UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

Open Culture in the Asian Century: Reimagining Drama Education

Conference Date: 30 June - 5 July 2015
Venue: National Institute of Education, Singapore
Open Culture in the Asian Century: Reimagining Drama Education
(A more detailed description of Open Culture can be found here)
Abstract submission
5th October 2014
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The International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) is the pre-eminent drama education research conference. Convened triennially, IDIERI has taken place in Brisbane, Australia (1995), Canada (1997), the USA (2000), England (2003), Jamaica (2006), Sydney, Australia (2009) and The Republic of Ireland (2012). We are delighted that The National Institute of Education (NIE), an institute of the Nanyang Technological University, in the city state of Singapore will host the 8th IDIERI from 30 June - 5 July 2015. This will be the first time IDIERI has been held in Asia.
Initially set up to provide a space to collectively interrogate the interactions between drama education and applied theatre research, practice and artistry, IDIERI's aim is to gather drama education and applied theatre researchers from around the world to share, question and critique their work and explore ways to move discourses and practices within the field forward (Philip Taylor, Researching Drama and Arts Education, Falmer Press). With this in mind, IDIERI 2015 seeks to investigate drama education and applied theatre within the complexities of the globalized 21st century, often referred to as the Asian century, where multiple cultures share urban and rural, personal and pedagogical spaces and interconnect.
The conference theme Open Culture in the Asian Century: Reimagining Drama Education echoes the work of Singapore theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun (1939-2002), who coined the term Open Culture. The concept of Open Culture addresses issues of cultural multiplicity and the conflicts of difference in modern society. Open Culture advocates for contemporary cultures to be simultaneously rooted in situated histories and open to multiple influences, without fear of dissolution or loss of identity.
We cordially invite you to share your research and participate in an international dialogue at IDIERI 2015.
The conference will be accomodated within the Visual and Performing Arts Group (VPA) at NIE with the administrative support of VPA staff and NIE UNESCO CARE (Centre for Arts Research in Education). 

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