Call Living narratives (Call “Le storie siamo noi”) Biennial Conference on Narrative Guidance

Living Narratives

Lectures, researches, work-in-progress practices, narratives

4 th Biennial Conference on Narrative Guidance

Call for contributions

Stories are constituent parts of day-to-day life: every day we are put before thousands of narrative stimuli coming from narrative agencies (television, videogames, news, etc…). The stories, when used self-consciously, can become extraordinary tools to put in order and to give sense to our experiences, to imagine the future and face choices, to build our own identity and that of the group we are part of. The narrative guidance is a method for the self-development of people and the development of guidance competencies for communities, using narration and stories.

.The fourth edition of the Conference “LE STORIE SIAMO NOI” [“LIVING NARRATIVES”] (following the 2007, 2009, 2011 ones and the two editions of the seminar-related research in 2010 and 2012) will be held in September 2013.
This year the conference will deal with the following themes (titles could be changed, nonetheless they point at the relevant topics)

Reading as a tool for growth, development, expertise implementation and care as understood in manyfold senses.

– Stories and salutogenesis

– The use of literature and the development of people;

– Identity, history, interculture: narratives for educational guidance;

– Storytelling for vocational guidance.

We receive and evaluate proposals for contribution concerning the above mentioned topics or similar topics. The contributions should preferably focus on the researches carried out on the relevant field (though we will take into account also other kind of contributions) and  on experimentations.
The sessions are:
– Researches to be presented orally at the conference;
– Poster sessions;
– Work in progress practices.
It is also possible to propose workshops aimed at professionals and / or customers of other kind that can foster a very concrete kind of learning (through experimentation) of a narrative tool or a narrative pathway.

Researches and posters will be evaluated through double-blind review system and will be published in the booklet which will be distributed free of charge at the conference.
The work-in-progress practices will be evaluated and accepted or less, directly by the Scientific Committee of the Conference.

Any contribution to be evaluated must meet the following standards:

– it shall be received by May 20, 2013 in full form at and s.giusti @

1       It shall include one abstract in Italian and one in English (mininum 5 lines, max 12 lines for the Italian abstract, for the English abstract 1 or 2 typewritten pages are required), and a translation in Italian with the original language text if the author is not Italian;

2       Length of papers min. of 4 and maximum 10 typewritten pages (oral presentation: it shall be synthesized and the speaking time shall not exceed 12 minutes);

3       It shall include the presentation slides supplied at the Conference in Italian and in English (within the end of March)

4       It is possible to send a video max. 4 minutes long (it will be published on the youtube channel of “Le storie siamo noi”);

For the Poster points 2 and 3 are replaced by the electronic submission of the poster itself and by about 5 pages of detail, for the work-in-progress practices a detailed description of the workshop itself shall be sent.

Format: 12 arial; single spacing; American notation format, complete bibliography.

The contributions that will not be accepted for the Conference, will nonetheless be uploaded and made available for consultation in the site of the Conference.


The project at a glance
“Living Narratives” is a project promoted by the two associations, Pratika (Arezzo) and the Association “L’Altra Città” (Grosseto), which worked from the bottom to build a network of actors able to co-organize and co-finance local promotion initiatives of a national methodology dedicated to educational guidance called narrative guidance.

The first three editions of the Conference – the main action of the project – involved a network of local agencies placed in the provinces of Grosseto, of Arezzo and, for the 2011 edition, of Siena, that ensured the sustainability of the project, and a network supporters and patrons interested in the dissemination of the results that ensured the soundness of the scientific and professional initiatives.

The network of local institutional actors that supported the first edition:
• Province of Grosseto
• Province of Arezzo
• Provincial School Office of Grosseto
• Provincial School Office of Arezzo
• Professional Institute L. Einaudi
• University Centre of Grosseto
• Province of Siena

The network of supporters and patrons national institutions:

• Tuscany Region
• Puglia Region
• Veneto Region
• University of Siena
• University of Florence
• University of Padua
• University of Trieste
• University of Foggia
• University of Perugia
• University of Naples “L’Orientale”
• University of Calabria
• ISFOL – Institute for the Development of Educational Workers

A network of scientific referees
The whole project, whose scientific program and coordination has been managed, from the beginning, by Federico Batini (University of Perugia, Pratika Association – Arezzo) and Simone Giusti (Association L’Alra Città – City of Grosseto), involved and rooted in the provinces Grosseto and Arezzo a group of skilled operators in various scientific areas, which is able to ensure over time the quality of the initiatives. In particular the following professors actively participated at the work of the Scientific Committee: prof. Paul Jedlowski (University of Calabria), prof. Giuseppe Mantovani (University of Padova), prof. Andrea Smorti (University of Florence), Prof. Natasha Tonelli (University of Siena).

Since 2007 the following products have been edited and released:

The series “Le storie siamo noi” (Pensa Multimedia, Lecce) : dedicated to researches, tools, pathways, methods and theories useful to any operator in the field of narrative guidance (6 volumes and 2 dicactic dvd-rom).


Batini F., Giusti S., Jedlowski P., Longo G., Mantovani G., Massetti I., Smorti A., Tonelli N. (a cura di F. Batini e S. Giusti, 2010), Imparare dalle narrazioni, Milano, Unicopli.

Batini F., Giusti S., Jedlowski P., Mantovani G., Scarpa L.., Smorti A. (a cura di F. Batini e S. Giusti, 2009), Le storie siamo noi. Gestire le scelte e costruire la propria vita con le narrazioni, Napoli, Liguori.

Batini F., Fontana A. (2010), Storytelling Kit. 99 esercizi per il pronto intervento narrativo, Milano, ETAS

Anfossi R., Paolini A., Sciarretta F., Vidotto P. (2009), Strumenti narrativi per il successo formativo, Trento, Erickson.

Batini F., Giusti S. (2008), L’orientamento narrativo a scuola. Lavorare con le competenze per l’orientamento dalla scuola dell’infanzia all’educazione degli adulti, Trento, Erickson.

Batini F. (2011), Storie, futuro e controllo, Napoli, Liguori.

Giusti S. (2011), Insegnare con la letteratura, Bologna, Zanichelli.


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