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International Conference Culture & Mental Health: call for contributions

The Cultural & Mental Health international conference which will take place in Ghent, Belgium 24 – 25 November 2022 are looking for proposals from people working on creative, art-based, innovative or out-of-the-box projects.

Cultural & Mental Health international conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium on 24 and 25 November 2022. This conference seeks to promote learning, discussion and debate around cultural interventions aimed at improving the wellbeing of people recovering from mental health difficulties or people in a vulnerable situation.

Studies show the positive effect on well-being and health of both active and passive art and culture participation – from listening to music and reading a book to visiting a museum or dancing. Cultural participation is not only good for our well-being, but also has a preventive effect to prevent certain mental and physical complaints.

This conference wants to bring together individuals from the public, academic, third sector and voluntary sectors. To share experiences, practices and knowledge about the importance and impact of the arts, reading, heritage and creativity on improving mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

All the contributions for this conference will be structured in the programme around the following strands:

  • Lived experience
  • Social justice
  • Place

The Conference are looking for proposals from people working on creative, art-based, innovative or out-of-the-box projects, connected to one of the strands outlined above, in a research or operational capacity that can contribute to this conference.
You can contribute trough a formal presentations or workshops (see below). The contributions are to be given in English.

Paper is presented in presentation in a conventional setting and in a PowerPoint- or PDF format. The sessions consist of minimum 3 papers, with the possibility of a question and discussion period at the end of each session.
A workshops offers a practical, hands-on demonstration or training in a particular method or aspect of interventions. Workshops a given during a single session of 90 minutes.
You can submit a proposal for a presentation or workshop (maximum 200 words).

Deadline: 1 March 2022.

All proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee, and all those who have put forward a proposal should expect to be informed of the result of the deliberations in May 2022.

Accepted proposals receive a free full ticket for the conference.

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