Call for Papers: Art and Social Justice Conference

September 28, 2009

Call for Papers: Art and Social Justice Conference

Organisation

Art for Humanity

Deadline

October 31, 2009

Region / Country

South Africa, Southern Africa

Summary of RFP

Art for Humanity will be holding its 1st international conference in March 2010. The conference will be hosted by the Durban University of Technology in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

The 2010 Art and Social Justice Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the arts in promoting human rights and social justice in society. Plenary speakers will include leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts, as well as health, justice, education etc. Paper, workshop and colloquium presenters will be drawn from researchers and practitioners in all fields of artistic engagement. The objective of the conference is to serve as a platform for art practitioners and organizations to share experiences drawn from a variety of international contexts to discuss mutual concerns and find solutions to commonly experienced challenges.

Call for Papers

The conference aims to explore the role and relevance of the arts in addressing issues of social justice. In line with the objectives and principles of the conference organizers, Arts for Humanity, the concerns of this conference are primarily directed towards advocacy taking into account the Millennium Development Goals: The goals are: bringing an end to poverty and hunger, access to universal education, establishing gender equity, providing child health to all, providing maternal health to all, combating HIV/AIDS, establishing environmental sustainability and global partnerships.

The conference will serve as a platform for art practitioners and organizations to share experiences drawn from a variety of international contexts discuss mutual concerns and find solutions to commonly experienced challenges. The primary aim is to arrive at a concrete set of resolutions which can be developed into a policy document about the role of the arts in affecting social change, cultural development and equity.

Practitioners and academic researchers with an interest in art and social justice, who critically examine relevant works in the fields of literature, visual arts, music and performing arts, are invited to submit a presentation proposal for one of the following parallel session options: a 20-minute paper; a 60-minute workshop; a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium; or a virtual session. We encourage innovative presentation formats, such as roundtables, staged dialogues, screenings and performances. In line with the Durban University of Technology’s commitment to applied research, preference will be given to papers that explore theoretical avenues to the credible evaluation of public art and art projects directed at advocacy. This dual approach, which will be evident throughout the conference, is intended to bridge a crucial gap, which frequently divides scholars and practitioners in the arts.

Submission Instructions

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300-400 words via email to asjconference@dut.ac.za

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