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

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Final Online Registration Deadline: 8 June 

ELIA is delighted to announce that the conference ECONOMIES OF AESTHETICS, will take place 18-20 June 2015 in Basel, Switzerland in collaboration with the FHNW Academy of Art and Design and ART BASEL.

Join us for informed discussions between experts coming from higher arts education, economy, social sciences and contemporary aesthetic practices. Besides high profile speakers and presenters, a visit to Art Basel is part of the programme.

The conference will provoke new ways of thinking and observing the actual cultural, societal, political and economical processes, and provides a space for thinking in potentialities through a multidisciplinary view: the possible focuses on catalyzing urban change, the profitable conducts an analysis of a reloaded economic value system, the sensible explores an antifragile society, the desirable discusses architectures of meaning.

Additional to the sessions addressing these overall themes, the present discourse will be reflected through presentations from the expert fields of research, impact, cultural entrepreneurship and sources & resources.

Furthermore, ECONOMIES OF AESTHETICS takes place in partnership with Art Basel. This premier international art show welcomes delegates to visit the exhibition, with modern and contemporary works of leading galleries around the world and a reception afterwards. 

ECONOMIES OF AESTHETICS addresses everyone interested and open for exchange and reversing discussions – from arts, design and university lecturers, to urban developers, sociologists, economists, or protagonists of cultural institutions. 

ELIA Conference Manager Marte Brinkman at


Take part in a Survey on Excellence in Professional Higher Education (PHE)

ELIA is a partner in the PHExcel project on Testing the Feasibility of a Quality Label for Professional Higher Education Excellence since October 2013.

The main goal of this project is to support, develop and enhance excellence in professional higher education (PHE) in Europe. To this end, we propose an enhancement process leading to the recognition of excellence, which supplements existing quality assurance and accreditation procedures.

After developing a Draft Quality Framework for Professional Higher Education Excellence as well as accompanying Principles and Guidelines for Assessing and Recognising PHE Excellence we would like to invite you to help us validate the proposed quality framework by taking part in our survey.

We would very much appreciate your contribution to this survey, which should not take more than 20-30 minutes.

EQ-arts Co-ordinator Lars Ebert



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

Save the Date! 

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.

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.

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.

ELIA Conference Manager Marte Brinkman at

This newsletter is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of ELIA and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.  
Upcoming events

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

Helsinki, 11-13 June 2015
CARPA4:  4th Colloquium on Artistic
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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

Aix-en-Provence, 8-9 July 2015
European Symposium Culture and Education 

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

Amsterdam, 9-13 September 2015

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

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

Ghent, 9-11 November 2015
DARE 2015: International Conference on
Deleuze and Artistic Research

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



Job Openings & Calls

Call for Presentations: DARE 2015 International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research
Deadline: 1 June 2015

Job Opening: Professor (lector) Creative Economy at HKU
Deadline: Open



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