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

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.

This symposium invites explorations of these or related themes. Others may want to think of connected themes of storytelling and diaspora, storytelling as a means of escape, storytelling as shelter or sanctuary. We aim to inspire, encourage and showcase exciting projects across a wide spectrum of storytelling activity. The two-day event takes place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Atrium, University of South Wales, Adam St, Cardiff, CF24 2FN.

Call for proposals: The symposium will feature keynote speakers, provocations, Q and A sessions paper presentations, and performances. We would like to provide an opportunity to our wide range of attendees i.e. storytellers, practitioners, researchers, community workers, youth workers and students to present either an academic or process paper, propose a panel, or run a workshop session. Selected presentations will be scheduled on Friday 6th April 2018. Each paper or talk will be allocated 20 minutes; panel discussions and workshops will be allocated 1 hour. We are seeking critical and analytical considerations of grounded work in the field. We are particularly interested in hearing from cultural workers involved with immigrant communities, refugee centres and/or education centres with high immigrant populations.

If you would like to contribute please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Monday, 15th January, 2018 clearly marking whether you are proposing a panel discussion, paper, or workshop etc. Please send completed abstracts to

We will notify successful contributors by Wednesday, 7th February, 2018. If there is anything you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Denis Cryer-Lennon.

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