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2014 National Conference

November 5th-8th, 2014

Iowa State University


Overview


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.