July 07–10, 2022 | University of Porto, Portugal
Welcome to The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education (ECADE2022), which IAFOR is hosting in the historic city of Porto, Portugal, and in partnership with the University of Porto, the ID+/Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture, and the IAFOR Research Centre at OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan.
Strategically nestled on a beautiful stretch of the Iberian peninsula, and with over 2,000 years of history, Porto enjoys spectacular architecture, from the ancient to the modern, and the entire historic centre of the city, with its spectacular waterfront, is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a renowned centre for great cuisine, and its world famous Port wine. This cultural, architectural and gastronomic centre will be an excellent venue for our conference.
Art | Design | Education
ECADE2022 will explore and share how art, design and education together can have an impact, make a societal difference, and contribute to the economy and how we think, live, work, and learn. As we emerge from the pandemic, and face climate emergency, this is a unique opportunity to review our values, and thus renew our sense of citizenship, and what constitutes the ‘common good’ both locally and globally.
Our conference will look at how design shapes and mediates ideas, how the visual arts challenge and question our perceptions, and how education seeks ways to develop our shared understanding and our skills, to listen, and to find different ways to speak and to act together.
In focusing on the difference we make and hope to make, we welcome contributions from designers, artists and educators, but importantly also from the voices of others, from partners and collaborators, from those who are users, beneficiaries and audiences whether from other disciplinary communities, (computer science, sociology, anthropology, engineering, economics or geography) or from beyond academia, from entrepreneurs, policy makers, medical or health specialists, local businesses or community groups. The conference recognises that such cross-sector participation can help us understand not only how we produce and disseminate, but perhaps more critically in building a dialogue, how we are received and perceived.
We look forward to seeing you in Porto in 2022!
Heitor Alvelos | University of Porto, Portugal
Anne Boddington | Kingston University, United Kingdom
Susana Barreto | University of Porto, Portugal
Joseph Haldane | The International Academic Forum, Japan
Donald E. Hall | University of Rochester, United States
Cláudia Raquel Lima | ID+ / Unexpected Media Lab, University of Porto & Lusófona University, Portugal
Michael Menchaca | University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States
Eliana Penedos-Santiago | ID+ / Unexpected Media Lab, University of Porto & Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)
This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.
Call for Papers
The Organising Committee welcomes papers from a wide variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives, and submissions are organised into the following streams:
- The Arts as they relate to/intersect with Design and/or Education
- Design as it relates to/intersects with the Arts and/or Education
- Education as it relates to/intersects with the Arts and/or Design
Upon abstract submission, authors will have the opportunity of identifying whether their paper addresses either the 2021-2022 IAFOR Special Theme and/or one of the ongoing IAFOR Special Areas of Focus (see below).
Special Themes and Areas of Focus
Authors have the optional opportunity of identifying whether their paper addresses either the 2021–2022 IAFOR Special Theme and/or one of the ongoing IAFOR Special Areas of Focus.
IAFOR 2021–2022 Special Theme: “Resilience”
Resilience is the ability to resist being affected, or to recover readily from setback and adversity, and the past year has been one of enormous turbulence and upheaval. Nobody has been left untouched by the impact of the global pandemic, and great change has been forced upon us all.
COVID-19 has underlined the extent to which we suffer together as one, but also how the experience of a global pandemic has been very different and unequal. This has had a woeful impact on the already marginalised and dispossessed, further evidencing that countries are not equal in their ability to provide for and protect their people. The pandemic has also created questionable narratives and false dichotomies in approaches to finding solutions to the myriad problems that COVID-19 has either caused or exacerbated.
Humans can be by turn extraordinarily delicate, and remarkably resilient and we are now living through and witnessing an extraordinary period of history. However, as with any period of great change, there is a window of opportunity that follows where one has the chance to enact and bring about change for the better. The pandemic has also allowed many of us the space to rethink our relationship with both ourselves and those immediately around us, but also with the wider world. This is a crisis both global and local, both shared and individual.
That time to rethink and reimagine is now as we attempt to regroup and rebuild. We need to build back, but do so in a way that is better, stronger and fairer. Forged by adversity, we have the opportunity to follow divergent paths towards a future that we help create, and where, to borrow Heaney, hope and history may rhyme.
IAFOR Special Areas of Focus
In line with its organisational mission, IAFOR encourages, facilitates and nurtures interdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on international and intercultural perspectives. Current areas of focus of the organisation include the following ongoing collaborative programmes and initiatives.
“Inspiring Global Collaborations”
Founded in 2009, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a politically independent non-partisan and non-profit interdisciplinary think tank, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational interaction and academic research. Based in Japan, its main administrative office is in Nagoya, and its research centre is in the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University. IAFOR runs research programs and events in Asia, Europe and North America in partnership with universities and think tanks, and has also worked on a number of multi-sector cooperative programs and events, including collaborations with the United Nations and the Government of Japan. Read more about IAFOR.