On 28-31 October 2015, Aarhus University hosts the RE-DO conference on sustainability and culture’s role in sustainable futures. A call is open (until 1st June) for papers, panel and round table discussion proposals – with a broad-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to sustainability and culture.
RE-DO conference, organized in Aarhus takes an interdisciplinary approach to the challenge of creating sustainable futures. The conference invites academics, practitioners, artists and activists to take part in the dialogue about sustainable cultures.
CALL FOR PAPERS and proposals for PANELS: closing date 1st June 2015
It is organised jointly by Aarhus University and Aarhus 2017. The conference main venue is Moesgaard Museum – the brand new museum on prehistory and ethnography.
Conference registration information
RE-DO invites contributions on past, present and future cultural sustainabilities in all kinds of landscapes. Contributions can investigate cultural sustainability theoretically, methodologically and/or through case studies of everyday material practices or sustainability initiatives in cultural industries such as museums, heritage, theatres, tourism, cinemas, media, urban management and planning, architecture and design, restaurants and food industries.
Theme and background
RE-DO indicates that sustainability has been, is and has to become something we do as part of our everyday practices and living in order to matter. In this sense we view cultural sustainability not just as an add-on to environmental agendas, but as the very precondition for their long-term success.
Sustainability is already put to practice in every-day life, in citizen-based initiatives against food waste, in enterprising initiatives to avoid depopulation of outskirt regions, in integration initiatives targeting minority groups, immigrants and political refugees, and in all sorts of “green” initiatives in which citizens show care for biodiversity and wildlife conservation issues. Moreover, cultural sustainability may also serve as a productive focal point for rethinking policies and practices in traditional public sectors such as healthcare, education, children and elder care.
The form of the conference
The conference aims at facilitating new dialogues between academics and practitioners in which knowledge-sharing, learning and development is at the center. As much as presenting answers and worked-through solutions, the conference aims at asking questions and stimulating discussion and reflection. Therefore the participation is open to a broad category of people, including international guests.