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International Symposium on Practice-as-Research (ISPaR)


International Symposium on Practice-as-Research (ISPaR)
Hong Kong, 4-6 December 2017
Theme: Controversies, Challenges, Conceptualisations: East-West Perspectives

Join us in Hong Kong for the inaugural International Symposium on Practice-as-Research (ISPaR)! It will bring together arts practitioners, thinkers, researchers and leaders in the field to explore ways that Practice-as-Research can contribute to enhancing performance and education outcomes. Take part in a broad range of stimulating discussions, presentations, debates and embodied explorations seeking to identify ways to advance this bourgeoning and innovative field of study in the performing and technical arts. Enjoy being situated in an environment that mirrors Hong Kong itself, a confluence of the east and west, each with its rich cultural traditions and artistic practices. Reflect and inquire into how diverse cultural contexts can influence artistic processes and products as you share your epistemologies of practice.



We will be delighted to welcome you to this three-day event at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to:

Consider and identify the purpose and value of Practice-as-Research

Deliberate upon contextual considerations when applying Practice-as-Research in intercultural and intracultural settings

Debate methods of assessing and evaluating Practice-as-Research

Inquire into the place of Practice-as-Research within the cultural and creative industries

Review pioneering Practice-as-Research studies and interrogate ways to move forward in understanding practice



Prof Estelle Barrett

Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University


Dr Simon K Ellis

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University


Prof Maria Delgado

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London


Mr SHA Xiaolan

Chief Lighting Designer for G20 Summit 2016 and Olympic Games 2008


Prof John O’Toole

Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne


Prof Barbara Bolt

The Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music


Mr Kok Heng Leun

Drama Box




Opening & Opening Address




Tea Break


Dialogic Keynotes with Facilitated Discussion




Specialist Sessions (Panels/Workshops/Presentations), Poster Presentations, Events


Tea Break


Specialist Sessions (Panels & Workshops) , Poster Presentations, Events








Tea Break


Dialogic Keynotes with Facilitated Discussion




Parallel Sessions: Presentations, Workshops, Posters, Events


Tea Break


Specialist Sessions (Panels/Workshops/Presentations)




Harbourfront Mixer (a reception with 2 hours free flow of drinks and canapés)






Tea Break


Parallel Sessions: Presentations, Workshops, Posters, Events




Parallel Sessions: Presentations, Workshops, Posters, Events


Tea Break







ISPaR will be held from 4-6 December 2017 at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. We welcome proposals from anyone with a background or interest in Practice-as-Research in the performing, technical, and creative arts. This includes arts practitioners and professionals, thinkers and researchers.

The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline has been extended to 20 August 2017 (Sunday) 11:59pm GMT. Please submit the proposals through EasyChair

We are inviting submissions for:

– Presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A)

– Practical workshops or masterclasses (90 minutes)

– Poster sessions


We invite submissions that explore the following topics:

– The purpose and value of Practice-as-Research

– Contextual considerations when applying Practice-as-Research in intercultural and intracultural settings

– Methods of assessing and evaluating Practice-as-Research

– The place of Practice-as-Research within the cultural and creative industries

– Pioneering Practice-as-Research studies


Presentations – Presentations may be both performative and academic. Presentations will be held in classrooms equipped with computers, data-projectors and sound systems. However there will be no provision for lighting.  Requests for additional equipment may be entertained on a case by case basis.


Workshops – Workshops will be conducted in a range of venues that will include a computer, data-projector and sound system. Requests for specific studio spaces and additional equipment may be entertained on a case by case basis.


Posters – Posters will be exhibited in the conference’s venue for the entire length of the programme. Presenters will be given the opportunity to discuss and expound upon their research posters with delegates. Posters must be at least A2 in size and no bigger than 100cm X 140cm. A3 size posters will not be accepted.


Guidelines for Submission

1. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by groups of presenters.

2. The duration for sessions will be:

– Presentation: 30 minutes (20mins presentation followed by a 10mins Q&A)

– Workshop: 90 minutes

– Poster: 10 minutes

3. Proposal must be submitted through the online submission system. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in English or characters in Chinese. Please submit a biography of no more than 50 words with the abstract (in total 300 words).
All proposals are submitted through EasyChair (A conference management system). If this is your first time submitting a proposal through EasyChair, you will need to register with EasyChair before the system will allow you to submit an abstract. Instructions for EasyChair can be accessed by clicking this link.

4. The Organising Committee reserves the right to edit your proposal for publication purposes. Proposals will be peer-reviewed. Notifications of the review process will be sent to applicants during 4 -15 September 2017 via email.

To submit the proposal, please click here.

