Call for Papers – Arts and Narrative

Call for Papers: Arts and Narrative, September 26-27, 2013

The 7th Verge Conference at the School of the Arts, Media + Culture

Trinity Western University Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Stories shape us. Personal, religious, national, and global identities are created and mitigated by creative myths about who we are, our relationships to others, and our place in the world. Today, just as in the past, the arts play a key role in telling and creating the stories that shape culture.

This conference seeks to explore the historical and ongoing ways that different art forms (and particularly interdisciplinary arts) relate to narrative, through questions including:

  • What is the role of the arts in the formation of community narratives (family, nation, culture) today and historically?
  • In what ways do the arts contribute to the narrative of what it means to be human?
  • How do the arts disclose narrative differently from other forms of narrative?
  • What are the ethical implications of story-telling?
  • How do the arts contribute to political narratives?
  • How do artistic narratives intertwine with personal identity?
  • What is the relation of ‘abstract’ or ‘absolute’ art forms to narrative?
  • What are the narratives we create about the arts?
  • In what ways does nature shape narrative and narrative shape nature?
  • How do interactive media change perspectives on narrative?

Keynote Speaker | Gregory Wolfe

  • writer in residence at Seattle Pacific University
  • founder and editor of IMAGE: Art, Faith, Mystery (
  • author of Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age (ISI Books, 2010)

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) to The deadline for proposals is July 15, 2013. For more information, visit:

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