Programme at a Glance

Please find below the InSEA 2010 preliminary programme timetable. You will find the detailed programme with abstracts on page: Session Programme. 

The presentation slides of the keynote speakers have been added as links to their name.

Preliminary Programme


Keynote Speakers




 tjokela_photo1.jpg Timo Jokela works as a professor of Art Education at the University of Lapland. Since 1995 he has been as a head of the Department of Art Education and since 2008 dean of the Faculty of Art and Design.  He works also as a visiting professor  of art education and environmental art at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. His theoretical academic studies focused on phenomenological relationship between art and nature, environment art,  community art and art education. He is also responsible for several international cooperative and regional development projects (action research projects) in the field of  art education. Jokela has published several articles and books including  Coutts, Glen, & Jokela, Timo (2008). Art, community and environment: Educational perspectives. Intellect Books. He  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 had many exhibitions and he has realized several environmental art projects and community projects in Finland and abroad as well. Recent international touring exhibitions during year 2009-2010:  Northern Traces: works 1999 -2009 Collins Gallery, Glasgow.UK. 
  Glen Coutts,  Reader in Art and Design Education,  University of Strathclyde, UK, Scotland

Glen Coutts is Reader in art and design education at the University  of Strathclyde in Glasgow . He was a community artist and taught art and design in Scottish secondary schools before joining the University. His teaching and research focuses on the interface of two key areas; formal and informal art education. The role of creativity in formal education is an additional interest. He was President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (UK) [2007-08] and is currently a European Councilor and World Council member of the International Society for Education through Art and a Visiting Professor at the University of Lapland . Together with Timo Jokela, he co-edited the book: Art, Community and Environment: Educational Perspectives. Further information.

Teresa Eca, PhD, Vice President of the Portuguese Art Teachers Association,  Portugal

Teresa Torres de Eça is President of the Portuguese Art Teachers Association APECV, editor of the Portuguese art education Journal IMAGINAR since 2000 and Assistant editor of the International Journal of Education through Art since 2007. She is a founding member of the Rede Ibero Americana de Educação Artística  and World Councillor of InSEA since 2006. Currently she is collaborating with the CIEP research centre of University of Évora in  Portugal and with the research centre  Linha de Estudos Artísticos do Centro de Estudos da Criança da Universidade do Minho (Portugal).  Further information.


Gunvor Guttorm, PhD in duodji (sami traditional art and applied art), Duodji artist, Norway,/Sweden

Gunvor Guttorm is Professor in duodji (Sámi arts and crafts, traditional art, applied art) at Sámi University College in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino in Norway . She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in duodji at Sámi University College level, both practically and theoretically. She will present some views of how to create higher education which is based on the artistic production of an indigenous people in a particular area in a sustainable approach. As an academic discipline duodji has elements of both production of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and theoretical approaches to the task. She will present some cases where the students of Sámi University College use the local community as the starting point of their artistic work.  Further information.

  Helene Illeris, Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture at the Danish   School of Education, University of Aarhus , and Professor of Art Education at Telemark University College (Norway )

Her research interests include art education in museums with a special focus on contemp orary art forms, social inclusion, aesthetic learning processes, and practices of looking. Helene is project leader of the Nordic research network CAVIC (Contemporary Art and Visual Culture in Education). The theme of Helene’s talk will be strategies for developing socially and culturally sustainable learning processes within art museums.


Rita Irwin, Professor & Associate Dean of Teacher   Education, University of British Columbia , Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Canada

Rita L. Irwin is the current President of the International Society for Education through Art and is on the Presidential Council of the World Alliance for Arts Education.  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. Further information.


Joachim Kettel, Ph.D., Professor, Pädagogischen Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany

Dr. Joachim Kettel is professor of art and didactics at the University  of Education Karlsruhe . Since 1994 he developed and managed international artist projects and congresses. His research interests are innovative forms of learning between the arts and peadagogy, artistic education, aesthetics and media. Last Publication: Horizonte. Internationale Kunstpädagogik. Beiträge zum Internationalen InSEA-Kongress »horizons/horizonte – insea2007germany«. (together with Carl-Peter Buschkühle and Mario Urlaß).  Further information.

Reijo Kupiainen, Ph.D., Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Lapland (on leave of absence), Researcher, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Tampere.

