RE-DO, a conference on sustainability and culture’s role in sustainable futures takes place from 28-31 October 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark at MOMU (Moesgaard Museum – a splendid new museum in the middle of the woods around Aarhus).
RE-DO is the second of a series of conferences organised by Aarhus University in cooperation with Aarhus 2017 (Aarhus Capital of Culture in 2017). Cradle-to-cradle thinking and circular economies form a substantial part of the region’s “re-think economy” strategy, while renewable energy and fossil-free-zones are part of conference co-organizers´ – Energy Academy (Samsø) – agenda for a sustainable future.
It is within this setting that the RE-DO Conference, organized jointly between Aarhus University and Aarhus 2017 takes an interdisciplinary approach to the challenge of creating sustainable futures. The conference invites academics, practitioners, artists and activists to take part in the dialogue about sustainable cultures.
Theme and background
RE-DO indicates that sustainability has been, is and has to become something we do as part of our everyday practices and living in order to matter. In this sense we view cultural sustainability not just as an add-on to environmental agendas, but as the very precondition for their long-term success.
Sustainability is already put to practice in every-day life, in citizen-based initiatives against food waste, in enterprising initiatives to avoid depopulation of outskirt regions, in integration initiatives targeting minority groups, immigrants and political refugees, and in all sorts of “green” initiatives in which citizens show care for biodiversity and wildlife conservation issues. Moreover, cultural sustainability may also serve as a productive focal point for rethinking policies and practices in traditional public sectors such as healthcare, education, children and elder care.
The form of the conference
The conference aims at facilitating new dialogues between academics and practitioners in which knowledge-sharing, learning and development is at the center. As much as presenting answers and worked-through solutions, the conference aims at asking questions and stimulating discussion and reflection. Therefore the participation is open to a broad category of people, including international guests.
Confirmed keynote speakers
Nick Shepherd, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Nancy Duxbury Carreiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Noortje Marres, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Joel Outtes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
First, read the call for proposals. Then, papers and panels should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 1. 2015. Authors will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance before July 1. 2015.