CFP: Nordic Arts & Health Research Conference on 7 November 2018, Turku, Finland

Proposals for presentations at the Nordic Arts & Health Research Conference

We warmly invite all Nordic researchers interested in the intersections of arts, culture, health and wellbeing to join the multidisciplinary Arts & Health Research Conference on 7 November 2018 at 9.30-16.60 in Turku, a beautiful old city in the southwest coast of Finland.

The aim of the conference is to create a network of Nordic researchers in the interdisciplinary field of Arts & Health, offer opportunities to discuss ongoing research projects, and identify common research topics. The aim of the Nordic Arts & Health Research Network is to create a platform for researchers to share theoretical discourses, examples of practice-based research and empirical research within the Arts & Health context. One of the key themes of the conference is to introduce ‘work in process’ of a new publication Nordic Journal for Arts, Culture & Health: Practice and Research.

The research conference will take place at the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences, which is located near the Turku harbour (Linnankatu 54, Turku).

Details on the conference and preliminary programme is updated on the Taikusydän webpage ( The full programme will be released during August 2018.


Submit a proposal for presentation: 

All interested researchers are invited to submit a proposal/abstract for an oral research presentation at the conference. The length of the presentation is 15 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion. We also accept proposals for thematic sessions/workshops in the afternoon. The sessions/workshops may approach the arts and health theme from theoretical, empirical or practical perspective.

Please send your abstract (max. 250 words) by e-mail to no later than August 15, 2018. Please include in your proposal the title of your presentation, your name, affiliation, and contact information. The organising committee will consider the proposals, and notify you of acceptance by the end of August 2018.


Registration for the conference by September 30, 2018:



The initiative for the network is taken by the Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Centre for Culture & Health (Aalborg University), Research Center for Culture and Health (University of Turku), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegian Centre for Arts and Health (Nord University), Volda University College and Karolinska Institutet.

The conference is supported by the Taikusydän initiative ( and the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences. The event is free of charge.


For more information, please contact:


Liisa Laitinen
Project Planner, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences, +358 50 468 7264


Anita Jensen
Postdoc, Centre for Culture & Health, Aalborg University, +45 60191276


Eva Bojner Horwitz
Associate professor, Karolinska Institutet, +46 70 586 36 94


Wenche Torrissen
Associate professor, Volda University College and National Center for Culture, Health and Care (Nord University), +47 95181716



Researchers interested in cultural policy phenomena are also invited to propose sessions for the Finnish Conference on Cultural Policy Research, which will be organized on 8-9 November 2018 in Turku, with the theme ‘Art, culture and inequality’. The call for sessions is open until 17 August 2018. For more information, see: .