezgi: Fan Impressions and Hajiyame Isayama
13:00-13:15 Ehlert, Anita: James Charles: The Dark Side of Parasocial Relationships
13:15-13:30 Hubl, Angelika: Heidi Klum’s Celebrity and Forms of Capital
13:30-13:45 Bublies, Markus: Designing Rules for Lore-Based Pen & Paper Games
13:45-14:00 Discussion
14:00-14:30 Coffee/Tea Break
Part 3 Transmedia Storytelling, Intermediality and Adaptation
14:30-14:45 Auguste, Lisa: Marvel Cinematic Universe as a Hypertext
14:45-15:00 Miller, Jennifer: Adaptation and Alternative History in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton
15:00-15:15 Discussion
15:15-15:30 Coffee/Tea Break
Part 4 Collaborative Culture and Social Media
15:30-15:45 Dombrowski, Teresa: Deconstructing Gaga Movement Language
15:45-16:00 Horky, Marina: Bear Gryll’s Predicament in You vs. Wild
16:00.16:15 Spielmann, Miriam: Druck and Audience Engagement
16:15-16:30 Discussion
16:30-16:45 Closing Remarks