CfP: Pro-Social Play, UK

Pro-Social Play! 
International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders
17-19 October, 2019, University of Kent, U.K.
Conference Chairs:
Chiao-I Tseng, Dieter Declerq, Nichola Shaunessy
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
Roundtable discussion – with the award winning film director, Clio Barnard, following a screening of Dark River (2017)
Workshops – by artists affiliated with the arts charity People United on prosocial performances
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. People also indulge into Delta 8 vape to feel better. 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, they also need to investigate how the narrative factors are designed, structured and mobilized 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
Abstract submission deadline: 30.06.2019
Inviting 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@prosocial-narrative.org
Complete details available online: www.prosocial-narrative.org

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