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[Commlist] Pro-Social Play: Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders (Extended and updated CFP)

Tue Aug 06 15:55:34 GMT 2019

due to some administrative issues, the international conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders is now moved to *University of Potsdam, Germany *and the conference dates are now changed to* 25-26 June, 2020 *

We have also decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to *October 31, 2019.*

The complete conference details are available online ( <>​) and in the CfP below:

*Pro-Social Play! *
International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders
25-26 June, 2020, University of Potsdam, Germany <>

*Conference Chairs*:
Chiao-I Tseng (Bremen), Dieter Declerq (Kent), Hans-Georg Wolf (Potsdam)

*Plenary Speakers*:

Charles Forceville, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Tobias Greitemeyer, Psychology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Anja Laukötter, Center for the History of Emotion, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
Harry Yi-Jui Wu, Medical Ethics and Humanities, Hong Kong University

This interdisciplinary and international conference brings together scholars of empirical and theoretical research as well as practitioners working on narrative arts for promoting pro-social behaviours and mental well-being across different media. To date, the pro-social narratives have often been studied with a focus on testing people's media exposure and pro-social effects. Nevertheless, as explicitly pointed out by most of these studies, we also need to investigate how the narrative factors are designed, structured and mobilised in a specific coherent way to effectively achieve the intended prosocial purposes. Hence, it is crucial to advance the theoretical link between the /design choice/ of narrative, media technological features for engaging people in difficult topics and their pro-social response. Establishing the link is precisely the main objective of this conference.This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  * Narrative factors for evoking people's empathy, achieving
    educational purposes
  * Storytelling, practical application and mental health
  * Technology features of different media platforms that afford,
    strengthen or constrain the pro-social, persuasive functions of
  * Impact of social cultural conventions on different narrative designs
  * Historical perspectives of pro-social storytelling
  * Transmedia comparison of pro-social messages, for instance, across
    film, TV, comics, video games, games, literature, etc.
  * Pro-social storytelling in social media
  * Pro-social storytelling through live performances and live interaction
  * Balance between emotional engagement and message credibilities
  * Empirical evidence of pro-social, persuasive functions in
    storytelling across media
  * Pro-social narrative designs for children and adolescents
  * Narrative medicine

Abstract submission deadline: *31.10.2020*

We invite two kinds of submissions:
1. Research papers
2. Workshops by artists, designers, health professionals and other practitioners working on pro-sociality and storytelling.

Abstracts (max. 300 words) and bio notes (max. 100 words) must be submitted (as PDF or Word attachment) to (mail /at/ <mailto:(mail /at/>

*Programme Committee*:
Markus Appel, Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Germany
Mehul Bhatt, AASS, Örebro University, Sweden / CoDesign Lab
Emilia Djonov, Early Childhood Literacy, Macquarie University, Sydney
Lars Elleström, Center of Intermedial and Multimodal Studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden
Tilo Hartmann, Vrije University of Amsterdam
Fei Victor Lim, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Theo van Leeuwen, University of New South Wales, Australia
Daniel Vuillermin, Medical Humanities, Peking University
Aylish Wood, School of Arts, University of Kent

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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