The year, 2012 which marks 50 years of the establishment of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana has been earmarked as a celebration of a big milestone with series of performances, lectures and an International conference. The broad theme for the anniversary celebration is: Fifty Years of Performing Arts Education in Ghana: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects. The theme for the two (2) day International Conference, scheduled 19-20 October, 2012 is Creative Arts Pedagogy in the Context of Development Challenges. This theme is supported by a series of sub themes that invite researchers and academics to provoke debate, contest, explore and celebrate the performing arts as a tool for national development.
This conference, explores the need for creative arts education in the midst of pressing development needs, where the tendency is to lay emphasis on those disciplines which are considered as the ‘engine for development’ and the value of the creative enterprise goes unrecognized and pushed to the margins. Of what value are the creative arts, particularly the performing arts to a developing nation? Why must Performing arts education, at all levels of the educational system, be valued? How do developed nations regard performing arts education?
The conference invites papers that address these and other issues in candid, holistic and global manner. The conference is not intended to be a platform for bemoaning how the Performing arts have been marginalized, but rather, as an opportunity for celebrating the resilience and value of the discipline.
- The Performing Arts as academic discipline; the constituents of performing arts curricula, current debates and theories of performance studies, practice as research, research in practice.
- The Performing Arts as applied science; music and dance therapy, applied theatre/theatre for development.
- The Performing Arts as entertainment; relaxation, education and information, advertisements, entrepreneurship/commercialization and audience development.
- The Performing Arts and the preservation of national cultures; tourism, national identity and cohesion, issues of language.
- The Performing Arts in basic and secondary school education; histories, creative dramatics, drama in education, education through drama.
- Funding Performing Arts education.
- Film and Media Arts education
Deadline for submission of abstracts of no more than 250 words is August 8, 2012. Please, send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . Selected authors will be notified by 31st August 2012.
A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in either a special anniversary edition of the Journal of Performing Arts or an edited collection on the conference theme.
The conference be held at the University of Ghana Campus.
There are several hotels in the vicinity of the University. International participants must make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on hotels will be made available soon.