Reijo Kupiainen’s research interests include media education, media literacy, and visual studies. Kupiainen studies young people’s media literacy and media usage in the research project which is funded by Academy of Finland.

He will take a look at children’s and young peoples’ media ecology in a contemporary digital media age. Children’s relation to media consumption and creation will be seen from the perspective of personal and cultural identity and possibilities of learning in an affinity spaces.



Patricia Stuhr, Ph.D, Chair, Department of Art Education, Professor, Department of Art Education, The Ohio State University, USA

Patricia L. Stuhr is Professor and Chair of the Art Education Department at The Ohio State University.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1987.  Before coming to OSU, she taught art in Wisconsin, K-12 public schools for 14 years and evening art classes in maximum and medium security prisons for 11 years.  Dr. Stuhr had done extensive research and publication in the area of contemporary Wisconsin Native American visual culture and artists, multicultural art education, and the arts in integrated curriculum.  In 1998, she received a Fulbright Award to teach and research on the topics of multicultural art education and integrated curriculum at the University  of Art and Design in Helsinki , Finland .  In 2000, she was named an NAEA Distinguished Fellow.  She also received the Ziegfeld Award from the United States Society for Education through Art (1999) and the NAEA Woman’s Caucus, June King McFee Award (2008) for her contributions to multicultural art education and issues of social diversity.  Further information.


Juha Varto, Ph.D., Professor, Helsinki University of Art and Design, Finland

Dr. Juha Varto has worked for the last eleven years in the Helsinki University of Art and Design as professor of research in visual art and education. His presentation at the INSEA Congress will mirror keen interest in pedagogical challenge called forth by contemporary visual art, visual culture, and the merging of arts in conceptual reception. Concepts of visual are in change: classifications are gone, active understanding is present, thus we have to arrive to new epistemic attitudes and ways to learn. The richer the conceptual faculty, the less intellectual waste.



The following symposia have been accepted in the conference. The symposia are either closed or open. Closed symposia will include presentations invited by the symposium proposer only. Open symposia will include invited presentations but also other authors can submit their abstract and choose any of them as their topic area.

In the final programme symposia have been given new numbers and some symposia have been cancelled:

Symposium 1      cancelled
Symposium 2    S6
Symposium 3   S2
Symposium 4   S1
Symposium 5      S7
Symposium 6   S3
Symposium 7   S9
Symposium 8   S14
Symposium 9   SS5
Symposium 10   S12
Symposium 11   S8
Symposium 12   cancelled
Symposium 13   S13
Symposium 14   S11
Symposium 15   cancelled
Symposium 16  S4



Social Programme

Evening Events

Participation in the evening events, optional excursions, and post-congress tours requires advance registration and payment.

Welcoming Reception
Monday 21 June at 17.30–20.00
The Welcoming Reception will be arranged after the scientific programme of the first day has ended. The reception takes place at the congress venue in Restaurant Petronella located in the Faculty of Arts and Design building (F-wing). The art exhibition Polkuja – Pathways will be opened in the galleries of the faculty. You can enjoy audio-visual performances created by students from the universities of Lapland and Oulu  as well as the folk dance performance of Minirimppa, a group of local children. The evening will include a cocktail buffet. Bus transfer to the conference hotels is provided after the reception.
Price: 40 €/person.

Evening at Arktikum
Tuesday 22 June at 17.30-21.30
Arktikum, located near the city centre by the riverside, provides a unique insight into the way of life, culture, and history of the North (address: Pohjoisranta 4). It is a museum, science centre, popular cultural venue, and an architectural sight in its own right. Its permanent and temporary exhibitions portray culture, history, traditions, and modern life in the Arctic regions. Come and find out about the livelihoods of the Northern peoples and learn about animal life in the Arctic . Or travel through history… from the recent past far back to the ancient times. 

The evening programme will include a guided visit to the Arktikum exhibitions at 17.30–19.30 and 19.30–21.30, the opening of the second part of the Polkuja – Pathways exhibition, music performed by Sami artist Ulla Pirttijärvi Länsman, as well as a cocktail buffet. Arktikum is at a walking distance from the conference hotels; thus no bus transfer is provided.
Price: 65 €/person.

Karaoke Night at Valdemari
Tuesday evening will continue at 22.00 with a Karaoke Night at Valdemari.  The restaurant is located by the Kemijoki   River just opposite to Hotel Rantasipi Pohjanhovi with a magnificent view the river and the Jätkänkynttilä Bridge . The evening’s music programme is based on the music scene of Rovaniemi. The group performing during the evening is Kanabrot-brothers. Come enjoy the music, dancing, and karaoke in the sunny summer night!

