UPDATE: Storytelling, Self, Society (12/30/03; 3/5/04-3/6/04)

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Storytelling, Self, Society:
An Interdisciplinary Conference and Journal of Storytelling Studies

Conference: Friday and Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2004
Kick-off event for South Florida Storytelling Project: Thursday evening,
March 4

The South Florida Storytelling Project at Florida Atlantic University invites
you to participate in an interdisciplinary academic conference that will both
present current scholarship on storytelling and launch the discipline's first
peer-reviewed academic journal, Storytelling, Self, Society: An
Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies. Like the journal, the conference is
presented in conjunction with the National Storytelling Network and its affiliate
special interest groups, including Storytelling in Higher Education, the
Healing Story Alliance, and Storytelling in Organizations.

The conference will feature papers, panels and workshops on themes related to
storytelling as private or public discourse. It will also showcase
storytelling performances, as well as provide a forum for the journal's editorial and
advisory boards to meet and discuss editorial policy issues. The proceedings of
the conference will comprise the journal's first issue, and the proceeds will
help underwrite its first year (two issues). Presenters and participants will
represent disciplines including storytelling, communication, English,
education, library science, environmental science, nursing, medicine, business, peace
studies, psychology, theatre and performance studies.

The conference takes place at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,
Florida. The campus lies between the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
airports. Reduced hotel accommodations and private housing are available. The
registration fee is $125. Detailed registration information is available on the
conference website (see below).

Please e-mail or send a 250-word abstract (more details on the site) that
will serve as a proposal both for the conference and for your journal submission

John S. Gentile, Ph.D., Chair
Theatre and Performance Studies
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road Box #3103
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Indicate audio-visual or other special needs. Deadline for submissions:
Monday, December 22, 2003.

Campus contact:
Caren S. Neile, Ph. D., Director
South Florida Storytelling Project

For updates, check http://courses.unt.edu/efiga/SSS/SSS_Journal.htm.

About the journal:

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies


STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY is an interdisciplinary journal that invites
scholarship addressing any topic related to Storytelling--from its role
as performing art to contemporary applications in a variety of
professional fields. We welcome manuscripts from scholars in humanities
and social science disciplines, (including psychology, library science,
literary studies, folklore, anthropology, sociology, communication, rhetoric,
performance studies, theater, history, feminist and queer studies, and ethnography)
as well as from storytelling artists and practitioners, including those
applying storytelling in the fields of education, health care, social
 work, business, law, peace-building and environmental education.

Storytelling is a hyperlink discipline, which stands at the headwaters
of all disciplinarity in education and cultural transmission. In the
course of telling a story one is able to yoke together issues of
history, sociology, anthropology, literature, music, theatre,
psychology, religion, law, medicine, communication, and more, all
through the natural linkages of the narrative mode. The contemporary
revival of storytelling has grown through the fit between narrative
thinking and the contrapuntal knowledge organization born of the
evolution from linear to hyperlink technology, a correspondence which
has only minimally emerged from the cultural unconscious, especially in
domains such as the academy which are still beholden to the paradigm of

STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY intends to gather the building blocks of new
disciplinary roles, structures and methodologies for Storytelling in the
21st century. We seek articles that reflect the highest standards of the
various disciplines on which we draw, and to which we intend to
contribute. In addition to standard monographs, STORYTELLING, SELF,
SOCIETY seeks to extend the critical vocabulary of contemporary
Storytelling, and so solicits reviews of Storytelling performances and
individual texts, as well as essays that review several performances and
texts. We also recognize that Storytelling is a longstanding discipline
in itself--an integral mode of understanding and illuminating the world.
Thus we welcome personal ethnography and reflection, as well as stories
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 and often contested influences of Storytelling and cultural
narratives on the health of the individual, the community, and the
planet. We seek ways to evaluate, measure, and focus those influences to
impact our scholarship, our disciplines, our society, and ourselves.

In keeping with an interdisciplinary journal, monographs and review
essays in STORYTELLING, SELF, SOCIETY are written in prose that is
appropriate for a wide range of scholars and educated readers rather
than the specialized jargon of a specific discipline.

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