Beyond the Local Agenda: International Perspectives in Community-based Arts and Health – Call for Abstracts – deadline 30 April

The journal Arts & Health aims to publish a special issue in June 2013 on international perspectives in community-based arts and health.

The aim of the special issue is to advance understanding of the ways in which context shapes both the agenda and practices of a distinct area of the arts in health field that is operating mainly outside acute healthcare settings and is characterised by the use of participatory arts to promote health. Arts & Health calls for proposals for empirically-informed papers which draw out the ways in which context interrelates with practice through comparative analysis of the agenda of community-based arts and health within or between country contexts. We particularly welcome comparative studies across two or more national contexts. Papers may address this agenda in broad terms including any specific policy, challenges, priorities, histories, discourses of practice and the scope of the field. Similarly, context is viewed holistically in terms of political, social, cultural, ideological, economic, health and historical dimensions, and may both shape arts and health practices and be shaped by those practices.

Researchers and practitioners wishing to propose papers to the special issue should submit an abstract of up to 300 words directly to one of the action editors, Sarah Atkinson by the end of April, 2012. The action editors will select eight papers which have the potential to form a coherent special issue and contact the authors by the end of May, 2012. Full papers should be submitted through the usual on-line system of Arts & Health by the end of October 2012.

Action Editors: Mike White and Sarah Atkinson, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University .