International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC)

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Call for Submissions
International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC)

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), the Mobile Innovation Network & Association (MINA) and Mobile Studies International (MSI) collaborate to initiate an event for the world of mobile storytellers: International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC). Consisting of workshops, a conference, and a smartphone film festival, the congress aims to promote mobile storytelling for effective 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).
To be held on 22-24 November 2019 in Ningbo, China, IMSC focuses mobile, smartphone and pocket filmmaking, mobile innovation and mobile creativity. IMSC provides a forum for practitioners and scholars to showcase projects and discuss changes, challenges and chances of mobile storytelling including, but not limited to the following areas:

MOBILE AESTHETICS: Mobile digital art, iPhonography and smartphone filmmaking
MOBILE INTERACTIVITY: Installation, locative media art and live AV performances
MOBILE MEDIA PRODUCTION: Distribution, collaboration and co-creation
MOBILE SOUND: Music production, creative process & mobile instruments
MOBILE DATA & Mobile AI: computational creativity & Artificial Intelligence
MOBILE AR: Mobile Augmented Reality
MOBILE VR: Mobile Virtual Reality
MOBILE MR: Mobile Mixed Reality
MOBILE STORY: Storytelling, nonfiction, documentary film and media

This call is interested in storytelling and its broad application in the digital world. We see narrative and non-narrative methods as innovation sandboxes to illuminate community engagement and creative transformation(s). We aim for a combination of theoretical and creative practice research explorations responding to and interacting with the opportunities and potential of emerging media and screen production. Presentations and showcases can include work-in-progress, project presentations, academic papers and conceptual provocations or pose questions at the intersection of storytelling and screen production. We welcome proposals for workshops to run in conjunction with the International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC). Paper & project abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed. We accept video presentations but require presenters to join a Q&A session via Adobe Connect.

Selected academic papers will be published as a volume (with the tentative title of Advances in Mobile Storytelling: Research and Practice co-edited by Schleser and Xu) of a book series of IGI Global while selected projects will be showcased by the 8th Mobile Innovation and Mobile Creativity Symposium and the 9th International Mobile, Pocket and Smartphone Film Screening & Festival.

#MINA2019 Mobile, Smartphone and Pocket Film & Cinematic VR
Including Eco Smartphone Filmmaking Competition #NUCLEUS
Submission Deadline: 15 August 2019

Abstract for Research Papers, Workshops, Project Presentations and/or Showcase
Submission Deadline: 15 July 2019
Please submit your academic paper abstracts (in APA style, at least 350 words are expected and a short biographical note 250 words)
Full paper submission deadline: 15 October 2019
Submit via

We will inform you about the selection results by 15 August 2019.

Since 2011 the Mobile Innovation Network and Association ( celebrates mobile, pocket and smartphone filmmaking. The annual screening provides an overview of the trends and developments in the international smartphone filmmaking community. MINA’s screening focuses on experimental screen productions, moving-image arts, documentary film and innovative approaches to smartphone filmmaking and cinematic VR. More information about the Mobile Innovation Network & Association, MINA, see MediaNZ Digital Communities issue (

Mobile Studies International (MSI) is a global network of professors of mobile studies and practitioners in the mobile industries. Founded in 2012, MSI provides a dialogue between professors and practitioners of mobile media and communication to share experience and expertise on how to enhance mobile communication in all areas of human activities. For further information, please visit

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is a China campus of the University of Nottingham. Founded in 2004 as the first Sino-Foreign university to open its doors to China, UNNC has attracted more than 8, 000 students and 750 staff from 70 countries and regions around the world. For further information, please visit

For further information regarding the Mobile, Smartphone and Pocket Film & Cinematic VR, Research Paper, Workshops, Project Presentations and/or Showcase, please contact Dr Max Schleser via
For further information regarding the academic papers, please contact Dr Xiaoge Xu via


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/School Head, 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
Hilary 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
Shuai Li, PhD researcher Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia
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 Gary Rawnsley, Professor/Faculty Dean, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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
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
Dr Andrew White, Professor/School Head, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Ass Prof Dr. Gavin Wilson, Department of Mass Communication and Media, College of Arts & Sciences, Gulf University for Science & Technology
Dr Xiaoge Xu, Congress Chair, University of Nottingham Ningbo China



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