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Bamako Symposium on the Arts: L’Université de Bamako/ University of Mali, Bamako, Mali

BAMAKO SYMPOSIUM ON THE ARTS:
TAPPING LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
(2ND Bamako Summer School)
Venue: L'Université de Bamako/ University of Mali, Bamako, Mali
Date: 22 -30 July, 2010

A call is made to arts professionals, researchers and interested
others for contributions addressing one or more of the symposium
strands: Arts Education Practice, Studio Practice,
Curatorial/Museum/Community Arts Practice, Arts History/Criticism,
Arts Administration/Management/Marketing Practice, and Open Session.
The symposium entails paper presentations and practical activities
such as workshops sessions, mini-projects, and artistic interventions
that would result to an exhibition or public performance. With the
practical acts and theoretical presentations we aim to promote
critical dialogues on the best practices around the world on how the
arts as resource feed civilizations in hope that we will generate new
initiatives to boost human capital development in Mali in the 21st
century. Thus, the symposium asks: How are the arts worldwide feeding
civilizations? What are the implications for tapping the abundant
local resources in Mali in the 21st century? The symposium reckons a
major issue is sustainability. Through the years, many developmental
initiatives have continued to emerged, but failed to roll out and be
sustained. Interestingly, the symposium coincides with the celebration
of the fifty year of independence of Mali.

We define the arts broadly to include visual arts, literary arts,
performing arts, design, new media/film production, arts history, arts
criticism, arts education, arts administration and curatorship, and
emerging others. We expect about 200 participants from around the
world. The working language of the conference will be French and
English. For paper presentation, all abstracts and short biographies
(ca 100-150 words) should be submitted electronically to
africoae@gmail.com. Abstract deadline for theoretical session/panel
proposals is 31 March 2010, and 30 April 2010 is deadline for
individual paper abstracts. Late submission will be considered if
space is available; deadline for full paper (c. 3000 words)
submission: 30th June 2010. For workshops and artistic interventions
(visual arts, music and theatre) the proposals should be submitted to
the Balani's Association at Bamako: balanise@yahoo.fr. Applications
for individual and team practical acts will be reviewed until space is
filled.

The symposium is organized as collaboration between African Community
of Arts Educators (AfriCOAE) and Balani's Association in conjunction
with L'Université de Bamako, National Museum, and Ministry of Culture
Mali, and the Conservatory of Arts and Craft. Additional information
such as the symposium programme, Bamako hotels and others related to
the symposium will be sent to all registered participants well in
advance of the conference. Information on the symposium is on the
project web site: http://afropoets.tripod.com/eta, and elsewhere on
the WWW space.

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