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CFP: Youth work, informal learning and the arts

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Call for Contributions:
Youth work, informal learning and the arts: exploring the research and practice agenda Saturday 18 April 2015, The University of Nottingham (Deadline for proposals: Friday 6 February)

Organised by the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Youth studies and informal education, in association with The Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacies, The University of Nottingham, Tate Research Centre: Learning and TAG: The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work.

This seminar offers a platform for early career and established researchers and practitioners to discuss critical encounters between youth work and the arts. The event will feature a panel debate on key issues and priorities driving the discourse in this area of work, alongside contributions invited through an open call. Subjects for discussion could include:

. Strategic initiatives connecting the arts and youth sectors
. The compatibility of arts and youth work pedagogies
. Cultural participation and youth citizenship/agency/voice
. Arts and youth policy
. The capacity for creativity in youth work training and practice
. Research and evaluation methodologies

Youth programmes are a core component of the learning offer at most publicly funded cultural organisations, and examples of collaboration between arts institutions and youth or community organisations are numerous. National initiatives supported by Arts Council England and the Department for Education are also designed to encourage arts activity within informal learning settings. However examinations of the challenges and politics behind these programmes, and the implications for young people and practitioners are relatively few, in comparison to studies around formal education and the arts. The extent to which youth work provides a space to develop young people’s everyday cultural or subcultural interests is also emerging as a subject of wider enquiry.

This event seeks to generate conversation between researchers and practitioners working across the arts and youth sectors, to identify shared concerns and to present innovative practice.

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Call for contributions:
Call for contributions on all the above and related issues, which might set the research and practice agenda for youth work and the arts. Abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words for a paper of 20 minutes long max. We are also very happy to accept submissions of short talks or films about current projects in practice. The deadline for submissions is Friday 6 February 2015 submitted to events@bera.ac.uk.

Working papers may be submitted to Tate Research Centre: Learning after the event: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/learning-research/working-papers

Venue: Centre for Advanced Studies, Highfield House, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Tickets: £10 for BERA members, £15 for non-members. Includes lunch and refreshments.