Arts and Humanities in the Community: Past, Present and Future

9th May 2019

An image of the Humanities PG Conference poster for 2019The past year has been culturally momentous for Dundee. The £1 billion waterfront regeneration project, with the new V&A at its centre, received widespread media attention and showed the world that Dundee has a thriving cultural community. At the same time, the investment in the museum, and the previous bid for City of Culture, have drawn criticism from those who argue that culture is elitist and the money is better spent tackling social problems such as housing, food poverty, health and education.

In line with these important debates, and Dundee’s investment in its future, the theme of this year’s conference addresses the role that the arts and humanities have historically played in the community, the role it currently plays, and how it may contribute in the future.

The Humanities Postgraduate Conference is an annual event showcasing the cutting edge research of the University of Dundee's Postgraduate students.

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See the call for papers below for more information and submission deadlines.

Call for submissions

Call for Submissions

We invite abstracts for papers, panels, workshops, single/multi-channel artworks, audiovisual performances and/or installation pieces that explore the full breadth of arts and humanities subjects, covering topics such as:

  • The societal impact of humanities on a local, national or international scale
  • The history of humanities as a forward thinking subject area
  • The city/community in the arts and humanities
  • Creative economies and the relationship between cultural investment and socioeconomic health of a community/city/country
  • The relationships between architecture/place/space and culture
  • The ways that the arts and humanities have spoken for marginalised communities or subcultures
  • The shaping of youth culture/the individual through the arts and humanities
  • The role of the arts and humanities in education in the past, present and future
  • Individuals/movements which have helped shape humanities, particularly within their community
  • The arts and wellbeing/art therapy/medical humanities
  • Any other cutting edge research or artworks

Submissions of individual papers, panels and lectures should include an abstract of 200 words or less and a short biographical note (50 words).

Artwork, demo and installation proposals should include a short description/ synopsis (200 words or less), links to available documentation (if available), a complete list of technical requirements, and a short biographical note (50 words).

While we especially welcome papers and artworks which address the conference theme, this is an inclusive conference that welcomes papers from University of Dundee Humanities and MFA Art & Humanities (MFAAH) postgraduate students on all aspects of their research.

Proposals must be submitted by 10th April 2019 to with the subject heading 2019 CONFERENCE PROPOSAL.

We strongly encourage submissions from ALL HUMANITIES AND MFAAH STUDENTS. This is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills in front of a receptive audience, and one of the most important events in the postgraduate calendar.