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Storytelling and Ethics Symposium

An engaging day of discussion around narrative 

The Storytelling and Ethics Symposium will mark the UK launch of six new books. From war photography (pictured) to literature, to everyday lived experience, to Holocaust testimony (pictured), each of these six books deal with questions of the relationship between ethics and storytelling, be it in real or fictional contexts. Analyzing how narratives enlarge or diminish the spaces of possibilities in which we act, think, and re-imagine the world together with others, these books explore the ethical potential and risks of storytelling.

The event will be held at the University of East London, University Square Stratford campus, 1 Salway Place, E15 1NF

12-12:30 Registration, Room 4.15

12.30 Welcome by Molly Andrews and Dr Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

12:45- 1:45 Roundtable on Hanna Meretoja’s The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (2018, Oxford University Press). Discussants: Matti Hyvärinen, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Jakob Lothe, Ann Phoenix and Brian Schiff.

1:45-2:45 Contributors of Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative (edited by Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis, 2018, Routledge) present their chapters: Molly Andrews, Colin Davis, Robert Eaglestone, Anna Reading)

2.45-3:15 Coffee/Tea Break

3:15-3.35 Cigdem Esin in conversation with Brian Schiff (author of A New Narrative for Psychology and a co-editor of Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, both published by Oxford University Press in 2017)

3:35-3:55 Unni Langås in conversation with Jakob Lothe (editor of Time’s Witnesses: Women’s voices from the Holocaust, 2017, Fledgling Press)

4:00-4:15 Louie Palu presents his book Front Towards Enemy (2017, Yoffy Press).

4:15- 4:30 Closing comments/reflections

4:30 Reception

The event is co-organised by The Centre for Narrative Research (University of East London), SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, and George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention (The American University of Paris).

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Friday, 11 May 2018
12:00-17:00

University Square Stratford

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