Verge Conference: Arts and Ethics

Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2012 / 9:00 am - (PST) End Date/Time: Oct 19, 2012 / 5:00 pm - (PST)
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October 18-19, 2012
The 6th Verge Conference at the School of the Arts, Media + Culture
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

There is a long history surrounding the relationship between the arts and ethics.  The arts affect individual identities, communities, and relationships between people and their environments.  Each theory of the relation between arts and ethics leads to different views of the ways the arts are experienced and gives rise to different responsibilities for producers and experiencers of the arts.

This conference explores the relations between arts and ethics through questions including:

  • Do artistic forms enact ethics? If so, are some artistic forms 'more ethical' than others"
  • Are there ethical responsibilities to art?
  • What ethical responsibilities do artists have?
  • Do arts educators have ethical responsibilities?
  • What is the distinction (if there is one) between 'arts and ethics' and 'arts and morals/morality'?
  • Can the arts make communicites 'more ethical'?
  • Can the arts help or harm the development of ethical reasoning?
  • How do the arts present ethical responses to real life situations?
  • How have discourses about the arts ignored issues pertaining to ethics?

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Terry Lindvall, Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Prof. Lambert Zuidervaart, Institute for Christian Studies and University of Toronto