2012 Arts in Society Conference, Art and Design Academy

23-25 July 2012 Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

We are pleased to announce the Call-for-Papers for the Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society. The conference and its companion journal provide a scholarly platform for discussions of the arts and art practices, enabling 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 – in studios and classrooms, in galleries and museums, on stage, on the streets and in communities.

In addition to an impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the conference will also include paper presentations, roundtable discussions, workshop and interactive presentations, poster or exhibit sessions, and colloquia submitted by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Please refer to the Call-for-Papers for proposal submission guidelines and descriptions of sessions. Presenters may also choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Arts in Society. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal.

The host city of Liverpool celebrated its 800th birthday in 2007 and, throughout its history, has stood at the center of many of the world’s trades, inventions, and cultural innovations. As a world port city, Liverpool boasts a diverse population, drawing from its many peoples, cultures, and religions, and in celebration of this history, Liverpool was named a European Capital of Culture in 2008.

As an important cultural center, Liverpool is known for its contributions to music, visual arts, literature, and performing arts. The city houses more galleries and national museums than any other city in the UK outside of London, including the Tate Liverpool, the FACT Centre, the Walker Art Gallery, the Bluecoat, and of course, the international Liverpool Biennial art festival. In addition, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Shakespeare Festival, Matthew Street Festival, and the Empire, Everyman, Liverpool Playhouse, Neptune, Royal Court and Unity theaters are all found in this colorful city.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the Arts in Society YouTube Playlist. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details. Additionally, please join our online conversation by subscribing to our monthly email newsletter and subscribing to our Facebook, RSS, or Twitter feeds at http://www.artsinsociety.com/ .

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 17 January 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found on the conference website at http://www.ArtsinSociety.com/Conference .

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