Call for Papers


The 8th International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICOAH) 2021

The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) in collaboration with Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) is pleased to invite abstracts for its 8th International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICOAH) 2021, which will be held on 21st-22nd September 2021 Virtually. The theme of the conference is “HEALTH IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of our profound interconnectedness—we are all experiencing the effects of the pandemic and are suffering collectively (and in unison with the planet). Put simply, “we are in it together”; “health is everyone’s business,” across and beyond disciplinary distinctions. How can the arts and humanities contribute to understanding and promoting health? How can we engage creatively, collaboratively, and inclusively in health discourse? In what ways can traditional, contemporary, narrative, and artistic medical practices converge in healing individuals, societies, and the environment?

ICOAH 2021 will be a global platform for artists, researchers, academics, educators, art administrators, policymakers, advocates, media specialists, cultural community activists, and social scientists to collaborate in exploring the many aspects of health and the roles of the arts and humanities in understanding and promoting health. Join us and share your ongoing projects, creations, research, knowledge, questions, and experiences. We welcome abstracts of 175 to 275 words. Proposals may include papers, workshops, panels, and art presentations on (but not limited to):

  • Creativity, imagination, advocacy, and activism in the health humanities
  • The convergence of traditional and contemporary approaches to healing and wellness
  • Arts intervention; arts and social prescribing
  • Injury, illness, pain, loss, suffering, and despair in the arts
  • Epidemics response and prevention in the health humanities
  • Disability and society
  • Neurodiversity, society, the arts, and education
  • Hope, dignity, and resilience
  • Digital humanities and health
  • Arts and rehabilitation
  • Aging and the arts
  • Social, emotional, physical, occupational wellness
  • Human health and the health of the planet
  • Philosophy of medicine and health, bioethics
  • Healthcare policy; healthcare discrimination
  • Perception studies in the health humanities
  • Sensory health
  • Narrative medicine; graphic medicine
  • Stories, embodiment, and health
  • Storytelling, human rights, and societal health
  • “Visionary medicine” (Sayantani DasGupta)
  • Art therapies, creative approaches to healing
  • Music, sound, and healing
  • Literary studies on health, bibliotherapy 
  • Literature of illness
  • Literature and mental health
  • The mind-body connection
  • Synesthesia, subjectivity, and empathy
  • Quantum theory and consciousness
  • Neuroscience and spirituality
  • Health and religion 
  • Spirituality in medical practice / spiritual medicine
  • Compassion and empathy training in health and medicine
  • Earth-related illness
  • Land rights and human rights; land dispossession; climate crisis
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Indigenous health humanities
  • Indigenous literature and healing
  • Indigenous knowledge, ways of being, and healing
  • Decolonization 
  • Reframing narratives
  • Memory, narrative, nostalgia, and mental illness
  • Receptive listening
  • Community/communal healing
  • Communal storytelling
  • Movement broadly construed (social movements, motion, energy, flow, waves, Reiki)

These and all other topics in the arts and humanities are welcome.

Please send us your art and research abstracts by 24 June 2021 (Limited Slots Available). All submissions will be evaluated in a double-blind review process by a committee of internationally recognized scholars. Acceptance notification will be sent by 3 June 2021. Accepted researchers must register by the final registration deadline, 19 August 2021 (Limited Slots Available), in order to present at the conference. Full paper submission deadline (for conference proceedings) will be on 15 October 2021.

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Please send any questions to the conference organizers:

Ms. Ganeesha Kirineliya, Operations Executive

Dr. Eldad Tsabary, Conference Chair

Dr. Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square, Keynote Speaker

Disciplines are open and may include the following:

Interdisciplinary Humanities

  • Health humanities
  • Medical humanities
  • Digital humanities
  • Ecological humanities
  • Ethno-cultural studies
  • Gender and Women’s studies
  • Library studies
  • Area studies
  • Museology

Art in Society

  • Art history
  • Art therapies
  • Art curation and conservation
  • Art, society and social media
  • Literature
  • Liberal arts
  • Area and cultural studies
  • Information and museum studies
  • Folk and traditional arts
  • Classical arts
  • Creative writing

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Cultural studies
  • Languages
  • Geography
  • Literature and related disciplines
  • Law and justice
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Political science
  • Reconciliation and peacebuilding

Arts Education

  • Teaching and learning arts practices
  • Multimodal literacies, multiliteracies in arts education
  • Literacy and the literary education
  • Arts pedagogies
  • Art history: purpose and pedagogy
  • Creative arts in the humanities
  • Art as self-inquiry

New Technology and Arts

  • New Media, Internet and Digital Arts
  • Moving pictures: Cinema, Film, Television, Video, Multimedia
  • Design Technologies
  • Spatial and architectonic arts
  • The art of games and gaming
  • Online Cultures, Social Networks and the Arts
  • Multimedia, mixed media and multimodal arts
  • The creative industries in a post-industrial or knowledge society
  • Digital media arts and education

Research-creation in Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, Drama, Film, Theatre
  • Music, music education, music and technology
  • Installation art, robotic art, bioart
  • Jazz, classical music, popular music
  • Sound design, electroacoustic music
  • Sound art, soundscape
  • Computation art
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio art, ceramics
  • Drawing, painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Print media
  • Fibres and material practices

Applied arts

  • Fashion Design and textile
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design

Journalism, Media and Mass Communications

  • Media concepts, theories and methods
  • Journalism and the news
  • Media’s role in public relations and marketing
  • Media and youth
  • Social Media
  • Media platform and genre studies