Dr Emily Underwood-Lee was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on April 25, 2017

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Telling Tales programme to talk about the value of storytelling and how the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Centre shares the legacy of oral historian George Ewart Evans.

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DS11 Storytelling and Place: Digital Storytelling Festival Call For Papers

Posted on January 25, 2017

We are delighted to announce that the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium and DS Festival are continuing their successful collaboration to again put together a two day symposium exploring storytelling in all its varied forms. This follows our successful Storytelling and Justice symposium held in 2016.

This year the theme is Storytelling and Place. Storytelling can help us understand our identity and relationship to the places we inhabit, be these geographic or psychological. In our current times, when national identity is constantly being negotiated and renegotiated, as Europe is reshaped in the wake of the ’Brexit’ vote and as Twitter is rebirthed as an instrument of government, the stories we tell about ourselves and our places can serve to guide us and inform our relationship to the world and each other. In an era which has been described as ‘post-truth’ and where news stories draw their cultural capital as much from their ‘clickworthiness’ as their veracity the stories we tell about ourselves and our place within the world have become one of the most-urgent issues of our time.

We aim to inspire, encourage and showcase exciting projects across a wide spectrum of digital storytelling activity which focuses on place. The conference will feature invited keynote presentations, a panel discussion with leading Welsh writers and poets, performances of stories and provocations by prominent thinkers in the field of story and place. The two day event is held on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April 2017 in The Atrium, University of South Wales, Adam St, Cardiff, CF24 2FN.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jamie Tehrani (Durham University)

Once upon a time – but when? Searching for the origins of Indo-European folktales

Researchers since the Brothers Grimm have speculated about the origins of folktales shared by different cultures around the world. However, as primarily oral art forms, there is precious little literary evidence to locate the source and spread of these stories. I will describe a novel approach to this problem that draws on methods from evolutionary biology, showing how they can be used to trace lineages of narrative inheritance and reconstruct ancient tale corpora in Indo-European tale traditions.

Dr Tehrani’s research focuses on how culture evolves as it gets transmitted from person to person and from generation to generation. He is interested in understanding what makes some things catch on, others die out, and how these processes shape patterns of cultural diversity within and across populations. His current work focuses mainly on the transmission of popular narratives, such as traditional folktales, urban legends and modern day conspiracy theories.

Tagged: digital storytelling

Story Activism

Posted on October 3, 2016

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home were invited to give a provocation at our 2015 Storytelling and Activism symposium. As a result they have produced the fascinating book ’4 Boys (for Beuys)’.

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Motorbikes and Storytelling

Posted on September 23, 2016

If you are interested in stories, bikes or both we thought you would like to her about this exciting event from our friends at Beyond the Border.

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Dr Christina Papagiannouli features in The Theatre Times

Posted on September 8, 2016

Dr Christina Papagiannouli features in an interview in the New York-based theatre news source The Theatre Times. Interviewed by transmedia editor Ilinca Todorut, she talks about her monograph Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project (2016, Palgrave Macmillan), online theatre and pokemon go.

Tagged: digital storytelling

Storytelling and Gender

Posted on August 11, 2016

Our Research Fellow, Emily Underwood-Lee, chaired a fascinating lecture from Roger Hill on the theme of Storytelling and gender at the this year’s Beyond the Border Festival.

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Prof Kevin Mills presents keynote paper at the Writing Between the Lines symposium

Posted on June 23, 2016

George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling steering group member Prof Kevin Mills presents paper at the Writing Between the Lines symposium on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Writing Between the Lines is a one day postgraduate symposium where postgraduate candidates, teachers and practitioners will explore the nature of creative writing as a research method; examine the lively dynamic between praxis and critical appraisal; investigate its position within pedagogy and evaluate how it may be developed in order to elevate approaches to high quality research.

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Art, New Technologies and the Internet

Posted on June 22, 2016

Dr Christina Papagiannouli, member of GEECS and research assistant at the University of South Wales, features in a article on a Greek newspaper titled Neos Agon about 'Art, New Technologies and the Internet’ panel of the 2016 eLife Congress.

Following the publication of her monograph Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project, Papagiannouli was invited by visual artist Dr Anastasia Zoi Souliotou to present her work on online theatre at the 5th International eLife Dual Congress, 23-26 June 2016. Elife is an annual congress held by the Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder, under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic. The conference is organized in partnership with the Ministry of National Defense of the Hellenic Republic and has attracted the interest of Greek media.

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Storytelling for Health call for contributions

Posted on June 21, 2016

AMBU Health Board is holding its very first Storytelling for Health conference. This major international conference will bring together arts practitioners, health practitioners and researchers.

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12 ysgoloriaeth PhD a ariennir yn llawn, oddi fewn i Gyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigolb

Posted on February 9, 2016


Mae Prifysgol De Cymru yn falch o gael gwahodd ceisiadau ar gyfer 12 ysgoloriaeth PhD a ariennir yn llawn, oddi fewn i Gyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigol (CDC).

