Bamako : Symposium on the Arts

Genre : Calls for papers
Principal country concerned : Column : Fine arts
Release/publication date : 2010
Published on : 24/02/2010
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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 by mail 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: 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


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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