THEMES

Overall Theme 2006: ARTS OF ENGAGEMENT

'Arts of Engagement' emerged as this year's conference theme as a broad way to think about how to link interdisciplinary forms of creative expression with social action and meanings. On the world stage, global systems of exchange and production are calling old structures into question, and forcing a re-evaluation of art world creations—hybridized, appropriated, traveled. As the visionaries of alternative ways of seeing and self-expression, artists and their works speak loudest to the pressing needs for social change, peace and justice, often paying a high personal and professional price for doing so. Addressing the broad themes below, we invite proposals from any one or combination of conference themes that bring the arts into contact with particular social and cultural flows.

Theme 1: Arts Agendas
  • Changing the world: Global visions through art practices
  • Arts policy: The role of local, regional/state and local governments
  • The arts and collective memory
  • Arts and heritage
  • Indigenous arts and arts movements
  • Feminist art histories and practices
  • Arts and culture in economic development
  • Arts in tourism
  • Art of nature: Ecoaesthetics and the culture of sustainability
  • Moral aesthetics: The ethics of art and arts practice
  • Arts as activism: Politics and the arts
  • Art embodied: Persons in art, the artist as human being
Theme 2: Supporting the Arts
  • Bottom lines: The economics of the arts
  • Starving artists and the state
  • Commercialism in art
  • The role of government in arts funding
  • The creative industries in a post-industrial society
  • Cultural Institutions and Museums
  • Marketing the arts
  • Arts advocacy
  • Sponsorship and philanthropy in the arts
  • Art trade: Buying and selling arts objects, cultural properties and copyrights
Theme 3: Art in Communities
  • The arts in a civil society and cultural democracy
  • The arts in popular culture and the media
  • Art as propaganda
  • Art in advertising
  • Art in public spaces
  • Art in cyberspace
  • Architecture as art
  • Art and religion
  • Diaspora communities and the arts
  • Ethnic and tourist arts
  • Global/local arts: Making the connection
  • The arts and disability
  • Indigenous community-based art
  • Working class and ‘popular’ arts
  • Online cultures, hacker aesthetics, open sources
  • Queer culture, politics and gender in the arts
  • Art in community cultural development and capacity building
Theme 4: Constructing Art Worlds
  • The work of the artist
  • The work of the curator
  • The work of the director and producer
  • The work of the critic
  • The work of the arts manager
  • Artist collectives
  • Copyrights: Creative commons and other intellectual properties
Theme 5: Audiences
  • Defining audiences: The role of the reader, viewer, listener
  • Blurring the boundaries of creator and audience
  • New artforms and interactivity: From passive viewer to active user
  • Participatory arts and the arts as participation
  • Children and youth audiences
  • Elder audiences
  • Audience development
  • Virtual audiences, blogs, cyber-art and performance
Theme 6: Arts Education
  • Teaching the arts
  • Creative arts in the humanities
  • Literacy and the literary: Texts at school
  • Art history: Purpose and pedagogy
  • The pedagogy of performance: Teaching drama, dance, performance
  • Ways of seeing: Perception, cognition, affect
  • Art as therapy
  • Art as self-inquiry
Theme 7: Analysing Artforms
  • The performing arts: Theatre, dance, music and its successors
  • Visual culture
  • Moving pictures, from cinema to television and the internet
  • Textual and literary arts
  • Photography and video arts
  • New media and digital arts
  • Spatial and architectonic arts
  • Art Music, New Music and experimental music
  • Multimedia, mixed media and multimodal arts
  • Hypertext: What is a narrative?
  • Interface art: Design and aesthetics of the web
  • The nature of the ‘virtual’
  • The art of games and gaming
  • Art and advertising: Image, icon, brand
  • ‘Craft’ and ‘decorative’ arts
  • Art movements
Theme 8: Meaning and Representation
  • Mimeses and perspectives on the ‘real’ and ‘representation’
  • New genres; What is a genre?
  • Minimalism, complexity and art theory
  • Sense-making: Connecting the arts to everyday life
  • The artist as intellectual and the intellectual as artist
  • Cultural theory in art history
  • Crossing borders: Anthropology and art
  • Defining the avant-garde: The creative, the innovative, the new
  • Processes: The author, authority and the authoritative
  • Products: Aura, authenticity, artefact
  • Authenticity and voice
Theme 9: Festivals
  • Festival cities
  • Cultural tourism and public display
  • Festival and ritual
  • Global festivals
  • Ethnic arts festivals
  • Regional festivals
  • Theatre festivals, genres, regions and Shakespeare
  • Music festivals
  • Visual arts festivals and biennales
  • Cultural diversity and festival development
  • Festival and event management
  • Book festivals
  • Film festivals
  • Festivals and civic engagement
  • Economic impact and festival development
  • Why create an arts festival
  • Rural festivals as social life
  • Olympic festivals – of real and imagined proportions
Theme 10: Art and Human Rights
  • Refugee arts and communities
  • Prison art
  • Healing broken communities through art
  • War stories/narratives of war
  • Relocations/dislocations
  • Arts of the diaspora
  • Protecting world heritage
  • Art rights as cultural rights
  • Cultural production and militarization
  • Poetics of occupation
  • Arts and social justice