Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities


2014 CEAH Research Summit

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Call for Presenters
Proposal for Lightning Round Presentations - Application due September 23rd, 2014

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities announces the first annual Arts and Humanities Research Summit at Iowa State University to be held Thursday October 23, 2014. Iowa State faculty working in the arts and humanities disciplines are invited to present their creative and research-based scholarship in a collegial setting over a single morning culminating in a buffet lunch for attendees and participants.

For this inaugural year, the goal of the summit is to establish an on-campus collegial event wherein Iowa State faculty may learn of each others current research themes, new developments in the arts and humanities, as well as simply to come together to celebrate the diversity and quality of arts and humanities research at ISU.

This inaugural 2014 summit will be a half-day event comprised of two panel presentations and several lightning round sessions where each participant introduces their creative and research-based scholarship in timed four-minute segments. Proposals are invited for participation in the lightning rounds.

About the Lightning Round Format Lightning rounds are energetic and entertaining, providing a quick but rich overview of an individuals creative and scholarly work to an audience. Participants present the essence of their work in timed four-minute segments. The format originated in early radio and TV shows, and has recent gained ground in academic and research conferences as a way to capture the current state of ideas and accomplishments in particular field. In the 2014 Arts and Humanities Research Summit, this format will showcase a broad cross section of inspiring research at ISU.

The Call for Presenters
Proposal for Lightning Round Presentations - Application due September 23rd, 2014

To watch examples of Lightning Rounds presentations from a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) conference: Video


2014 National Conference

November 5th-8th, 2014

Iowa State University


To Register

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of almost thirty institutions committed to the expansion of the arts in research universities and ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice. The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for faculty, deans, administrators, funders, leaders and students from any discipline who engage in arts-integrative interdisciplinary efforts to convene and share ideas, best practices, research, creative work and networks.

The theme for the 2014 conference is Edge Effects, which serves as an apt analogy for the great wealth of arts-integrative interdisciplinary research, curricula and creative practices in which a2ru partners engage. At these edges scholars and creators from the arts and other disciplines form unique relationships, make creative and scholarly adaptations and, in many cases, create new fields, knowledge and modes of creative expression. The edge effect refers to the changes in population and diversity of species where habitats meet, compete and overlap. In those boundary spaces, or edges, ecologists often find greater numbers of species from both habitats as well as greater biodiversity than found in either. The edge is where we find plants and animals from each habitat that form unique relationships, make adaptations and contribute to the emergence of new species.

Expected Outcomes

The a2ru 2014 national conference will establish:

1) Multiple forums for open and nuanced conversations about the opportunities and challenges faced by peers who engage in arts-integrative interdisciplinary work in the research university. This includes, but is not limited to, separate conversations for those at the administrative level, the faculty level, those focused on research, and those focused on curricula and students.

2) Strategic roundtables based on particular fields or arts-integrative interdisciplinary manifestations (e.g. data visualization, computer science/music, additive manufacturing/sculpture, art/medicine, and others).

3) Presentation space for research, curricula and community-based projects in the epistemological "third space" between and within the arts and other fields (especially sciences/technological fields).

4) Opportunities for attendees to share best practices, tools, research, and networks, and to learn from both established and emerging scholars and practitioners.

For more information, please contact the conference co-chair,
Ingrid Lilligren or visit the a2ru website.