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Storytelling as a research tool

10 May 2022
19:07 - 19:07

Date: 1 June 2022

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

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There is a growing trend to use storytelling as a research tool to gather information and/or as an intervention to effect change in the public knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to social, economic and political issues. Presented by Kimberly Dark, please join the Impact Centre at the HSRC for a workshop on Storytelling as a research tool on 1 June 2022 at 10:00. This workshop will use storytelling as a tool for learning and provide a framework for researching and evaluating the storytelling process. Dark uses sociological perspectives and first-person storytelling to discuss ways humans organise social life – through gender, race, class, and sexuality.


Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and storyteller, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life so that we can reclaim our power as social creators. She’s the author of Damaged Like Me, Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old, The Daddies and Love and Errors. Her essays, stories and poetry are widely published in academic and popular online publications alike. Her ability to make the personal political is grounded in her training as a sociologist, and you can find her course offerings in sociology at Cal State San Marcos and Writing/Arts at Cal State Summer Arts.

Dark hosts professional development intensives in Hawaii, and travels internationally to offer workshops, lectures, and performances that use storytelling to make big, complex ideas relatable at campuses, conferences, companies and anywhere people seek startling revelations and positive change. Beloved by diverse audiences, Dark crosses boundaries to show how we must engage all our wisdom and verve to create the most compassionate, fair and inclusive world we can.

She brings decades of experience (and multiple awards) as a facilitator, performer/storyteller, and teacher entertaining people with complex yet accessible messages about the human experience, the body in culture, and the ways we co-create our culture. By looking at the complexity in our lives, Dark teaches her audiences how to become the subject of their own stories, and how to co-create a better world.