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Post show interview with Clod ensemble

Posted on November 16, 2017

On Wednesday 22nd November Dr Emily Underwood-Lee will be conducting an onstage post-show interview with Suzy Willson and Paul Clark at the Wales Millenium Centre.

Tagged: Event

Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge symposium: Call for Papers

Posted on November 14, 2017

We are delighted to announce that the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling will present a two-day symposium on the theme of ‘Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge’. Following on from our two most recent symposia, looking at themes of justice and place respectively, this year’s symposium explores an important cross section of these themes: storytelling as a means of creating awareness of refugee and migrant issues, as well as its ability to provide moments of refuge in the midst of chaotic events. In a world where migration and refugees are constant talking points in political and cultural spheres, story and storytelling take on crucial roles in crafting and shaping narratives around migration and refuge. But story can also act as refuge; as a sanctuary for the lost, for the wanderer, and those who seek spaces of literal or metaphorical peace.

Tagged: digital storytelling

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee and Lena Simic published special edition 'On the Maternal' in Performance Research

Posted on November 9, 2017

GEECS Research Fellow Dr Emily Underwood Lee (with Lena Simic) co-edited special issue ‘On the Maternal’ in Performance Researcha Journal of the Performing Arts. The special edition includes an article by Underwood-Lee and Simic titled ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance’.

Tagged: research

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee is invited to speak at THE MOTHERNISTS II international symposium

Posted on October 5, 2017

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee is invited to speak at THE MOTHERNISTS II: WHO CARES FOR THE 21st CENTURY? international symposium in Copenhagen, 12-15 October 2017. The symposium is co-organized by Lise Haller Baggesen and Deirdre M. Donoghue and is co-hosted by Astrid Noacks Ateliers and the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee and Dr Lena Simic will be sharing a performance of their ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance 2016!’ and will be giving a presentation about their 'Performance and the Maternal’ project.

Tagged: research

Prof. Joseph Sobol will host the EatSU Storytelling Programmreunion at the Jonesborough festival

Posted on October 5, 2017

Prof. Joseph Sobol will host the EatSU Storytelling Programmreunion at the Jonesborough national storytelling festival in the US on Saturday morning.

Click here to watch the live streaming of the festival.

Tagged: research

Work by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling featured on BBC Radio Four’s Farming Today programme

Posted on August 23, 2017

Work by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling with the Welsh Perry & Cider Society – which has discovered species of fruit that are only found in Wales – has been featured on BBC Radio Four’s Farming Today programme – available on BBC iPlayer (starts at 0.23 minutes).

Tagged: Wales

George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling featured on BBC Wales Today, BBC Radio Wales and the BBC website

Posted on July 24, 2017

A study, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, involving USW’s George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling working with the Welsh Cider and Perry Society, which has discovered apples and pears only found in Wales, was featured on BBC Wales Today, BBC Radio Wales and the BBC website.

Tagged: digital storytelling

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.

Tagged: research

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.

Tagged: Event

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.

Tagged: research

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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