For decades, art education and artistic practices have interacted with ethical and political questions.  The political is often conceived in conflictual terms: separatisms, ethnic, religious or sexual discriminations, immigration issues and border controls, conflicting interpretations of climate change. Politics is a contested space where different interests cross paths. Art and education cannot avoid interrogating these paths but in what ways is their approach to political struggles and ethical dilemmas characterised by a different agenda? How do they propose healthy critiques and forms of connective thinking, reminding us of the forgotten? In this InSEA Seminar we explore art education as an undertaking that draws our attention to cultural tensions and also helps to mould new agencies and meeting places, redefining itself as a social process that not only produces new artefacts but engages directly with living relations.


Hosted by the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, this InSEA Seminar welcomes contributions from educators, arts practitioners and art education researchers.



Sub-themes include:

Arts activism and social change

Pedagogic practices in community-based art

Art education and democracy in the 21st century

Art education and ethics in the Anthropocene

Contemporary art and political issues in adult education

Conflict and mediation in primary and secondary art pedagogies

Ethical relations and art

Intercultural relations and art


FORMATS and Call For Submission ( Closed) 

InSEA invites members to submit proposals for presentations; video posters; discussion panels; performances and workshops during the conference. Submissions must be about the topic and sub-topics of the seminar. Proposals must be sent until 25 April 2019. The proposals will be peer-reviewed by members of the scientific committee during April 2019. Decisions will be communicated to the authors during May 2019. Authors who wish their paper to be included in the E-proceedings,  must provide a text  by  30 July 2019. E-proceedings will be published by InSEA. 

  • Presentations will have 10mn time slot and will be grouped in round tables to allow critical discussion between presenters and participants
  • Video-posters will be uploaded in the webpage of the seminar with an online forum for comments
  • discussion panels will have 30mn time slot and must be submitted by a group of presenters
  • Performances between 5 and 15 mn display  can be submitted but must adapt to the space available
  • workshops between 30mn and 1 hour  can be submitted but  no materials will be provided by the organization. 




Target Audience: Mainly European art educators; artist -teachers; art teachers; cultural workers; museum educators; artists working in educational contexts; and researchers.

Venue:  MUZA, The Malta National Community Art Museum. Address: MUZA, Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta. 

 Dates: 9-11 October 2019

Organizing Institution: University of Malta

Co-Organizers:  MUZAInSEA European Regional Council;  IMAE : International Masters Artist Educator-ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem The Netherlands; InSEA affiliate organization APECV: Art Teachers Association , Portugal.




Organizing Committee: Raphael Vella ( Malta) ;  Charmaine Zammit ( Malta) ; Angela Saldanha ( PT); Maja Maksimovic ( Serbia); Hester Elzermann ( The Netherlands); Teresa- Torres de Eca  (PT); Celia Ferreira ( PT) ; John Johnston (The Netherlands).

Scientific Committee:

 InSEA  Executive officers: Glen Coutts (Finland);Teresa Torres de Eça (Portugal); Rita Irwin (Canada); Jim Sanders (USA); Samia ElShaik (Egypt); Steve Willis (USA).

European world Councillors:  Susan Coles (UK) and  Gabriella Pataky ( Hungary) ; 

InSEA Europe Regional Council: Peter Gregory ( UK); Ernst Wagner ( Germany); Angela Saldanha (PT); Leena Hannoula ( Finland); Maria Letsiou ( Greece); Victoria Pavlou ( Cyprus);

Invited Scholars: Dennis Atkinson (UK);  Carl-Peter Buschkuhle ( Germany); Isabelle Gatt ( Malta)



Registration FEES

Registration fees must be paid until 15 June 2019


Early bird: until 30  April 

Late-registrations: after 30 April 

inSEA Members

 80 Euros

100 Euros

non InSEA Members

130 Euros

150 Euros 




The organisers cannot provide any direct assistance with accommodation but we recommend that you book accommodation as early as possible.  Some places that travellers in Valletta often recommend include the following:

Mid-range:  The British Hotel; Grand Harbour Hotel, Castille Hotel, Osborne Hotel

Expensive: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Hotel Phoenicia, Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel.

There are also many Airbnb options available in the city and beyond.  Valletta is actually a very small city so most places will be within walking distance of MUZA in Merchants street. Outside Valletta, you can also search for lodging in Floriana or Sliema, another town which is reachable by bus or ferry.  Ferries from Sliema to Valletta and back are very regular throughout the day and the trip across the harbour takes around five minutes. Walking from the Valletta dock to MUZA takes around ten minutes.  More information available here:  The Waterfront Hotel in Sliema close to the ferry is a mid-range hotel that is often recommended by visitors to Malta.



While in Malta, you can take these optional tours being organised for participants in the InSEA seminar. If you are interested in joining one or both tours, kindly send an email to with your preference by 12th September, 2019, and you will receive instructions about payment.

A. Optional evening tour - Mdina

Friday 11th October 15:00-18:00

Price: €20

The excursion departs from Valletta towards the old capital city of Malta, Mdina, also known as the Silent City, and one of the main attractions on the island. The trip will include a guided tour of the medieval city, its palaces and bastions as well as a visit to the baroque Metropolitan Cathedral of St Paul. Entrance fee to the Cathedral and transport back to Valletta are included.

B. Optional half-day tour - Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Saturday 12th October 9:00-13:00

Price: €30

The excursion departs from Valletta towards the World Heritage sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. Located in a beautiful setting, these unique structures are amongst the most impressive megalithic temples in the Mediterranean. The guided tour includes a visit to the temples' interactive visitor centre. Following the tour of the temples, the group will proceed to the steep cliffs and beautiful sea of  Wied iż-Żurrieq . Weather permitting, participants may take a boat ride to see the Blue Grotto (optional). Entrance fee to the temples' visitors centre,  Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, and transport back to Valletta are included.