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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.

As part of the wider UnTold programme, HistoryPin will running a one off event on Monday 10th July and there will be an workshop for practitioners on Thursday 14th July.  Tickets are also available for people interested in contributing to the second day of the Unconference on Weds 13th July.  Details for all these opportunities are further down this page.

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




Untold Historypin 

UEL is pleased to host an experimental storytelling workshop led by HistoryPin CEO Michael Ambjorn that showcases an approach to storytelling designed to unite communities.

About the workshop
In an age of Brexit and Trump, bridging divided communities might seem like a far-fetched dream. But at Historypin, we believe it’s possible and we’re doing something about it.

We started pondering this question six months ago: how might we show people that there’s much more we have in common than divides us?

One thing stood out during discovery and concept generation that drove our winning concept, and it’s something that Dave Isay of Storycorps puts nicely; “It’s impossible not to love someone whose stories you’ve heard”.

The notion that connecting with new people through sharing personal, meaningful stories is a force for building understanding, empathy and respect for one another.

Which brings us to the idea that we’re now rapidly prototyping - getting a bunch of people together for one-off, 60 minute, eye-opening events. Gatherings where we hear and tell stories that join the dots of what we have in common.

We’re now looking for 40 people to come along and try this live. We’re asking for an hour of your time. In return you’ll experience something new and exciting. It’ll be our biggest session to date and will directly inform the development and roll-out across two continents.

The showcase should interest academic researchers, practitioners and activists from a range of disciplines.

Please come and join us from 16:00 to 17:00 on Monday 10th July at UEL’s University Square Stratford site.

More information about HistoryPin can be found here

Reserve a place Here


UnTold UnConference – One Day Only Weds 12th July

 This is an opportunity to join academics, practitioners and activists from around the world on the development of new Digital Storytelling projects across six themes.  As well as UK participants, attendees are confirmed from Europe, North America and India.  

The themes are:

·      The use of Digital Storytelling within Higher Education
·      Digital Storytelling in Health and Social Policy
·      Ethics within Digital Storytelling
·      Digital Storytelling as a means to provide a voice for young people
·      Digital Storytelling and Civic Engagement
·      Methodological approaches and issues within Digital Storytelling practice

Attendees will be asked to participate in two workshops and to contribute directly to the development of new action research initiatives within the specified areas.  There will be opportunities to join research initiatives which will continue beyond the life of the Unconference.

The fee for the one day Unconference is £110 and there are 25 places available.

Date: Weds 12th July 2017
Venue:  University of East London, Stratford Square

Further details from Mark Dunford, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Digital Industries via  

Book here 

Untold Stories Thursday 13th July

A one day Master Class in Digital Storytelling Facilitation led by Tricia Jenkins, DigiTales and pioneering Digital Storyteller, Joe Lambert, Storycenter, (Digital Storytelling – Capturing Lives, Creating Community and the Digital Storytelling Cook Book).  

This one day exploration of approaches to Digital Storytelling Facilitation is for experienced academic researchers and teachers, media activists, community and media students or professionals who wish to explore the applied use of Digital Storytelling as a participatory research method. This workshop will also appeal to students and professionals interested in group creative process, creative writing and media production.

The day will cover:

·      Digital Storytelling histories and methodologies
·      Case studies from the UK and the US
·      Practical approaches: writing prompts, StoryCircle processes
·      Digital Storytelling facilitation
·      Walking Story Circle and photo safari  
·      Teaching Technology: technical issues – an introduction to WeVideo
·      Application of Digital Storytelling in community setting

The fee for the workshop is £110

Date: Thursday 13th July 2017
Venue:  University of East London, Stratford Square

Laptop computer and mobile device with camera is required

For further information on this or any other part of Untold, please contact Mark Dunford, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Digital Industries via 

The workshop can accommodate 20 students.       

Book 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)

Monday, 10 July 2017 16:00 to Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:30