CfP: 9th Midterm Conference of the RN-Sociology of the Arts - Arts Management Studies Research Stream

The 9th Midterm Conference of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts and Creativity on "Working on Identity and Differences" will take place September 8th-10th 2016 it the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, Portugal. Co-organizers are the European Sociological Association and the Thematic Section Art, Culture and Communication of the Portuguese Association of Sociology. The ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological contexts for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven aspects which characterize the art worlds in societies nowadays. The general topic of this Conference "Art and Creativity – Working on Identity and Difference" questions the processes through which in an increasingly global, open, different and multicultural world artistic creativity is (re)defined, fostered, evaluated and asserted. The Arts Management Studies Research Stream workshops will support the conference theme by focusing on how arts management can support identity and difference as expressed in art and through creative expression. It will do this through a day of workshops centered on this theme. The Arts Management Studies Research Stream aims to provide a forum for interrogating and investigating the role of arts management as an academic discipline, area of research, and a field of practice. It will therefore, consider the theme of identity and difference as a concern for arts management and ask researchers to explore and question the role that arts managers have in nurturing and encouraging, identity and difference, in audiences, artistic practise and programming choices. Proposals can be submitted until February 15th, 2016.

The arts are undergoing deep changes in the social, cultural, economic and ecological environments & governance frameworks in which they operate today. A specific combination of various factors increases the challenges faced by arts and the potentialities for sociological inquiry. Some of these combined factors are: the international and local dynamics of cultural organizations and art markets, the volatility of private and public funding, the openness and uncertainty of evaluation and recognition of artistic work, the intrinsic nature of art work, the relationship of the arts to the creative economy and the related politics for the so-called ‘creative agenda’, the diverse and renewed forms of audiences’ participation, and the impact of art on social cohesion and identity-making.

Focusing the debate on the relationship between arts and plural societies, on the one side, and on the place and statute attributed to art by the new rhetoric of the creative agenda and the creative economy, on the other side, the Conference aims to critically debate the role of the arts as a pillar of cultural, social-ecological and socioeconomic development, of social cohesion and active citizenship, as well as on the processes of identities construction. Thus, the approach will focus on the diverse ways through which the arts are intertwining with processes of identity-making, both at individual and collective levels, and the material and symbolic reframing of social, economic and cultural differences in contemporary societies.

The Arts Management Studies Research Stream is comprised of researchers, educators, students and practitioners who seek to investigate and interrogate the role of arts management in society as a distinct area of research concern. The aim of the workshop series offered by the Arts Management Studies Research Stream is:

  • Explore the fundamental questions that arts management researchers can answer relating to the context of “art, creativity, identity, and di erence?”
  • Explore and discuss the various research methods arts management researchers might use to address these questions. What challenges are posed for researchers in this field of inquiry? Do particular methods support their inquiry better than others? Are there new methods or less familiar methods that might do a better job?
  • Question fi arts managers support the status quo in society by their artistic programming choices or do they nurture and encourage expressions of diverse identity in audiences, and in artists?
  • Interrogate the role that arts management has in supporting di erence in artistic practise?
  • Examine the possibilities for an accepted ca- non in the  eld. Who might be included in such a canon? and which disciplines should be refe- renced and drawn from? Arts management re- search is a developing and burgeoning area of research concern. Other academic disciplines have a distinct canon of authors and theories. There is no reason why arts management should di er in this regard. Perhaps we might consider if there are valid reasons to avoid this?

Design of the Workshop Series

  • Panel of accepted papers on the themes above (the  rst four bullet points) followed by a more general discussion at the end of the day on the last point.
  • Following discussion of each theme, we will divide in groups for a short discussion and come up with the major ideas or themes from each. We will present these to the larger group and see if we can re ne them.
  • After completing that task, participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion on each theme. We will rotate the groups and gather commentary
  • from each on all of the themes.
  • For each group, participating students will document the discus- sions. They will create a summary that we present the following day to the participants for a  nal discussion.

The abstract length should be approximately 300-400 words.

Please submit your abstract and full contact details as an electronic file (word .doc file or open office .odt file) no later than February 15th, 2016. The information requested during abstract submission include:

  1. the name(s) of the author(s), the institutional a liation (both university and department), mailing address and email(s);
  2. title of proposed presentation;
  3. area of pre- sentation;
  4. up to 3-5 keywords. 

Send the abstract by email to the Conference Support (esa. with Cc to and organising committee for the Arts Management Studies Research Stream.

Acceptance of abstracts: March 31st, 2016.

Registration opening: April 1st, 2016. Registration deadline for presenting authors: May 31st, 2016.

A final aim of the workshop is to establish interest in an edited volume that addresses the above issues


  • Students and PhD graduated in 2015 still not employed: €100;
  • Free-lance artists: €100;
  • Participants who are members of ESA: €150;
  • Participants from countries with a low gross national income (categories B and C in http://www.isa-sociology. org/table_c.htm): €150;
  • All other participants (non-ESA members, from coun- tries category A in htm): €200.

NOTE: Fees cover all catering services, etc. The proofs of status or affiliation should be presented during the Registration process. Active participants will have the option to register their co-authors (max. 2 persons) for the low fee (€100).

Further information and guidelines will be published on the Conference website: http:// 

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jan 18, 2016