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University to host Leadership Summit on Applied Storytelling this week

The Institute of Advanced Studies and the School of Design and Creative Arts are delighted to be hosting a Leadership Summit on Applied Storytelling on 12-13 November, organised by Dr Antonia Liguori and Professor Mike Wilson.

The prestigious event will welcome five international IAS Fellows and participants working across academia, museums, NGOs and other cultural institutions, with a broad interest on storytelling.

The summit aims to create a space for interdisciplinary and interprofessional discussions. This group will work towards a collective vision for the future of applied storytelling, in relation to research, education and business, that will be published as a manifesto.

The five IAS Fellows participating in the summit are:

  • Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, Acting Under Secretary for Education, Smithsonian Institution, US 
  • Elizabeth Galvin, Head of Learning and Digital Programmes, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
  • Professor William Uricchio, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands
  • Dr Burcu Simsek, Associate Professor, Digital Story Hub Coordinator, Hacettepe University, Turkey  
  • Dr Michael Mason, Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, US 

Professor Mike Wilson said: “Loughborough University is a global centre for Applied Storytelling in relation to environment, health, education and social justice, and we are delighted to be hosting this leadership summit, welcoming some of the world’s leading thinkers to contribute to establishing the agenda for the next five years of Applied Storytelling research and practice.”

The summit is part of a two-year plan of activities in UK and the US organised in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Maryland, the Montgomery College, the Story Center, Patient Voices, and many other institutions.

A follow-on face-to-face event has been planned for June 2021 and will be open to the wider community of digital storytelling practitioners that will be participating in the International Digital Storytelling Conference hosted at Loughborough University.

Professor Marsha Meskimmon, Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies said: “We are excited to be involved with such an exceptional and timely event and will be pleased to welcome the IAS Fellows to campus next June.

“This is the second Design Leadership Summit the IAS has hosted in partnership with the School of Design and Creative Arts and we look forward to continuing this productive collaboration in future.”

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