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UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC ACADEMY

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS


DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS AND ART
EDUCATION SCIENCES
Laboratory of Educational and Didactic Methodology

Sports and Art:


Scientific and Artistic Dialogue
The Laboratory of Educational and Didactic Methodology of the Department of Early
Childhood Education of the School of Education in collaboration with the Department
of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art of the School of Fine Arts of the University of
Ioannina, the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education in Epirus, the
Association of Trainers of Epirus and the Ionian Islands, and the Society of Primary
School Teachers of Ioannina announce the organization of the 1rst International
Interdisciplinary Conference on the theme of “Sports and Art: Scientific and
Artistic Dialogue” that will take place from the 5th to the 7th of April, 2019 in the
Campus of the University of Ioannina. The Conference is addressed to academics,
researchers, artists, educators, trainers, coaches, athletes, students and teachers of all
levels and specialties, and is under the aegis of the International Olympic Academy
and the University of Ioannina.

Call for Papers


Sports and art constitute two distinct yet intertwined spheres from antiquity to the
present. This interrelationship has generated debates among specialists and attracted
the attention of philosophers, artists, teachers and members of the International
Olympic Committee in the 20th and 21st centuries. According to Pierre de Coubertin,
aesthetics and sports are interconnected since artistic values substantiate the cultural
dimension of sports while artistic sensibility is aroused by the beauty of the
harmonious body. This interface enriches both sports and the arts. Sports and art share
after all a common attribute: they are two different languages that can however be
perceived by all.
In a period of rapid unexpected technological achievements and changes,
school education seems to progress slowly with regard to the overall enhancement of
sensory organs and of the development of processes of kinesthetic, visual, tactile and
acoustic perception. The Conference aims at revisiting school education and at
correcting the myopic lenses we use to view the world by using the interface between
sports and art as the primary tool. The objective of this Conference is to highlight the
interrelatedness between art and sports and understand the contribution of this
collaboration in:
a) its cultural and social value as a medium to challenge and critique racism
and other discriminations related to social, political, embodied, racial and gender
alterity,
b) contemporary school and the educational and didactic process of all levels
of education,
c) diverse forms of culture and the promotion of values such as inclusiveness,
emulation, collaboration, bodily and psychic health,
d) raising ecological awareness and the symbiotic relationship between
humans and the environment.
The Conference will focus on the complexity of the aesthetic realm and of the
perceptual and kinetic sphere, but also on the need to understand beauty in ethical,
scientific, pedagogical, philosophical or ecological terms. This transgression is
deemed as essential since sports is often conceived as a form of artistic practice and
art as a site of “athletic” activity in which movement or the body are transformed into
agents of the inspiration, the imaginary or the social problematic of artists.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:


• The interface between sports and the arts
• Sports and art in education: scientific approaches and didactic-pedagogical
applications
• Sports and artistic literacy
• Sports and art in the promotion of a multicultural approach toward students
and society seeking to combat all discriminations, racism and alterity
• The role of sports and art in raising environmental awareness
• Sports and art in special education and educational psychology
• Sports, art and mass media
• Sports, art and politics
• The artistic representation of sports from antiquity to the present day
• Aesthetics and sports in the theoretical discourses on art
• The portrayal of sports and the arts in new technologies
• The biological and social body in sports and art, and the construction and
negotiation of identities in these two fields
• Kinetic learning, art and speech
• Sociology of sports and art
• Psychology of sports and art
• The art of fair play («εὖ ἀγωνίζεσθαι»)
• The history of the intersection between sports and the arts from antiquity to
the present day and their joint formulation in modern urban societies
• Comparative exploration of the relationship between sports and art in foreign
countries
• The contribution of sports and the arts in the improvement of life quality on
individual and social levels
Conference Participation
We welcome contributions addressing these and related topics from different angles,
ranging from methodological reflections to pressing themes currently discussed in
education studies, sports studies, art history and theory, philosophy and aesthetics.
We invite proposals for:
o Papers
o Round Tables
o Posters
o Workshops
Speakers should send a proposal of maximum 300 words to
sportsartconf@gmail.com in Greek or in English indicating the category for which
they would like to be considered. The abstract should also include three or five
bibliographical references. All proposals will be sent to the scientific committee for
consideration and speakers will be notified about the committee’s decision. Your
participation can be in person or via video.
With the completion of the Conference, speakers would be asked to submit
their papers following the instructions given by the Organizing Committee in order to
be included in the Conference Proceedings that will be published electronically.
Papers selected through peer-review will be published in a separate volume in print
form.

For more information please consult: http://sportsart.conf.uoi.gr/

Students’ Exhibition
The Conference will host students’ artwork related to or inspired by sports. Through
artistic forms, such as theatre, music, creative writing, painting, photography, or
cinema, primary and secondary school students will be invited to imagine, to create
and to articulate their own perspective on athletic activities. Artistic proposals will be
displayed in an exhibition space and will be accessible during the Conference.

Important Dates:

• Abstract submissions: 13 January


• Notification about acceptance/rejection of papers: 19 February
• 1rst registration deadline: 28 February
• Programme announcement: 9 March
• 2nd registration deadline: 5-7 April
• Conference: 5-7 April
• Submission of papers to be included in Conference Proceedings: 31 May

Organizing Committee

Conference Supervisor
Zaragas Charilaos, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education,
University of Ioannina
Secretary
Litos Ioannis, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Early Childhood Education,
University of Ioannina
Web Developer
Feka Angeliki, Postgraduate Student, Department of Computer Engineering &
Informatics, University of Patras

Organizational Committee Members


• Bitou Ioanna, Academic Fellow, Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences,
University of Ioannina
• Dedos Zikos, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences,
University of Ioannina
• Dinou Magda, Laboratory Teaching Staff, Department of Early Childhood
Education, University of Ioannina
• Feredinou Victoria, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts and Art
Sciences, University of Ioannina
• Gatzoyia Dimitra, Phd Candidate, Department of Early Childhood Education,
University of Ioannina
• Katsadima Efi, Laboratory Teaching Staff, Department of Early Childhood
Education, University of Ioannina
• Sindos Stefanos, President of Ioannina’s Teachers Organization
• Stathopoulou Ourania, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts and Art
Sciences, University of Ioannina
• Tzaxrista Vasiliki, Archaeologist of International Olympic Academy
• Tzima Stavroula, Laboratory Teaching Staff, Department of Fine Arts and Art
Sciences, University of Ioannina
• Zorbalas Stavros, Laboratory Technical Staff, Department of Fine Arts and
Art Sciences, University of Ioannina