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Story Work for a Just Future

9th International Digital Storytelling Conference

September 3, 2019 2:38 PM
Story Work for a Just Future: Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice

9th International Digital Storytelling Conference
March 30-April 1, 2020
Loughborough University, UK

Call for Papers and Presentation Proposals

Storytelling has been defined as ‘the artform of social interaction,’ not only for its inner dynamics, but also for its power to unlock grass-roots knowledge, explore dilemmas, develop community resilience, engender change.

Stories can generate empathy and trust in the audience and at the same time demonstrate their usefulness because they have the power to give meaning to human behaviors and to trigger emotions.

The conference is part of a multi-institutional, multinational, two-year process and program – organized in collaboration with UMBC, StoryCenter, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital AccessMontgomery College, and Patient Voices (UK) – that includes a series of follow-on activities in the Washington, D.C. area and in Maryland in 2021.

We are interested in proposals that will explore issues related to (but not limited to) the following sub-themes:
  • [Past] Unwanted legacies and key learning to carry forward: difficult pasts; traumatic transitions; post-conflict scenarios; lessons learned from our histories; place-based learning and research; reflective learning.
  • [Present] Urgent story work: climate change; health; migration; social justice; education and action; deindustrialization, development, gentrification and displacement.
  • [Future] Speculative futures: building communities; crossing boundaries; human/animal and human/landscape relations; new forms of conversation; new digital environments, platforms and applications; storytelling for evaluation; curation; dissemination and storyteller safety.

Abstracts are due October 15, 2019. Visit dst2020.orgfor more information.
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