Keynote Speakers 2018-07-05T17:41:55+00:00

PAM MEECHAM 

(England)

Professor of Museum Studies at UCL Institute of Education, University College London where she was course leader for the MA in Museums and Galleries in Education for over a decade. Currently she supervises doctoral students working on aspects of visual culture, museum and gallery education and art history. She has lectured worldwide on a range of museum education and art history related subjects and has published widely on visual culture, focusing on visitor experience of museums and social change through museum education.

Her own research interests include institutional histories, modern art and modernism, museum and gallery education and contemporary art educational practices in a global context. Some of her recent publications include ‘Photography and the Museum: Visiting the Sight of Death’ in Stylianou and Stylianou-Lambert (2017) ‘Museums and Photography: Displaying Death’ and a chapter Talking about Things: Internationalisation of the Curriculum through Object-Based Learning’ in Chatterjee and Hannan’s (2015) ‘Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education’. Her latest publication is ‘A Companion to Modern Art for Wiley Blackwell’ published in 2017.

Professor for art and didactics at the University of Education Heidelberg, Germany. He studied art education at the Institute Auerbach and at the University of Leipzig. He has experience in research at the University of Chemnitz and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Accompanying his high school activities, he taught at secondary and primary schools. As an artist he has explored different media such as painting, photography and object art. His special research interest includes artistic project work in schools and universities. Artistic education as a didactic paradigm is designed to explore states of self-determination, personal expression, the transformation of knowledge and experience. Learners are encouraged in artistic projects to research, discover, broaden their own spaces of thought, to search, to ask, to transform.

He has already lectured on his work and presented his practical research in congresses in Japan, China and in different European countries. Mario Urlaß is the coordinator of the university partnership between the German teacher training institute Wilhelm von Humboldt (LBI) in Santiago de Chile and the Heidelberg University of Education. Some of his recent publications include: ‘Artistic education for 55 cents’ (2017), Art of beginning. Initial scenarios of artistic project work in school and university’ (2014).

MARIO URLAß

(Germany)

OLGA LUCIA OLAYA PARRA

(Colombia)

Doctorate in Art Sciences from the Higher Institute of Art of Havana, Cuba, Master in Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting) from the University of  La Sabana, Colombia. Her research interests are around art, cultural and education heritage. She taught at school levels for more than 15 years and has taught at diverse universities in Colombia and abroad for more that 35 years.

Currently, she teaches in the graduate school of Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, specifically in the specialization of Human Development that focuses in affective and creative processes. She also works as a researcher and consultant at “Fundación Centro Internacional de Educación y Desarrollo Humano (CINDE)”, specifically at the National Program of Research for Human Development from Early Childhood. She has lectured in countries like England, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Peru, Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala and Venezuela among others. From 1996, she has been an active member of Latin America Council for Education Through Art (“Consejo Latinoamericano de Educación por el arte” – CLEA), and of International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA). Currently, she is World Councilor of InSEA Latin America Region.

STEVEN WILLIS

(USA)