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Un/told - Un/conference Digital Storytelling



The University of East London is delighted to host Untold – An Un-conference about Digital Storytelling on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July 2017.
Untold - An Un-conference about Digital Storytelling will bring together academics and practitioners for two-days to creatively explore and interrogate issues arising in digital storytelling practice and theory.  It is a cross disciplinary and interdisciplinary programme.
The Unconference will move away from traditional academic conference models, by inviting participants to shape the content and delivery of the programme over the two days.
Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital media production that allows people to share aspects of their life story. Digital Stories can be comprised of photographs, video footage and audio voiceover, and typically last between 2 and 3 minutes. Each film tells a story written and narrated by the teller.
Digital Storytelling is increasingly popular as a learning, participation and empathy-raising tool in higher education, health care and civic engagement. The experiences and observations of academics and practitioners working in these areas will inform a wider understanding of the challenges, impact and future practice of applied digital storytelling.
As digital storytelling methodologies become more widely used, with increasingly diverse participant groups, practitioners and academics will benefit from exploration and discussion of: the ethics of personal storytelling, gathering and sharing work; understanding storytelling practices within the wider methodology; and specific issues that arise from DS application within particular disciplines.
Untold is designed to share theory and practice across a variety of digital storytelling contexts.  We will encourage cross-fertilisation between disciplines and approaches.


Demes are groups of participants that will work together during the online Searching Phase, to discuss and explore the theory and practice of digital storytelling around a particular theme. Each deme will consist of approximately 15 participants, and two convenors who will manage and direct discussion. 
The demes are:
• Digital Storytelling and Higher Education
• Digital Storytelling and Ethics
• Digital Storytelling and Storytelling Practices
• Digital Storytelling and Youth
• Digital Storytelling and Health
• Digital Storytelling and Civic Engagement


Phase One– Searching (April to June 2017) - online
Deme members are expected to contribute actively to online discussion by for example: Suggesting reading, sharing workshop experiences or offering commentary. Our expectation is this will require approximately 1 hour per week, but this will vary across the searching phase.
Phase Two  - Exploring (July 2017 – Day one 11th July) face to face
A one-day workshop hosted at UEL. In the morning groups will converge under the guidance of the ‘deme’ facilitator to consider emergent question and review issues identified through the searching phase. In the afternoon there will be each deme will run short workshops to explore particular questions.
Phase Three  - Sharing (July 2017 – Day two 12th July) face to face

A one-day plenary where each of the six demes will showcase their interrogation of the practical and theoretical issues explored over the past three months. We encourage creative and participatory sessions outside the limits of traditional academic papers. External participants will be invited to this session.
Post Un/Conference - Extending Collaboration
The possibilities range from publication in academic journals through to new  workshops.


Un/Told is now officially closed for applications, although there are a limited number of spaces still available for those interested in working with digital storytelling and young people, or digital storytelling and ethics.
If you would like to apply to be part of the Ethics deme, or the Youth deme, please click here
When you log on to the EasyChair page, click the 'conferences' tab, then 'enter as an author'. Enter author information for yourself, ignore the other author boxes. Then provide a title and a few words summarising your interests. Where it asks you to upload your paper, please just upload a file with:
A 120 word summary of who you are and what you do
A 250 word summary saying which ‘deme’ you would like to join, and why. This should identify key challenges and questions posed by the selected theme and include appropriate references.
All enquires to Polly Rodgers, Untold Convener via


If your application for participation has been accepted, please register here


University of East London,
University Square Stratford,
Salway Road, London,
E15 1NF


We have secured a reduced rate offer from The Westbridge Hotel in Stratford, which is a short walk from University Square.
To Book a Standard Double or/and Twin Room at £105 per night including Breakfast and VAT. (Maximum occupancy 2 adults. Payment on arrival), please email and quote the special code “UEL0717”


Untold is organised by University of East London.  It is overseen by an international steering committee consisting of Dr Camelia Crisan (Senior Lecturer Faculty of Communication and Public Relations (FCRP), National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania), Dr Mark Dunford (Associate Dean, School of Arts and Digital Industries, UEL), Dr  Daniela Gachago (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Dr Pip Hardy (Co-founder – Patient Voices), Professor Grete Jamissen (Section for Multimedia, Oslo and Akershus University College), Dr Cathy Jaynes (Nurse Researcher and Educator, Denver, Colorado) Ragnhild Larsson (Journalist & Storyteller, Konvoj Produktion), Dr Stephen Maddison (Director of Research, School of Arts and Digital Industries, UEL), Polly Rodgers (Untold Convenor, UEL), Tony Sumner (Co-founder – Patient Voices)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 to Wednesday, 12 July 2017 0:00