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31 May 2016

Storytelling with Young People: Civilisation, Creativity and Subversion

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Join us for a panel discussion with:

Professor Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota)
Emma Parfitt (Warwick University)
Professor Mike Wilson (Loughborough University)

Chaired by Dr Sally Maynard (Loughborough University)

At a time of great public debate about the future of education, be that emphasis on testing of young people with a focus on the ‘rules’ of grammar, the academisation of schools, or the increasing levels of mental illness and illness among young people, the panel will discuss the role of storytelling in education and whether it serves as a civilising force or an opportunity for children to realise their creative potential and determine their own futures.

Professor Emeritus Jack Zipes is happily retired from the German Department of the University of Minnesota. Two of his most recent books include The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2014) and Grimm Legacies: The Magic Power of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales (2015). In 2016 he will be publishing a study, The Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Anthology of Magical Tales.

Mike Wilson is Professor of Drama at Loughborough University. Before entering academia, he worked for 12 years as a professional storyteller, working principally with young people. He has published widely on storytelling in its many forms and is currently engaged on a number of RCUK-funded projects exploring the use of storytelling in a range of social and policy contexts.

Emma Parfitt is based in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her doctorate research explored whether young people’s emotions and behaviour were empowered or constrained by storytelling. She was recently awarded an IAS Early Careers Fellowship and IATL Grant to work with the Belgrade theatre.

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