May 11th Symposium on Storytelling and Ethics
12- 5 pm
University of East London, University Square, Stratford, US 4.15
This symposium will mark the UK launch of six new books. From war photography to literature, to everyday lived experience, to Holocaust testimony, each of these books deals 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 afternoon will combine panel presentations, author Q & A, and open discussion, and will conclude with a reception. The event is free but places are limited. To reserve a ticket, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/symposium-on-storytelling-and-ethics-tickets-44754591187
The six new books which will be the focus of the symposium are:
Jakob Lothe, ed. (2017) Time’s Witnesses: Women’s voices from the Holocaust (Fledgling Press). https://www.fledglingpress.co.uk/store-3/products/times-witnesses-jakob-lothe/
In Time’s Witnesses: Women’s Voices from the Holocaust you meet ten Jewish women, four from Norway and six from other countries, who all have first-hand experience of the Nazi prison camps.
Hanna Meretoja (2018) The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (Oxford University Press). https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-ethics-of-storytelling-9780190649364?cc=fi&lang=en&
Against the backdrop of the polarized debate on the ethical significance of storytelling, Hanna Meretoja’s The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible develops a nuanced framework for exploring the ethical complexity of the roles narratives play in our lives.
Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis, eds (2018) Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative (Routledge) https://www.routledge.com/Storytelling-and-Ethics-Literature-Visual-Arts-and-the-Power-of-Narrative/Meretoja-Davis/p/book/9781138244061
In recent years there has been a huge amount of both popular and academic interest in storytelling as something that is an essential part of not only literature and art but also our everyday lives as well as our dreams, fantasies, aspirations, historical…
Louie Palu (2017) Front Towards Enemy (Yoffy Press) http://lenscratch.com/2017/11/louie-palu-front-towards-/
One of the highlights at the Click Photography Festival was the opening keynote lecture by Canadian documentary photographer and filmmaker, Louie Palu.Louie is a rare combination of artist and war photographer, able to stand present for horrific human events and then synthesize those moments into something artful, poetic, and powerful.
Brian Schiff (2017) A New Narrative for Psychology (Oxford University Press). https://global.oup.com/academic/product/a-new-narrative-for-psychology-9780199332182?cc=fi&lang=en&
How can a narrative perspective help us advance our understanding of the fundamental problems of human psychology and better appreciate persons in diverse social and cultural contexts?
Brian Schiff, A. Elizabeth McKim & Sylvie Patron, eds (2017) Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience (Oxford University Press). https://global.oup.com/academic/product/life-and-narrative-9780190256654?lang=en&cc=fi
The challenge of life and literary narrative is the central and perennial mystery of how people encounter, manage, and inhabit a self and a world of their own – and others’ – creations.
This symposium is being co-organised by the Centre for Narrative Research (University of East London), SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory (University of Turku) and the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention (American University of Paris).
Programme for the symposium
12:30 Welcome by Molly Andrews and 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 (TBC) 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