Barbara Formis, Twelfth International Conference on The Arts in Society, The American University of Paris, France
Plenary Session with Judy Chicago, Fourth International Conference on Arts in Society, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy
Opening Session, Tenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Imperial College London, London, UK
Conference Dinner, Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Opening Session, Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Founded in 2000, the Arts in Society Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities.


Annual Conference

International Conference on the Arts in Society attendees include leaders in the field, as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer opportunities for attendees to share their work, discuss key issues in the field, and build relationships with attendees.

Membership in the network is included with each conference registration.

Journals & Books

The Arts in Society Research Network supports a collection of journals and book imprint.

Anyone may submit an article or book proposal for consideration. Those accepted become members and then move through a review process leading to publication.

Full online access to our journals and books is provided with membership.


The Arts in Society Research Network members have several opportunities for ongoing involvement. They can share video presentations of their scholarly work, apply to serve on the network's Advisory Board, participate as a Reviewer, help curate relevant news as online editors, and much more. In short, there are myriad chances for members to gain experience and bolster resumes. Monthly email newsletters contain updates on our conference, journals, and books as well as other news from the field.

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