The event is free of charge. No transfer is provided. No advance registration is required.

Congress Dinner
Wednesday 23 June at 19.00–
The congress dinner will take place at Porohovi, located by the River Ounasjoki at an about 15 minutes’ bus drive from Rovaniemi. A bus transport from the conference hotels to the dinner venue and back will be provided. The evening will include a served three-course dinner with drinks and a programme.

The artistic programme of the evening will be Jotain päivät odottaa / The days are waiting, which is a performance combining musical and visual elements. The show performed by Mari and Pelle Mulari, art and music teachers each, is based on their music influenced by pop, blues, and latin music. The Finnish lyrics of the songs deal with reality and dreams and are mostly written by Tenka Issakainen. The visual background of the performance, serigraphy-printed curtains with illumination, is made by Mari Mulari, and it reflects her synesthetic visions during the song writing process.
Price: 70 €/person


Optional Excursions on Thursday 24 June

Walking tour – Sense the Northern Landscape - Fully booked
Join a relaxing walking trip to Northern nature. The tour will include a 2–3-km walk with a break for refreshment. During the walk you can take part in guided exercises on the soundscape and touch-oriented-walk.  The tour will start at 17.30 and end around 21.00. You need comfortable outdoor clothing and proper walking shoes. Raincoats will be provided if it rains. Click the title for a detailed programme, also available at the end of this page.
Time and duration
: Thursday 24 June at 17.30–21.00 (3.5 hours)
Group size: min. 10, max 20 participants
Price: 40 €/person including guides, bus transports, refreshments

Fountains of Life: Rovaniemi Church , Muurola Village , and Ulkuniemi Family Home - Fully booked
The excursion will start from the main church of Rovaniemi where you can learn about a famous altar piece, the Fountain of Life, a fresco made by Lennart Segerstråhle. After this, there is a bus transfer to Muurola village, located 25 km south of Rovaniemi by the River Kemijoki. There you will visit a cottage that served for decades as a resting place for lumberjacks working in the area. After refreshments by a campfire you are introduced to Nordic walking, you can take a refreshing dip in the river (bring your own swimming wear), or you can take a row in a small boat. The evening ends in a short walk along the river to the Ulkuniemi family’s home where you can enjoy some Lappish delicacies.
Time and duration:
Thursday 24 June at 17-22 (5 hours)
Group size: min. 10, max. 20
Price: 40 €/person including guides, bus transports, refreshments


Post-Congress Tours

Environmental Art Trip to Kittilä and Pello
The Environmental Art Trip to Kittilä and Pello introduces to you three extraordinary places in Lapland from the perspectives of place specific art, cultural heritage, and architecture. In Kittilä you can visit the Reidar Särestöniemi Art Museum as well as the Land of the Forest Fold, an environmental art forest created by art education students. In Pello you can experience the Oranki Environmental Art Park. You will spend the night at Taivaanvalkeat, a unique place located in Köngäs village 8 km from Levi on the river bank of the Ounasjoki River . The tour starts on Friday morning at 10.00 and end around 18.00 on Saturday. Click the title for a detailed programme, also available at the end of this page.

Time and duration: Friday–Saturday 25–26 June
Group size: min. 20, max. 38 participants
Price: 192 €/person including bus transports, accommodation in shared double rooms, meals mentioned in the programme, entrance tickets to exhibitions, and two tour guides.

NB: The journey will end in Rovaniemi on Saturday evening 26 June. Please remember to book your accommodation for this night in advance from the conference office!

Ultima Thule – Bus Tour to the Arctic Ocean - Fully booked
Experience the Midsummer Night Sun in the Inari Sámi land and Norwegian fjords. Explore the Inari Sámi Museum and Alta Prehistoric Rock Art.

The sun will shine throughout the night during this two-day Ultima Thule excursion to the Arctic Ocean . The tour will take you through southern Lapland’s woods towards the fell area of Lapland above the tree line through spectacular, breath taking fell scenes. It continues via the Porsanger Fjord’s coast road in miraculous tundra highlands to Nordkap, where wild reindeer herds roam by the road. You will spend the night in Alta, which is the largest town in the county of Finnmark , the northernmost county in Norway . During the return journey we drive directly towards south via the Norwegian Sámi village Kautokeino to the Enontekiö village in the Finnish Sámi district.  Click the title for a detailed programme, also available at the end of this page.

