2020 Call for Proposals

Art & Education for Social Justice Symposium

February 21-23, 2020

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

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This call for proposals invites scholars, practitioners, artists, and educators—from the community and the academy—to share their work in the 10th Art & Education for Social Justice Symposium. Social justice is a broad objective that inspires an interdisciplinary approach and of interest is how art and education can support such initiatives. The goal of this symposium is to include and amplify voices that are often on the margins of academia and to share the methodologies and results of practices that strive to have a direct public impact. The encounter will focus on the guiding question: How are art and education inspiring, affecting, and promoting social change?

Inspired by the work of critical theorists, many art and education initiatives develop strategies for social reconstruction. Current practices suggest that art can support the development of oppositional knowledge by inciting imaginative re-envisionings of the past, present and future. The creative work of doing and making in communities can turn art practice into public praxis, suggesting transformative ways of being together in the world.  This symposium provides an opportunity to gain insight into a range of practices aligned with social justice, and aims to start a conversation across disciplinary areas. This symposium embraces a perspective informed broadly by the notion of cultural pedagogies and looks forward to contributions from both in and outside the field of education. With this aim, this symposium seeks proposals that include but are not limited to the following thematic areas:

  • Past, present, and future re-imaginings
  • Artmaking: Praxis
  • Communities, coalitions, and collaborations
  • Spatial politics and liberation
  • Eco-justice, sustainability, and resilience
  • Unheard voices in community and academia

Proposal Format and Submission

The symposium welcomes submissions from scholars, graduate students, community members, practitioners, educators, and artists. Proposals should be submitted under one of two broad categories: (1) Research (completed or in-progress), or (2) Practitioner-Based Artistic/Community Projects (completed or in-progress).  Proposals should include the following information:


  • Title
  • Author(s) and institutional affiliation(s)
  • An indication of the thematic area in which you situate your contribution.
  • May include the following: research objectives, theoretical framework, methodology or mode of inquiry, preliminary findings
  • Significance as it relates to the conference
  • References

Practitioner-Based Artistic/Community Projects

  • Title
  • Author(s) and institutional affiliation(s), if applicable
  • An indication of the thematic area in which you situate your contribution.
  • May include the following: a description of the project, context (setting, participants, activities), goals and outcomes for the project
  • Significance as it relates to the conference
  • References (if applicable)

Procedure: Submit proposals by 11:59 pm on September 1, 2019 to the AESJ website. Please visit the website at https://art4socialjustice.wordpress.com and follow the guidelines. All submissions will be double blind peer reviewed.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: September 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance: November 15, 2019

Registration will open: November 1, 2019

Contact Information: All inquiries regarding the symposium can be directed to the Symposium Coordinator, Kihyun Nam (nam@uga.edu) or Co-chairs of the AESJ Conference, Lynn Sanders-Bustle (bustle@uga.edu) and Llewellyn Cornelius (lcornel@uga.edu)

Up-to-date information regarding the symposium can be found at:  https://art4socialjustice.wordpress.com

This symposium is jointly hosted by the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia and the Department of Art Education at Florida State University.

Location, Travel, and Accommodations

The 10th Art and Education for Social Justice Symposium is being held at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, 270 River Road, Athens, GA, as well as additional Athens community venues. More information about travel and accommodations will be provided with acceptance notices.

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