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L07


Compelling storytelling and anthropology 
Convenor:
Kathryn Fredricks (University of St Andrews)
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Format:
Labs
Sessions:
Friday 2 April, 16:30-18:00 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

Led by Scottish storyteller and author Janis Mackay, participants will look at methods from oral traditional storytelling and how explore how storytelling skills can help enliven the ways we engage with our ethnographic material and share our work.

Long Abstract

This lab explores the way that oral traditional storytelling can help enliven the ways we engage with our ethnographic material and share our work. Whether through an engaging personal anecdote or an evocative description of an event, the skills storytellers use to bring tales to life can be utilized in anthropology. The ability to tell a story well can enhance areas of our academic development from preparing articles for publication to public engagement and establishing impact. In this lab, participants will be led by Scottish storyteller and author Janis Mackay. She will introduce people to the craft of storytelling, working both with a Scottish traditional tale, and seeing how storytelling skills can be applied to telling a story 'from the field' and are relevant to telling the stories from the discipline and our own work in other forms of outreach.

This lab will be led by Janis Mackay, a traditional Scottish storyteller and award-winning author based in the Edinburgh area. Janis offers regular workshops and courses on a variety of topics related to writing ad storytelling.

https://www.janismackay.com/