The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education

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!

The Organising Committee

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.

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: University of Porto, Portugal
  • Dates: Thursday, July 07, 2022 ​to Sunday, July 10, 2022
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: February 18, 2022*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: April 22, 2022
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: May 27, 2022

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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.

Innovation and Value

The Innovation and Value Initiative is housed at the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan. It was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in a special collaborative UN/IAFOR session at the Third Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2018) on June 6, 2018, and has included various conferences and seminars, including the October 2018 IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit (GIVS), organised in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. This theme invites reflections at the intersection of innovation and value as they relate to the conference areas of study. For more information about the Innovation and Value Initiative, click here.

The Silk Road

The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative is an ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative that uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges. The initiative is a collaborative endeavour which includes the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University (Japan), Belgrade University (Serbia) and The École Normale Supérieure (France). This theme encourages submissions on Silk Road Studies and international cooperation in general as they relate to the conference areas of study. For more information about the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative, click here.

Present, Publish, Participate Onsite or Online

For us at IAFOR, the global coronavirus pandemic has allowed us to reimagine the conference, respecting the best of both onsite and online engagement, and the integrity of each format, and while respecting the coherence of the conference offering previously unavailable opportunities for flexibility.

We will be as flexible as we can on our side to allow delegates to choose between registration types between “onsite” and “online” up until six weeks before the conference, so that you can be assured that whatever your situation, you can present, publish, and participate.

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