Artfutures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education brings together leading arts practitioners, educators and thinkers, across 14 countries and a variety of disciplines, to address the most pressing issues in higher arts education from the perspective of those operating within the field.
These contributions cover a wide range of initiatives, from solving the complex problems of urbanity to plotting the future of the cultural ecosystem. In its exploration of diverse geographies, ArtFutures tackles issues such as the rise of the MFA in Europe alongside the need for an inclusive approach to the cultural and creative industries, centred on informal arts education, in Africa.
Together, these papers constitute a unique anthology which highlights the manifold iterations of higher arts education. ArtFutures demonstrates that the tension between these pluralities, together with mediating institutions like the European League of Institutes of the Arts, acts as a driving force in the development of the field.
Frédéric Martel, a senior researcher and journalist, has a PhD in Sociology and four Masters degrees in law, political science, philosophy and sociology. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and teaches at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of eight books, including On Culture in America (2006) and the best-seller, Mainstream (2010), which was translated in 20 countries. As a journalist, Martel is the anchor of the weekly radio programme, Soft Power, on French National Public Radio (France Culture/Radio France) in addition to acting as the editor of the book review site, nonfiction.fr. Martel is also a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations (IRIS) in Paris.