special issue of Storytelling, Self, Society (Issue 6:2, May-August 2010)


This call for papers is for a special issue of Storytelling, Self, Society (Issue 6:2, May-August 2010) dedicated to women and storytelling. Storytelling, Self, Society is a 3x/yearly academic journal published by Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Storytellers and academics are invited to submit original manuscripts dealing with the role of women in folk literature and in storytelling. Essays dealing with new research about storytelling and its application to women (teachers, parents, counselors, or rehabilitation officers), describing innovative practices in (and uses of) spoken word storytelling by women in new or established social or educational services, or applying new critical theory to the oral tradition, are welcome.


Our guest editor is Dr. Afra Kavanagh, assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Letters at the University of Cape Breton (CBU) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Professor Kavanagh is the coordinator of the Annual CBU Storytelling Symposium, now in its thirteenth year. This symposium has produced two volumes of proceedings.


Please email your submission in MS Word to both Afra Kavanagh, guest editor, at <> and to Hannah Harvey, managing editor of the journal at <>

Deadline: November 16, 2009
Length: 4000 - 7000 words in length.

Format: MLA Style

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13th Annual CBU Storytelling Symposium

Friday, June 5, 2009

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.         Storytelling at the Delta Sydney in the Cabot Room featuring Mi’kmaq Elders Murdena Marshall and Lillian Marshall, plus Ray Chodzinski, Laurie Howard, Paul Conway, and Cathryn Fairlee. This event is open to the public and free of charge.


Saturday, June 6, 2009  The Fleur-de-Lys Room, lower level at the Delta


Storytelling in Literature and Culture


9:00                             Welcome

9:15-9:45 a.m.             Deborah Bowen, “The Icarus Legend: Flying too close to the Sun”  

9:45- 10:15 a.m.          Jodi McDavid, “The Fiddle-burning Priest of Mabou”   

10:15- 10:45 a.m.        Suzanne Stewart, “‘And thus spake that ancient man’: The Mariner, Coleridge, and the Artists”

10:45- 11:15 a.m.        Cathryn Fairlee, “Chinese Teahouse Storytelling”

11:15- 12:00 a.m.        David Avery, “The Sirirus Case: Star Myths from Ancient Egyptian and Dogon Tradition”


Lunch                          12:15-1:20 p.m. (upstairs at The Moose and Crown)


Saturday Afternoon:    Celebrating International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009):

The afternoon part of the programme will be held at the Joan Harriss Pavilion at the Sydney Port Terminal which will accommodate a large

Crowd and provide enough space for the installation of our inflatable star planetarium.

1:30- 2:00 p.m.            Jim Hesser, B.C. Astronomer talks about what is happening in IYA 2009, particularly in Canada

2:00- 2:45 p.m.            Lillian Marshall, “Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters: a Mi’kmaq Night Sky Story”

2:45- 3:30 p.m.            Bruce Carmody and Sara Poirier (Ontario Science Centre): a scientist and storyteller collaboration on “What are star parties and how to make them happen”

3:30-4:00 p.m.             Gerald Gloade, First Nations storyteller describes and discusses some native legends

4:00- 4:45 p.m.            Paul Conway, “A Hagiographic Explanation of Visible and Audible Phenomena in the Northern Sky”

4:45 -5:15 p.m.            Andy Woodsworth, “Happenings in Astronomy: a billion dollar radio observatory in the Andes”


BREAK                       BREAK


6:30- 8:00 p.m.            Closing dinner, the Sydney Ports Marine Terminal (wrap up by Ray Chodzinski)


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Scheduled for the first weekend in June (June 5 and 6, 2009) in the city of Sydney on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, this symposium combines an evening of storytelling followed by a day of papers about storytelling. As a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, this year’s focus is on the sky and the stars and the stories, myths and legends they have generated in world cultures.


The 13th Annual CBU Storytelling Symposium invites both storytellers and scholars of the story to submit proposals for papers or offers to tell stories that are about the many ways humans have engaged in describing or interpreting stars and constellations, and the very sky that appears to house them.


As always, papers on storytelling as an art, or as used in a variety of disciplines and texts, are welcome, as are papers dealing with the theory and criticism of the genre. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.  Proponents will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by February 15, 2009.


To participate with a paper, please send, electronically or by mail, a one- page proposal (or a completed paper) for a 20-minute presentation (to an audience of academics and tellers). To tell a story, please write a note offering to tell (to a mixed audience of academics, storytellers and the general public) including a short history of your involvement in storytelling.


Proposals and letters should be addressed to:

Prof. Afra Kavanagh  

Symposium coordinator  

Cape Breton University  

P. O. Box 5300

Sydney, Nova Scotia  

B1P 6L2  


Phone: 902-563 1431