International Symposium on the Arts in Society (Arts Symposium)
|Event Date/Time: Oct 24, 2006|
|Abstract Submission Date: Nov 23, 2006|
|Paper Submission Date: Jan 23, 2007|
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
* Art Fair participants and organizers
* Arts policymakers and advocates
* Arts administrators
* Community cultural workers
* Art writers
* Media specialists
* Academics and researchers in the arts
* Art educators
* Students and faculty in all art-related fields