U Arts Helsinki: Global Music & Community Engagement (Finland)

“JobTwo positions in Global Music and Community Engagement, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Deadline: different for each position (see below).

With a focus on intercultural dialogue and collaboration, the Global Music Department creates a unique educational environment for musicians from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. Through the interwoven areas of the curriculum and immersion in an intercultural environment, students expand and deepen their musicianship, artistic identities, and approaches to arts-based community engagement and research. Degree studies are offered at bachelor, master, and doctoral levels, with students developing the ability to perform, create, communicate, collaborate, facilitate, carry out research, and lead in a wide range of musical, cultural, and socially engaged contexts.

In 2022, the new Elsa Brule Centre for Global Music and Community Engagement is being established under the umbrella of the Global Music Department, which will include this new lectureship post. As part of the work of the centre, students will utilise their unique skills to connect with the world around them through working on socially engaged community projects as an integral part of the curriculum. With the focus on creating art in collaboration with diverse areas of society, students and teachers facilitate projects in refugee centres, immigrant communities, schools, prisons, and with marginalised community groups in Finland and around the world.

There are two positions available:

Lecturer of Global Music and Community Engagement – deadline 23 April 2022

Professor of Global Music and Community Engagement – deadline 1 May 2022

CFP Mapping culture conference Coimbra 2014

Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories
May 28-30, 2014
Coimbra, Portugal

The Centre for Social Studies (Centro de Estudos Sociais – CES), a State Associate Laboratory at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is calling for the submission of papers and panel/workshop proposals from academics, researchers, public administrators, architects, planners and artists for an international conference and symposium. The CES is committed to questions of public interest, including those involving relationships between scientific knowledge and citizens’ participation.

UPDATE: January 25, 2014: The Conference Website and Proposal Submission form are now live.

Cultural Mapping – A general definition:
Cultural mapping involves a community identifying and documenting local cultural resources. Through this research cultural elements are recorded – the tangibles like galleries, craft industries, distinctive landmarks, local events and industries, as well as the intangibles like memories, personal histories, attitudes and values. After researching the elements that make a community unique, cultural mapping involves initiating a range of community activities or projects, to record, conserve and use these elements. …The most fundamental goal of cultural mapping is to help communities recognize, celebrate, and support cultural diversity for economic, social and regional development.

Clark, Sutherland and Young

An emerging interdisciplinary field
Cultural mapping reflects the spatial turn taken in many related areas of research, including cultural and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy and planning. Traditional approaches to cultural mapping emphasize the centrality of community engagement, and the process of mapping often reveals many unexpected resources and builds new cross-community connections. Internationally, cultural mapping has come to be closely associated with professional cultural planning practices, but its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas means that ‘traditional’ approaches are being re-thought and expanded, with cultural mapping practices adopting new methodologies, perspectives and objectives as they evolve.

This event is intended to explore both conventional and alternative approaches to mapping cultures and communities in an international context. Presenters will discuss and illustrate innovative ways to encourage artistic intervention and public participation in cultural mapping.

They will also address the challenges posed by such artistic practices and community involvement in various phases of the research process, from gathering and interpreting data to modes of presenting ‘findings’ to interest groups from different sectors – the local public as well as specialists in the arts, research, public administration and planning.

Two key dimensions of current research with implications for artistic, architectural and planning practices are:
(a)   the participatory and community engagement aspect, especially in the context of accessible mobile digital technologies; and
(b)   mapping the intangibilities of a place (e.g., stories, histories, etc.) that provide a “sense of place” and identity to specific locales, and the ways in which those meanings and values may be grounded in embodied experiences.
These two aspects will be highlighted in the conference presentations and symposium workshops, bridging interests of both researchers and practitioners.

*Keynote lectures
*Plenary panel sessions with discussions among researchers, artists/creators, and local planners/municipal representatives
*Interactive workshop sessions (Symposium)
*Associated artistic presentations to complement event themes

*Cultural mapping as an agent of community engagement
*Cultural mapping as a tool of local policy development
*Cultural mapping processes and methodologies
*Multimedia mapping tools – recording interpretations and cultural uses of public space
*Artistic approaches to cultural mapping
*The artist-researcher in interdisciplinary inquiry
*Understanding architecture and urban space through mapping

Particular panel sessions can be organized for sub-themes such as:
*’Making visible’ eco-cultural knowledge and practices through mapping
*Political underpinnings of cultural mapping – Lessons and corrections
*Mapping as activist art

Symposium – Linking research and practice:
Collaborative research with communities can help us better understand its role in their cultural and social development. But how to create or recreate such an experience? The Symposium elements will address how multidisciplinary research perspectives can be applied to local development practice. Workshops will be used to explore the possible contributions of cultural mapping approaches to different communities at a local level, and the role for academia.
*What type of ‘cultural map’ is required, and what methodological tools have proven to be valuable?
*How can academic knowledge be effectively applied to solving issues at the community level?
*How much of this information is more than what we see, that is, ‘cultural mapping’ for the intangible or unseen?

We invite proposals for individual paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions and workshops. The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations in Portuguese are also welcome. (We will try to arrange for ‘informal’ translation support for Portuguese-language sessions, as possible.)

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL (online at the CES website)
Required information:
*Name of primary author
*Email of primary author
*Names of other authors (if applicable)
*Position/title of primary author
*Is this presentation part of a proposed panel? Y/N
*If yes, title of panel
*Title of presentation
*Abstract (250 words)
*Key theme(s) of presentation (from the list of themes above)
*Brief bio of presenter(s), including position/role of each (e.g., researcher, professor, architect, doctoral student, artist, town planner, etc.) (max. 250 words)

Panel Proposals:
If you are proposing a panel, please submit the proposed paper of each panel participant separately, using the submission form, to provide full information for each paper and participant. Be sure to enter the title of the proposed panel in the assigned field.

Abstracts will be published in the conference program in English and Portuguese.

Full Papers:
Selected papers will be compiled and posted online (in a password protected folder), and all conference registrants will receive an email with the URL and password for access prior to the conference.

We are planning to publish selected papers in a journal, following the conference.

Launch – Conference website, online submission form at www.ces.uc.pt – January 15, 2014
Submission Deadline – using online submission formFebruary 14, 2014
Selection decisions communicated to authors – March 1, 2014
Early Registration closes – April 15, 2014
Completed Papers Deadline – via email – May 15, 2014
Conference Presentation in Coimbra – May 28-30, 2014

*Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) / Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
*Colégio das Artes, University of Coimbra
*The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
*Thompson Rivers University, Canada

QUESTIONS? Please contact Dr. Nancy Duxbury

*Clark, Sutherland & Young (1995). Keynote speech, Cultural Mapping Symposium and Workshop, Australia.
*McLucas, Clifford (no date). There are ten things that I can say about these deep maps. Available: http://documents.stanford.edu/MichaelShanks/51.
*Scherf, Kathleen (2013), The Multiplicity of Place; or, Deep Contexts Require Deep Maps, with an Example. Paper presented at World Social Science Forum, October 13, 2013.
*Shanks, Michael; Pearson, Mike (2001), Theatre/Archaeology. New York: Routledge.
*Stewart, Sue (2007). Cultural Mapping Toolkit. Vancouver: 2010 Legacies Now and Creative City Network of Canada. Available: http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/cultural_mapping_toolkit.pdf


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