Worlds Together Conference call for abstracts
The Worlds Together Conference is being held from 6-8 September at Tate Modern. Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 March.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Worlds Together: an international conference exploring the value of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s lives.
September 6 – 8, 2012, at Tate Modern on London’s Southbank
Worlds Together is a collaborative conference between Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). It draws together different disciplines in order to ask what is at stake for children’s cultural lives today. The conference will engage a range of professionals to explore what pioneers in arts education set out to achieve, what current practice has developed, and what change will most benefit the cultural lives of young people tomorrow. It brings the worlds of arts education together across time, place and practice.
Worlds Together is part of the Unilever Series: turbinegeneration, an international, online educational partnership produced by Tate, and the World Shakespeare Festival, a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the London 2012 festival. The conference is hosted in the Tate Modern’s new Oil Tanks (opening in 2012) and Clore Learning Centre.
The three-day event provides a space for educators, artists and cultural professionals from all over the world to debate important issues, explore new practices and exchange ideas. Delegate options will be organised into two related programmes. One strand specifically explores the world-wide influence of Shakespeare in education; the other a broader view of the contemporary arts education landscape.
Tate Gallery and the RSC invite the submission of abstracts for twenty minute presentations as part of either strand of programming.
In relation to the Shakespeare strand, we are interested in case studies of effective ways of working with Shakespeare and young people, particularly in international and diverse cultural contexts. These should respond to one the following questions:
◦ What place should Shakespeare have in a contemporary curriculum?
◦ What relevance does Shakespeare have in the lives of young people today?
◦ How can we use different art forms and new technologies to illuminate and explore young people’s responses to Shakespeare?
In relation to the broader contemporary arts education strand, we invite proposals that address the following four questions and which focus on emergent practice and provocations. We are interested in the presentation of new ideas and theoretical perspectives that invite new conversations:
◦ What place should the arts have in a contemporary curriculum?
◦ How can we make the most of the opportunities offered by new and emerging technologies?
◦ What roles do artists play in learning settings?
◦ In what ways are social and participatory practices important for children and young people?
250 word abstracts should be submitted by 31st March 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper may be requested for submission by 30th June 2012, if appropriate. Abstracts should be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: Worlds Together Abstract Submission and addressed to email@example.com for Shakespeare in education and firstname.lastname@example.org for broader contemporary arts education.
A limited number of bursaries to attend the conference are available for contributors from outside the UK. Concessions on the ticket price may be available for UK contributors. Further details of bursaries and concessions will follow the submission of a successful abstract. The standard conference fee is £395, which includes: lunch and refreshments; free entry to the British Museum exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World; plus tickets to exhibitions and events at Tate where available.
Confirmed contributors include: Shirley Brice Heath, James Shapiro, Cicely Berry, Jonothan Neelands, Carla Rinaldi, Estelle Morris, Steve Seidel, Michael Morpurgo.
Full details of the Shakespeare programme will be available from 29th February 2012 at:
 The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, produced by the RSC, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare’s Globe. It runs from 23 April to 9 September 2012.