Theme 1: Arts Education

Teaching and learning through and about the arts

  • Ways of seeing, ways of knowing, ways of learning
  • Teaching and Learning Arts Practices
  • Multimodal literacies, multiliteracies in arts education
  • Literacy and the literary: texts at school
  • Arts pedagogies
  • Art history: purpose and pedagogy
  • Creative arts in the humanities
  • Art as self-inquiry
  • The work of the arts student, researcher and teacher.

Theme 2: Arts Theory and History

Interrogating arts histories, theories, paradigms and frameworks for critical analysis

  • Sense-Making: Connecting the Arts to Everyday Life
  • Mimesis: perspectives on the ‘real’ and ‘representation’
  • Authenticity and voice
  • Continuity and change in arts histories
  • Cultural theory in art history
  • Naming and classifying art forms
  • Defining the aesthetic
  • Defining the avant-garde: the creative, the innovative, the new
  • Categorizing genres
  • The ethics of art and arts practice
  • Arts products: aura and artifact
  • The work of the critic
  • Abstraction in art
  • Crossing borders: anthropology, ethnography and art
  • Art movements

Theme 3: New Media, Technology and the Arts

Examining the use of technologies and media in the arts

  • New Media, Internet and Digital Arts
  • Moving pictures: Cinema, Film, Television, Video, Multimedia
  • From passive viewer to active user: new artforms and audience interactivity
  • Design Technologies
  • Spatial and architectonic arts
  • The art of games and gaming
  • Online Cultures, Social Networks and the Arts
  • Multimedia, mixed media and multimodal arts
  • The creative industries in a post-industrial or knowledge society
  • The nature of the ‘virtual’
  • Digital media arts and education

Theme 4: Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

Addressing social, political, and community agendas in the arts

  • The Arts and Disability
  • Arts Festivals and Biennales
  • Arts as Activism
  • Arts and identities: local, regional, national, global
  • Art, Religion and Spirituality
  • Museums and galleries as social institutions
  • The Prison and Art
  • Defining audiences: the role of the reader, viewer, listener
  • The arts in popular culture and the media
  • Arts Policy, the State and Law
  • The Business of Art
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and the Arts
  • Art, Well Being and Healing
  • Public Arts, Collective Memory, Cultural Heritage
  • Artistic Expression, Identity and Cultural Rights
  • Art and Globalization
  • Diasporic, ethnic, multicultural and ‘world’ arts
  • Art of nature: ecoaesthetics and the culture of sustainability
  • Gender, LGBT arts and queer culture
  • Art as propaganda, advertising as Art
  • Arts in Tourism and Economic Development

2017 Special Focus: Gestures That Matter