Arts Conference, 2006
Welcome to website of the International Conference on the Arts in Society. To be held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 15 to 18 August 2006, the Arts Conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the arts today. The conference will run in conjunction with the various arts festivals held in Edinburgh each August, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Conference presenters will include key artists involved in these festivals, and the conference itself will serve as an intellectual platform for festival themes and other topics related to the general theme of the conference: Arts of Engagement.
Conference speakers and performers will include leading 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 conference 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 in any of its sites.
The organising committee is currently inviting proposals to present at the 2006 Arts Conference.
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. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual participation is also available.
Presenters may choose to submit written papers to The Arts Collection, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the journal. All registered conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal when registration is finalised. This subscription is valid until one year after the conference end date.
The International Conference on the Arts in Society
The purpose of the 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. It is 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 year’s conference is Arts of Engagement. Its scope is deliberately broad and ambitious. Our times demand nothing less than cross-disciplinary and holistic approaches. The breadth of the conference, and its accompanying journal, however, will be without prejudice to finely grained discussion of the specific, the local, the grounded—particularly in the parallel sessions of the conference and the papers published from the conference in the International Journal of the Arts in Society.
The conference provides a venue and a framework for the arts and art practices that can be situated within the context of international arts festivals and biennials as a concurrent, yet integrated, event. In this way, the Arts Conference serves as a node in the larger Festival network.
Conference themes will vary annually depending on the conference 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 conference has been initiated by Common Ground. Previous conferences sponsored by Common Ground and run in association with arts festivals include 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 Society, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the journal.Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports.
For more information please visit the Publish Your Paper page.
Who Should Attend
- Festival 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 in all art-related fields