2017 a2ru National Conference Arts in the Public Sphere:
Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement
November 1 – 4, 2017 • Boston, MA Hosted by Northeastern University Additional events hosted by Boston University,
Massachusetts Institute for Technology, and Tufts University
Friday, April 7, 2017
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is pleased to announce the 2017 a2ru National Conference, hosted by the Northeastern University with additional conference events throughout hosted by Boston University, Massachusetts Institute for Technology, and Tufts University, November 1-4, 2017.
Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement. As a 21st century global city, Boston embodies many of the issues that drive diverse contemporary cultural contexts. It supports a rich and continually evolving sense of civic realms, and is home to leading arts, educational, medical, industrial and corporate entities invested in innovative modes of research, practice and civic participation. There is also clear recognition that the ‘public sphere’ is not confined to large metropolitan regions. Creating dynamic communities that engage and extend beyond traditional boundaries—in both virtual and material ways—remains a growing challenge and the work before us.
a2ru invites proposals from researchers, field leaders, and practitioners investigating the intersections, synergies, and interfaces of arts in the public sphere and their influence on civility, advocacy, and engagement. We seek proposals from: university-level faculty, administrators, and students, as well as civic leaders and representatives from industry, private enterprise, sectors outside the arts that incorporate the arts and design in their work, and public/private arts, culture, and civic organizations. We invite proposals from researchers, field leaders, and practitioners around the 2017 them and/or that address issues relevant to the mission of a2ru.
FORMATS FOR PARTICIPATION
Papers or alternative equivalents such as performances or time-based media presentations. 3-4 papers/performances/presentations will be grouped by the selection committee into 90-minute sessions around common themes.
Discussion panels. Panels should focus around a conference-themed topic and include a moderator and at least 3 panelists; each panelist is encouraged to offer a brief position paper or introductory presentation to uniquely enhance audience discussion. Panels should build in a direct dialog interface with attendees within an overall 90-minute session.
Working groups. Groups provide opportunity for immersive work sessions that participants sign up for in advance of the conference. Proposals should include a focus topic in relation to the conference themes as well as the intended working methods and outcomes of the group process.
Proposals will be reviewed and accepted through a blind peer review process by a2ru partner scholars, practitioners, and researchers
Visit the conference event page to find out more and download submission materials. All materials are due by Friday, April 7, 2017.