Themes

Overall Theme 2007: ART AND EDUCATION

Theme 1: Art and Education
  • Teaching the arts
  • Digital media arts and education
  • Creative arts in the humanities
  • Literacy and the literary: Texts at school
  • Art history: Purpose and pedagogy
  • Performance Studies: Teaching drama, dance, performance
  • Ways of seeing: Perception, cognition, affect
  • Art and healing
  • Art as self-inquiry
Theme 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 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
Theme 11: Public Art and Public Policy
  • Public art and civic projects
  • Art and cultural heritage
  • Arts policy in local and regional governments
  • Art and nationalism
  • Public art policy, the state and politics