6c. The power of art and culture in sustainable cities and communities

Track Chairs

Track Chairs

Goals/objectives and areas of the track

Art and cultural activities have been part of human lives and communities in diverse forms throughout time. The artworks in the caves of Lascaux, as old as 17 000 years, provide a unique link to a human history which, otherwise, lacks perhaps any common threads. Art seems to provide such an amazingly sustainable link. It does so because, on the one hand, art and culture relate to the core of human interaction in which people interprets and understand ourselves and the world we are living in. On the other hand, art and culture relate to material artifacts that can be put on display as public art as well as valuable commodities. But it is not a simple dichotomy, rather, it is an interplay, forming a uniquely human synthesis. The aesthetic can also be seen as a modus of elevation, engagement and connections which sets focus on art and culture as crucial for creation and community development, and fundaments of cultural sustainability

In cities around the world art and culture are among the most obvious elements: theatres, operas, sculptures and other art work not just reside but oftentimes define urban space. Yet the social potential for access to art and cultural activities differs. Power over resources and right to exhibit, tolerance or intolerance to ideas and/or expressions, and the sense of agency to participate, are just some aspects that deserves to be highlighted. In other, more marginalized, parts of cities, art and culture seems to take other forms, at times more as protests or activism against predominate stratas.

This track aims to set focus on the power of art and culture related to sustainable cities and communities. We invite submissions from different perspectives, including research on scientific grounds as well as research on artistic grounds. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Current status of art and culture and urban spatiality
  • Conditions and terms for art and culture in the urban landscape
  • Performative experiences of art and culture for sustainable cities and communities
  • Engaged art, artivism and/or artists’ cooperatives
  • Art and culture role for social and cultural sustainability
  • Implementation, reflection and analysis of UNESCO’s Thematic Indicators for Culture in the 2030 Agenda.
  • Dark sides of art and culture for sustainable cities.

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to an area pointed out above) of between 300 and 500 words (including all aspects),

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structure: introduction, methods, findings or results, and discussion/conclusions. Format flexibility for research on artistic grounds will be considered, eg. through links to artwork.

  2. does not need but can include references.

  3. shall provide a final section indicating
    1. how the proposed abstract relates to the sustainable development goals SDGs and SDG-targets (e.g. “SDG +Target: 14.1.”).
    2. briefly how the proposed contribution relates to the theme of the Conference – “Sustainable Development and Courage. Culture, Art and Human Rights”.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions the following publication opportunities are envisaged:

  1. Special issue, e.g. The Journal Sustainable Development, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991719
  2. Edited Book, e.g. Routledge/ISDRS Series in Sustainable Development Research  series, https://www.routledge.com/RoutledgeISDRS-Series-in-Sustainable-Development-Research/book-series/RISSD
  3. Special issue in Culture and Organization https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gsco20/current?gclid=CjwKCAjwy7CKBhBMEiwA0Eb7ahUXYjl-8VGE00VT6lJIBX25hgs6XSJvRnlkTqE4JqYjLb_k3cgxIhoCZs4QAvD_BwE&
  4. Special issue in Punt0org journal, https://www.puntoorg.net/en/home-eng
  5. Gender and emancipation related themes, special issue of Gender, Work and Organization https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14680432


Please submit your abstract by visiting the abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): www.2022.isdrsconferences.org

Deadline for abstracts: See Submissions