Cultural Encounters and Northern Reflections

WAAE Summit 2012, 7 - 10 November 2012


Hosts and Organisers

The WAAE Summit 2012 is hosted by the University of Lapland, in association with the Institute for Northern Culture and the University of the Arctic.

Organising Committee and Academic Review Committee
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Patrice Baldwin, President, IDEA, United Kingdom

Patrice Baldwin is President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) and Chair of National Drama (the UK leading association of drama and theatre educators). She is Director of Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC), an international school improvement initiative that involves teacher led action research. She was a primary school Headteacher for 11 years before becoming a local authority Adviser for the Promotion of the Arts in Schools and later Adviser for Arts Development and Improvement. A School Improvement Partner and a past Ofsted inspector of schools, she now works as an Artsmark assessor for Arts Council England and is a consultant to key agencies for the school curriculum. As an educational writer, she has produced several key books on drama for learning and has a particular interest in Drama and Neuroscience and Drama as a way of improving children’s literacy. She also has worked as a scriptwriter and series consultant for BBC Education. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia and a part time lecturer at the University of Warwick. She has presented at World Creativity Summits in Taiwan and the UK and at the UNESCO Second Arts in Education Conference in Seoul.
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Professor Margaret Barrett,
University of Queensland, Australia (ISME)

Professor Margaret Barrett, President-Elect of the international Society for Music Education (2012 – 2014), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Research in Music Education, and Professor and Head of School of the School of Music, The University of Queensland (Australia). Research interests include aesthetic decision-making, the meaning and value of the Arts for young people, young children’s musical thinking, young children’s identity work in and through music, teaching and learning practices in the arts, and creativity. A key aspect of her work has been the development of innovative arts-based inquiry methods in music and music education. Recent and forthcoming publications include A cultural psychology of music education (OUP, 2011), Narrative inquiry in music education: Troubling certainty (with Sandra Stauffer, Springer publications, 2009), and Narrative soundings: An anthology of narrative inquiry in music education (with Sandra Stauffer, Springer publications, 2012). President-Elect of ISME. To be advised following the elections in July 2012.
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Associate Professor Ralph Buck,
University of Auckland, New Zealand (WDA)

Ralph Buck is Head of Dance Studies, The University
of Auckland, NZ. His research and teaching focuses
on dance curriculum, dance pedagogy and community dance. Ralph is Chair, Executive Council, WAAE; Chair, Education and Training Networks, World Dance Alliance: Dance advisor, UNESCO International Advisory Committee, Second World Conference on Arts Education. Ralph’s teaching and leadership has been recognised
by University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008; Faculty Award for Leadership, 2010; and, 2006 Excellence Award for Equal Opportunities.
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Professor Glen Coutts,
Institute for Northern Culture,
University of Lapland (InSEA)

Glen Coutts is part-time Professor of Applied Visual Arts with the Institute for Northern Culture, and University of Lapland in Finland. He was Reader in art and design education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow until April 2010. He writes regularly about issues in art education and is currently a Member of Executive of the International Society for Education through Art and Principal Editor of the International Journal of Education through Art.
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Associate Dean Rita Irwin,
University of British Columbia, Canada (InSEA)   

Rita L. Irwin is a Professor of Art Education and the Associate Dean of Teacher Education at the University
of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and is the current President of the International Society for Education through Art. While her research interests include arts teacher education, artist-in-schools programs, and socio-cultural issues, she is best known for her work in expanding how we might imagine and conduct arts practice based research methodologies through collaborative and community based collectives.                 
Professor Timo Jokela,
University of Lapland, Finland (InSEA)

Timo Jokela is a professor of art education and the dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at University of Lapland and the director of the Institution for Northern Culture of Lapland University Consortium. During the years 2006-2011 he worked also as a visiting professor of art education and environmental art at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. His theoretical academic studies focus on phenomenological relationship between art and nature, environmental art, community art and art education. He is also responsible for several international cooperative and regional development projects in the field of visual applied art, design and art education. Jokela has published several articles and books including Coutts, Glen, & Jokela, Timo (2008). Art, community and environment: Educational perspectives. Intellect Books. Jokela works actively as an environmental artist, often using natural materials, wood, snow, ice, or the local cultural heritage as a starting point for his works. He has realized several exhibitions and environmental art projects and community projects in Finland and abroad.
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