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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 is Associate Dean for research in the School of Social Science and Humanities. Sarah is an Associate Professor in social policy specialising in childhood. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in higher education and international primary education. At the Universit...

Tom was recruited by the University of Suffolk in January 2012.  He brought with him practitioner experience as well as academic proficiency from a number of prestigious universities. In addition to his lecturing and supervision responsibilities, Tom currently coordinates both the...

Emily joined the University in September 2012, and acts as the School Coordinator for Social Sciences and Humanities. She holds an undergraduate degree in German Studies, and has over 20 years of office experience within the Public and Charitable sectors.  ...

Gwenda is School Coordinator for Suffolk Business School.  Having started her career in higher education (HE) as a Course Administrator for postgraduate and professional courses at Suffolk College, Gwenda joined the UCS 'start-up' team in December 2006 as PA to the Director of ...