School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC Interdisciplinary

Verge Conference 2014

Trinity Western University | School of the Arts, Media + Culture  
Music Building

“Human production encounters  an enormous variety of ways of trying things out, rejecting them, succeeding, or failing. Art begins precisely there, where we are able to do otherwise.” (Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays, Cambridge University Press, 1986)

“The space between theory and practice becomes a site for making art and doing research and takes creative inquiry beyond discipline boundaries, cultural borders and technological divides.” (Graeme Sullivan, Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in Visual Arts, Sage Publications, 2009)

This conference seeks to explore how material, experiential, transitory, and performative practices constitute research, and the implications of the question for the artist, the academy, and the wider communities in which artists work.

We invite presentations on such topics as...

  • the kinds of inquiry taking place in the arts
  • artistic inquiry as re/search
  • arts re/search + the re/searcher
  • kinds of knowledge generated through arts research
  • relating arts praxis to epistemic frameworks of other disciplines
  • arts + scholarship: navigating traditional structures ill suited to the assumptions, values, and outcomes of arts practices
  • re/searching community through the arts
  • arts + interdisciplinary re/search
  • other topics related to the theme

Keynote Speakers

  • William Catling
    Chair and Professor, Department of Art and Design
    Director, MFA in Visual Art
    Azusa Pacific University
  • Lynn Fels
    Associate Professor of Arts Education
    Simon Fraser University 

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 shayna.leenstra@twu.ca. 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 June 30, 2014, with notification of acceptance by August 1. 

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