CONQUERING PUBLIC SPACE International Conference Media, Literacy and Creative Work with People with Learning Disabilities


The international conference “Conquering Public Spaces” will take place on 10 and 11 November 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. The general subject of the conference will be best practice in creative work with people with learning disabilities: supporting creative expression (visual arts, performing arts, new media) and the creation of media content and own media by people with learning disabilities. The conference programme will combine talks and presentations with practical workshops. The conference will be in English and Czech with mutual translation. At the conference we will present a bilingual publication with articles about these subjects and a catalogue of organisations with best practice.

Target groups: this multidisciplinary conference will be of specific interest to academics, artists, social workers, art-therapists, decision makers and journalists. Part of the conference will be aimed at people with learning disabilities: e.g. workshops where professional artists and people with learning disabilities can inspire each other and learn from each other.

Topics:
– best practise in creative work with people with learning disabilities;
– best practise in the field of communication and media: accessible language, media literacy, creating media content, creating own media, public representations of people with learning disabilities;
– quality art versus therapy.

Aims:
– Changing the perception of people with learning disabilities by expert, decision makers and the general public – broadening the accepted possibilities;
– Supporting the creation of media content, film and performing arts by people with learning disabilities and creative work with people with learning disabilities in general;

– International exchange of experience and international networking;
– Cross-fertilization: professional artists and people with learning disabilities get a chance to be inspired by each other and learn from each other.

Publication: the publication aims to be a complete catalogue of organisations with best practice in the aforementioned fields all over the world. It will be the first overview of this kind on our planet. It will also include more general articles and will be visually attractive, reflecting the creativity of our field.

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