Call for papers:

Conference:Environmental Arts Practice Research

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April 2019 University of Plymouth, UK

Organised by Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts

The aim of this conference is to expand on and question how art can contribute to understanding contemporary environmental issues and challenges.

Artistic research practice has a unique capacity to offer crucial insights informing our understanding of environmental issues in the era of the Anthropocene. The reflexivity inherent in arts research along with emphasis on expressive communication as outcome offers significant scope for bringing crucial yet complex relationships between vulnerable species, human action and climate change to wider appreciation amongst general audiences and key stakeholders.

Placing artistic interpretive methods alongside scientific interpretive methods carries some risks and challenges, particularly as artistic approaches may invite an open-ended, contemplative engagement with the scientific, sensorial and political layering of environment, that is not typical of mainstream science communication. Ways in which arts practice complements and extends scientific insight will be centrally addressed.

Keynote speaker:Professor Camille Parmesan
Global Change Biologist and President Macron’s Make Our Planet Great Again Laureate

This conference is the first of a series of research events planned by the international research network linking University of Plymouth, UK, Massey University, New Zealand and Academy Valand, Gothenburg University, Sweden. There will be opportunities for doctoral student presentations, and also a partnership/networking event.

Papers are invited from those working in the arts, sciences and social sciences in universities, museums and public collections, foundations and NGOs that critically address issues, challenges, strength and benefits of inter-disciplinary research practices looking beyond the visual arts.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 20-minute presentation. We welcome submissions from individual researchers and interdisciplinary collaborators

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday 9th January 2019, 5 pm, GMT.

Please send to Libby Chapman-Lane
We aim to respond by the end of January.

Heidi Morstang, Associate Professor in Photography Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture November 2018