Time and duration: Friday–Saturday 25–26 June
Group size: min. 20, max. 35 participants
Price:   260 €/person including bus transports, accommodation in shared double rooms, meals mentioned in the programme, snacks in the bus, entrance tickets and guidance in the museums, and two tour guides.

NB: The journey will end in Rovaniemi late in the evening on Saturday 26 June. Please remember to book your accommodation for this night in advance from the conference office!


Art Programme

The InSEA 2010 art programme will contain three  art exhibitions prepared and curated for the congress. The exhibitions present artworks and documentation on educational projects related to sustainable development and sustainable art education. Through a music and dance programme the audience can enjoy the blending of traditional Finnish and Lappish culture in contemporary art. The top artists invited to the congress are Sami artist  Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman and the  Minirimppa Folk Ensemble. In addition to these brilliant artists, we will present several talented musicians, bands, and choirs embodying the lively music scene of Rovaniemi.The focus of the art programme is on the cross-artistic and performative media of expression. The main emphasis of the art programme is on students of art education at the University  of Lapland and students of music education and creative arts-oriented primary teacher education at the University of Oulu . During the congress there will be delightful musical interventions by students. Besides the art exhibitions, music, dance, and performances, the art programme will contain  non-stop hands-on Art Studios in community and environmental art and experimental music. You will have an opportunity to take part in the creation of public sculptures and some other artistic actions. Moreover, you can follow art-pedagogical studios in the Rovaniemi  Art Museum , where the art exhibition is curated by students of art education using the collection of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Art exhibitions
Polkuja – Pathways is an art exhibition highlighting art education in Finland   . Finnish art teachers have been invited to develop sustainable art education in all fields of art education and to document the processes of their everyday work. The exhibition will be displayed in the galleries of the University of Lapland and in the Arktikum House of the Arctic Centre. The exhibition is organized by the Association of Art Teachers in Finland and The Finnish Association of Art Schools for Children and Young People.

The Art, Community, and Environment
exhibition examines art education projects focusing on the environment, collaboration, dialogue, cultural encounters, and the everyday life. The exhibition is based on the documentation and representation of art, community, and environment projects, space-time-place workshops, and environmental art workshops in Lapland . In addition, the exhibition includes a historical partnerships the presentation of the history of environmental art education in Finland done jointly by the University of Lapland and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki .

Senior students of art education at the University of Lapland have created an exhibition dealing with sustainable development. A course called Advanced Art Project is included in the Master’s degree studies of art education. During the course, students work for one academic year on a current and essential theme related to art and art education. This year, the theme has been sustainable development. The exhibition is arranged in public spaces in Rovaniemi.

Spatium! – Museum Pedagogical exhibition from the collection of Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation in Rovaniemi Art Museum on 17 April -27 June. Rovaniemi  Art Museum  will be carrying out Spatium! – exhibition together with the students of art education from the University of Lapland . The students will design museum pedagogical exhibition using the works from the collection of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, which is one of the finest Finnish contemporary art collection. The project is part of a course which concentrates on museum pedagogy and educational exhibition, and its central theme is the different methods and approaches of museum education.

The Rimpparemmi Folk Ensemble is a representation of true skill. Rimpparemmi’s dancers and musicians are a good example of strong Lappish expertise renowned both nationally and beyond the Finnish borders. Rimpparemmi started its activities back in 1974. Since its founding, the folk dance group has provided a wide range of recreational activities for thousands of young people. This year, almost 150 children and young people are actively involved in Rimpparemmi’s dance schooling; they are performing under the name Minirimppa.

Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman
Ulla Pirttijärvi is a Sami vocalist born in the village  of Angeli . Her music is a combination of traditional yoik and contemporary music. She is regarded as one of the finest artists from Sápmi (“the Samiland”). Traditional Sami music is based on singing. The only traditional instruments are the flute “fadno” (made of Angelica archangelica) and drums, and purely instrumental music is not known to exist. Modern bands use a wide variety of instruments, especially the fiddle and accordion. The newest album by Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman, Áibbašeabmi (longing), was released in January 2008. Pirttijärvi-Länsman promotes Sami music by touring Sami schools and by teaching yoik to students and teachers. She also collects and stores yoik tradition from different regions in Lapland .

