Call for Papers

Sixth International Conference on the Arts in Society

9-11 May 2011, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany

Deadline: 22 March 2011

The International Conference on the Arts in Society and the International Journal of the Arts in Society 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.

The 2011 conference will explore the intersection between Art + Science, held in conjunction with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) 2011-2012 Topic of the Year – “ArteFacts. Knowledge is Art – Art is Knowledge”. Presented by BBAW, the 2011-2012 Topic of the Year aims to reassess the relationship between art and science. For more information on the BBAW Topic of the Year, please see: .

This year’s conference includes the following plenary speakers:

  • Suzanne Anker, Visual Artist and Theorist; Chair, Fine Arts Department, School of Visual Arts, New York City, USA.
  • Nina Czegledy, Media Artist, Curator and Writer; Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto; Associate Adjunct Professor, Concordia University, Montreal; Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest.
  • Erika Fischer-Lichte, Institute for Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
  • Victoria Vesna, Media Artist, Researcher, Collaborator, University of California, Los Angeles; New School for Design, New York City, USA.
  • Gunter M. Ziegler, Matheon Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

For further information and updates on the Arts in Society Conference plenary speakers, please see: .

In addition, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in The 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 the journal.

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 .

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 22 March 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 .

If you are not able to join us in Berlin for the 2011 Arts Conference, we are pleased to announce that the 2012 Arts Conference will be held next July at the Liverpool Art and Design Academy, Liverpool, UK.