Arts and Knowing (VERGE2009)

Venue: Trinity Western University

Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 29, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 15, 2009
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The Verge Arts Series at Trinity Western University Presents
A conference on the topic of:
Arts and Knowing
October 29-30, 2009
Trinity Western University
Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Are there things that we can know through the arts that cannot be known otherwise? If so, how does such knowledge differ from other sources of knowledge? What does it mean to ‘know’ a piece of art or to gain knowledge from a piece of art? This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate questions related to the arts and knowing. Art forms under consideration may include but not be limited to: visual arts, theatre, music, literature, film, sculpture, digital arts, cookery, crafts, design, and architecture.

Questions to investigate may include:

1. Epistemology and art
What can we know through the creation and experience of the arts? Does such knowledge differ from other sources of knowledge?

2. Arts as both a research subject and researcher.
Are the arts a subject of research, research in itself, or both? What role does interpretation of the arts have? Do works of art participate in dialogue with written research?

3. Artistic practice and the academy
Is artistic practice research? What role do artist practitioners have in the academy? How has artistic knowing been limited to specialists?

4. Research into the process of creation and performance
Recently more interest has been taken exploring overlooked aspects of artistic production, such as the role of the performer. How has such interest changed what is known about art?

This conference welcomes papers from any discipline that address the topics under consideration. Presentation length is 25 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) to 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.

Deadlines: Proposals received before August 1, 2009 will be notified of acceptance by August 15. The final deadline for proposals is September 15, 2009, and those selected to present will be informed by September 30, 2009. For best chance of acceptance, please submit by the earlier date.

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