October 23, 2018
13th Annual Storytelling Symposium, 12-13 April, 2019
George Ewart Centre for Storytelling,
University of South Wales Atrium Campus
THEME: Storytelling and the Environment
The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling invites you to participate in our thirteenth annual symposium—two days of provocations and presentations on the theme of “Storytelling and the Environment.” We aim to inspire, encourage, and showcase important storytelling projects and research that engage with environmental issues. We hope to feature innovative approaches and story-based interventions aimed at protecting and enhancing natural and cultural resources. We will bring an exciting range of speakers to the Centre to present lectures, provocations, performances, discussions, film screenings, and much more. We recognise that storytelling is an art of relationships, and the relationship between humans and the natural and built environments is perhaps the most urgent problem facing our planetary home. Storytelling has always served to weave an imaginative fabric that binds people to their environment by populating it with emblematic figures embodying group wisdom, ethical aspirations, and conflicts. The ways we tell our stories can be as diverse as the subjects within them, from oral traditions of storytelling, to theatre, journalism, digital stories, or documentaries. Whatever the medium, stories contains the potential to create their own kind of environment of receptivity and contemplation—safe spaces of listening where human truths can be shared and understood beyond the hardened postures of economic expedience and political exploitation.
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, scientists, and students to present either an academic or process paper, propose a panel or performance, or run a workshop session Selected presentations will be scheduled on Friday-Saturday, 12-13 April. Each paper or talk will be allocated 20 minutes; panel discussions and workshops will be allocated 1 hour. Performance proposals can be 10-15 min. Depending on submissions we may book a few longer performances. We are seeking critical and analytical considerations of grounded work in the field. We are particularly interested in hearing from storytellers working in protected habitats, communities under threat from climate change or resource exploitation, environmental education centres and/or initiatives to combat climate change.
If you would like to contribute, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Tuesday, 15th January, 2019, clearly marking whether you are proposing a panel discussion, paper, or workshop etc. Please send completed abstracts to email@example.com.
We will notify successful contributors by Tuesday, 12th February, 2019. If there is anything you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Joseph Sobol via email at the address above.
Please note, all presenters will be required to register for the conference. The conference fee is £70 (full price) and £35 (student/concession) for the full conference or £40 (full price) and £20 (student/concession) for a single day ticket. Fee waivers and bursaries may be available for students and non-academic presenters—please inquire.