Do you want to develop as an educator?!
LEARNING THROUGH STORYTELLING – a conference on storytelling as an educational method
The conference is aimed at those who work in education, regardless of area, subject or level – in preschool, compulsory school, upper secondary school, SFI, adult education or in other learning environments. The conference theme is relevant at a general level.
Do you want to develop as an educator? Expand your toolbox? Integrate new methods in teaching? Then the Learning Through Storytelling conference is for you.
Can storytelling be a way of achieving knowledge goals? Yes, if it is integrated as a pedagogic method in an educational programme. Storytelling opens up new possibilities for better learning and a stronger feeling of togetherness, whatever the subject area or educational level.
On Day 1 we will talk about why creativity and storytelling is an important part of learning. You will be given scientific motives and legitimacy – a foundation to build on in your role as an educator.
Day 2 will be a “case race” where you will be provided with concrete examples that give you tips, inspiration and the desire for creative learning through storytelling.
The contributors include Dick Harrison, Professor of History at Lund University, who will be speaking about storytelling as a purveyor of knowledge and as a knowledge creation method. A historical overview.
Also taking part are 14 other educators and storytellers from the Nordic region, who will share their knowledge and experience of storytelling as an educational method in a number of areas.
Time & place: The conference takes place on 14-15 February in Skellefteå, Sweden. Conference languages are Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, apart from one lecture in English.
More information can be provided by Conference Coordinator, Theresa Eriksson: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference is organised by the Nordic Storytelling Centre/Västerbottensteatern in association with the Business Development Office, Skellefteå Municipality, and the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University, and in cooperation with Campus Skellefteå.
Nordic Storytelling Centre – a part of Västerbottensteatern
Located in Skellefteå, in the region of Västerbotten in northern Sweden, Nordiskt Berättarcentrum (Nordic Storytelling Centre) was established in 2018 with the aim of creating a resource centre for the art of storytelling.
Activities are carried out locally, regionally, nationally, and in the Nordic arena, as well as with connections in Europe’s storytelling network.
Our areas of activity include:
• Storytelling as an educational approach.
• Storytelling as a scenic art form.
• Storytelling as a way of preserving, conveying, and bringing to life our cultural heritage.
• Storytelling as a social tool.
The activity profile is based on the strong Västerbotten tradition of documentary storytelling – each person’s story is worth listening to. Nordiskt Berättarcentrum organises conferences, seminars, and workshops, produces storytelling performances and organises storytelling nights with themes such as Life Stories. Berättarkraft is a scholarship awarded annually, supported by the local energy company Skellefteå Kraft. Kvinnorum is a study circle organised in collaboration with other cultural players and educational associations, providing an arena where Swedish and Afghan women can meet, talk, and socialise. In addition, we’re working with other storytelling players in the Nordic Region to collaborate in various contexts, including festivals.
Nordiskt Berättarcentrum has the responsibility of operating and developing, along with other cultural players, the annual Storytelling Festival in Skellefteå, arranged since 2009. A festival week featuring more than one hundred storytelling events, attracting about 9,500 visits.
Västerbottensteatern has been commissioned by Skellefteå Municipality to establish Nordiskt Berättarcentrum. The centre also receive project support from Region Västerbotten and the Swedish Arts Council.