Registration for Narrating the Multispecies World Hybrid Conference Opens April 15

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The “Narrating the Multispecies World: Stories in Times of Crises, Loss, Hope” hybrid conference will take place from August 3 – 5, 2023 at the University of Würzburg. Registration is open from April 15 through June 30. The conference is organized by the Chair of European Ethnology/Cultural Analysis.

How do we narrate the social-ecological crises of our time? What role do non-human beings play in them? What stories of hope and expectations for the future do we share? And last but not least: Is storytelling a practice shared by different species? These and many other questions are the topic of the international, interdisciplinary and hybrid conference “Narrating the Multispecies World.”

From an impressive wealth of proposals, the conference team has put together a diverse programme. At the heart of all the selected papers is the narrative with its multifaceted power to shape the world. In this context, the classical forms of narrative familiar in folklore studies are by no means losing their significance. Many contributions are situated in the broader field of environmental humanities and social science environmental research. Colleagues from different parts of the world will share their reflections on the topic in August. Two keynotes by Máiréad Nic Craith, Inverness (“Traditional [Gaelic] Folk-Narratives for a Multispecies Future”), and Mayako Murai, Yokohama (“Making a Multispecies Fairy-Tale Library”), and concluding remarks by Regina F. Bendix, Göttingen (“Tracing, Expressing and Asserting Multivocality in the Multispecies World”), will enrich the programme.

Participation in the conference is only possible after registration. Bachelor’s and Master’s students as well as interested parties without a regular income are invited to attend free of charge. For other interested parties, moderate fees apply.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the conference team at [email protected].

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