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CfP: DARIAH annual event 2022 – Storytelling

DARIAH is a European Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Arts. Its mission is to empower scholarly communities with digital methods to create, connect and share knowledge about culture and society. The DARIAH Annual Event offers the DARIAH community and beyond the possibility to present results and new ideas; to meet and network. The next edition will take place in a hybrid format from May 31 to June 3, 2022. The central theme will be “Storrytelling”.

The power of storytelling as a sense-making and knowledge-creation strategy is deeply embedded in human cultures, reaching back as far as our written records, and looking as far forward as our technological imaginations. How we gather, share and use our stories says much about who we are, how we entertain and educate, how we build identities and understand the world beyond our vision, how we relate to our past and to our future.

By examining our research practices and infrastructures through the lens of narrative, the goal of this event will be to build conceptual bridges between the arts, technology, the humanities and beyond.

The submission period for papers is now open.

The following themes may guide your submission. But feel free to explore topics outside of these proposed areas of research, too.

1.The role of storytelling
What is the function of storytelling in human lives and cultures? How does storytelling contribute to the creation of shared norms and values, constitute identities and influence behaviour? How is our understanding of literature, history, the visual, performing and other creative arts, and other cultural practices influenced by their status as or entanglement with stories?  How do our technological platforms enable, inform, or limit the stories we can and do tell?  How can stories bring disciplines together (or push them apart)? How can the affordances of storytelling be used to address societal challenges?  Is storytelling itself an infrastructure, and how can we enhance its effectiveness through infrastructure building?

2. The actors of storytelling
How is storytelling used as a research method in the arts and humanities, and how are these methods underpinned by the digital?  What is the role of archives, musea and the creative industries in selecting what stories are told? How does storytelling enable digital, cultural and/or civic participation?  How do data scientists become data storytellers?

3. The mechanics and media of storytelling
What media and formats are used for storytelling? What dimensions of a story are changed (innovated, altered, added, erased) in digital storytelling? How is the social function of storytelling enhanced or distorted when storytelling becomes productised? Do (big) data and storytelling go together or are they antagonists? Should we apply ethical and moral principles to storytelling (whose story, told by whom)?

Key dates

February 11th, 2022 (included) : Call for papers closes

End of March, 2022 : Notification of acceptance


To find out more about the types of proposals expected, the evaluation process and how to submit your proposal :



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