Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference, 2013

  • Date: 29 May 2013 - 30 May 2013
  • Start Time: 10:00 am
  • Location/venue: Thistle Brighton, King's Road, Brighton, England, BN1 2GS

The Higher Education Academy’s second annual learning and teaching Arts and Humanities conference, ‘Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching’ will take place on 29 – 30 May 2013 in Brighton.

Online bookings for this event are now closed. A few places are still available on this event, please contact to enquire about availability.


At the heart of the Arts and Humanities disciplines sit stories – stories which create and recreate worlds, distant and present, stories which inspire and engage, stories which grow imaginations and expand what is thinkable.

Stories are everywhere, and our second annual conference seeks to explore the intersections between narrative and learning and teaching by considering:

  • the narratives of how we teach – our stories as educators;
  • the narratives of how our students learn – travelogues from the student journey;
  • the narratives we teach – our subjects and (inter)disciplinarity;
  • the narratives we teach by – pedagogies and methodologies, academic identities, research-based teaching and teaching-based research;
  • the narratives we teach within – policy, dominant media narratives, student expectations informed by Key Information Sets and the National Student Survey;
  • the narratives we (co-)create – the impact of the Arts and Humanities, the experience and memories of our students, students as partners.

Creating, telling, sharing

As stories have the power to ‘reveal meaning without committing the error of defining it’ (Hannah Arendt) our programme includes papers and workshops on many aspects of teaching and learning in the Arts and Humanities within the broad theme of ‘narratives of learning and teaching’. Forms, ‘genres’ and themes include:

  • Choose your own adventure: Making students partners in learning and teaching;
  • Short stories (and tall tales?): Tweeting your teaching; social presence through social media;
  • Epic adventures: Gamifying learning and teaching;
  • Westerns: Living on the frontiers of learning; conflicts and change;
  • Cross-genre works: Negotiating disciplinary boundaries;
  • Experimental forms: Designing learning experiences and curricula; the use of digital technologies;
  • Archives, houses and museums: Telling the stories of public history;
  • Anthologies: Working with student diversity;
  • Prizes: Assessing creatively/creative assessment;
  • Literary devices: Using metaphors and imagery in HE.


Day 1

Dr Vicky Gunn, Director of Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Glasgow will be speaking on 'Narratives around research-teaching linkages in the Arts & Humanities: problematising our myths?' considering what these narratives and linkages tell us about our aspirations for the subjects that make up the humanities - and what this means practically for teaching and learning in higher education.

Day 2

Professor Hamish Fyfe, Director of the University of Glamorgan’s George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling.

Nik Powell, Director National Film and Television School, London

Who should attend?

Higher education teaching staff, Programme Leaders and Faculty Deans in Archaeology, Classics, Area Studies, Art and Design, Cinematics and Photography, Dance, Drama and Music, English, History, Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, Media and Communications, Philosophical and Religious Studies. We particularly welcome early career lecturers, and Graduate Teaching Assistants.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held at Havana, Duke Street, Brighton.  Havana occupies the site of the old Duke Street Theatre opened in 1790 and renamed the Theatre Royal in 1805 after a visit from the Prince of Wales. The facade incorporates elements from the original theatre, and is the only restaurant in Brighton to boast flaming torches.

Conference fee

Staff from subscribing institutions;
Fee for 2 day conference, including lunch on both days and conference dinner (not including accommodation): £200

Staff from non-subscribing insitutions:Fee for 2 day conference, including lunch on both days and conference dinner (not including accommodation): £300








Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities

After the success in 2012, the Arts and Humanities annual conference is returning for 2013 where we will be heading to Brighton for another two days of sessions and networking opportunities. There are various exhibitor and sponsorship packages available at the 2013 conference which can be viewed in the conference flyer (PDF, 476KB). For an informal chat about any of the packages, or to enquire about their availability, please call Demelza Triffitt on 01904 717500 or email

About Brighton

Brighton is a city by the sea with a passion for creativity, a desire to look at things differently, and a friendliness that attracts visitors from all over the world. Born of Regency excess, Brighton still favours sophisticated pleasure-seeking and is famed for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, vibrant nightlife and unique arts and culture scene.

The Brighton Festival takes place in May, and the Brighton Fringe Festival – England’s largest arts festival, will be in its final week during our conference.

Brighton is a compact foot-friendly city – it takes 10 minutes to walk from the station to the seaside hotels, or from Brighton Pier to the Royal Pavilion, and is also well-known for its green values and its low carbon economy.

For more information please visit the VisitBrighton website: Directory of Conferences, conventions, exhibits, seminars, workshops, events, trade shows and business meetings. Includes calendar, dates, location, web site, contact and registration information.

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