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[ecrea] cfp "The Ethical Grounding and Instructional Value of Storytelling"
Tue May 15 13:12:06 GMT 2018
CfP for the Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Literature and
edited by Dr Xiana Sotelo.
Theme: "The Ethical Grounding and Instructional Value of Storytelling"
The universal value of storytelling as a form of teaching ethics and
moral values is one of the noblest endeavors of any narrative process.
Indeed, human values such as generosity, solidarity and common good have
always been (un) consciously transmitted in stories (Bell, L., 2010;
Looking at 21st century global scenarios, nevertheless, from a
humanistic point of view, one cannot help but wonder how effective the
instructional value of storytelling has been or can be in order to
transmit the core values that would have prevented the 2008-2010
financial breakdowns, climate change natural disasters, mass migrations,
refugee crisis, ISIS terrorism and endless daily examples of
contemporary events which represent stories that put our humanity into
As Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer highlight in Leading from an Emerging
Future- from Ego Systems to Eco systems, current narratives indicate
that “we have entered an age of disruption” where things are fallen
apart at a global scale. Forms of “organized irresponsibility” operate
through a collective consent that turns a blind eye to massive
injustices and inequalities (2013: 1). The swift from “ego systems to
eco-relational patterns of behavior” holds the key to the possibility of
global disruptions being transformed into instances of “(inter)
connectivity and empathy” (5).
Highlighting the transformative power of art and culture and the need to
be integrated into the fabric of society, in this volume we would like
to explore the role that Humanities are playing nowadays to collectively
unearth the deep connection between global crisis and crisis of values.
Advocating for creativity, innovation and critical thinking to foster
new ways of understanding divergent thinking in the Humanities,
strategic narratives will be explored as the necessary awareness to heal
disruptions. In these stories I becomes you; and me becomes we.
Acknowledging multiplicity and complexity as part of we, the research
welcomes papers on literary and inter-artistic representations and
hybrid expressions of storytelling.
The final aim is to bring together a diverse cross-section of vibrant,
arts-infused theories of belonging and community; theories that
celebrate the importance of storytelling for a positive social change.
Thus, the volume celebrates the potential of literary and artistic
representations to instruct human values while interrogating the role of
Humanities, in general, and Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, in
particular, in articulating effective multimodal narratives that would
expand tellability through unfolding emotional frames. Considering
communication and meaning as core definitions of storytelling, we
celebrate the value of storytelling as a tool for critical thinking and
discussion, analyzing different types of storytelling as forms of
discursive frames which give meaning to human interactions (Barthes, 1993)
With an emphasis on the performative dimension of storytelling to
promote positive social impact, we invite case-based multimodal,
intermedial and transmedial explorations of stories as transformative
narratives in popular culture (Lundby 2008) and in self- representation
(Tlumin and Gunn 2012); as much as narratives which function as
mediating and intercultural mechanism giving voice and empowering
We welcome original papers on any of the following research lies:
- Instructional value of Storytelling - Transformative power of art and
- Creativity and artistic forms as promotors of humanistic values -
Performative dimension of storytelling
- Inter-artistic representations and civic engagement - Swift from ego
systems to eco-relational patterns of behavior
- Connectivity and empathy through storytelling
- Critical thinking skills
- Emotions and social responsibility
- Relationship between critical thinking and artistic creation
- Art pedagogy enquiry+ service-learning
Proposals (500 words) should be sent to the guest editor Dr Xiana Sotelo
at the email address: (x.sotelo /at/ ufv.es)
Deadline for submissions: 1 July 2018. Acceptance will be communicated
Full articles, which should follow JCLA guidelines (please, consult the
webiste), should reach the guest editor by 30 September 2018
Feel free to recirculate the CfP to whoever might be interested in
Barthes, R. (1993) Mythologies. London: Vintage
Bell, L. A. (2010) Storytelling for Social Justice: Connecting
Narratives and the Arts in Antiracist Teaching. New York. Routledge.
Brookfield, S. D (1997) Developing Critical Thinkers. Mylon Keynes: Open
Campell, J & Moyer (1988) The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday.
Thumim, Nancy and Sara Gunn (2012) “Socializing and Self-Representation
online: Exploring Facebook” in Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, vol.6 - nº1,
Lundby, Knut. (2008) “Mediatized stories: Mediation Perspectives on
Digital Storytelling” in New Media & Society. Sage Publications.
Scharmer, Otto and Katrin Kaufer. (2013) Leading from an Emerging
Future- from Ego Systems to Eco systems. Okland, Ca: Berret- Khohler
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