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Warwick Storytelling Conference
28 November 2016, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

University of Warwick, Main Library
Keynote speakers: Nicola Grove (University of Kent and storytelling charity openstorytellers) and Catherine Heinemeyer (York St John University and York Theatre Royal)What do we want the future of storytelling research to be? This conference considers current work that is being done in the broad field of storytelling. The aim is to engage people to think about different avenues that future research in storytelling could take. We will cover a number of different topics involving inclusive research with people with learning difficulties, applied storytelling and drama with the Belgrade Theatre, and how to consider the role of the storyteller in research. In line with our creative theme there will be a live/recorded performance of How the Gypsies got their music (by Cornish storyteller Mike O’Connor), and a poetry writing workshop.The conference is free and includes a buffet lunch. If you are interested in attending please email:
Childhood, Youth and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe (1500-1800)
14-15 October 2016, University of Warwick

Registration is now open for this interdisciplinary conference which explores family and childhood, in conjunction with the history of religion, religious conflict and the confessional state. It examines experiences, perceptions and portrayals of children and young people in various religious minorities (Protestant, Catholic and Jewish) and across geographical boundaries.

A Public Lecture by Professor Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
'Childism and the Grimms' Fairy Tales, or How We Have Happily Rationalized Child Abuse through Storytelling.'
1 June 2016, 6 p.m., Ramphal Building, Room R0.21 (Main Lecture Theatre)

We are very pleased to welcome Professor Jack Zipes of the University of Minnesota to Warwick for a public lecture on the potential abuses of fairy tales in society. Zipes is a world authority on fairytales and storytelling: his monographs include The Irrestistible Fairytale (2012); Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion (2012); Hans Christian Andersen (2005); Breaking the Magic Spell (2002); Sticks and Stones (2000); When Dreams Came True (1999) and The Brothers Grimm (1998). He is also the co-founder of the charity Neighborhood Bridges, which supports research into critical literacy and takes storytelling and drama into schools across Minneapolis-St Paul, with additional partner programmes in 18 cities across 13 states. Neighborhood Bridges has been recognised by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model for arts education.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

Please send an email to to reserve your place. We anticipate that there will be some seats for last-minute visitors but booking is advised.

This event has been organised by Emma Parfitt, a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. Emma has visited the USA twice to collaborate with Neighborhood Bridges. Professor Zipes’ visit has been made possible by an IAS residential fellowship, the support of the Humanities Research Centre and the Departments of Sociology and English & Comparative Literary Studies.