Rovaniemi music scene
Diversity is the word that best describes the Rovaniemi music scene. Considering the small number of residents, Rovaniemi is a very lively music town. In addition to the European Union’s northernmost professional orchestra,  the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, the town is home to dozens of choirs, bands, and artists of different styles. Rock music has an extremely solid interest base, and a large number of bands are active in the town. A special feature of the local rock bands is their ability to combine different stylistic tendencies while creating new sounds instead of the normal output of this most hackneyed of genres.

The music programme of the congress is focused on local performances to highlight the grass-root action in Rovaniemi and to promote cultural sustainability in Lapland . The performing bands have their roots in tradition but their means of expression derive from the experimental and contemporary scenes.

Con Pollo is a group of singers from the University  of Lapland ; the female band’s singers are staff, graduates, and students at the university. Their gigs are accompanied by a pianist, and also other musicians are included. Their repertoire includes jazz, folk, and pop music. Examples of Con Pollo’s concert names: Chicken Themes in the Moonlight, Chickens Adrift, Tasteless Chicken, and Lovely Hens in the Morning. In 2009, Con Pollo celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The Kanabrot is a Finnish singer-songwriter duo drawing its inspiration from one’s inner landscape, urban and rural, and from Finnish melancholy, nature, night, day, joy, and will to live. The band has two permanent members; Matti Kanabro, who is responsible for the music and the lyrics, and Ville Kanabro, who takes care of all studio work and assists in guitar and piano playing. Their songs have been inspired by Finnish folk and popular music from the 70s and 80s. Matti and Ville are also art education students.

"Moving Moments"
Moving Moments is an improvised contemporary dance performance based on dancer´s daily moments of happiness within one year.
Date and time: Tuesday and Wednesday at 14.45-15.00
Place: F1100 Videostudio
Duration: 15 minutes
Dance: Eerika Arposalo, dance teacher, student in creative arts oriented primary teacher education, University of Oulu
Musician: Marianne Pylkkö, student in creative arts oriented primary teacher education, University of Oulu

Non-stop hands-on art studios
The fields of expertise of the University of Lapland include community-based environmental art and collaborative working methods in art education. They are developed for several aims; to provide easy access to the process of making art, to support the psychosocial well-being of pupils and community-members in varied circumstances, and to increase interaction between school subjects. The non-stop hands-on art studios demonstrate methods developed in cooperation projects in the northernmost parts of Finland and the Barents Region. Art education students from the University of Lapland will run hands-on art studios in environmental art during the congress. Students of music education and creative arts-oriented primary teacher education from the University of Oulu will run experimental music studios.

There is no advance registration to these workshop - you are welcome to join them when every you like. Detailed information about times and locations will be included in the final conference programme included in the conference materials handed out at registration onsite.

Pimp Your Congress Bag!
Join our workshop of pimping your congress bag. In support of sustainable art education this year’s congress info package will be provided in a bag made of recycled Finnish home textiles. In addition to an already original and unique bag you are invited to further personalize your congress bag in our workshop. Experience the feel of a Finnish home through these unique bags made of traditional and contemporary home textiles, all recycled and put to good use by you! Materials for pimping your bag are provided in the workshop including patches, pins, prints and other fun particles. Welcome!

Non-stop Workshop of Art and Music
Art and music come together in a workshop constructed by the students of art-education from University of Lapland and the students of music-education from University of Oulu. In this workshop art and music fuse together to form an unbroken co-operation. As the theme of the conference, the principles of sustainable development are taken into account. The non-stop workshop warmly welcomes all conference guests to attend the building of an experimental work of art and music, which will be presented to everyone at the end of the conference.

Non-stop Workshop of Working with Willow
Willow workshop will introduce willow as an art material and our own knowledge and expertise in the matter. University of Lapland has a long tradition when it comes to environmental art. Willow has had a big part in this tradition as a material because it is easy to work with. In Finland willow is mainly a wood that is seen as a garbage which is cleared away from roadsides. It grows everywhere in Finland and is easy material to find. Willow is a beautiful, strong and pliable material. You can use it for different purposes from decoration pieces to larger entities. Willow is a great material to represent sustainable development. In the workshop we will show and share knowledge and expertise in the willow working and turn our thoughts towards the future we all hope for.