Creating Characters, Inventing Lives: The Art of the Self, 1st International Symposium
|1st International Symposium: Creating Characters, Inventing Lives: The Art of the Self
Part of the Research Program on: Aesthetic Lives, Artistic Selves
International Network for Alternative Academia – Extends a general invitation to participate
Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd of May, 2013
Institutional Partner: Humber ITAL
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Call for Papers
This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring the lessons we can derive from the creative process and identify how productive it is beyond the boundaries of the work and creation itself.
Regardless of our awareness, our understanding of our selves, we have always been the product of creation â �the result of the playful and subversive blurring of the boundaries between fiction and life, between self and other, between fantasy and reality. Who we are â �how we tell the story of our lives â �has always traversed the divides between artistic invention, personal reflection and historic fact; being as much the product of the creative process as the characters depicted by artists in their works. Yet, we have been resistant to this notion holding fast to the idea that the bonds between us are intransigent, that the self is impermeable to transformation, clinging to the idea of authenticity. New models of the self are necessitated — models that emphasize the creative and transformative process by which the self is created. This project locates this search at the intersection of artistic invention and theoretical reflection. What can we learn from the creation of characters about our sense of the real, the construction of self and our bonds with others? In what ways do these processes overlap? How do they diverge?
We invite colleagues from all disciplines and professions interested in exploring and explaining these issues in a collective, deliberative and dialogical environment to send presentation proposals that address these general questions or the following themes:
1. Boundary Playfulness (or Playing with Boundaries): Fiction and The Real
– Why do we create: to become, to be, to reveal, to conceive of our lives differently, to compensate what we do not have but want dearly, to conceal our flaws, to work through our weaknesses, to rediscover and, perhaps even, reinvent our selves and the bonds we have with others, to live a life we do not have and will never have?
– How do boundaries of life, context, intimacy and identity change in the act of creating and the emergence of a creation?
– Is fiction (sometimes) more real than what we call reality? How does that happen and what can we learn from those unique experiences?
2. Life and Biography: Always Present
– Do I create because in the act of creating I would love or hope to become? Is it the fear of nothingness that moves me to create?
– How does the creative work itself constitute an experience of estrangement from the author and artist? Does the work become a haven offering protection from the world? Does it estrange the creator once it becomes independent, dislocated from the author or artist?
3. Authorship, Authenticity and Authority
– Donâ 셳 we all borrow from each other, from the long and deep traditions, from the canonical, from the new and yet to be acknowledged?
– How has electronic media transformed notions of the authentic and unique?
4. Success and Failure: A History of Recognition?
– In the world of historic value, why is death the best event for recognition? How can we reverse the set of principles that go into recognizing the greatness of authors and creators once they cannot speak, they cannot talk back?
– Is there any virtue in changing or reversing that logic: recognition in life?
5. Myths of Creation
– How has inspiration survived the pass of time and history? How much do we still believe or hold on to notions of inspiration? What are the current ideas that circulate and inhabit creators’ minds and lives?
If you are interested in participating in this Annual Symposium, submit a 400 to 500 word abstract by Friday 26th of April, 2013.
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All presentation and paper proposals that address these questions and issues will be fully considered and evaluated. Accepted abstracts will require a full draft paper by Friday 10th of May, 2013. Papers presented at the symposium are eligible for publication as part of a digital or paperback book.
We invite colleagues and people interested in participating to disseminate this call for papers. Thank you for sharing and cross-listing where and whenever appropriate.
Hope to meet you in Toronto!
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