Storytelling and Collaborative Future Making – Symposium at Malmö University, 23-25 May 2022

Storytelling and Collaborative Future Making – Symposium at Malmö University, 23-25 May 2022


Call for papers, 500 words by 2 May 2022

The Leadership and Organization Group, the Urban Business and Development group, and the platform of Collaborative Future Making hereby invite for a symposium at Malmö University on the theme of storytelling and collaborative future making.

We have invited Professor David M. Boje, New Mexico State University, Professor Grace Ann Rosile, and Professor Karin Berglund from Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University to open and facilitate the discussions together with the organizing team, which consists of Associate Professor Hope Witmer, Professor Caroline Wigren-Kristofersson, Professor Per-Anders Hillgren and Professor Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen from Malmö University. The event will take place at Storm Innovation Hub, and we invite all interested researchers to join the event.

The theme Storytelling and Collaborative Future Making addresses collaborative responses to making a sustainable and common future within diverse areas of work, organizations, leadership, and urban development. A common thread in the symposium is to explore the role that storytelling can have in crafting ethical foundations for work, organization, and urban development. Storytelling and collaboration for earthly survival mix with questions concerning how to collaborate and organize for human rights. While the 17 SDGs have been successful in mobilizing attention to questions concerning sustainability and inclusion, the embedded idea of balancing profit, people, and planet in actual strategies and practices seem to be off-track in practicing sustainable and inclusive development. Sustainability and inclusion more and more risk becoming empty signifiers.

This symposium looks for new concepts and new approaches that allows for new understandings of human rights, nature, and their interconnections. It explores new ideas and approaches that mix storytelling and collaboration with questions concerning human rights and our relations to nature. These approaches might range from new embodied, relational, and material understandings of storytelling, the problematic and complex relations between small stories and grand narratives, the relations between places, spaces, and stories, post-human, transhuman and Gaia storytelling, feminist, transgender, or queer storytelling.

We also invite contributions of how to research and write differently in ways in which we take upon us our earthly responsibility. Such contributions may be inspired by engaged scholarship, reflexive inquiry, post-qualitative inquiry, or speculative fabulation. Finally, we invite new approaches to understand the details how we work and collaborate and how they mix with issues concerning human rights and nature. These might comprise ideas from performative approaches to accounting, logistics, learning, collaboration, and planning.

If you want to join us, please submit an abstract of app. 500 words by 2 May 2022. Registration also opens 2 May 2022. It is possible to only attend parts of the events. If this is the case, we would like you to provide information about when you are attending. We have availability for 60 persons, so it is necessary that you register and send information. The event is free of charge. We don’t offer any accommodation, lunch, or dinner. We will make space for social arrangements in Malmö and organize a joint meeting place for dinner for those who are interested. Please send any queries to Kenneth ( or Hope (