Important Dates

– Submission Deadline: Extended to 20 Aug 2017 (Sunday) 11:59pm GMT

– Notification of Acceptance: 4-15 September 2017 


The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is a leading institution in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to providing a 21st century education to students in the Schools of Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film & Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts (which includes design, property making, set construction, scenic art, lighting, sound, technical direction and arts, event and stage management). The Academy offers programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is committed to the cultivation and exchange of arts- and practice-based research.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
You may find more information about the Academy at:

more information



1. Room rates are subject to service charges of 10% per room per night.

2. Rooms are subject to availability, reservations should be made 30 days prior to the arrival.











• Group Discount
Groups of 5 or more can enjoy a 20% discount on the Early Bird and Standard Registration.


• HKAPA Alumni Discount
HKAPA alumni may enjoy a 50% discount on the Early Bird and Standard Registration.
(please enter the code “AL” when registering at


• HKAPA Staff and Current Students

–  A full subsidy of registration fee is provided to HKAPA staff and current students,  (except Habourfront Mixer on Day 2). Staff and students are required to complete the online registration by 1 November 2017.

– A limited number of seats for Harbourfront Mixer in QUAYSIDE Harbour Front Restaurant & Bar on Day 2 of the Symposium are available for pre-booking by both staff and students. A registration fee of HK$480 will be charged per person.


Registration Period

• Early Bird Registration: 1 August 2017 to 1 October 2017

• Standard Registration:  2 October 2017 to 11 November 2017-

• Late Registration:           12 November 2017 to 3 December 2017


Procedures & Payment

Registration and payment are available online here : 


Registration Confirmation
On completion of registration and payment confirmation, electronic registration documents and receipt will be sent to your registered email.


No refund will be given on cancellation of registration.


Terms & Conditions of Sale

• One person per registration (Package holders may be asked to produce identification on demand.)

• HKAPA has the absolute right to deny entry to any person who has not registered.

• HKAPA reserves the right to refuse admission to any late-comers to individual sessions or determine an appropriate time of entry into the sessions.

• Packages sold are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. All handling charges collected are non-refundable.

• HKAPA reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute speakers and performers, and/or vary advertised programmes, seating arrangements, and audience capacity (in accordance with the announcement on the Symposium website).

• Cameras and other recording equipment are prohibited in the venues.

• A registration package holder may be refused admission if any details on the registration documents have been omitted or altered or if the registration documents are damaged, defaced or otherwise mutilated.

• Registration Package holders must observe the House Rules of the venues.

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Special Arrangement for Bad Weather

• If Typhoon Signal No. 8 (or above) or the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted at 6:00am on event date, the morning session of the symposium will be cancelled. If Typhoon Signal No. 8 (or above) or the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is still hoisted at 11:00am on the event date, all afternoon sessions will also be cancelled. For evening activities on all days, they will be cancelled if Typhoon Signal No. 8 (or above) or the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is still hoisted at 5:00pm on event date.

• The Symposium Secretariat will notify all registrants of the latest arrangement before 7:00am in the event of adverse weather conditions affecting the symposium sessions.
• If any part of the event is cancelled or postponed by the organiser, delegates will be refunded a percentage of the fee to cover the cancelled period. The refund is provided only to those registration package holders who have paid for the day/s in question.


Prof Samuel Leong PhD – Deputy Director (Academic)

Dr Prudence Wales – Assistant Deputy Director (Research & Interdisciplinary Studies)

Members (in Alphabetical Order)
Mr Alex Lai – Senior Lecturer (Film/TV Directing)
Mr Boaz Chow – Lecturer (Playwriting and Scriptwriting – Chinese Opera)
Ms Estella Wong –  Head of Academic Studies/Applied Theatre and MFA Coordinator (Drama)
Prof Gillian Choa – Dean of the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts
Dr Grace Yu – Lecturer (Academic Studies in Music)
Mr Grahame Lockey – Head of Practice-based Research and Academic Planning Unit
Dr Joseph Gonzales – Head of Academic and Contextual Studies in Dance and MFA Coordinator (Dance)
Mr Matthew Veitch – Acting Head of Academic Studies in Theatre and Entertainment Arts
Dr Shane Levesque – Senior Lecturer (Historical Performance Practice) and MMus Coordinator
Dr Stephen Cheung – Head of Graduate Education Centre

Conference Organiser & Administration Team

Ms Mandy Petty – Project Manager
Ms Winnie Poon – Secretary
Ms Keith Leung –  Designer


1. From Hong Kong International Airport

From Hong Kong SAR Airport (which is located at Chek Lap Kok), you can reach the Central District by catching the Airport Express Line (AEL) which takes about 30 minutes to reach Hong Kong Station. Get off at Hong Kong Station and then either take a taxi to the Academy (a 10 minutes ride) or the MTR.

