Conference Themes and Special Focus

The Fourteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society features research addressing the following annual themes.

  • Theme 1: Arts Education
  • Theme 2: Arts Theory and History
  • Theme 3: New Media, Technology and the Arts
  • Theme 4: The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
  • 2019 Special Focus—Art as Communication: The Impact of Art as a Catalyst for Social Change

Conference Co-Chairs

Cátia Rijo

Cátia Rijo

Founder, DesignLab4U; Assistant Professor, Education School of Lisbon, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Helena Grácio

Helena Grácio

President, Crafts2Design Cultural Association; Invited Assistant Professor, Education School of Lisbon, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Plenary Speakers

The Fourteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro

Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro

Postdoctoral Researcher, The Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal; Integrated Researcher, Institute of Art History, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; Invited Researcher, Center for Research in Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

"Power to the People! A Citizen Art Project in Portugal (Lousal)"

Delfim Sardo

Delfim Sardo

Professor, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

"Ambiance is a Material Reality: Notes on the Viewer, the Participatory, and the Vague"

Hugo Martinez de Seabra

Hugo Martinez de Seabra

Project Manager, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Social Cohesion and Integration Programme, Lisbon, Portugal

“Artistic Practices for Social Inclusion: A Broader View from Grant Giving to Museum Participatory Projects"

Makeba Lewis

Makeba Lewis

International Academic, Chelsea, Camberwell, and Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK

"Locate, Sustain, Create: Arts Education and Community Engagement"

Susana Gomes da Silva

Susana Gomes da Silva

Education Officer, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

“Artistic Practices for Social Inclusion: A Broader View from Grant Giving to Museum Participatory Projects"

Conference Partner

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