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Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives is an international journal for artists, educators and therapists, who use and integrate creative arts in their work. The focus is on reporting and discussing perspectives, theory based application and practical results between the West and the East - particularly China and its neighboring cultures. The journal supports cross-disciplinary dialogue, cooperation and research between creative arts (creative writing, dance/movement, drama, film, music, and the visual arts) and education, therapy, psychology, medicine, and other related fields. CAET invites research articles, case reports, program descriptions, position papers, interviews, and conference reports relevant to the field. We also welcome books for review consideration. Manuscripts are subject to a peer review process before being accepted and published. Contributions are to be in English and will be published with bilingual abstracts: English and Chinese. CAET publishes 2 issues per year in both print and online versions.
It was one year ago when the new journal idea came into my mind and giving birth to it has been an exciting journey. I was thinking of a unique academic international journal in English combining arts education and arts therapy with a China focus. In my mind it needs to be the first of its kind to bridge East and West, art and science. I started to invite people one by one onto the editorial board. After more than a half year of preparation, our editorial board has been set up and consists of nearly 50 influential researchers and scholars active in different fields in China and abroad. This group reflects the multidisciplinary commitment of CAET and our vision to enhance serious inquiry into the function and value of the arts in the current social context of East and West.
As the founder of the journal, I also see this as an interesting and rewarding personal journey. My Chinese and biomedical background and many years of living in both China and Europe have given me many perspectives on China and the scientific community, but it was only when I was drawn into the art world through modern dance and later through dance movement therapy that my perspective about myself and the world become more multidimensional and comprehensive. The challenges and bottlenecks I encountered in scientific research suggested that the insights I sought could not be provided by hard science alone which is more mind oriented. When we engage the arts and embodied experience, we are creating more possibilities for understanding ourselves and the world, and for answering many questions, including scientific ones. So I see the value of the arts not only in performances by arts professionals but also as an essential element of life for every human being as well an indispensable counterpart to science -- just like the Yin and Yang we need to make a good balance. This is my fundamental motivation for establishing the journal. Looking back, it was 10 years ago when I brought the knowledge from the West to China with dance/movement therapy colleagues from Europe and the United States. Now, I find myself facilitating the reverse process with the journal where a mutual flow and dialogue will help us complete a circle of learning.
I feel extremely happy and lucky to have Professor Shaun McNiff on board to be one of the chief editors of CAET. Shaun has a profound understanding of the value of art and keeps inspiring our community with his passion for integrating artistic and scientific inquiry. In addition to the many other leaders in the arts in education and therapy fields who have joined our editorial board, I also feel it is important to have young talented researchers participating to bring new ideas and innovation to our journal. The expertise and dedication of Shaun and other editorial board members, and the support from both art and science will play a significant role in determining CAET's success.
“我感到很高兴和荣幸将Shaun McNiff 教授请到我们编委会担任CAET期刊的主编。McNiff 教授对艺术有着深刻的理解并不断地用他整合艺术和科学探索的热情激励着我们领域的同仁们。除了艺术教育和治疗的卓越领导外，我觉得将年轻有为的中青年人才请到我们的团队中是非常重要的。他们的加入将为我们的期刊带来活力和创新”
I do hope CAET will be your partner in your research and practice. We look forward to working closely with our art and science communities in the future. >> 中文全文：生物医学博士为何创立CAET？科学与艺术的结合之道
Well before being introduced to the arts in therapy and education I was interested in relations between East and West and the varied traditions of the world. Unable to read original texts like my college teacher Thomas Berry, the great scholar of Asian religions and cultural history, I explored the same universal heritage of human expression and reflection through the arts. When given the opportunity to work with the arts in therapy I was captured by how the various forms of sensory expression enabled people to say what they could not speak. I also witnessed the way people from vastly different backgrounds and traditions met with respect and compassion in the presence of another’s artistic expression. There was a sense of what Berry described as the sacred depths experienced in the uniqueness of another person’s life. Since 1970 I have explored how the arts heal throughout history and in the different regions of the world by transforming pain and suffering into endlessly variable and unique affirmations of life and by activating creative energies that exist inside and outside the person in what might be imagined as a pulse of nature, maybe close to China’s untranslatable Tao. These forces are not only accessible to all humans, they are what make us human.
As an advocate for a deeper appreciation of this common humanity I have always celebrated understanding and respecting different traditions that move like rivers toward and from the source that holds their ongoing changes. My work with the arts also affirms the endless differences in individual expressions, manifestations of our unique creative DNA and biodiversity. I miss this deeper sensibility in our current Western discussions of culture where more attention needs to be given to how the arts both individuate in the most radical ways while also uniting in communion with all people and living things.
This was the context of my life and thought when Dr. Tony Zhou invited me to be part of CAET. I was taken aback by his commitment to all of the arts, close cooperation between education and therapy, and the need for a more robust partnership between artistic inquiry and science---all of which have been the bedrock of my career presented to me now in a new opportunity to span East and West and to affirm the importance of China to our past and future.
As we begin the work of CAET I am once again limited by my inability to access the written expressions of China but I hope the journal, fully accessible to readers of Chinese and English, will promote more cross-cultural understanding and opportunities for others like me to learn and be a more complete participant in the world. >> 中文全文：是什么吸引世界级专家教授加入CAET
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