CFP: Storytelling, Self, Society (12/22/03; 3/5/04-3/6/04 & journal)

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Conference: Friday and Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2004
Kick-off event for South Florida Storytelling Project: Thursday evening,=20
March 4
The South Florida Storytelling Project at Florida Atlantic University invite=
you to participate in an interdisciplinary academic conference that will bot=
present current scholarship on storytelling and launch the discipline=E2=80=
=99s first=20
peer-reviewed academic journal, Storytelling, Self, Society: An=20
Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies. Like the journal, the con=
ference is=20
presented in conjunction with the National Storytelling Network and its affi=
special interest groups, including Storytelling in Higher Education, the=20
Healing Story Alliance, and Storytelling in Organizations.
The conference will feature papers, panels and workshops on themes related t=
storytelling as private or public discourse. It will also showcase=20
storytelling performances, as well as provide a forum for the journal=E2=80=
=99s editorial and=20
advisory boards to meet and discuss editorial policy issues. The proceedings=
the conference will comprise the journal=E2=80=99s first issue, and the proc=
eeds will=20
help underwrite its first year (two issues). Presenters and participants wil=
represent disciplines including storytelling, communication, English,=20
education, library science, nursing, medicine, business, peace studies, psyc=
theatre and performance studies.
The conference takes place at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,=20
Florida. The campus lies between the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach air=
Reduced hotel accommodations and private housing are available.=20

The registration fee of $125 will be waived for presenters and performers.=20
Detailed registration information will be available shortly at:=20
Please e-mail or send a 250-word abstract that will serve as a proposal both=
for the conference and for your journal submission to:
John S. Gentile, Ph.D., Chair
Theatre and Performance Studies
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road Box #3103
Kennesaw, GA 30144=20
Indicate audio-visual or other special needs. Deadline for submissions:=20
Monday, December 22, 2003.
Campus contact:
Caren S. Neile, Ph. D., Director
South Florida Storytelling Project
About the journal:
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies
STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY is an interdisciplinary journal that invites=20
scholarship addressing any topic related to Storytelling--from its role as=20
performing art to contemporary applications in a variety of professional fie=
lds. We=20
welcome manuscripts from scholars in humanities and social science disciplin=
(including psychology, library science, literary studies, folklore,=20
anthropology, sociology, communication, rhetoric, performance studies, theat=
history, feminist and queer studies, and ethnography) as well as from storyt=
artists and practitioners, including those applying storytelling in the fiel=
of education, health care, social work, business, law, peace-building and=20
environmental education.
Storytelling is a hyperlink discipline, which stands at the headwaters of al=
disciplinarity in education and cultural transmission. In the course of=20
telling a story one is able to yoke together issues of history, sociology,=20
anthropology, literature, music, theatre, psychology, religion, law, medicin=
communication, and more, all through the natural linkages of the narrative m=
ode. The=20
contemporary revival of storytelling has grown through the fit between=20
narrative thinking and the contrapuntal knowledge organization born of the e=
from linear to hyperlink technology, a correspondence which has only minimal=
emerged from the cultural unconscious, especially in
domains such as the academy which are still beholden to the paradigm of prin=
STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY intends to gather the building blocks of new=20
disciplinary roles, structures and methodologies for Storytelling in the 21s=
century. We seek articles that reflect the highest standards of the various=20
disciplines on which we draw, and to which we intend to contribute. In addit=
ion to=20
standard monographs, STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY seeks to extend the critica=
vocabulary of contemporary Storytelling, and so solicits reviews of=20
Storytelling performances and individual texts, as well as essays that revie=
w several=20
performances and texts. We also recognize that Storytelling is a longstandin=
discipline in itself--an integral mode of understanding and illuminating the=
world. Thus we welcome personal ethnography and reflection, as well as stori=
that have evolved from the oral tradition and reflect upon the endurance and=
evolution of oral traditions in the present day. We recognize the profound a=
often contested influences of Storytelling and cultural narratives on the he=
of the individual, the community, and the planet. We seek ways to evaluate,=20
measure, and focus those influences to impact our scholarship, our disciplin=
our society, and ourselves.
In keeping with an interdisciplinary journal, monographs and review essays i=
STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY are written in prose that is appropriate for a=20
wide range of scholars and educated readers rather than the specialized jarg=
of a specific discipline.

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