A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Themes and Special Focus

The Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society 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 We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus.

  • 2022 Special Focus—History/Histories: From the Limits of Representation to the Boundaries of Narrative
  • Theme 1: Pedagogies of the Arts
  • Theme 2: Arts Histories and Theories
  • Theme 3: New Media, Technology, and the Arts
  • Theme 4: The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life

Research Network Chairs

Dr. Barbara Formis

Dr. Barbara Formis

University Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, France

(English)

Dr. Pilar Irala-Hortal

Dr. Pilar Irala-Hortal

Professor and Researcher, Universidad San Jorge, Zaragoza, Spain

(Spanish)

Conference Chair

Dr. Pilar Irala-Hortal

Dr. Pilar Irala-Hortal

Professor and Researcher, Universidad San Jorge, Zaragoza, Spain

Plenary Speakers

The Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Ariadna Matas

Ariadna Matas

Policy Advisor, Cultural Heritage, Europeana Foundation, Netherlands (English Speaker)

Juan Miguel Sánchez Vigil

Juan Miguel Sánchez Vigil

Catedrático, Departamento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España (Spanish Speaker)

Mónica Carabias Álvaro

Mónica Carabias Álvaro

Profesora Titular, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España (Spanish Speaker)

Helena Barranha

Helena Barranha

Profesora, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidad de Lisboa, Portugal (English Speaker)

Featured Panel

Ordinary Aesthetics: The Power of the Everyday

What is Everyday Aesthetics and how the concepts of ordinary, quotidian, ritual, banal animate the debate on the theory and philosophy of art? How does the ordinary transform our idea of 'aesthetics'? Drawing from the research of Yuriko Saito, Thomas Leddy, Katya Mandoki, Kevin Melchionne this panel aims to understand the European roots of an everyday aesthetics evoking groundbreaking theories of Maurice Blanchot and Henri Lefebvre but also Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Our focus will be on the ideas of movement, body dynamics, gestures and postures as specificities to be studied and reproduced in order to grasp the sensitive and aesthetic qualities of ordinary life. Film studies and performance art will help us understand the deepest fabric of ordinary aesthetics extending art to communicative process of sense making, connecting the arts to everyday life. The connection to ecological and political issues are key research criteria and the idea of democracy will also encourage a perspective of research aiming to blend self-inquiry and collective inquiry in order to understand the political and ecological impacts of the art process.

Plenary Panel Speakers: Elisabetta Di Stefano (University of Palermo, Italy), Barbara Formis (School of the Arts of the Sorbonne University, France), Sarah Leperchey (School of the Arts of the Sorbonne University, France), Pascale Weber (School of the Arts of the Sorbonne University, France)


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