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International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC)

Call for Submissions

Mobile storytelling has become increasingly popular and powerful globally, be it a family story or a news story. Every year, mobile stories are shared in different languages and in different formats across time and space, attracting readers, viewers, and listeners of all age groups from around the world. What are the changes, challenges, and chances in mobile storytelling? What are the best practices in mobile storytelling? How to leverage the latest technological advances to enhance mobile storytelling?

To address these questions and more, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), the Mobile Innovation Network & Association (MINA), and Mobile Studies International (MSI) have jointly launched an annual event for mobile storytellers worldwide: International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC).

Consisting of workshops, conferences, and festivals, the congress aims to promote mobile storytelling for better communication in different areas ranging from community and civic engagement to new forms of storytelling, creativity and developments towards story making (Schleser and Berry 2018) and/or storyliving (Google New Lab 2017).

IMSC is scheduled to be held on 17-19 January 2020 in Ningbo, China. It is inviting mobile storytellers from around the world to share their stories of the following themes:

1. Mobile film storytelling

2. Mobile photo storytelling

3. Mobile audio storytelling

4. Mobile video storytelling

5. Mobile immersive storytelling

6. Mobile news storytelling

7. Mobile advertising storytelling

8. Mobile marketing storytelling

9. Mobile education storytelling

10. Mobile health storytelling

11. Mobile tourism storytelling


Congress Languages: English and Chinese

Some panels are conducted in English while others in Chinese. Simultaneous interpretation can be pre-booked at a reasonable price.   


Important Dates

Submission:                             30 September 2019

Acceptance Notification:            1 November 2019

Registration:                            1 November 2019

On-site Registration:                17-19 January 2020



New International Conference Centre, New Auditorium, Lord Dearing Building 

University of Nottingham Ningbo China


Congress Committee

Dr Xiaoge Xu, Congress Chair, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Dr Max Schleser, Congress Chair, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dr Gary Rawnsley, Professor/Faculty Dean, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Dr Andrew White, Professor, University of Nottingham Ningbo China


Conference & Screening Committee

Felipe Cardona, Smartphone filmmaker, Columbia

Ass Prof Dr. Gerda Cammaer, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Canada

Matt Clasener, Adobe Education Leader & Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, Netherlands

David Cowlard, Lecturer, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, New Zealand

Hillary Davis, Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dr Kerreen Ely-Harper, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Faculty of             Humanities, Curtin University, Australia

Marcelo Godoy, Creative Producer, Brazil

Liz Hoyle, School of Communications Studies, AUT University, New Zealand

Chrisitan Kahnt, Director Goethe Institute, New Zealand

Anandana Kapur, CINEMAD-India, New Delhi, India

João Krefer, Filmmaker & Director, Brazil

Ass Prof  Dr. Krishna Sankar Kusuma, Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India

Dr. Patrick Kelly, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University, Australia

Martin Koszolko, School of Creative Arts, Melbourne Polytechnic 

James Nicholson, Television and Screen Production, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Ass Prof Stefano Odorico, International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling, Leeds Trinity University

Michael G. Osheku, African Smartphone Film Festival, Nigeria

Sylvie Prasad, Visual Artist, Arts & Digital Industries, University of East London, UK

Ulrike Rosenfeld, Cultural Programmes, Goethe-Institute, New Zealand

Dr. Miriam Ross, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Melanie Sarantou, Arctic Design and Art Profiling Area, University of Lapland, Finland

Dr Max Schleser, Congress Chair, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Max Li Shuai, PhD researcher Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia

Ass. Prof. Dr Paola Voci, Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago / Te Whare Wänanga o Otago, New Zealand

Vannessa Vox, Filmmaker & Artist, France

Ass Prof Dr. Gavin Wilson, Department of Mass Communication and Media, College of Arts & Sciences, Gulf University for Science & Technology

Daniel Wagner, Senior Lecturer, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Dr Xiaoge Xu, Congress Chair, University of Nottingham Ningbo China



Qumo Ren, School of International Communications, UNNC

Xuefei Tong, School of International Communications, UNNC

Xiaoxiao Zhang, School of International Communications, UNNC

Zhiying Zhang, School of International Communications, UNNC



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