The AEL runs every 8-12 minutes, and charges HK$100 (approximately US$13) per person. Taxis from Hong Kong Station to Wan Chai District cost approximately HK$50 (around US$7). Operating hours for AEL are from 6am to 1am.

2. Via MTR Station
‘The Academy is located roughly mid-way between Admiralty and Wan Chai MTR Stations. From Admiralty MTR Station, you can take Exit “D” signposted to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. From Wan Chai Station, you can take Exit “A1”.

3. Via Bus
You can find the following buses near the Academy:
2, 5P, A12, 18, 18P,46X, 70, 70M, 104, 260, 307, 309, 373, 373A, M590, 720, 720A, 720P, 780, 788, 967X, 969X

For detailed bus routes, go to the following links:
The Kowloon Motor Bus
City Bus and First Bus 

4.General Public Transport
Hong Kong SAR is geographically compact and has excellent public transportation in the form of buses, trams and the Mass Transit Railway (MTR).

The MTR is relatively cheap and frequent. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is within walking distance of Wan Chai MTR Station, and Admiralty MTR Station.

There are plenty of metered taxis running day and night, which are inexpensive; meters are clearly displayed.

The famous Star Ferry operates from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central and Wan Chai.

Hong Kong International Airport
Mass Transit Railways
The Kowloon Motor Bus
City Bus and First Bus
The Star Ferry Company Limited
Hong Kong Tramways


The Hong Kong Context

Post-colonial Hong Kong is situated in the rapidly growing Pearl River Delta region comprising Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong. Home to more than 120 million people, the region has been identified as the world’s first and largest “mega-region” in a United Nations’ State of World Cities Report (2010). The 21st century has been called the Asian Century, which has witnessed a glorious surge of cultural exchange within and between the region as well as with countries beyond.

Passport & Visa

In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong.

Nationals of most countries do not require a visa to enter Hong Kong for tourism and can stay for periods varying from 7 to 180 days, depending on nationality. If you are unsure of your status, please check with the Hong Kong Immigration Department or any Chinese Embassy or Consulate General.

You can also find further details about visa requirements on the Immigration Department website at:

Climate & Time Zone

Hong Kong SAR has a subtropical climate. It will be the beginning of Winter in Hong Kong in early December. Temperatures in December fall between 12 – 18°C.
Hong Kong SAR time is GMT plus 8 hours.

Currency & Banks

The unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). It is pegged to the US$ at approximately HKD 7.8 to USD 1. Most foreign currencies and traveller’s cheques can be changed at banks, money-changers, hotels and major retail outlets. Banks usually offer the best exchange rates. Hong Kong dollar notes are available in $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 denominations. Coins come in 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1, $2, $5 and $10 denominations. All major credit cards are widely accepted.
Most banks are open from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

You may find the following Banking and ATM facilitates at the United Centre or Pacific Place Mall, which are near Admiralty MTR Station, approximately 10 minutes walking distance from the Academy:

• Bank of China: Shop 1021, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
• Hang Seng Bank: Shop 2029, 2/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
• CitiBank Limited: Shop 2003-2006, 2/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
• Bank of East Asia: Shop 1007-1008, 1/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
• Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: Shop 1013-1014, 1/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
• HSBC: Shop 102, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
• Standard Chartered Bank: Unit 355, Level 3, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty


Local voltage is 220V at 50Hz. Adapters can be easily purchased, and most hotels have multi-voltage fittings for electric razors.


As a compact city with more than 12,000 restaurants, Hong Kong could be described as a dining district in itself. Culinary discoveries can be made just about anywhere in the city. Restaurant hubs near the Academy include the Starstreet Precinct (Wanchai) and The East (Wanchai). More information can be found at:

Emergency & Insurance

In case of an emergency (e.g. accident, crime, or fire) dial 999 and ask for assistance.
It is strongly recommended that you take out travel insurance.

SIM Card

You can get the Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card at any 1010 Centre in town, including the 5/F of the Hong Kong International Airport Arrival Hall, more than 1,000 7-Eleven, Circle K or VanGO convenience stores, csl or HKT shops, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Kowloon Visitor Centre at the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui. For a full list of retailers, please click here.

More information can be found at:

Useful Links

HKAPA website:
Academy’s Website

General Information:
Immigration Department, HKSAR
Hong Kong Observatory
Tourism Commission, HKSAR

Health Service:
Travel Health Service, HKSAR
Department of Health

Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong Restaurant Guide

Hong Kong Tourism Board
Lonely Planet
Trip Advisor
Travel China Guide