Please note that the call for abstracts for the International African Arts Conference closes on 05 September   2021, 24:00 (midnight) CAT/GMT+2.


Prospective authors are encouraged to share knowledge and skills which speak to how the arts have evolved in recent times, especially considering the impact of the global pandemic on the arts. Submissions for paper presentations, poster presentations, workshops and exhibitions are welcomed. Prospective authors are encouraged to contribute original and unpublished work within all areas related to the Arts (including community-based artists, performing artists, professional artists, arts educators and researchers).

  • Please note that conference presentations will be 20 minutes (3000 words)
  • Workshops will range between 30 and 60 minutes (please indicate your preference in your abstract submission)
  • Abstract submissions for exhibitions are also welcome

Please note:

Due to the global pandemic, delegates have the option to submit pre-recorded presentations (20 minute PowerPoint with voice-over) which will be streamed from St. Lawrence University as part of the conference programing if they cannot attend the conference in person. Depending on the number of submissions for in-person presentation, the number of pre-recorded sessions might be limited.

Exhibitors are also welcome to submit for exhibition in Uganda or to submit abstracts for virtual exhibitions which will be shared on the conference website.

We welcome proposals in visual and performing arts addressing, among others, the following issues:


    Sub-themes include, but are not limited to:

    1. Sustaining indigenous arts practices in the contemporary society: Challenges and best practices

    2.  UNESCO Goals for Development of the Arts Education and challenges of implementation in African countries

    3.  Arts education as an accessible, fundamental, and sustainable component of a high-quality renewal of education [Goals for the Development of Arts Education: Goal 1]

    4. Patronage of the Arts for inclusion, creativity, heritage preservation, and freedom of expression

    5. Grass root development of the arts for upgrading African arts practice

    6. Universal and cultural development through enhanced art practices for societal    advancement

    7. Documentation of African art practices for enhanced referencing

    8. Promoting positive synergy between traditional and contemporary artists for a productive relationship and economic benefits

    9.International collaboration of artists for enhanced creative growth

    10.  Copyright and protection of intellectual property of the arts and artists

    11.  Dance and cultural collaboration among African countries: Prospects and Limitations

    12.  The role of arts for sustainable economic development through entrepreneurial competencies

    13.  Safeguarding of historical arts and cultural sites

    14.  History of visual art, music, dance, or drama/theatre in Africa and the globe

    15.  Sustain digital and media arts to enhance entrepreneurship in arts

    16.  The Pedagogical Integration of Digital Technologies in teacher training

    17.  Teaching quality of music education in and outside the formal classroom

    18.  Quality arts education offered to students with special needs in schools

    19. Learning and teaching through the arts – creative drama, dance, and music

    20. The essentiality of dance or drama education in schools.

Abstract guidelines:

  • Please remember to indicate which type of submission your abstract is aimed at [i.e. paper presentation (in person or pre-recorded), poster presentation (in person or pre-recorded), workshop (in-person only, indicate 30, 45 or 60 minutes) or exhibition (in-person or virtual)].
  • Please format your abstract with 11 pt. Arial, 1.5 line spacing and justified text.
  • Please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words in which you speak about the theme of your presentation/exhibition, the problem statement, findings and implications.
  • Please include 3-6 keywords in your abstract.
  • Please add the full names, affiliations and contact information of the contributing authors.

Please submit your abstracts to 

before midnight on 20 August  2021 CAT/GMT+2

After submission

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the conference’s Scientific Committee. The committee will review all abstracts for oral and poster presentations and workshops. The conference's Exhibition Committee will review exhibition submissions. You will receive a confirmation email once your abstract has been received. Should you wish to edit your abstract or if you do not receive a confirmation email within 3 days of submission please contact the Scientific Committee chair at


If your submission is successful, you will receive an email notification confirming that your abstract has been accepted. The email will also provide information about presentation requirements. All selected contributions will be included in the conference abstract book. Submissions will be evaluated based on academic and scientific rigour, originality and relevance to the conference theme and related topics.

Important information for co-authors

  • Please note that a single registration permits only one person to attend the conference
  • If the co-authors would like to attend the conference, their registration and payment are required to be made independently.
  • Co-authors will be given a discounted fee (please see registration fees)
  • A conference certificate will also be issued to co-authors

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