Event Date/Time: Oct 16, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 18, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 01, 2008
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This interdisciplinary conference seeks to make space for the multi-layered discussions about the relationships between the arts and community. Questions to be discussed may include: How do the arts (music, visual art, film, theatre, dance, etc.) impact community? How do they create community? Should community be a goal of art, or is it merely a byproduct? How have the arts been used to close communities (nations, people groups, religions) off from other people through identity creation? How have the arts been used to open people up to others? How have artistic communities been changed by globalism and technology? What public is “public art” for? How have economic factors changed the dynamics between art and community? Should artistic practice have an ethical responsibility to a community?

This conference welcomes papers from any discipline that address the topics under consideration. Presentation length is 30 minutes plus time for discussion. Please submit presentation abstracts (300 words or less) or panel abstracts (2-3 presenters, 90 minutes, 500 words) and a short bio (200 words) by July 1, 2008 to Jeff.Warren@twu.ca. Direct any questions regarding the conference to the same address. We encourage multimedia and other non-conventional forms of presentation. Please include any technical requirements in addition to your abstract.

Keynote speakers: Chris Anderson and Christos Hatzis