CFP: Post-democracy and the field of Arts and Music Education

Post-democracy and the field of Arts and Music Education


Convenors: Clementina Casula (University of Cagliari,
Marco Santoro (University of Bologna,
Izabela Wagner (University of Warsaw,

Keywords: Postdemocracy; education; arts and music worlds; globalization.


Within art and music worlds, the issue of (social class, gender, racial) inequalities is often masked
by the strong legitimisation, within the field, of concepts such as ‘genius’, ‘talent’, ‘vocation’, reporting
variations in professional careers or leisure practices to a ‘natural order’ based on ex-ante
determined individual or group endowments. Research shows how education and training play a
crucial role in legitimising and reproducing such order, mirrored and reiterated within professional
and other social spheres. It also shows, however, that those processes are not socially determined
and that actors may refuse, reframe or even reverse enforced orders, contributing in so doing to
gradually redefine the formal and informal rules regulating the field where they interact.
Adopting this bidirectional view on the relation between structure and agency, the panel aims to
contribute to the discussion launched by the SD Conference, questioning if and in what ways the
field of arts and music education is torn between the antinomies defined by postdemocratics trends,
as identified by the SD Conference.

The panel welcomes paper proposals exploring with various methodological tools the ways in
which actors – at the macro-regulative, meso-organizational, or micro-level – interact with the new
threats and opportunities offered by postmodern and postdemocratic globalised societies. Food for
thought could be offered, for instance, by exploring issues such as:
• the tension created – within a field typically defined by a practical and often embodied knowledge
– from isomorphic pressures towards educational models oriented by a credentialist logic
privileging formal and standardised educational qualifications;
• the role of technological innovations and economic changes – revolutionising traditional models of
art or music-making – in the process defining creativity and the identity of professional artists and
• the mismatch between the content and modes of curricula of legitimated institutions for arts and
music education in front of the evolution of labour conditions and models of cultural production
and consumption;
• the persistence or change of (national, gendered, highbrow, Western, white) canons dividing and
differentiating various artistic and musical practices vis à vis the diffusion of globalised, omnivore,
degendered and hybrid approaches, looking at arts and music making as practices of negotiation and ethnic divisions, to define multiple and crossbreed identities.


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Abstracts should be submitted by February 28, 2019 (check Dates and Deadlines).
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