Important Message Regarding the 2020 Conference

We take seriously our responsibility to serve the public good, to consider the health and wellbeing our Research Network members, and to protect the communities we work with and in. Simultaneously, we are committed to enabling our members to be productive and collaborative during this challenging time. In this context, we have decided to continue with the Fifteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society as a virtual-only event.

You can still register and participate as an “In-Person” delegate. In choosing this option, you will also receive a complimentary registration to the Sixteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, The University of Western Australia, School of Design, Perth, Australia, 16–18 June 2021. Additionally, the Regular Registration deadline has been extended.

You can also still register as a “Virtual” delegate. But please note: you will not receive the same benefits as an “In-Person” registration as described above.

Submission details and format guidelines for digital content for both "In-Person" and "Virtual" registrations are available by clicking here.

Conference Themes and Special Focus

The Fifteenth 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
  • 2020 Special Focus - Against the Grain: Arts and the Crisis of Democracy

Conference Chairs

Joe Mac Donnacha

Joe Mac Donnacha

Academic Coordinator, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Caitlín Nic an Ultaigh

Caitlín Nic an Ultaigh

Head of Enterprise and Innovation, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Plenary Speakers

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

Rióna Ní Fhrighil

Rióna Ní Fhrighil

Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Poetry, Human Rights, and the Posthuman Predicament

Anne Karhio

Anne Karhio

Postdoctoral Fellow, Irish Research Council, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Poetry, Human Rights, and the Posthuman Predicament

Charlotte McIvor

Charlotte McIvor

Lecturer, Drama and Theatre Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Towards Efficacy and Beyond: Understanding the Impact of the Active Consent Programme’s "The Kinds of Sex You Might Have in College"

Gregory Sholette

Gregory Sholette

Professor and Co-director, Social Practice Queens MFA Concentration and Certificate Program, Queens College, City University of New York, New York, United States

Democratizing Our Collective Past with Memories that Disturbs the Present

Conference Partner

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