Arts Without Borders? CFP

Perspectives on Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in and through the Arts. An international conference hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki and CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts), Finland
October 19-22, 2016

We are experiencing a renaissance in the power of the arts, even where political will is lacking. Artists increasingly make their own futures and work collaboratively across disciplines. Dimensions of creativity and innovation, empowered learning, distributed and ethical leadership, and entrepreneurship and activism, all of which are embedded within artistic practices, are being recognized as critical to contemporary societies in diverse ways. At the same time arts institutions in Higher Education, many of which have operated as small organizations focused on a single discipline, are starting to merge and to collaborate at interdisciplinary levels. This trend raises many questions about purpose and principles, and indeed in some contexts arts organisations are resisting pressures to merge, seeing these being driven by finance and bureaucracy, and perceiving a threat to their own core purpose and quality.
This international conference will explore the potential and challenges of interdisciplinarity, and the full scope of the performing and visual arts in discovering new territories and evolving beyond existing paradigms. Through the event we aim to set agendas and mobilize global networks, generating dialogue and exchange between researchers, arts practitioners, and professionals from a wide range of disciplines including education, psychology, health care, organizational management and leadership.
Conference themes:

*   Collaborative processes, conflict and leadership: leveraging individual and collective expertise, empowering new knowledge and enabling the full potential of the arts
*   Improvisation, creativity and innovation: exploring tensions between traditional and contemporary practices, notated repertoire and making new work.
*   Connecting the arts beyond their own disciplines: new visions for breaking through professional silos and embracing diversity
*   Rethinking paradigms of purpose in the arts: dimensions of quality, entrepreneurship, impact and activism

Keynotes

Efva Lilja, choreographer http://www.efvalilja.se
Helen Marriage, director, Artichoke http://www.artichoke.uk.com
(The full list of keynotes will be announced at a later date).
We welcome the following categories of proposals related to the Conference themes:

1.  Research papers & performance papers
2.  Practical workshops
3.  Symposia
4.  Individually tailored proposals

The deadline to submit an abstract proposal is January 11, 2016
All outcomes will be known by March 14, 2016

Proposals for papers will be peer reviewed and proposals for performances and workshops will be included on the basis of quality, engagement and relevance to the strands. Abstracts should be written in English, and should be around 400 words.

Conference Organising Committee
Professor Helena Gaunt, Sibelius Academy
Patrick Furu, Sibelius Academy
Professor Heidi Westerlund, Sibelius Academy
Dr. Kai Lehikoinen, Theatre Academy
Professor Riikka Stewen, Academy of Fine Arts

Please find the proposal guidelines on the Conference website and submit your abstract using the electronic form provided:
http://www.uniarts.fi/arts-without-borders

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