Call for Presentations

13th Annual Storytelling Symposium, 12-13 April, 2019
George Ewart Centre for Storytelling,
University of South Wales Atrium Campus
THEME: Storytelling and the Environment

There’s still time to submit proposals for this exciting event. For more information please contact Joseph Sobol or Jeanette D’Arcy at email addresses below, as well at the following link:

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 that engage with environmental issues, and projects 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, response sessions, film screenings, and much more.

We recognize 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 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 run a workshop session. Selected presentations will be scheduled on Friday-Saturday, 12-13 April 2019. 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 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 or

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 or Jeanette D’Arcy via email at the addresses above.