InSEA 2018


The European regional InSEA Congress will be held
June 18.-21. 2018 at Aalto University in Finland.


Key dates

Call for presentations opens: August 7, 2017
Deadline for proposals: SECOND CALL November 17, 2017
Registration opens: November 2017
Acceptance notification: January 2018
Early Bird registration closes: March 19, 2018


Registration will be open by the November 30th

Registration fees

Early bird for members (before March 19) 360€
Early bird for non-members (before March 19) 405€
Late registration fee for members (after March 19)   380€
Late registration fee for non-members (after March 19)     425€
Fee for students     280€
Fee for retired    280€



Call for Submissions

Scientific and Social Interventions in Art Education

The Congress will concentrate on European and global issues around art education and its connections to societal and scientific topics. The goal for this InSEA Congress is to offer possibilities for intercultural and interdisciplinary conversations on most current and burning issues in contemporary art education. Different submission formats will offer room for new ideas to appear among researchers, teachers, artists and project workers.




In the abstract submission, you will need to choose one of the three main themes:

  • Artistic and scientific collaborations
  • Contemporary artistic and art educational approaches to diversity and cultural changes
  • Digital and new materialist artistic and art educational practices and theories

The length of the submission abstract is 250 words


Submission formats

Academic paper (20+10 min)
Presentation on academic paper is the traditional contribution to congress. Content could still be a mind blowing.

Round table presentation (20 + 20 + 20 min)
If you have an interesting sub-theme or you are a collective with ideas to share, round table presentation could be your format. Round table starts with your 20 minute introductory presentation. Next, the audience divides in to small tables for a 20 minute discussion. The session ends in a 20 minute shared conversation and feedback.

Brainstorming presentation (10 + 20 min)
Brainstorming is a good format for example to test new project or research ideas among professionals. Organizer committee engourages for example students to share their novel ideas. New networks and collaboration around brainstorming may appear.

Visual short presentation (6,4 min)
Visual short presentation is slideshow, which is very suitable format for example to make outcomes of project work visible. Focus is on visual material.

Workshops (30 min)
Hands on or Brains on workshops collect professionals to work together for a half an hour. Materials by fasilitator.

Poster sessions

Artistic participation in the curated exhibition Dark Days, White Nights
Here, for more information

All participation formats require conference participation and conference fee payment.

These different types of presentations will make it possible for the audience to enjoy academic “battles” as much as visual based presentations. Debates, round table conversations and “brainstorming” sessions will offer room for new ideas to appear among researchers, teachers and project workers. Throughout the Congress, the audience will actively engage in conversations. Keynotes will be offered, as well as invited talks and debates between internationally well-known art educators and/or artists.

The Congress organizing team’s passion is to create a forum for fruitful discussions, dialogical encounters, and interventions to astonish. The goal for this InSEA congress is to offer possibilities for intercultural conversations on most current and burning issues in contemporary art education. If art education will have even a slightly renewed meaning for the participants after the congress, we have reached our target!


Sub themes

In the congress presentations, art, education, science, and society might be approached through the following themes:

  • digital artistic and art educational practices
  • scientific approaches to art and/or art education practices
  • artistic and art educational approaches to scientific practices
  • artists and scientific collaborations and integrations
  • experiences in the culturally changing Europe
  • contemporary approaches to diversity and immigration
  • post-humanism  
  • eco-justice
  • gamification, digitalization, and the connections of games and learning in art
  • research and practices on cultural sensitivity in art education
  • design education
  • new materialism
  • public art interventions
  • local / global perspectives to climate change
  • Arctic and Northern views to current global issues and challenges
  • biotechnological, biological and other new media and new materials in arts and art education


Aalto University as Venue

Aalto University is in the city of Espoo, close to downtown Helsinki. Aalto University’s main campus, originally designed by Alvar Aalto, will offer interesting sights and new possibilities to explore art education in interdisciplinary contexts. Art and its education meets with Eco/Bio/Tech/Digital/Societal connections in Aalto University, on many levels. Workshops and excursions will open doors for laboratories, design environments, and nature. Participants can learn from the strong Finnish art education structures and practices through the conference program, developed together with local art and art education professionals. The venue and location nearby Helsinki, the Baltic Sea, and national parks offer the possibility to experience the Northern summer light in nature and in the urban area, with many museums and other sites.


For more information, contact

If you have questions concerning registration, accommodation, travel etc, please contact:
Congress Bureau 
Tavicon Ltd.,
Ms Tuula Toivanen, Project Manager or
Ms Piia Kumpuvaara, Project Coordinator
Tel. + 358 3 233 0400 (phone hours GMT + 2:00)


For information about InSEA, The International Society for Education Through Art, see



For information about the City of Espoo, see

For information about the City of Helsinki, see


In collaboration with Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media