2020 Conference

Crisis and Resilience: Art and Design looks ahead

5, 12, 19 & 26 November 2020
A live conference series from Sydney

Co-hosted by: The National Art School; Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney; Art & Design, UNSW Sydney; and UTS School of Design.

Location: In response to COVID-19 government restrictions, the conference will be held in November across four afternoon or evening Zoom sessions.

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the devastation of recent Australian bushfires, the 2020 ACUADS Conference will explore the theme of crisis and resilience.

With the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic yet to be realised and a recent Australian defence report warning of Australia’s vulnerabilities to overlapping ‘crises as diverse as cyberwar, climate-induced catastrophe and a pandemic,’ is our sector prepared for an unpredictable future?

In this time of unprecedented global uncertainty, what can be learned from the impacts of recent overlapping crises? Furthermore, how might strategies developed insulate the student and academy of the future? As we begin to assume the ‘new normal,’ how do we discard practices that no longer serve us? And, how do we shape what has worked to build the optimism and resilience needed to flourish in our new paradigm?

The 2020 ACUADS Conference responds to four thematic prompts:

  • Building hope through collaborative practices
  • Studio practices reimagined
  • Together in tough times
  • Taking the learnings forward

Contributions from academics, postgraduate students, designers and artists that consider Crisis and Resilience in the context of contemporary art and design practice, including pedagogy, are welcomed.

In recognition of diverse forms of knowledge, presentation formats may include artist talks, performance, creative works etc as well as academic papers. All academic papers will undergo a double blind peer-review process after the conference event, for publication through the ACUADS website, unless authors nominate to not have their papers put through this process.

Abstracts for presentations shall be submitted directly to the co-ordinator of the themes detailed in the table in the ‘Abstract submission template’ (download below). If you wish to participate in the final roundtable, please register your intention to participate with the co-ordinator. (300 word limit)

Note: The standard delivery time of 2020 ACUADS Conference presentations has been reduced to account for the wellbeing of session participants. Presentations will be timed to 15 minutes (2000 words for an academic paper).

Call for papers closing: 17 July 2020

Download: Call for papers and abstract submission template

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