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To find out more about any of these opportunities contact the MAP team

Webinars and online events

Online Webinar: How can Arts Practice Inform Policy Change During and Beyond COVID 19? 
Hosted by University of Reading
March 31 2021: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST
Sign up Free Here: eventbrite.com/e/how-can-arts-practice-inform-policy-change-during-and-beyond-covid-19-tickets-142862789449 
About this Event
This webinar brings together artists, policy makers, and campaigning organisations to consider how arts practices can inform the recovery and transformation of the prison service during and beyond COVID19. Speakers from National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, The Prison Reform Trust, and Arts Council England will contribute to a panel, which will be followed by a participatory discussion with attendees.
This session emerges from the Sounding Out project, a collaboration between the University of Reading, Rideout Creative Arts for Rehabilitation, and The Prison Reform Trust that explores how creative sound and audio practices might bring the voices of incarcerated people into policy making conversations. We hope to share some of the sound pieces made as part of this project at the event.
Panel of Speakers
Paula Harriot and Soruche Saajedi , Prison Reform Trust
The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. PRT was founded in 1981 to inform and influence public debate on prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners. They do this by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform.
Simon Ruding, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
NCJAA aims to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change. They represent a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results. NCJAA support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with people in the criminal justice system.
Contributors from Arts Council England
ACE are the national development agency for creativity and culture, set up in 1946, by Royal Charter, to champion and develop art and culture across the country. ACE want to grow skills, knowledge and networks to help establish the conditions in which creativity and culture can flourish across the country.
Chair, Dr Sarah Bartley, University of Reading
Sarah is the research lead for the Sounding Out Research project being run in collaboration with Prison Reform Trust and Rideout Creative Arts for Rehabilitation. This research project is supported by Research England QR Strategic Priorities Fund to support rapid response policy engagement projects.

Calls for Papers and Conferences

Multidisciplinary perspectives on the child’s voice in public policy

This supplementary issue explores the nature and role of children’s voice in public policy from multidisciplinary perspectives. The insights from this issue form part of the evidence base of the British Academy’s Childhood Policy Programme, which aims to utilise the research and insights from the social sciences, humanities, and the arts to address issues of fragmentation, inconsistency, and ineffectiveness in childhood policy across the UK.

Individuals who are interested in contributing a think piece to this issue of the Journal of the British Academy should in the first instance submit a short abstract of their planned paper (up to 300 words), including details of the disciplinary perspective of children’s voice that would be covered, to the Childhood Policy Programme team at childhood@thebritishacademy.ac.uk. Any enquiries can also be sent to this email address.

The deadline for submission: 30 April 2021 

‘Cultural Leaders: In Conversation’

Cultural Trends recently published an ‘In Conversation’ article with Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke and former Creative Director of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09548963.2020.1801329). Helen was invited to discuss a range of cultural policy topics, including leadership, cultural democracy and the future of cultural mega-events. The interview has generated a significant amount of discussion and has helped the journal to further its aim of engaging more directly with practitioners and policymakers in the arts and cultural sector. Following on from this success, this year we will publish a similar interview with Oliver Mears, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, London.

We would now like to invite expressions of interest from potential contributors globally to produce inspiring ‘In Conversation’ pieces with cultural leaders in their respective national fields.

We are interested in pieces which shed light on national cultural policy contexts, different perspectives on arts subsidy, audiences, the cultural workforce, heritage, artform development and how cultural leadership functions in a fast-changing local, national and international context. You may wish to interview a cultural policy maker in Taipei, a Theatre Director in Sao Paolo, a choreographer in Moscow or a member of a national funding body in Sydney.

Expressions of interest should include brief details of: your biography and (where relevant) institutional affiliation; the proposed interviewee; an outline of the relevant policy context; rationale for why this would make a good ‘In Conversation’ article. These should be sent for the attention of the Editors: Ele Belfiore (E.Belfiore@lboro.ac.uk) and Hye-Kyung Lee (hk.lee@kcl.ac.uk).

Articles should be in English, between 5 – 8,000 words and will be accepted on a rolling basis from April 2021.

For more information see here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zlRB1MCzjTpky8hWD2f6gEvFtfhreldm/view 

Communities and Communication: International interdisciplinary conference

It is a pleasure to invite you to Communities and Communication.

The conference is organised by the Department of Media and Performance (formerly Film, Media & Journalism) School of Digital, Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University and will take place online on 24th April 2021.

The theme of Communities and Communication will be Connections. The community is a concept which is at once decreasing and increasing, as we move away from realworld connections to online ones, we can see that these groups create new environments, connections, discussion and ways of being seen in the digital world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we want to share the many narratives and voices which these groups are creating, and ask how they create connection, camaraderie, and visibility for those involved. This conference seeks to consider the ways in which these communities start, develop and grow, what is created within those groups and how real connections are built through technology sharing and eventually within the virtual environment of online discussion and dissemination. We welcome contributions from across the sector from traditional print media forms to film and television, and gaming and interactive technology, offering the opportunity to explore both applied and theoretical explorations of this area of communities within the digital world. We aim to publish a selection of these contributions in an edited collection developed as a result of the conference.

Topics of interest

1. Real-world versus digital communities

2. Audio-visual communication practices

3. Interdisciplinary community connections

4. What is the future of communities?

5. Visibility and identity in communities 6. Local vs global communities

7. Sports, digital media and communities

8. Healthcare and community

9. Community inclusion and exclusion

10. Performance

Guidance for authors

The deadline to submit abstracts is 18th December 2020.

The proposals should include: Title, up to 5 keywords, abstract (250 words), author name, affiliation and short bio (50 words).

All proposals should be emailed to Dr Agata Lulkowska (Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk), Dr Sharon Coleclough (sharon.coleclough@staffs.ac.uk), or Stephanie Steventon (Stephanie.Steventon@staffs.ac.uk<mailto:Stephanie.Steventon@staffs.ac.uk>).

We encourage Early-Career and PhD students to enter.

All registration is free.

Organising committee:  Dr Agata Lulkowska, Dr Sharon Coleclough and Stephanie Steventon in Collaboration with Thomas Wood and Prof. Piotr Siuda.  For any enquiries, please contact: Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk<mailto:Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk>


International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR)

‘Theatre Ecologies: Environments, Sustainability, and Politics’

12 Jul 2021 – 16 Jul 2021

Galway, Ireland https://www.iftr.org/conference