The ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts hereby announces its 9th midterm conference which will take place from 8th to 10th September 2016 at the University of Porto - Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in Portugal. Since 2000, the Network has organised a biannual conference on Sociology of the Arts. A key aim of these conferences is to promote the collaboration and academic exchange between scholars of the arts, to support the presentation of new research projects and to offer inspiration for the further development of the sociology of the arts.
The general topic of this Conference focuses on arts and creativity, questioning the processes through which in an increasingly global, open, different and multicultural world artistic creativity is (re)defined, fostered, evaluated and asserted. 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.
On September 5-7, 2016, will be held a Summer school on 'Artistic and other Creative Practices as Drivers for Urban Resilience'. This Summer School is organized by the Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts, and linked to 9th Midterm Conference. More information, here.