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Plenary Sessions
The plenary sessions feature keynote speakers offering thought-provoking presentations to further promote dialogue based on the theme TURN MIRRORS INTO WINDOWS. A series of questions will be raised to give jumping off points for discussion, focused on the influences, challenges and opportunities presented by current European and worldwide developments.
Furthermore, two plenary sessions are organised on Friday, focuses on respectively the expert field of artistic research and cultural entrepreneurship: ‘Positions on the Doctorate in the Arts’ and ‘Making a Living from the Arts.’ 

Thematic Sessions
Presenters who are selected from the Call for Presentations for ELIA Member Institutions showcase research papers, case studies and innovative projects. Delegates can choose one of the parallel organised thematic sessions, each addressing a different area of interest.

Table Talks
Table Talks are designed to discuss the input and questions raised during the plenary sessions with colleagues from across the globe. Delegates will be assigned to small, alternating discussion groups to facilitate dialogue and to encourage networking.

Pecha Kucha
Lunch on Thursday is accompanied by presentations in the Japanese format of Pecha Kucha: 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each- equal to a total presentation of six minutes and 40 seconds. The presenters are selected from the Call for Presentations for ELIA Member Institutions. Delegates can choose between 3 parallel break-out sessions to attend. 

Mobile Sessions
The urban fabric of Florence has hardly changed since the Renaissance, with world-class artefacts and art venues in each of its narrow streets. The arts and their creators have always been a cornerstone of Florentine economic and cultural life and still are today, showcasing both the city’s rich heritage and the contemporary arts. To engage with Florence in a broader sense the Mobile Sessions have been designed to give conference participants the rare opportunity to explore behind closed doors and meet local professors, practitioners and producers. Through dialogue with these experts, delegates will explore the complex relationship between Florence, its art history and its art future. Delegates are invited to choose which of these sessions they wish to be part of.

Open Space
Open Space is the non-curated platform that offers ELIA Members and Partners the opportunity to showcase and share their own practices with delegates, for example, a workshop, as a kick-off meeting for the starting of new initiatives or to accommodate networking, sharing experiences and discussion in their field of expertise. Several parallel sessions will be organised. Delegates attending Open Space can register for the whole conference upon arrival in the venue.

General Assembly
The ELIA General Assembly will be held on Saturday in the morning. While the ELIA Biennial Conference will be open to all conference participants, the General Assembly is a forum that is restricted to ELIA members only. The agenda and relevant papers will be distributed separately.


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