Narratives and Alternative Stories

Stories and storytelling can have an immense impact on how we construct knowledge, understanding and memories of the world we inhabit.

Link to Narratives and Alternative Stories event
Monday, 11th September, 2017 - Tuesday, 12th September, 2017
12:00 - 17:00
Kingsway Campus, University of Chester, CH2 2LB.

The range of types of storytelling, and forms of narrative, are numerous and each present a unique view into the creative and imaginative domains. For this conference, we are interested in a range of areas that cover different ideologies of narrative and stories, in the pedagogy of story telling;

  • the function of myths and fairy-tales;
  • narrative embedded in performance practice;
  • narrative and music and other disciplines as those found in humanities and social sciences,
  • including: theology, history, archaeology and gender studies.

We would like to invite papers for a two-day conference on performance narratives.

Papers might address the following: -

What kind of narratives are being generated now?

  • What kind of narratives give us a sense of the world at the moment?
  • What kinds of narratives shape creativity?
  • What is the role of the reader/audience in the creation of meaning?
  • What are the processes through which we shape narrative?
  • How does narrative differ in virtual as opposed to real worlds?
  • How do personal narratives intersect with social narratives?
  • What is the relationship between the ancient and contemporaneous forms of narrative?
  • What are the means through which narratives are adopted from one media form to another?
  • How is practice and narrative understood in various contexts?

Please submit your 300-word abstracts (for a 20 minute paper) and short bio (100 words) to

  • Conference conveners: Dr Shelley Piasecka and Dr Ruth Dockwray 

Conference costs