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Telling Stories/Storytelling


Co-sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association, COHDS, and the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
May 28-June 1, 2010
Concordia University
Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication. In telling stories about the past, historians, novelists, playwrights, teachers, museum curators, film makers, artists, illustrators, musicians, and public historians (to name just a few) engage in the task of making sense of “histories” that are often violent, always contradictory, and endlessly fascinating. These stories matter; for what is being told, how it is being told, and what is being left unsaid shapes our sense of place, community and nation, indeed our very sense of self.
Hundreds of colleagues from across the country (and beyond) responded to our invitation to reflect on practices of “Telling Stories” and engage in some “Storytelling” of their own. The resultant program featured 94 conference panels that explored the dynamics of history and storytelling in the world of graphic novels, on stage and in the digital age, to name just three examples.


Concordia University