CIAN Newsletter Number 2
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1. About us
2. Preview to 'Calls' for conference papers and contributing authors
3. CIAN member Janice Jones forthcoming publication
4. Deadline looming
Dear CIAN member,
This is the second Newsletter of the Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network. As you know, CIAN is a network open to all with an interest in intercultural arts practice and research.
The idea of a monthly CIAN Newsletter is to share intercultural dialogue on practice, research, information and projects. The network will help you to:
  • Access and disperse information
  • Share projects
  • Engage with new theoretical and critical literatures
  • Interconnect and meet new people and their projects
  • Make a difference in our field
Membership is free and will give you access to networking events, publications, new projects, and an online forum which will offer ongoing support from each other. See CIAN website for the latest update on our CIAN public fora 2013 photo gallery and FORUM 4 PLAYSCRIPT written by CIAN members as a performative way of synthesizing themes from FORA 1, 2 and 3. 
Be sure to enter the dates in your diaries and plan to participate in our exciting International Conference, BIBAC 2014, 24-26 October, themed  ‘Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures’.  This conference is jointly hosted and convened by Dr Pam Burnard (Convenor, Commonwealth Creative Intercultural Arts Network, Cambridge) and Prof. Valerie Ross (Director, Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge). Taking place in parallel with the Cambridge Festival of Ideas,  BIBAC 2014 promises a power-packed programme of thought provoking  papers, inter / multidisciplinary presentations, academic-arts performances, intercultural concert and forums.  
The conference provides a platform for scholars, educators, researchers, creative arts practitioners, performers and composers to sculpture interventionary frameworks and challenge ways of thinking, presenting and researching in the nascent fields of interdisciplinary arts practice. It celebrates the diversity of creativities that increasingly manifest within the hybridising of cultural fragments and draws attention to implicit and explicit nuances in translating, understanding and bridging cultural gaps within the nexus of performance theory-practice / practice-theory discourse.  
We are preparing a proposal for The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts This major edited volume will provide concise, comprehensive overviews of the convergences and divergences of intercultural arts practice and theory. As such, through a broad spectrum of approaches, issues and insights drawn from the CIAN Public Fora will be problematised, pluralised and performed in one accessible volume. In so doing this volume will uniquely offer a consolidation of the breadth of scholarship, burgeoning practices, and the contemporary research methodologies, methods and multi-disciplinary analysis opening up within this new field. Edited by CIAN convenor Pamela Burnard (UK), CIAN Fellow Elizabeth MacKinlay (Australia) and arts educator Kimberly Powell (USA), the book will develop a powerful argument for uniquely and systematically bringing together and consolidating the prevalence of intercultural arts in human experience and research enterprise and for making sense of this field.
Watch for these forthcoming calls!
Weaving Words: Personal and Professional Transformation through Writing as Research

February sees the publication of an edited book by CIAN member Janice Jones (University of Southern Queensland, Australia).  Weaving Words: Personal and Professional Transformation through Writing as Research is available through Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing ( : ISBN: 978-1-4438-5452-8
Weaving Words raises important questions about the impact of 21st century practices of education upon human creativity and joy in making meaning through writing. It questions how writing is experienced and valued as a process and product of research; as a means for personal and professional learning; and how it is taught and experienced in the classroom and in teacher education. Weaving Words brings together a range of critical perspectives upon writing within global agendas for education and research, and considers the capacity for writing and reflection to disrupt and transform personal and professional understandings.

The parallel traditions of spinning and weaving and the sharing of stories through the spoken and written word shape the structure of this book: its warp is constituted by chapters written by researchers in education; its weft by the poems, plays, short stories and reflections of pre-service teachers. Both researchers and pre-service teachers consider the challenges of becoming writers, and the contradictions they encounter in transferring their understandings of being a writer, to the teaching of writing with younger authors, or in conducting research as writing.

Weaving Words engages with emerging debates around what forms of writing are valued and supported within 21st century teaching and research: it demonstrates the power of writing for personal expression, suggesting that writing that is creative opens spaces for making meaning, and for constructing the world that are important for practices of education and for research.
 “Weaving Words is an attention-grabbing book that will definitely stimulate and maybe reshape your thinking as it traverses contemporary philosophies, practices and products of writing for teaching, professional development and research in education. It compliments and furthers the evolving discussion about the position of creative and reflective writing within 21st century epistemologies and practices of research, in education, and most especially within teacher education. While most exemplars are Australia based, the arguments put and challenges raised transcend geographical boundaries. This is a book equally relevant to university academics and postgraduate students in Australia, the UK, the USA and beyond.

I encourage all educators who read this well-crafted book to embrace the questions and issues raised within Weaving Words and to maybe rethink the role that writing in all its forms has in your classroom, and how it is represented in teacher education and in research”

Endorsement written by Professor Nita Temmerman, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
The deadline for submission to the Special Intercultural Issue of Malaysian Music Journal  (MMJ) is fast approaching (deadline 10 Feb). Be sure to email CIAN member and MMJ Editor Dr. Jean Penny if you have any enquiries and see website for further details:
Be sure to visit our CIAN WEBSITE where we will be posting CALLS FOR PAPERS and follow us on FACEBOOK for more information, updates and opportunities to engage together on future projects and publications.
Best wishes
Pam Burnard
CIAN Convenor
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