ICOAH 2019 – “Decolonization in the Arts and Humanities

The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) is pleased to invite abstracts for its 6th International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICOAH) 2019 which will be held on 19 -20 September 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference is “Decolonization in the Arts and Humanities.”

Globalization increases collaboration and cross-pollination among peoples and cultures, but it also highlights power imbalances and colonialist behaviours in the ways non-Western cultures are treated and contextualized in academia and the arts. Many universities across Asia pursue higher global rankings through increased citation-count and thus hire scholars who focus on research of global applicability in the sciences, technology, and medicine, and not necessarily on locally relevant research in the humanities and the arts. Furthermore, in the words of fiber artist and social visionary Aram Han Sifuentes (2017), “Oftentimes, the crafts of other people are primitivized, fetishized, appropriated, stolen, and stripped of their context [by scholars from colonizing cultures].” She emphasizes, “in our language, overtly and subtly, we assert our baggage (history, values, cultural hierarchies) onto other cultures.”

Recently, we see an emergence of decolonization discourse in the arts and humanities that challenges deeply-rooted colonialist misconceptions, and acknowledges injustices of the past, destruction caused by imperialism, and related present suffering. Decolonized practice aims to be equitable among all cultures, to be precise in language and in historical context, and to respect all ways of knowing and being.

We call artists, researchers, educators, and visionaries from all cultures and disciplines to share your work and knowledge, with awareness towards decolonizing academic structures and paradigms, towards telling stories in their authentic historical contexts, and with embracing openness towards indigenous ways.

In a non-exclusive way we are interested in :

  1. Research of local significance: Research and practice in the arts and humanities, contextualized in their authentic historical and cultural settings, and delivered by insiders/stakeholders.
  2. Technological innovation, particularly new technologies that are designed to decolonize, empower, and include.
  3. Listening practices—listening to oral histories, to other peoples, to nature, to our cities, to our bodies.
  4. The old and the new: we understand the linguistic pitfalls of the (potentially hierarchical) terms “traditional” and “contemporary” so instead we are looking for the old, the new, the-old-in-the-new, and the-new-in-the-old.

Please send us your research and art abstracts by 20th May 2019. All submissions will be evaluated in a double-blind review process by a committee of international scholars. Accepted researchers and artists must pay and register by the Regular Payment deadline, 19th July 2019 in order to present at the conference.


Research / Creation in Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, Drama, Film, Theatre
  • Installation art, robotic art, bioart
  • Music, music education, music and technology
  • 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

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
  • Insights into World Issues
  • Studies Involving Social Media
  • Insights into Social Issues
  • Media Platform and Genre Studies

Applied arts

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

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

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

Interdisciplinary Humanities

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

Art in Society

  • Art History
  • Art Curation and Conservation
  • Art, Society and Social Media
  • Liberal Arts
  • Area studies and Cultural Studies
  • Art and Museum Management
  • Contemporary Arts Practice
  • Information and Museum Studies
  • Folk and Traditional Arts
  • Classical Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature and linguistics

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

Submit your abstract to : abstract@fineartsconference.com


Please follow the abstract guidelines and send the Abstract to abstract@fineartsconference.com before 20th  May 2019.  If you wish to be a presenter at the 6th International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2019 (ICOAH 2019) register now.