CFP: Integrative Studies Conference, "Creativity and Play Across the Disciplines," Oct. 8-11, 2009


31st Annual Association for Integrative Studies

October 8th ? 11th , 2009

Hosted by the University of Alabama

and Play Across the Disciplines


Dramatic changes in the knowledge economy make urgent approaches to learning,
scholarship, and engagement that activate the creative capacities of higher
education communities.   From Richard
Florida?s accounts of the emergence and dominance of a new ?creative class? to
Daniel Pink?s insistence that ?right brainers will rule,? scholars and students
alike are being encouraged to discern and highlight the role that creativity
can and should play in giving meaning and depth to learning and
understanding.  This not only means
celebrating and enhancing  the
traditional role of the arts in building cohesive learning communities, but a
fuller investigation of how the paradigm of creativity can lead to a compelling
vision of integration and interdisciplinarity.


To facilitate this consideration, we welcome proposals for presentations
in multiple formats, including, but not limited to, roundtable discussions,
integrated panels, single papers, and performances that address issues such as:

Creativity as Core Educational Value ?
creativity as assessment outcome; arts participation and general education;
creative capacity as distinct intelligence; creativity and empathy; creativity
as introduction to diversity; creativity and the integrative learning process;
creativity and interdisciplinarity; leadership and the arts; the arts in the
non-arts classroom; creativity and professionalism

Creativity and Collaboration ? building
innovative campus collaborations amongst artists and engineers, scientists,
designers, and others; creativity as a paradigm to bridge the ?divisions? of
humanities, natural and social sciences; interdisciplinary research on
creativity; creativity, entrepreneurship and career development; invention,
innovation, and economic growth

Creativity as a Means of Integrating Campus and
Community Economies ? community/campus arts partnerships; confronting
deficiencies in K12 arts education; supporting students as arts entrepreneurs;
creativity and community renewal; creativity and the knowledge economy; culture
as an economic base

While the program committee welcomes the sharing of best practices, we
are especially interested in presentations, events and conversations that
self-consciously consider the complex and dynamic relationship among
creativity, interdisciplinarity, and integrative learning.   As always, the Association for Integrative
Studies welcomes more general presentations that advance its mission to promote the interchange of
ideas among scholars and administrators in all of the arts and sciences on
intellectual and organizational issues related to advancing integrative and interdisciplinary


Proposals (250 words) should
be sent to by March 15th,
2009, and we expect to and we expect to respond to proposal writers by May 15th,


No comments