2nd Storytelling Seminar: "The Role of Narratives and Storytelling in Organizing for Sustainability: Perspectives in Dialogue"

We bid you a warm welcome in Odense on the picturesque island of Funen! We are pleased to announce that the 2nd storytelling seminar will take place on Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th May 2020 at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. The theme of the seminar is: "The Role of Narratives and Storytelling in Organizing for Sustainability: Perspectives in Dialogue"

Dear storytellers and colleagues

As the organizers of the storytelling conference, we’ve decided to postpone the storytelling conference due to the uncertain situation with the Corona virus.

We are working on finding a new date, and we will get back to you as soon as we have more information.

In the meantime, we hope that you and everyone around you are safe, well and taking the necessary health precautions. At the moment we are in the middle of events, and we don’t know how the story will end. Take a day at a time, and take care.

The organizers,

Cindie, Astrid and Ann

Conference, May 27th – 29th
University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Centre for Organizational Practice and Communication, SDU
Center for Narratological Studies, SDU
in collaboration with the Dept. of Business and Management, Aalborg University
Keynote Speakers: 
Prof. Michael Bamberg, Clark University, USA
Prof. David Boje, New Mexico State University, USA and Aalborg University, DK
Prof. Yiannis Gabriel, formerly University of Bath, UK, and Visiting Professor at Lund University
Prof. Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Aalborg University, DK
Sustainability has become one of the central concerns for today’s organizations. Increasingly, organizations’ policies and actions affect — and are affected by — political discussions and legislation; grassroots movements, demonstrations and protests; and consumer- and commodity activism, all of which have the potential to span from the local to the global. Organizations must navigate a social reality in which attention to the environment, human welfare and issues of inequality are at the forefront of many citizens’ awareness. Moreover, while organizations for years have joined the UN Global Compact on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), many are increasingly integrating the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) into organizational policies, practices and communication. 
The Theme of the Conference
Because stories are acknowledged to be one of the chief human resources for sense-making and communicating, the theme of this conference is the role of narratives and storytelling in understanding, reflecting critically on and helping organizations and individual members address the urgent questions raised by a rapidly changing social reality, including:
how storytelling frameworks can help scholars as well as practitioners reflect, critically address and assist sustainability and SDG integration processes and multiple stakeholder collaborations, 
how organizational members make sense of the complexity of sustainability issues and understand the relevance of sustainability in their daily work,
how a culture of sustainability can be cultivated and practiced,
how organizations can navigate among ethics and financial concerns, as well as balance the diverse SDG’s,
how organizations and their stakeholders, whether internal or external, can communicate clearly, honestly, and with transparency, about their practices,
how new partnerships and co-creative practices between diverse stakeholders in local communities can be enacted, organized and maintained.
We invite abstracts of up to 300 words for individual papers, or panel proposals of up to 700 words for up to four presentations within any of the areas outlined above. Examples of areas to consider may also include, but are not limited to, the following:
Discussions on how concepts of narrative and storytelling can be applied to reflect, challenge and transform organizational sustainability practices, for instance through methodological practices involving true storytelling (Larsen, Brunn, & Boje, in press), ante-narrative and sociomaterial inquiry (Boje, 2011; Boje, Svane & Gergerich, 2016; K. Lueg, Boje, Lundholt, & Graf, 2019), Counter-narrative perspectives (Frandsen, Kuhn & Lundholt, 2016; Lundholt, Maagaard and Piekut, 2018; Lueg, 2018; Lueg & Lundholt, 2020) performative storytelling (Arendt, 2013; Butler, 2015; Jørgensen 2017), discourse activism (Bager & Mølholm, in press), inclusive storytelling (Rosile, Boje, Carlon, Downs & Saylors, 2013), reflexive and change-oriented work with organizational narrative- small-story dynamics (Bager & Lundholt, in press), embodied narratives (Ernst and Jensen 2019) and the like. 
Critical scrutiny of SDG appropriation processes. For example: Is the new corporate narrative turn toward sustainability and SDG’s a believable and authentic new paradigm? And what can corporations and society stand to gain from it? Is sustainability and the SDG’s buzzwords that covers up more neoliberal growth and economy fixated ideals or is it a promising and liberating framework that actually turns corporate foci more towards social and environmental issues? 
A greater reflexive understanding of the uses, advantages and limits of different paradigms of narrative research in understanding the issues of sustainability in organizational contexts. 
Individual papers will be for presentations of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions.
Panels will be allotted 1 ½ hours in total. Panel proposals must include the title and author of each individual paper.
With best regards,
The organizers (Ann Starbæk Bager, Astrid Jensen, Cindie Maagaard, Klarissa Lueg)

Submission – deadline extended!
The deadline for abstract submission is March 9, 2020.  
For more information, or to submit your abstract, including the names of participants and their organizational affiliations, please write to storytelling@sdu.dk
Please note if you already know that you are only able to participate on certain days.
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