Call for papers and presentations
Definitions of the sacred extend from the narrow to the broad, from referring exclusively to a deity or religious ceremony to describing that mystery which is at the core of existence and has the power to transform our understanding of life. It is a technical term used in the scholarly study of religion and a popular term used to describe something which is worthy of respect.
As artists we can explore our own sense of the sacred through our artwork. As audiences we can seek traces of the sacred in works of art. Through the act of interpretation we become co-creators, though what we perceive as the sacred may be far from that which inspired the original artist.
The conference seeks to address acts of creation and co-creation and encourage a dialogue between artists, scholars and audiences in a mutual exploration of the sacred. At its heart is the idea that the sacred enables us to move beyond a utilitarian understanding of the world and infuses our everyday life with mystery.
What to send:
Abstracts of 250 words are invited for 20 minute papers and presentations that address the conference theme; they may be from artists talking about their work in relation to their concept of the sacred, researchers presenting new insights into the sacred dimension of pre-existing works, or interpreters bringing to light new understandings of the presence of the sacred. It is intended a publication will result; contributors to the conference may be invited to develop their papers into extended essays for a themed volume.
Submissions should include the author's name, affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract, and a short biography.
Where and when to send:
Abstracts should be sent to Elaine Lindsay at SLAConference@acu.edu.au by 8 March 2013, using the subject header 'SLA 2013 abstract'. Acceptances should be advised by 12 April 2013.
About the conference:
'Addressing the Sacred' will be held from 2-3 August 2013 at Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135, Australia. For further details, visit http://www.acu.edu.au/485556. Inquiries can also be made of the convenors, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is part of a series presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA), a community of interest that aims to bring Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious of all faiths and members of the public together to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred.
Please note that we are not in a position to assist with conference travel, accommodation or subsistence.
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