Extended Deadline for New Perspectives Conference


In consideration of the UCU industrial action, we have decided to extend the submission deadline for the New Perspectives Conference to the end of next Monday, 5th March. More information about the conference can be found in the call for papers below.


Many thanks to everyone who has submitted abstracts already, we are aiming to get back to you with more information by the end of the month.



New Perspectives in Participatory Arts

University of East Anglia


May 22-23, 2018

Call for papers


This FREE conference, organised by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, seeks to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by and emerging from funded research projects across Connected Communities as well as more widely in the fields of community and participatory arts. One of the programme’s eight strategic focuses has been around participatory arts—this is an opportunity for those involved to share their work and thoughts with other project teams and communities.


Keynote speakers


We are delighted to be welcoming:

  • Professor Helen Nicholson, Royal Holloway, University of London, co-author of The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre and co-ed. Critical Perspectives on Applied Theatre, Principal Investigator on AHRC CC project Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Place
  • Steve Pool, Sheffield-based visual artist, community artist, researcher, as well as AHRC CC project Co-Investigator, and Artist in Residence on Imagine project.


We welcome contributions from community professionals, arts practitioners and academic researchers alike (recognising that these categories may be productively fluid), both from those who have been involved in Connected Communities projects and others with relevant expertise or interest. Themes for discussion include but are not limited to:


  • Moving beyond ‘with not for’: changing ideas about collaboration between diverse individuals, groups and organisations
  • The role of creative practice within participatory and community arts
  • Creative work in the community: education and pedagogy, training, careers, precarity
  • Terms: ‘participation’ / ’community’ / ’social’ / ’everyday’
  • Continued usefulness or otherwise of key paradigms: product/process, cultural value and quality
  • New(-er) approaches to and opportunities for widening access from participatory arts—digital disabilities, internationalisation of practice, working with refugee/migrant groups, links with development agendas/Global South
  • New historical and critical studies of the community arts movement
  • New thinking in theoretical approach
  • Shifting policy / funding landscapes: cultural and community policy questions
  • Art / health / well-being.


This conference is being organised as part of the DIY Culture and Participatory Arts project, funded by Connected Communities. See https://artsanddiy.wordpress.com/


Proposals of 250-300 words are invited for presentations / interventions of 20 minutes, panel discussions, creative contributions. These should be sent as a Word attachment to: cc.admin@uea.ac.uk and include the following: title, presenter(s), affiliation(s), short biography (100 words), Connected Communities project(s) where relevant, email address for contact.


The deadline for submissions is: 5th March 2018


Further information


The conference is free although registration is essential. Registration will open 5th March 2018 at https://connected-communities.org/


The conference will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of May at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. There will be a free evening event and meal provided for conference delegates at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the 22nd of May.


We can provide conference speakers with accommodation for one to two nights. Please state on your application the dates that you require accommodation. Reasonable travel expenses can also be claimed from the Connected Communities programme.


A limited number of bursaries are available to support community partner and ECR/PhD attendance. If you would like to apply for a bursary please contact cc.admin@uea.ac.uk for further details. Deadline for bursary applications is 16th March. Please also indicate the nights that you will require accommodation.


For further information please contact cc.admin@uea.ac.uk or check https://connected-communities.org/ for regular updates.