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7th ELIA Leadership Symposium 
1-4 December 2015
Cape Town, South Africa

ELIA is delighted to announce that the 7th ELIA Leadership Symposium hosted by The African Arts Institute will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 1-4 December 2015.

After the success of Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Zurich, Vancouver and Helsinki we look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town! The ELIA Leadership Symposium brings together influential leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for an important and timely discussion on current issues in leadership in higher arts education.

Post-apartheid South Africa is a laboratory of social transformation. Working within this context we will address this changing world and reflect on how key notions of 'the canon', aesthetics and standards of excellence play out in a culturally diverse world.

Institutions are shaped by history, by social context, by those who lead and teach, who are themselves shaped by history, education, context and institutional cultures. Increasingly though, institutions are also impacted by the pressures of those who fund them, either as public authorities or as fee-paying students. How do leaders of institutions - themselves in the process of transformation - disrupt, reinforce or nuance the tensions between the economic, the political, the cultural and the artistic dimensions?

While many art schools and universities are facing some of these questions in the light of economic pressures and demographic shifts, the intensity with which South African institutions are dealing with these will provide a new lens and focus for leaders of institutions to reflect on these issues of transformation and change.

The ELIA Leadership Symposium: Dominance. Diversity. Disruption. starts Tuesday 1 December with a welcome cocktail for delegates to meet representatives of African Art Universities. From Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 December the programme offers round table discussions, based on input from high profile speakers, including the renowned academic and writer Njabulo Ndebele and the Executive Director of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Oussama Rifahi. Furthermore, different options to visit and engage with cultural institutions in Cape Town, performances, dinners and receptions in various historic venues will be organised. 

Further details will be announced shortly.

Conference Manager Marte Brinkman, at

Upcoming events

Hong Kong, 30-31 March 2015
Artistic Interventions:
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Birmingham, 30 March - 1 April 2015
EQ-arts Experts Training

Tbilisi, 7-9 May 2015
MA and PHD Students VI International Research Conference

Tilburg, 10-12 May 2015
7th ELIA Teachers' Academy: ENACT

Milan, 3-7 June 2015
Cumulus Milan 2015:
The Virtuous Circle Conference

Helsinki, 11-13 June 2015
CARPA4:  4th Colloquium on Artistic
Research in Performing Arts 

Basel, 18-20 June 2015
Economies of Aesthetics
From Possible to Desirable

Auckland, 30 June-4 July 2015
Cities in a Climate of Change Conference

Tallinn, 7 July 2015
MAPSI - Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact

Beijing, 10-11 July 2015
The 3rd International Cultural Administration Conference

Amsterdam, 9-13 September 2015

PoznaƄ, 9-11 September 2015
Paradox Fine Art European Forum Biennial Conference

Gothenburg, 5-6 November 2015
1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference

Cape Town, 2-4 December 2015
7th ELIA Leadership Symposium



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