15th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
|The Transmission and Maintenance of Diaspora Identity Through time and Generation
Academic Responsible: Dr. Maria-Irini Avgoulas, Academic Member, ATINER & Casual Academic, School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences, CQUniversity Australia and Cultural Counselling and Consultancy.
Diaspora communities with their specific cultural identity are found throughout the world and exist on a continuum of redevelopment as they evolve. The experience of diaspora identity and the transmission of memory culture that supports identity maintenance may vary by generation, the original migrants and their descendants born in diaspora. Diaspora community members of all generations may maintain a sense of nostalgia but also negative emotions of not belonging to either their original homeland or the host community. This may be expressed as having two homelands and, in a sense, belonging to both. While potentially enriching, diaspora identity may in fact be more like belonging nowhere and being a stranger in both cultures. This may represent a negative emotion associated with the experience of migration and acculturation despite the generation of membership. This session will explore the transmission and maintenance of diaspora identity through time and generation and consider how associated psychosocial factors and the recreated social environment of the culture of origin may influence wellbeing and the experience of illness that are significant factors in overall health as well as the promotion of health and wellbeing in diaspora.
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|Wagner and Wagnerism in Philosophy, Art, and Culture: On Deconstructing the Cultural Traces
Academic Responsible: Dr. Elena Rovenko, Academic Member, ATINER & Researcher, Strasbourg University, France.
In the fin de siècle era, Wagnerism, as a cultural and philosophical phenomenon, set one of the main tendencies of the artistic thinking in general. Quite in accordance with the Gesamtkunstwerk idea, it influenced various art types (especially, literature and painting) and, later, cinema. The trace of Wagner’s personality, his aesthetic views and principles continues to exist in the contemporary cultural field as an object of different references (historical-analytical, socio-anthropological, including the mentality issue, political, artistic per se), which allow to mention both new ways of interpretation and deconstruction (in Derrida’s version) of the phenomenon, called by Nietzsche Der Fall Wagner. The special session invites researchers to contribute to the study of the semantic shifts that have taken place in the conceptualisation of the Wagnerian phenomenon over a century and a half. The following aspects are present: 1) international features of Wagnerism in art and the specific national forms of its implementation; 2) manifestations of Wagnerism in the visual arts, literature, and cinema; 3) philosophical-aesthetic origins of Wagnerism in different countries; 4) Wagnerism as a socio-cultural discourse; 5) Wagnerism and the creative process issue (in particular, means and results of deconstruction of the Wagnerian artistic thinking from the second half of the 19th century); 6) the political aspects of Wagnerism. The proceedings of the meeting can result in defining the major strategies of implementation of Wagnerism, which have existed up to the present time, as well as their contextual analysis on the background of the epistemological principles of the evolution of human sciences.
Keywords: Richard Wagner, Wagnerism, deconstruction, Nietzsche, artistic thinking, Gesamtkunstwerk, interdisciplinarity, human sciences.
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Academic Responsible: Ms. Tamara Dyke Compton, Associate Director of the School of Dance, Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Professor, The University of Arizona, USA.
Join us for an enlightening session on Dance Education, where we delve into the integration of holistic practices for the well-being of aspiring dance professionals. In today’s challenging mental health climate, dance educators play a pivotal role in nurturing healthy minds within the artistic community. This session will explore strategies to incorporate holistic thinking, emphasizing overall health and wellness for dancers. We’ll address the importance of acknowledging diverse perspectives within technique classes, allowing dancers to embrace their identity and artistic expression. As dance is inherently subjective, it is crucial for educators to recognize and unpack biases, presenting dance from various viewpoints. This session invites dance educators to share their innovative ideas, methodologies, and discoveries, fostering a community committed to celebrating the rich tapestry of perspectives in dance. Let’s collectively shape a future where dance education not only hones technical skills but also nurtures the holistic well-being and artistic identity of each dancer. Submit your proposal to contribute to this important dialogue.
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