Verge Conference 2013
Arts and Narrative | September 26-27
Trinity Western University | School of the Arts, Media + Culture
Stories shape us. Personal, religious, national, and global identities are created and mitigated by creative myths about who we are, our relationships to others, and our place in the world. Today, just as in the past, the arts play a key role in telling and creating the stories that shape culture.
This conference seeks to explore the historical and ongoing ways that different art forms (and particularly interdisciplinary arts) relate to narrative, through questions including:
- What is the role of the arts in the formation of community narratives (family, nation, culture) today and historically?
- In what ways do the arts contribute to the narrative of what it means to be human?
- How do the arts disclose narrative differently from other forms of narrative?
- What are the ethical implications of story-telling?
- How do the arts contribute to political narratives?
- How do artistic narratives intertwine with personal identity?
- What is the relation of ‘abstract’ or ‘absolute’ art forms to narrative?
- What are the narratives we create about the arts?
- In what ways does nature shape narrative and narrative shape nature?
- How do interactive media change perspectives on narrative?
Keynote Speaker | Gregory Wolfe
- writer in residence at Seattle Pacific University
- founder and editor of (imagejournal.org)
- author of (ISI Books, 2010)
This conference welcomes submissions from any discipline that explores the topic under consideration. Please submit presentation abstracts (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) to email@example.com. Presentation length is 25 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion of each paper. We welcome non-conventional forms of presentation, including lecture-recitals and other performances (a different time frame may be proposed). In order to facilitate discussion throughout the conference, no more than thirty presenters will be chosen to present and there will be no more than two concurrent sessions. Presentations may be considered for publication in our online journal.
The deadline for proposals is July 15 with notification of acceptance by August 1.
Out of the silence you can make a promise it will kill you to break, (that way you'll find out what is real and what is not)
by Erica L. Grimm | photo: Mike Rathjen