Event Date/Time: Sep 29, 2011 End Date/Time: Sep 30, 2011
Registration Date: Jun 15, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2011
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Arts and Celebration

September 29 – 30, 2011
The 6th Annual Verge Conference at the
School of the Arts, Media + Culture
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

In times of celebration, the arts often play a prominent role. There is no shortage of examples of the use of dance, music, theatre, culinary arts and visual arts in and around celebrations including weddings, parties, state ceremonies, rites of passage, and religious events. Historical and sociological case studies of the celebratory uses of the arts opens up cultural and theoretical questions about how and why arts are used in celebration and the affect of their use on other areas of life.

Some questions include:
- What elements of the arts have been culturally marked as ‘celebratory’?
- How do celebratory aspects of different arts relate? For example, how do the dance, food and music of celebratory events interact?
- How do the usages of the arts in celebration affect the ways people relate with one another?
- In what ways are creative processes celebratory, and how might a celebratory creative process differ from another type?
- How do the art forms utilized in celebration differ from art forms usually associated with lament, solitude, or meditation?
- How do the arts as celebration interact with theorizations of ‘festival’ and ‘carnival’?
- Are there improper or immoral uses of arts in celebration? Are there proper or moral uses?
- What are the varieties of celebration and how do the arts chosen to enact the celebration alter the character of the event?

Call for Papers

This conference welcomes papers from any discipline that address the topics under consideration. Please submit presentation abstracts (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) 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, including lecture-recitals and other performances. Please include any technical requirements in addition to your abstract. Presentation length is 25 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion of each paper. Unconventional presentations may propose a different time frame for presentation. In order to facilitate discussion throughout the conference, no more than thirty presenters will be chosen to present and there will be no more than two concurrent sessions. Presentations whose topics intersect with our newly launched journal will be considered for publication in an edition themed on the conference topic. For more information on the journal: www.vergearts.com

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2011. Those selected to present will be informed no later than June 15, 2011.

In 2011, Trinity Western University celebrates its 50th year, and discussions about how to celebrate this milestone have been pondered. The role of the arts in celebration has been a topic of discussion around our campus, and that prompted the conference topic.


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