Arts and Genesis

September 30 – October 1, 2010 
School of the Arts, Media and Culture
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Debate over the nature of artistic creation has, at times, rivaled and paralleled debates about the creation of the world. This conference seeks to explore the web of topics surrounding the term genesis, including: the generation of artistic theory and praxis; the origin of art as a concept; the nativity of individual art works; and the creative process. Topics to investigate may include but are not limited to:

  1. Genesis as origin
    Exploring origins of artistic concepts or practices, phenomenologies of artistic creation, and beliefs that influence creative practice.
  2. Creation as world-making
    In what way does artistic creation establish or suggest new ways of thinking and being in the world?
  3. Talking creation
    How do the words used to describe the creative process alter both how art is perceived and how it is produced?
  4. Creation Myths
    What myths, developed by critics, historians, artists, and others have come to dominate concepts of artistic creation? What cultural work is done by such myths?
  5. Economies of Creation
    In what ways do economies (local or global) alter artistic creation and contribute to conceptualizations of artistic creation?
  6. Artistic Genesis on Display
    How does putting the creative process on display alter the creative process?

Call for Papers

This conference welcomes papers from any discipline that address the topics under consideration. Please submit presentation abstracts (300 words) and a short bio (200 words) Direct any questions regarding the conference to the same address. We encourage multimedia and other non-conventional forms of presentation, including lecture-recitals and other performances. Please include any technical requirements in addition to your abstract. Presentation length is 25 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion of each paper. Unconventional presentations may propose a different time frame for presentation. 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.


The deadline for proposals is July 1, 2010. Those selected to present will be informed no later than August 1, 2010.

Keynote Speaker

Bruce Ellis Benson, Wheaton College