The Commons and Education for Social Change

Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Assistant Professor of Contemporary Political Theory, Department of politics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). 


“Already the Ancient Greeks…” -- Towards the Discovery of Contemporary Trust and Intimacy Through Higher Music Education

Øivind Varkøy (Professor of Music Education, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo) -

Eleni Lapidaki (Professor of Music Education, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)


Paradoxes of Mimesis and the Value of Display

Elena Tavani (Associate Professor of Aesthetics, Department of Human and Social Studies, University of Naples "L'Orientale") 



Keynote speakers' bios:


Alexandros Kioupkiolis (B.A. University of Athens, MA Essex University, DPhil. Oxford University), is Assistant Professor in Contemporary Political Theory, School of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Alexandros' research interests lie in modern philosophies of freedom, contemporary philosophies of justice, theories of democracy, the analysis and critique of power. He has published four books and numerous articles on these topics. Recent publications include: the edited volume Radical democracy and Collective Movements today(Ashgate/Routledge, 2014); the monographs Freedom after the critique of foundations: Marx, liberalism and agonistic autonomy (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), The Commons of Freedom (in Greek, Exarchia Editions, 2014); the papers Kioupkiolis, A. (2016) ‘The ambiguous promises of left-wing populism in contemporary Spain’, Journal of Political Ideologies, forthcoming; Kioupkiolis, A. (2014) ‘Towards a regime of post-political biopower? Dispatches from Greece, 2010–2012’,Theory, Culture & Society, 31(1): 143-158; Kioupkiolis, A. (2013) ‘Late agonies of liberty in common’, Rethinking Marxism, 25(3): 367-384.

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Eleni Lapidaki is Professor of Music Education, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). After piano studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg (Germany), she received a law diploma from the School of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a master of music education from the School of Music, Ohio State University, and a doctorate of philosophy in music education from the School of Music, Northwestern University. Her dissertation was awarded with the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” by the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME). Her research concerns a closer examination of interactions among temporal experience, music creativity, higher education, and society. Recent publications appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education as well as in The Philosophy of Music Education Review, The Journal of Visual Art Practice, and Music Education Research. Eleni serves on the Editorial Boards of Music Education Research and the International Journal of Music Education. She is the founder of the interdisciplinary research project C.A.L.M. (Community Action in Learning Music) that aims to communal creative engagement between “neglected” learning communites and the music department. Eleni also participated as academic coordinator for the music education interventions in the EU-funded research program “Active Inclusion of Roma Children of Macedonia and Thrace in the Educational System” (2010-2014). She was given the Award for Academic and Scientific Excellence in Greek Universities by the Greek Ministry of Education and The Research and Innovation Award by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Eleni taught as an invited professor at the School of Education, University of Cyprus, and at the Musicology Department, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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Elena Tavani is Associate Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and currently teaching at the Department of Human and Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the University of Bologna (Italy). Her research has specially revolved around Aesthetics and Critical Theory and Art Theories in XXth Century (Th.W. Adorno, Aby Warburg, W. Benjamin, A. Giacometti, S. Beckett, H. Arendt). More recently her main research interest are in Aesthetics and Politics, Image Theories, Aesthetics and Iconology, New Media and Installation Art. Among her publications: L’immagine e la mimesis. Arte, tecnica, estetica in Theodor W. Adorno [Image and mimesis. Art, Technique, Aesthetics in Theodor W. Adorno], ETS, Pisa 2012; Hannah Arendt e lo spettacolo del mondo. Estetica e politica [Hannah Arendt and the Spectacle of the World: Aesthetics and Politics], manifestolibri, Roma 2010. Last editions: Selfie&Co. Ritratti collettivi tra arte e web [Selfie&Co: Collective Portraits between Art and the Web] ed. with Introduction, Guerini e Associati, Milano 2016; "Installazioni: il tempo, i luoghi, le immagini" [Installation Art: time, places and images], monographic Issue "Estetica. Studi e ricerche", 2/2015. Recent essays and articles: Spectacle and Judgment between Aesthetics and Politics: Hannah Arendt and Kant, in S. Stankiewics (ed.), Transacting Aesthetics (ICA Proceedings, Krakow 2013), Krakow 2015; Installations - and the Life of Image, in "Odradek - Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories" (on line), Vol. I, n. 1, 2015; Hannah Arendt. Aesthetics and Politics of Appearance, Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics (ESA), vol. 5, 2013.

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Øivind Varkøy is Professor in Music Education and Head of Research at Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo, Norway). He is also Visiting professor in Musicology at Örebro University (Sweden). Varkøy’s latest publications on philosophy of music education (in English) are: “On the Hegemony of Technical Rationality and the Importance of Distinctions”, in Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring 2017, “The Intrinsic Value of Musical Experience. A Rethinking: Why and How?”, in F. Pio & Ø. Varkøy: Philosophy of Music Education Challenged: Heideggerian Inspirations (Springer 2015); “Pierre Bourdieu and the Autonomy of Art. The Idea of Art as Critique”, in P. Burnard; Y.H. Trulsson & J. Söderman, Johan: Bourdieu and the Sociology of Music Education (Ashgate 2015); “Bildung. Between cultural heritage and the unknown, instrumentalism and existence”, in M. Fleming; L. Bresler & J. O’Toole: The Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education (Routledge 2015); “Intensity and Passion. On Musical Experience, Layers of Meaning, and Stages” (with Inger Anne Westby), in Philosophy of Music Education Review, Fall 2014; “What is Music Good For? A Dialogue on Technical and Ritual Rationality” (with Sigrid Røyseng), in ACT: Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education 1/2013, and “Technical rationality, techne and music education”, in E. Georgii-Hemming; P. Burnard & S.-E. Holgersen: Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education (Ashgate 2013). Varkøy has previously been working as a music teacher in secondary schools for 10 years, and he is a composer in the singer/songwriter tradition.

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Important Dates

1 November 2016: 
Deadline for paper submission
12 December 2016: 
End of review phase
15 December 2016: 
Feedback to authors
9 January 2017: 
Deadline submission, revised papers
6 February 2017: 
Feedback to authors
5-7 June 2017: 
7-10 June 2017: 
Main conference