International Symposium on Practice-as-Research

International Symposium on Practice-as-Research
“Controversies, Challenges, Conceptualisations: East-West Perspectives”
4-6 December 2017
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts announces a call for
proposals for its inaugural International Symposium on
Practice-as-Research. Bringing together arts practitioners, thinkers,
researchers, and leaders in the field, participants will be invited to
explore ways that practice-as-research can contribute to enhancing
performance and education outcomes.

The symposium has an exciting line-up of speakers and presenters from
around the world. These include Estelle Barrett (Visual Art,
Australia), Sha Xiaolan (Lighting Design, China), Lizbeth Goodman
(Creative Technology & Inclusive Design, Republic of Ireland), Barbara
Bolt (Visual Art, Australia), Simon Ellis (Dance, UK), Maria Delgado
(Theatre & Film, UK), Chang Yung Ho (Architecture, USA/China), John
O’Toole (Arts Education, Australia), Helena Gaunt (Music & Drama,
Guildhall), Frans de Ruiter (Music, Leiden), Tao Ye (Dance, China),
Kok Heng Leun (Theatre, Singapore), Su Wen Chi (Dance &
Interdisciplinary, Taiwan), and Charlene Rajendran (Theatre,

Our website ( provides information about our
keynotes, call for proposals, three-day programme, registration, and
costs. For further inquiries, please email ispar -at-

ISPaR will be held from 4-6 December 2017 at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. We welcome proposals from anyone with a background or interest in Practice-as-Research in the performing, technical, and creative arts. This includes arts practitioners and professionals, thinkers and researchers.
The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline has been extended to 20 August 2017 (Sunday) 11:59pm GMT. Please submit the proposals through EasyChair
We are inviting submissions for:

– Presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A)

– Practical workshops or masterclasses (90 minutes)

– Poster sessions

We invite submissions that explore the following topics:

– The purpose and value of Practice-as-Research

– Contextual considerations when applying Practice-as-Research in intercultural and intracultural settings

– Methods of assessing and evaluating Practice-as-Research

– The place of Practice-as-Research within the cultural and creative industries

– Pioneering Practice-as-Research studies

Presentations – Presentations may be both performative and academic. Presentations will be held in classrooms equipped with computers, data-projectors and sound systems. However there will be no provision for lighting. Requests for additional equipment may be entertained on a case by case basis.

Workshops – Workshops will be conducted in a range of venues that will include a computer, data-projector and sound system. Requests for specific studio spaces and additional equipment may be entertained on a case by case basis.

Posters – Posters will be exhibited in the conference’s venue for the entire length of the programme. Presenters will be given the opportunity to discuss and expound upon their research posters with delegates. Posters must be at least A2 in size and no bigger than 100cm X 140cm. A3 size posters will not be accepted.

Guidelines for Submission

1. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by groups of presenters.

2. The duration for sessions will be:

– Presentation: 30 minutes (20mins presentation followed by a 10mins Q&A)

– Workshop: 90 minutes

– Poster: 10 minutes

3. Proposal must be submitted through the online submission system. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in English or characters in Chinese. Please submit a biography of no more than 50 words with the abstract (in total 300 words).
All proposals are submitted through EasyChair (A conference management system). If this is your first time submitting a proposal through EasyChair, you will need to register with EasyChair before the system will allow you to submit an abstract. Instructions for EasyChair can be accessed by clicking this link.

4. The Organising Committee reserves the right to edit your proposal for publication purposes. Proposals will be peer-reviewed. Notifications of the review process will be sent to applicants during 4 -15 September 2017 via email.
To submit the proposal, please click here.
Important Dates

– Submission Deadline: Extended to 20 Aug 2017 (Sunday) 11:59pm GMT

– Notification of Acceptance: 4-15 September 2017

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is a leading institution in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to providing a 21st century education to students in the Schools of Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film & Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts (which includes design, property making, set construction, scenic art, lighting, sound, technical direction and arts, event and stage management). The Academy offers programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is committed to the cultivation and exchange of arts- and practice-based research.