CALL FOR PROPOSALS 13th Annual Storytelling Symposium GEEC

Event Type: 
Public Event
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 -
12:25pm to 5:25pm
George Ewart Evans Centre
86~88 Adam Street
CF24 2FN Cardiff

The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling invites you to participate in our thirteenth annual symposium--two days of provocations and presentations on the theme of “Storytelling and the Environment.” We aim to inspire, encourage, and showcase important storytelling projects that engage with environmental issues, and projects aimed at protecting and enhancing natural and cultural resources. We will bring an exciting range of speakers to the Centre to present lectures, provocations, performances, response sessions, film screenings, and much more. 

We recognize that storytelling is an art of relationships, and the relationship between humans and the natural and built environments is perhaps the most urgent problem facing our planetary home.  Storytelling has always served to weave an imaginative fabric that binds people to their environment by populating it with emblematic figures embodying ethical aspirations and conflicts. The ways we tell our stories can be as diverse as the subjects within them, from oral traditions of storytelling, to theatre, journalism, digital stories, or documentaries. Whatever the medium, stories contains the potential to create their own kind of environment of receptivity and contemplation--safe spaces of listening where human truths can be shared and understood beyond the hardened postures of economic expedience and political exploitation.

Call for proposals: The symposium will feature keynote speakers, provocations, Q and A sessions paper presentations, and performances. We would like to provide an opportunity to our wide range of attendees i.e. storytellers, practitioners, researchers, community workers, scientists, and students to present either an academic or process paper, propose a panel, or run a workshop session. Selected presentations will be scheduled on Friday-Saturday, 12-13 April 2019. Each paper or talk will be allocated 20 minutes; panel discussions and workshops will be allocated 1 hour. We are seeking critical and analytical considerations of grounded work in the field. We are particularly interested in hearing from storytellers working in protected habitats, communities under threat from climate change or resource exploitation, environmental education centres and/or initiatives to combat climate change.

If you would like to contribute, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Tuesday, 15th January, 2019, clearly marking whether you are proposing a panel discussion, paper, or workshop etc. Please send completed abstracts to

We will notify successful contributors by Tuesday, 12th February, 2019. If there is anything you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Joseph Sobol via email at the address above.





From junctions 29, 32 or 33 of the M4. There is a large car park opposite the ATRiuM building on Adam Street, alternative parking can be found at Knox Road. You need to turn left off Fitzalan Place to reach Knox Road car park if you are coming from the ATRiuM building. The postcode is CF24 2FN.



The ATRiuM is a 10-minute walk from Cardiff Central train station and a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Queen Street train station.



Cardiff is served by regular National Express services from Sofia Gardens and Megabuscoaches from Kingsway. There are also a direct services to and from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Bristol airports. Sofia Gardens is a 25-minute walk from the ATRiuM while Kingsway is 15-minutes away on foot.



Cardiff International Airport is just 11 miles from the city centre and is serviced by regular bus and rail links. London’s Heathrow Airport is about two-and-a-half hour drive away and there is also an airport at Bristol.



University of South Wales (ATRiuM Building)
86-88 Adam Street

CF24 2FN

Tel: 03455 76 01 01