Call For Papers: Arts & Environment

The School of the Arts, Media, and Culture (SAMC) at Trinity Western University is hosting their 10th annual ‘Verge Conference’ this October 1-3 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada on the theme of Arts & Environment. A CFP can be found here and a brief description below:



How have both artists and scientists understood the environment as home, and as sacred?

How is environment health inseparable from human flourishing?

Rapid environmental changes, especially as driven by human activity, present critical global issues calling for urgent action. Several prominent voices have recently called for those in the arts to be change agents towards a more responsible and sustainable future. Within such a context this conference seeks to explore some of the opportunities, responses, and responsibilities in the arts, including connections between the arts and science.

We invite presentations on such topics as…

  • How are arts and environmental science methodologies complementary or compatible? How can science-based research and arts-based research strengthen each other? What can we learn from each other?
  • What ethical responsibilities do environmental scientists and artists share?
  • What is the environmental legacy of socially engaged art, relational aesthetics and earthworks?
  • How are artists engaging in environmental activism? Is this art, propaganda or terrorism?
  • How can the arts address alienation and woundedness at the planetary as well as the individual level?
  • other topics related to the theme

This conference welcomes submissions from any discipline that explores the topic under consideration. Please submit presentation abstracts (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) toshayna.leenstra@twu.ca.

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