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CAET World Forum

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Beijing Normal University(Oct 1)

No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District



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Inspirees Institute, Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) – open access journal, in collaboration with the Applied Drama and Expressive Arts Education Centre/Beijing Normal University, China Dance Research Center/Beijing Dance Academy and Chinese Group of Arts Therapy/Chinese Psychological Society, present the first Creative Arts Education and Therapy World Forum in October 2019 in Beijing, China.

The mission of the Forum is to establish a platform to further communication, dialogue and cooperation between the East and West regarding the arts in therapy, education and human understanding. The theme of the Forum 2019 is Healing Soul through Arts – Connecting Eastern and Western Wisdom which responds to the challenges for the world and the calls for leadership amidst great swathes of conflict. Our societies manifest a need for healing. The West is looking to the East again for time-proven wisdom and inspiration as it did a century ago. And China, after opening up and letting many things flow in from the outside, has started to reflect on the Western influences and its own traditions and values. The keynotes, presentations, workshops, roundtable meetings, art exhibition and performances at the Forum will highlight the development of arts education and therapy in China and the world. About 300 participants from China and overseas are expected. Professor Shaun McNiff, one of the founders of expressive arts therapy, co-editor-in-chief of CAET, will deliver the keynote at the forum. This is an excellent opportunity to present your work and to network with Chinese and international colleagues.

The CAET World Forum rotates between China/Asia, Europe and America in partnership with well-established universities and institutes.

Who is the conference for?

Arts educators, performing artists, creative and expressive arts therapists, psychologists, medical professionals, researchers, policy makers, consultants and body/mind (somatic) practitioners.


Dr Christina Deveraux (USA), Zvika Frank (The Netherlands), Haiping Guo (China), David Leventhal (USA), Dr Liwen Ma (China), Cat Maguire (USA), Prof. Shaun McNiff (USA), Marcia Plevin (Italy/USA), Karen Studd (USA), Joan Wittig (USA), Dr Tony Yu Zhou (China)...and more

Keynotes & Presentations

  • Healing Soul through the Arts - Global Perspectives

Prof. Shaun McNiff, Lesley University (USA)

  • Outsider Arts in China: Applications and Development

Haiping Guo, Nanjing Outsider Art Studio (China)

  • Dance as lifeline: Inspiring movement and well-being through Dance for Parkinson's

David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Group (USA)

  • Educational Drama in China: Tradition and Innovation

Dr Liwen Ma, Beijing Normal University (China)

  • The Choreography of Technology: Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and Expressive Robots

Cat Maguire, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (USA)

  • From West to East Creative Movement: A Universal Language in a Digital age

Marcia Plevin, Creative Movement Association (Italy/USA)

  • Thematic Duality Change and Constant - the Paradox and Tension between Innovation and Tradition

Karen Studd, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (USA)

  • The Soul and Essence of Dance Therapy

Joan Wittig, Pratt Institute (USA)

  • CAET: A Scientist's Perspectives and Journey

Dr Tony Yu Zhou, Inspirees Institute (China/The Netherlands)

Master class & workshop

  • The Movement Basis of Expression in Arts Therapies

Prof. Shaun McNiff, Lesley University (USA)

  • Dance for Parkinson's

David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Group (USA)

  • The Body as Basis: Experiencing the Anatomical Infrastructure of the Human Design

Karen Studd (USA)

*Oct 1 Conference location: Beijing Normal University, No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District

Venues on other days: to be announced

Call for proposals

The call for papers and workshops submissions is now open (Deadline 1 May 2019) on the following topics in line with the theme of the Forum:Healing Soul through Arts – Connecting Eastern and Western Wisdom

  • Practice, education and research related to arts and health/wellbeing promotion
  • The arts: poetry, dance, music, theatre, visual art (including calligraphy) – focusing on dialog and the relationship between the arts in the East and the West in both theory and practice. Traditional and contemporary art-making can be explored.
  • The mind–body (somatic) relationship in different cultures, comparison of various healing methods, both traditional and modern; e.g., acupuncture, and the martial and meditative arts (e.g., Chi kung and Tai chi). Eastern and Western concepts of health and disease and how healing methods are related to these. Prevention and cure of disease.
  • Buddhist and Taoist perspectives on the arts. Comparative philosophical approaches to aesthetics.
  • Concepts of the person in different cultures – the senses, emotions, breath, consciousness and spirit–in relation to society, culture and nature.

Types of contributions

  1. Presentation:The duration for oral presentations is 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for a Q&A.
  2. Workshop: The duration for workshops is 75 minutes which includes a Q&A.


Please send your proposals by email to conference@inspirees.com with Full name, Affiliation, Title, Abstract (within 400 words), and Biography (within 200 words) with the indication of choices below.

Submitting contributors will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis following peer review, monthly from February 2019. Accepted contributors will need to register and pay their fee before being included in the programme.


We have special price to encourage the participation of oversea participants (not living in mainland China),

  • Reduction rates apply to overseas students and individuals not funded by institutions, contributors of presentations and workshops. Please contact conference@inspirees.com to apply.
  • Early bird: 10% discount before April 15, 2019, only applies to standard rates
  • Package discount: 10% for two modules or more. Please contact conference@inspirees.com to order.
  • Contemporary dance theater master class 3 days (20 places)
  • Contemporary dance workshop (Mark Morris Dance Group Repertoire) 4 days (only 5 places)


Order the tickets here to register or send email to conference@inspirees.com

For the full program and other details, please visit the Forum website to get updated


Email: conference@inspirees.com

Tel: +86 (0)10-84467947,Katee Shen 15911509565, Penny Peng 134 3636 7045

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