CDC yw un o’r cyfadrannau mwyaf o’i bath yn y Deyrnas Unedig, ac mae ganddi berthnasau agos â’r diwydiannau creadigol yng Nghymru, y DU ac yn rhyngwladol. Wedi’i lleoli yng Nghaerdydd, ac yn ganolfan gyfryngol ffyniannus ar gyfer ffilm, teledu a’r celfyddydau, bydd y gyfadran yn agor adeilad Atrium 2 yn fuan iawn – adeilad a chanddo adnoddau heb eu hail ar gyfer addysgu yn y diwydiannau creadigol.

Lleolir ein hymchwil yn Sefydliad Ymchwil y Diwydiannau Creadigol a’i chanolfannau rhagoriaeth, sef:

Fframwaith Rhagoriaeth Ymchwil 2014, dyfarnwyd bod 65% o ymchwil y gyfadran yn uned asesu D35 Cerddoriaeth, Drama, Dawns a Chelfyddydau Perfformio (yn cynnwys y cyfryngau ac astudiaethau diwylliannol) a 75% o ymchwil uned asesu D34 Celf a Dylunio (fel rhan o gyflwyniad ar y cyd gyda WIRAD, Wales Institute of Art & Design) naill ai’n rhyngwladol ragorol (3*) neu’n arwain yn fyd-eang (4*).

Mae’r ysgoloriaethau hyn yn cynrychioli buddsoddiad sylweddol yn y genhedlaeth nesaf o ysgolheigion ac ymchwil yn y diwydiannau creadigol, ac yn ganolog i gynllunio’r Brifysgol ar gyfer yr ymarfer rhagoriaeth ymchwil nesaf.

Mae’r alwad hon ar agor i ysgolheigion a chanddynt ddiddordebau ymchwil yn y diwydiannau creadigol a chroesewir ymgeiswyr sy’n defnyddio ystod o fethodau a dulliau disgyblaethol (a rhyngddisgyblaethol). Fodd bynnag, rydym yn awyddus iawn i glywed oddi wrth bobl sy’n gweithio yn y meysydd canlynol:

  • Ffilm Ddogfen a Ffotograffiaeth (yn cynnwys prosiectau curadurol ac ymarfer fel ymchwil)
  • Drama (yn cynnwys drama radio a theledu, a dylunio llwyfan)
  • Cyfryngau a diwylliant mewn cenhedloedd bach
  • Perfformiad/Perfformio (yn cynnwys celfyddydau yn y gymuned; perfformiad a threftadaeth)
  • Cerddoriaeth Boblogaidd
  • Astudiaethau’r cyfryngau ac astudiaethau diwylliannol (yn cynnwys cynulleidfaoedd a ‘fandom’; rhywedd; diwylliant poblogaidd ac arswyd; polisi; ac astudiaethau lle)
  • Astudiaethau teledu

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DS10 Storytelling and Justice: Digital Storytelling Festival Call For Papers

Posted on February 8, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium and DS10 Festival are this year joining forces to present a two day symposium with a digital storytelling strand on the theme of ‘Storytelling and Justice’. This follows our successful Storytelling and Activism symposium held in 2015.

Tagged: digital storytelling Event

12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries

Posted on February 5, 2016


The University of South Wales is delighted to invite applications for 12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI).

FCI is one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK and enjoys close relationships with the creative industries in Wales, the UK and internationally. Based in Cardiff, a fast-growing media hub for film, television and the arts, the faculty will shortly open its Atrium 2 building with state-of the art facilities for creative industries teaching.

Our research is housed in the Creative Industries Research Institute and its centres of excellence, namely:

In REF 2014, 65% of the faculty’s research in UoA D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (including media and cultural studies) and 75% of research in UoA D34 Art & Design (as part of the joint submission from WIRAD) were rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*). These scholarships represent a major investment in the next generation of creative industries scholars and research, and is integral to the University’s planning for the next REF exercise.

This call is open to all scholars with research interests in creative industries and we welcome applicants employing a range of methods and (inter)disciplinary approaches. However we are particularly keen to hear from people working in the following areas:

  • Documentary film and photography (including curatorial and practice as research projects)
  • Drama (including radio and television drama, and set design)
  • Media and culture in small nations
  • Performance (including community arts; performance and heritage)
  • Popular music
  • Media and cultural studies (including audiences & fandom; gender; popular culture and horror; policy; and place)
  • Television studies

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job opportunity at George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

Posted on January 14, 2016

We have a vacancy at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling for a Project Associate on ‘The Modern History of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales’ project. The project is led by the Welsh Perry and Cider Society and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main purpose of the role is to work towards the creation of a collection of oral histories and digital stories relating to the history and traditions of cider and perry making in Wales, and to undertake supervised research to provide analysis of findings from the collection.

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Penrhyn Castle appoints Lisa Heledd Jones as artist in residence

Posted on December 14, 2015

Long time friend and collaborator of GEECS Lisa Heledd Jones has been appointed as artist in residence at Penrhyn Castle.

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Mike Wilson - Visiting Prof

Posted on November 6, 2015

We are delighted to welcome Prof Mike Wilson back to the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling as Visiting Professor.

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