International Symposium on the Arts in Society (Arts Symposium)

Venue: New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 24, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 23, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Jan 23, 2007
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2007 International Symposium on the Arts in Society. Held mid way between the annual International Conference on the Arts in Society (held in 2006 in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festivals), we will work in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and its Center for Art and Public Policy. Similar to our full annual conferences, this mid-year Arts Symposium will address a range of critically important themes relating to the arts today. The symposium will run in conjunction with The Armory Show International Art Fair, one of the leading and largest visual art fairs in the world. Conference presenters will include participants in this year’s Armory Show, as well as leading theorists and practitioners from NYU and our International Advisory Board. The symposium itself will serve as a platform to investigate issues raised by the Armory Show and other international visual arts fairs, with respect to their impact on the art market and issues of inclusiveness, innovation, and frameworks for conceptualising contemporary art through public display. Visual, performing and literary arts will also be central to presentations and topics related to the general theme of the symposium: Arts and Public Reception.

Symposium speakers and performers will include contributors in all areas of the arts - artists, curators, writers, theorists and policymakers - as well as papers, colloquia and workshop presentations by artists in all disciplines (visual, performing and literary) and arts researchers. This is a symposium for any person with an interest in, and a concern for, arts practice, arts theory and research, curatorial and museum studies, and arts education in any of its forms and at any of its sites.

The organising committee is currently inviting proposals to present at the 2007 Arts Symposium.

Participants are welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30 minute presentation, 60 minute workshop, a jointly presented 90 minute colloquium session, or a virtual session.Of these, several sessions will be Crafted Panels or “invited sessions” that are curated or proposed in collaboration with the Conference Director and in keeping with the Symposium theme. We encourage presentation formats that are innovative, such as roundtables, staged dialogues, screenings and performance components. In addition to daily Plenary Sessions, remaining sessions are concurrent or parallel.

Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers before or after the conference for publication consideration in the International Journal of the Arts in Society, a fully refereed academic journal. All conference participants receive an online subscription to the journal for one year after the conference.


The purpose of both this Arts Symposium and the annual Arts Conference is to create an intellectual frame of reference for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. They are intended as a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world, on stage, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities.

The theme of this Symposium is Arts and Public Reception. Its scope is deliberately broad and ambitious. Our times demand nothing less than cross-disciplinary and holistic approaches. The breadth of the symposium and the conference, and their accompanying journal, however, are without prejudice to finely grained discussion of the specific, the local, and grounded practices. All papers and session write-ups will be eligible for publication consideration in the International Journal of the Arts in Society.

The symposium and conference provide a venue and a framework for the arts and art practices that can be situated within the context of international arts fairs, festivals and biennials as a concurrent, yet integrated, event. In this way, the Arts Conference serves as a node in the larger festival phenomenon and network.

Themes for the annual conference and the shorter and more focused symposia vary annually depending on the venue and parallel festival themes. The Arts Conference directly and indirectly co-creates an agenda in concert with festival directors and the local arts and academic communities in the location in which it is held. In this way, the structure of the conference remains flexible and context-specific. The Arts Conference thereby becomes an additional and alternative medium for creative expression of scholarship and collaborative possibilities among artists, scholars and cultural policy makers.

This symposium has been initiated by Common Ground. Previous conferences sponsored by Common Ground and run in association with arts festivals include our inaugural Arts Conference, held in 2006 in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festivals in Scotland, the Art of Dissent, the Fourth Pillar Conference and the, Indigenous Arts Conference held in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival of the Arts and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

The International Journal of the Arts in Society

Presenters have the option to submit papers for refereeing and publication to the International Journal of the Arts in SocietyVirtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration to the journal.

Papers submitted for publication will be peer reviewed. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports

For more information please visit the Submission Guidelines page.

Who Should Attend

* Artists
* Art Fair participants and organizers
* Arts policymakers and advocates
* Arts administrators
* Curators
* Community cultural workers
* Art writers
* Media specialists
* Academics and researchers in the arts
* Art educators
* Students and faculty in all art-related fields


Additional Information

REGISTRATION OPTIONS Earlybird Registration $AU500.00 (approx: $US378.65 | €302.00) Full Conference Registration $AU600.00 (approx: $US454.38 | €362.40) One-Day Registration $AU450.00 (approx: $US340.78 | €271.80) Student & Artist Registration $AU300.00 (approx: $US227.19 | €181.20) Non-Presenter Full Registration $AU500.00 (approx: $US378.65 | €302.00) Joint Arts and Humanities Symposium Registration $AU425.00 (approx: $US321.85 | €256.70) Virtual Registration $AU300.00 (approx: $US227.19 | €181.20) PRESENTATION OPTIONS IN-PERSON 30 minute Presentation: A conference session involving a 15 minute speaker presentation, followed by questions and answers. Allow 5 minutes within the 30 minute timeslot for people to move between rooms. If you would like a chair or facilitator for your session, the conference organisers suggest that you find a person to fulfil this role from amongst other conference participants. The chair’s role is to introduce the presenter/performer, keep the presentation within the 15 minute time limit and manage the question and answer session. Presenters may also chair their own sessions, but are requested to keep to this format. We recommend against reading whole papers, and suggest that handouts (20 or 30 copies - please bring these with you, as there are no photocopying facilities at the conference) and visual supports (data slides or overhead transparencies) to assist delivery. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome, though only one article can be submitted to the journal based on each presentation. 60 minute Presentation: A workshop, crafted panel, staged conversation, dialogue or debate. This is a conference session involving substantial interaction with the audience. It must not simply be a long paper - papers are for 30 minute sessions only. If you wish to submit an article to the journal based on a workshop session, it should be a single, jointly authored piece. 90 minute Colloquium: A conference session involving at least five registered participants (for instance, a chair or facilitator plus four or more presenters who present for no more than 15-minutes each). At least 15 minutes must be left for audience interaction. The conference committee does not organise these sessions. Presenters need to conceive and design the session and submit a proposal through the call for papers area on the conference website. Either a single article or multiple articles can be submitted to the journal based on the content of a colloquium session. NON-ATTENDING Virtual Presentation: A paper submitted without the presenter attending the conference in person, but eligible to be refereed and published (if accepted) in the journal. This does not involve a presentation in the conventional sense (e.g. via audio or video link), only a paper submission the International Journal of the Arts in Society. The virtual presenter also joins the conference community as a referee, receives a complimentary online subscription to the journal and the conference and journal newsletter.