With the recent refugee crises in Europe, the topic of this conference has become highly relevant. The conference is the final event of the OpenEYE project, a three-year ERASMUS+ project bringing together organizations from different remits – academic, research, training, culture, museums, primary education – from Norway, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia. “Cultural expressions” is defined widely here as including music, dance, heritage, painting, storytelling, drama, and any other expressions that can be applied in formal and non-formal education and help children of a migrant/refugee background integrate smoothly in their new communities.
Questions of interest:
- How can children use various cultural expressions to express themselves?
- How can cultural expressions be used to enhance learning, reflection, and expressing children’s emotions?
- How can cultural expressions enhance multilingual and multicultural children’s integration?
- How can cultural expressions be integrated into primary school programs and activities?
- How can cultural expressions be used to facilitate the interaction between pupils, parents, and educators?
This conference brings together educators from schools, universities, museums, libraries, NGOs and any other institutions or organizations working with children with a migrant/refugee background to discuss, observe, and take part in activities designed to address the questions posted above.
The conference will present, discuss and showcase the learning methodology and tools developed in the life of the project to assist educators in employing cultural expressions to enhance language learning and cultural integration in today’s multilingual and multicultural classrooms.
Wednesday September 28th 2022
Presentation of OpenEYE outputs
Thursday September 29th 2022
Workshops, amongst others Children’s Art Museum, Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean
Guided tour of the Museum of Natural History
Papers, posters, and workshops:
Papers consist of 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes questions/discussion. Papers are for research presentations and projects that are finished or almost finished. For project ideas, research proposals and projects in their initial phases, posters should be considered. Abstracts will be available in a conference proceedings.
You can also attend the conference solely as a participant.
Papers should consist of a short abstract of 200-300 words and a long abstract of 800-1000 words. The short abstract should be without any references. The abstract should be written in Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 line spacing. Please include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s). The paper can be submitted either in a Word or pdf format.
The poster should be submitted as a pdf, using the same format as the short abstract for a paper described above. The poster may include tables and figures. It should visualize the presentation in such a manner that it “speaks by itself”. At the conference, the presenter(s) will be given time to present their poster and some time for questions/discussion. Please remember to include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s) on the poster.
Creative workshops will be organized by the OpenEYE educators during the conference, to showcase the learning activities for primary school pupils developed in the project. The workshops will focus on different types of cultural expressions, approaches and learning outcomes. Participants will attend one or more workshops of their choice, and are invited to the final roundtable discussion and assessment of the activities presented.