10-12 December 2015, Adelaide, University of South Australia


STP&A is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world.

STP&A is the oldest and one of the most influential academic gatherings of researchers and practitioners in the field of arts management and cultural policy.

The 41st International Conference of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) will for the first time be held in the Asia Pacific region in December 2015. The conference will be held at the University of South Australia in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. The conference will be held in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, a modern vibrant city with significant heritage and artistic cultural assets and activities.

Keep these dates free and start planning your trip to Adelaide now!

STP&A participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to: political science, sociology, economics, law, arts management, arts education, art history, museum studies, cultural studies, education, and policy studies as well as arts managers and artists.

The conference is affiliated with the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society (JAMLS), which has been an authoritative peer-reviewed journal in the arts management and cultural policy for more than 40 years.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference may also be considered for publication in special issues of the following journals:



Keynote Speakers Announced!

Professor David Throsby

Distinguished professor in Economics of Art and Culture

Douglas Gautier

CEO & Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre

Professor Julian Meyrick

Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University

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