Join us in Barcelona!
September 17–20, 2020 | University of Barcelona, Spain
Welcome to The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture held at and in partnership with the University of Barcelona, Spain.
IAFOR is very excited to be returning to the vibrant city of Barcelona, and continuing our relationship with the University. Barcelona is one of Europe’s most diverse and exciting cities, that has long been at the intersection of different cultures, religions, languages and peoples. Its rich intellectual and artistic traditions have made the city the home to writers, visionaries, artists and dissidents of all backgrounds. It continues to be a place where ideas and ideologies jostle for position, conservatism and change, a place of questioning and subversion; high, low, popular culture and counterculture. As a city it has embraced difference and been forced to embrace difference like few others, and its long history and its present attest to, and contextualise questions of independence, globalisation and belonging, as issues driven by regionalism, nationalism and ethnocentrism play out in the city’s political arenas.
Barcelona is therefore an excellent venue to explore the IAFOR2020 conference theme of “Embracing Difference”, and this conference, held alongside a parallel event in Education, will invite scholars, academics and practitioners to come together from around the world to exchange ideas and invite research collaborations that will be all the richer for exploring, embracing and celebrating our differences.
Inspiring Global Research Collaborations
IAFOR's unique global platform facilitates discussion around specific subject areas, with the goal of generating new knowledge and understanding, forging and expanding new international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships. We have no doubt that BAMC2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.
We look forward to seeing you in the vibrant, historic city of Barcelona!
Isabel Alonso-Breto, University of Barcelona, Spain
Sue Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Spain
Montserrat Camps-Gaset, University of Barcelona, Spain
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Donald E. Hall, University of Rochester, USA
Baden Offord, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia & Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
Cornelis Martin Renes, University of Barcelona, Spain
IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)
This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.
Call for Papers
The BAMC Organising Committee welcomes papers from a wide variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives, and submissions are organised into the following streams:
Upon abstract submission, authors will have the opportunity of identifying whether their paper addresses either the 2020 IAFOR Special Theme and/or one of the ongoing IAFOR Special Areas of Focus (see below).
Special Themes and Areas of Focus
Authors have the optional opportunity of identifying whether their paper addresses either the 2020 IAFOR Special Theme and/or one of the ongoing IAFOR Special Areas of Focus.
IAFOR 2020 Special Theme: “Embracing Difference”
At a time when nationalism and ethno-centrism have become ascendant ideologies and provide easy refuge from the anxieties generated by globalisation and economic uncertainty, it is far too easy to see “difference” as a problem rather than an opportunity. Yes, cultural, religious, linguistic, and social differences can make us uncomfortable. They can be frightening, unsettling, and intellectually challenging. At the same time, they are enormously generative. It is only through encountering cultures and belief systems unlike our own that we learn anything about the flaws and limitations inherent in our own perspectives.
“Difference” is the source of innovation and change. While negotiating the difficulties of seemingly incompatible belief systems may pose tremendous challenges to us all, the payoffs for actively seeking out, celebrating, and working to converse across profound differences are manifold. As we learn about others, we learn about ourselves. And through those encounters, we have the opportunity to chart a future in which difference does not lead to violence, intolerance, or retrenchment, but instead is celebrated as the source of our collective strength.
IAFOR Special Areas of Focus
In line with its organisational mission, IAFOR encourages, facilitates and nurtures interdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on international and intercultural perspectives. Current areas of focus of the organisation include the following ongoing collaborative programmes and initiatives.
“Inspiring Global Research Collaborations”
Founded in 2009, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a politically independent non-partisan and non-profit interdisciplinary think tank, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational interaction and academic research. Based in Japan, its main administrative office is in Nagoya, and its research centre is in the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University. IAFOR runs research programs and events in Asia, Europe and North America in partnership with universities and think tanks, and has also worked on a number of multi-sector cooperative programs and events, including collaborations with the United Nations and the Government of Japan. Read more about IAFOR.