Discomfort Zones - Special Edition of the International Journal of Art and Design Education.

Matthews, Miranda, ed. 2020. Discomfort Zones - Special Edition of the International Journal of Art and Design Education., International Journal of Art and Design Education, 39(4). 1476-8062 [Edited Journal]

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Discomfort Zones – iJade Special Edition Call for Papers

To expand from standardised ways of thinking and making work, artists and educators enter spaces between modes of practice that can be termed ‘discomfort zones’. These liminal spaces offer opportunities for new events of learning, for captivating interest in the arts, and for problem-posing around social issues – for example of inclusivity and representation. Each artist, researcher, and practitioner forms a reflective response to the contingencies of our changing environment. This invitation to contribute to a special edition of iJade recognises the importance of boundary-work that encourages the expansion of learning capacity. ‘Discomfort Zones’ of connection and difference may, for example, be interpreted through case studies of practice research, gallery education, art and design education in schools and universities, therapeutic practice, issues of inclusivity in education policy, representation of diversity, theoretical differences, and the challenge of adapting to materials and techniques that respond to changing environments. Art and design education forges cultural connections for learners whose life pathways may otherwise never have engaged with such channels for invention and imagination. This special edition of iJade connects with the Centre for Arts and Learning 2019-20 research theme.

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Edited Journal

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Discomfort Zones

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Educational Studies


28 December 2020

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05 Feb 2021 10:51

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05 Feb 2021 11:03



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