November 10, 2013 • Comments (0)
Narrative Matters 2014 - Narrative Knowing, University of Paris Diderot, 23-27 June, 2014
Narrative Matters 2014, the 7th Narrative Matters conference, will be held from 23rd June to 27th June 2014 at the University of Paris Diderot and the American University of Paris. The conference will address the theme of Narrative Knowing/Récit et Savoir.
This conference will bring together scholars of all disciplines — psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, literary studies, feminist and gender studies, education, medicine/healthcare, social work, biology, law, theology, computer science, visual studies, etc. — to reflect on the issue of the, sometimes, contested epistemic powers of narrative.
- What relations are there between narrative and knowledge?
- How do forms of knowledge inform and produce narratives?
- How do narratives communicate or produce knowledge? Which ones?
- What is the nature of narrative knowledge as opposed to other forms of knowledge (common or spontaneous knowledge of reality, scientific knowledge, philosophical “wisdom”, etc.)?
- Does narrative constitute a privileged mode of knowledge or is it an epistemologically opaque means of pursuing the truth?
Proposals for papers or panels are invited for submission before 15th November 2013.
Potential themes include but are not limited to:
The “connaissance de l’écrivain” (“writer’s knowledge”, Jacques Bouveresse). What are the epistemic benefits of reading literary narrative?
We will accept both empirical and theoretical contributions. All methods and approaches are welcome. Proposals can be in English or in French. Some of the proposals will be selected for publication.
More Information: Narrative Matters 2014 Website
August 18, 2013 • Comments (0)
“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.”
― Alan Moore
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
― Sue Monk Kidd
“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”
― Brandon Sanderson
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”
“The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence.”
― Annette Simmons
“Storytellers don’t show, they tell. I’m sticking with that.”
― Ashly Lorenzana
“Whoever tells the best story shapes the culture.”
― Erwin Raphael McManus
“There is no society that does not highly value fictional storytelling. Ever.”
― Orson Scott Card
“Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.”
― Michael Shermer
“It would seem that the more irresponsible and crafty one is, the more likely one is to have a talent for storytelling.”
― Osamu Dazai
“Storytellers have as profound a purpose as any who are charged to guide and transform human lives. I knew it as an ancient discipline and vocation to which everyone is called.”
― Nancy Mellon
“Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.”
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all.”
—Hans Christian Andersen
August 13, 2013 • Comments (1)
The best way to get good at telling stories is to tell a lot of stories. Find new audiences and tell a tale every chance you get. Practice the main thing that improves a person’s storytelling skills.
Authors edit by rereading and rewriting. Storytellers refine their tales by speaking them over and over. Like polishing a piece of silver, stories get more and more beautiful with every telling.
Nobody likes doing work they don’t like to do and storytelling is no different. If you don’t dig a particular story, don’t tell it. If you’re in a bind and have to tell an unloved tale for some reason, take the opportunity to experiment with changing the way in which you tell.
If possible, live the tale a little. If the main character crossed a river by hopping on rocks, try doing that yourself. If they held a sword, hold a sword. Obviously you won’t slay any dragons but feeling that sword in your hand will give you new insights into how to depict the action.
A good storyteller listens as they tell. Always notice and make a mental note of how people react during the different parts of your story. The parts that stand out in your mind positively you keep. The parts where you can’t recall anyone’s reaction need work.
August 01, 2013 • Comments (0)
When I was a kid, someone came into our classroom and did, “Going On a Bear Hunt,” and I LOVED it! If you’ve got to keep a classroom full of very young kids engaged, this one will do it every time. Here’s how it works:
Kids from preschool to first grade will enjoy this. After that they might find it a little too silly, even if they play along.
July 30, 2013 • Comments (1)
Kids love stories. While you can read them a book, watch a movie, or finger through an interactive tale on a tablet, kids also love it when you make one up. Children respond to your words by using their imagination. Storytelling is play and kids dig it when you play along with them.
If you’re old enough to recall the days before the Internet, then you grew up with television as the main form of constantly-on mass media. Except for changing the channel, television was something we sat and watched. Don’t let your child replace the TV by being something you watch.
Co-creating a story is normal for kids, but today’s children are born into a world where media-making is a daily activity. To them, video games, video, and the Internet are everything. They want to take part in the action and they want you to take part in it as well. So do!
It doesn’t matter if you can or can’t code a website, edit a video, or program an app. Young kids like to pretend, so make up stories with them all day long. Doing so teaches them more than how to use their imagination. It also imparts your morals, values, wisdom, and ideals.
Remember, if you don’t make up stories with your kids, someone else will.