4th International Scientific Conference: Creative Arts Interconnection – Paideia – Therapy

4th International Scientific Conference19 – 22 March 2015 Thessaloniki, Greece

(Conference language: ENGLISH)

The 4th International Scientific Conference: Creative Arts Interconnection – Paideia – Therapy is an opportunity for researchers, educators and therapists to share and discuss their innovative practices and research initiatives that advance the development of arts education and therapies. We invite proposals from academics and practitioners for papers, posters and workshops to be presented at this unique and collaborative environment at the Department of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 19 – 22 March 2015.

Key Dates:

First Call for Papers: 20 November 2014

Call for Papers Deadline: 5 January 2015

Notification of Acceptance: 15 January 2015

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 25 February 2015

Selection of Papers for e-book publication following peer review: 25 April 2015

The spirit of the conference

Any human, being involved with the arts, projects his or her own feelings on the artifact. Thus, through this internal process, the aim of the arts becomes the quest for inner truth, for virtue and for… ”knowing thyself”.

The meaning of the arts in ancient Greece

Music derives from the word muse which incorporates all arts together. In Greek mythology, the Muses were a sisterhood of spirits who ruled over the arts and inspired the creative processes. They were daughters of Zeus, king of the gods, and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. The Muses are the goddesses of beauty and truth and they are still referred to sources of inspiration.

The muses in ancient Greece:

  • Calliope: The One with the Beautiful Voice. Chief of the nine Muses and the patron of epic poetry. She was also the mother of Orpheus. Her symbol was a writing tablet.
  • Clio: The Proclaimer. She presided over history, and was the inventor of historical and heroic poetry. She brought the Phoenician alphabet to Greece. Her symbol was a scroll.
  • Erato: The Passionate or Lovely One. The Muse of lyric poetry about love and eroticism. She was also the Muse of mimicry and the patron of parrots and crows.
  • Euterpe: One Who Rejoices Well. Patron of lyric poetry and music and known as the cheerful muse in charge of joy, pleasure and flute playing. Her symbol was the double flute.
  • Polyhymnia: The Singer of Many Hymns. The somber and beautiful Muse that ruled over sacred hymns and eloquence. Often depicted as a serious woman in a thoughtful position, sometimes with a finger to her mouth.
  • Melpomene: The Chanting One. The patron of tragedy. She was often wearing the cothurnus (boots traditionally worn by tragic actors), and carrying or wearing the tragic mask.
  • Terpsichore: One Who Rejoices in the Dance. The Muse of dancing and choral singing. She was usually shown dancing with a lyre in her hands. She was said to be the mother of the Sirens.
  • Thalia: The Flourishing or Blossoming One. She presided over comedy and pastoral poetry, and was depicted holding a comic mask. Fond of the forest and field, she frequently carried a shepherd’s crook.
  • Urania: The Celestial One. The patron of astronomy and astrology. She was often shown carrying a globe in one hand and a pair of compasses in the other.

About music and paideia (paedea)

Definition of MUSIC

The word music comes from the Greek mousikê (tekhnê) by way of the Latin musica. It is ultimately derived from mousa, the Greek word for muse. In ancient Greece, the word mousike was meant any of the arts or sciences governed by the Muses.

Later, in Rome, ars musica embraced poetry as well as instrument-oriented music. In the European Middle Ages, musica was part of the mathematical quadriviumarithmeticsgeometryastronomy and musica. The concept of musica was split into three major kinds by the fifth century philosopher, Boethius: musica universalismusica humana, and musica instrumentalis. Of those, only the last—musica instrumentalis—referred to music as performed sound. (https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Definition_of_music.html)

Definition of PAIDEIA

Paideia refers to the training of the physical and mental faculties in such a way as to produce a broad enlightened mature outlook harmoniously combined with maximum cultural development<the long and noble tradition of, which made it impossible for a Greek or Roman to write a worthy book merely to record facts — Gilbert Highet —

The ideal development envisioned or attained by paideia

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paideia)

Socrates also extensively studied effects of music, recognizing its potential as an instrument of indoctrination and character development:

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful.iv

Benjamin Jowett (trans.), The Republic of Plato (Oxford Clarendon Press, 1888): 88.

The areas of the conference:

Education and therapies through the arts:

  • Music, visual arts, drama, dance, movement, expressive writing
  • General and special education
  • Philosophy, foundations, dimensions and practice of arts education and therapies