LINGUIST List 30.1318

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Calls: Discourse Analysis/United Kingdom

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Date: 18-Mar-2019
From: Chiao-I Tseng <>
Subject: Pro-Social Play! International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders
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Full Title: Pro-Social Play! International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders

Date: 17-Oct-2019 - 19-Oct-2019
Location: Canterbury, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Chiao-I Tseng
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2019

Meeting Description:

This truly 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 narratives
-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

Plenary speakers:

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

- Roundtable discussion with the award winning film director, Clio Barnard, following a screening of Dark River (2017)

- Workshops by artists at the arts charity People United on prosocial performances

Call for Papers:

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

Participants of workshops must specify what presentation formats are proposed.
Participants of accepted research papers will be given 20 minutes for oral presentations. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the programme committee.

Conference fees:
Conference fees will be announced at a later date, and may be waved entirely depending on available funding, but they will not exceed £50 for postgraduate students (and ECRs on fixed contracts) and £80 for staff.

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