Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society

Deadline – 22nd May 2012

The 2012 Conference will be held at the Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK from 23-25 July 2012.

Plenary speakers include: Dr Beatriz García who is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University; Professor Andy Miah, PhD (@andymiah), Director of the Creative Futures Research Centre ( & Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland; and Sally Tallant who is currently Artistic Director and CEO of the Liverpool Biennial and was formerly Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of Exhibitions, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes.

The Arts Conference addresses a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the arts in society. In coordination with the Institute of Cultural Capital, the 2012 conference invites discussion and presentations around the special conference theme –The Art of the EventPlenary speakers will include leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts who will address this theme, speaking on their backgrounds in arts and major events such as the Cultural Olympiad, Capital of Culture, Commonwealth games, Art fairs, and Biennials.

Prospective participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal for one of the following parallel session options: a 30-minute paper; a 60-minute workshop; a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session; or a virtual session. The conference organisers also encourages innovative presentation formats, such as roundtables, staged dialogues, screenings and performances. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream forms a talking circle, an informal forum for focused discussion of issues and Conference themes.

Conference presenters may include contributors in all areas of the arts – artists, educators, graduate students, curators, writers, theorists, researchers, arts administrators and policymakers – with presentations in all disciplines (visual, performing, literary, and interdisciplinary genres). This is a Conference for any person with an interest in and a concern for art practice, public art, art theory, research and policy, curatorial and museum studies, and art education in any of its forms and at any of its sites.

Participants may choose to submit written papers before or after the Conference for possible publication in the peer reviewed The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the Journal.

For full details about the conference and the call for papers visit the conference website here.