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Storytelling Conference 2018

10th and 11th July 2018

University of Suffolk, UK

We are excited to announce that the call for papers for our Storytelling Conference is now open. We invite papers that theoretically and empirically engage with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of storytelling and stories substantively and methodologically.

Keynote Speakers

Yiannis Gabriel - day one

Ken Plummer - day two


The conference aims to bring together established academics, early career researchers, PhD candidates and students. Topics covered by this call could include but are not limited to:

  • Stories as a research method(ology)
  • Storytelling in the workplace
  • ‘Storied organisation’
  • Stories of place, space, movement and migration
  • Archaeological and historical stories
  • Children, stories and storytelling
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Stories in and of education
  • The organisation of story
  • The storytelling business
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Ethnographic stories
  • Disability and activism
  • Cultures and communities
  • Stories and popular culture

We welcome traditional presentations of 20 minutes with additional time for questions, pre-formed panels of speakers, and posters; as well as alternative modes of presentation including performance, film, photography etc.

Please send 250 word abstracts for a 20 minute presentation, 500 word abstracts for panels and 150 word abstracts for posters:

The deadline for submissions is Monday 30th March 2018  

We look forward to receiving your submissions

Storytelling Conference Team

Jessica Clark, Sarah Richards and Tom Vine


booking for this conference is now closed.  

Conference dinner, 7pm 10th July 2018

We have booked a local restaurant, Bistro on the Quay.  Menu choices are unconfirmed, but should include: starters - 1 fish, 1 veggie, 1 meat & 1 soup, main  - 2 meat, 1 veggie and 1 fish, Dessert - 4 choices,  plus 2 glasses of wine per person.


There are a number of hotels within easy walking distance of the conference location.

Sarah was appointed Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College in 2021. Prior to this role she was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities for three years. She is an Associate Professor of social policy specialising in Childhood Studies and has twenty...

Career Overview Jessica began her career with an ESRC studentship to study Quantitative Sociology at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex after completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology. After completing an MA in Social Research ...

Tom was recruited by Suffolk Business School in January 2012.  In addition to his lecturing, supervision and research responsibilities, Tom currently leads the Suffolk Business School Doctoral Programme. ...