Call for papers

Call for Papers: Arts, Societies and Knowledge Sharing

Université du Québec à Montréal
May 15 – 17, 2019

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UQAM’s Faculty of Arts, in partnership with the Faculty of Educational Sciences, is organizing the scientific conference Arts, Societies and Knowledge Sharing as part of the Rioux Report’s 50 years Celebrations. We invite you to send your proposals for papers, round tables or workshops, relating to one of the four sessions suggested by the conference’s scientific committee. Both individual and collective submissions are accepted.


In 1969, the Rioux Report called for a major reorganization of artistic training’s administrative structures, and the elaboration of a cultural policy guaranteeing everyone access to the arts. Going beyond the simple framework of pragmatic analysis, it draws its conclusions from an in-depth reflection on the role that art, culture and education will have to play in the post-industrial society that is coming up at the time. The Arts, Society and Knowledge Sharing conference will bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds interested in the relationships between art, culture, education and the sharing of artistic knowledge in contemporary societies. The communication proposals will be part of a critical rereading of the Rioux Report or an update of its issues, with regard to one of the following sessions:

Session I: New Context, New Possibilities

Co-Chairs : Marcel FOURNIER and Marie-Josée JEAN

Marcel Rioux’s Report includes both a critique of economic and technological alienation, a utopian vision with a call to the creative potential of individuals, and many proposals for the democratization of the arts. To read this Report today offers us the opportunity to take a critical look at the current situation of arts and culture in Quebec and to identify, in the context of new technologies, of culture’s expansive industrialization and of the globalization of markets, what Marcel Rioux called the “possibles”.

Topics: democratization and cultural democracy; accessibility to the arts; the participation of all in cultural creation; the place of the arts in society; the place of the artists in society; new context of production and dissemination of the arts; future perspectives; the “possibles” today.

Session II: Arts at School

Co-Chairs: Vincent BOUCHARD-VALENTINE and Christine FAUCHER

The democratization of arts education in preschool, elementary and secondary schools should foster the rise of a critical mass of free citizens capable of imagining, formulating and assuming the cultural norms and values of a new and profoundly human society, while being open to the world and the then growing mass media. Integrated into the education system, the teaching of visual arts, performing arts, communication arts and environmental arts was to be developed from kindergarten to university, through an infrastructure promoting interdisciplinarity, and facilitating bridges between general, pre-professional and professional training. How can we define artistic education given the contemporary issues regarding education, society and culture?

Topics: cultural and educational policies, curriculum and legal frameworks; the nature and aims of arts education; learning environments and school context, the qualification of teaching staff; innovative approaches (interdisciplinarity, technologies, inclusion, interculturality, environmental education, etc.).

Session III: Interculturality, Decolonial Approaches and Artistic Training

Co-Chairs: Edith-Anne PAGEOT and Alice MING WAY JIM

The Rioux Report does not include an extended reflection on the mediation and transmission of artistic knowledge in relation to cultures and languages, and to interculturality in the field of art and in the teaching of the arts. This session takes a critical and constructive look at the issues and challenges of intercultural togetherness in arts education and research-creation in Quebec and Canada. It addresses mechanisms aiming the full recognition and respect of indigenous cultures and of diasporic and immigrant realities in the field of art.

Topics: the coexistence of artistic practices and knowledge based on distinct epistemologies; decolonial approaches in arts education and research-creation programs; partnerships between universities and artistic actors in a process of systemic decolonization.

Session IV: Contemporary Creation and Professional Artistic Training

Co-Chairs: Yves JUBINVILLE and Isabelle MIRON

Reviewing the legacy of the Rioux Report requires to take into account the gap between the positive impacts of the report on arts education in school, and the mixed reactions of the artistic community and the academic institutions offering practical trainings. Fifty years later, where do the arts professional training institutions stand? How do they address the multiple challenges ahead? Beyond Quebec’s context, but without ignoring it, this conference will offer an opportunity to question other models, to confront practices, to interrogate the foundations of the artists’ training in a constantly changing international context.

Topics: theory and practice in professional training; continuing education of artists; the transmission of heritage and artistic expertise; forms and functions of the master; balance of research and creation in the artist’s training.

Proposal Format

Proposals for papers (250 words) must be sent to the scientific committee at no later than October 1st, 2018. They must also include the following information: a title (maximum 180 characters, including spaces), the author’s name, contact information, biographical note (50 words), professional status and home institution.

Individual papers should last 20 minutes; round tables, 90 minutes. In anticipation of the publication of the proceedings of the conference, the texts of the papers will have to be delivered on March 1st, 2019.

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