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Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge

Posted on January 8, 2018

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’.

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Job Vacancy - Forty Voices, Forty Years

Posted on December 4, 2017

Come and Work at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling as part of our exciting new project celebrating forty years of the Women’s Movement in Wales.

We are delighted to announce that we will be commencing work on our new Forty Voices for Forty Years project, a HLF funded project run by Welsh Women’s Aid in collaboration with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, the project will be led for USW by GEECS Research Fellow Dr Emily Underwood-Lee.

We are currently recruiting a Project Associate to join the project team. The job purpose is to undertake supervised work on the 40 Voices, 40 Years project to create a collection of oral histories, digital stories, archive and exhibition materials relating to the history of the Women’s Movement in Wales, and, with support, to provide analysis of findings from the collection; to work with and provide project-related support for the project team and volunteers who will assist to collect archive materials and stories, and steward exhibitions; and to deliver against the projects objectives and targets.

This position is based at the Atrium Campus of the University of South Wales.

The terms and conditions of the post (including grade and salary) will be those of the University of South Wales.
The post-holder will be working closely with Welsh Women’s Aid and their service users. This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

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Wales Assembly of Women

Posted on November 30, 2017

On Saturday 2nd December our Research Fellow, Dr Emily Underwood-Lee, will be presenting at the Wales Assembly of Women AGM.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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