Call for Papers: Collaboration and Creativity Conference

Friday and Saturday, 27-28 September 2019
Maynooth University

Creativity has been dominated by very individualized discourses in Western understandings of everything from art to scholarship to technical invention, despite a lip-service to the idea of collaboration as fundamental not just to human creativity but to human life itself. Thus, the artist/auteur still exists as an archetype in Arts and Media, the iconoclastic genius/disruptive inventor is not hard to find in various sciences and technical disciplines while the “star” Scholar still strides across the Academy like a colossus. Despite a world of unprecedented connectedness and heightened sensitivities to mutual influence, we still place the individual at the centre of the creative process.

This conference wants to revisit and even reframe the terms of the relationship(s) between culture and creativity by focussing on the practice of both creating and collaborating. We welcome papers from any discipline that interrogate the basis (and content) of “creativity” as well as cognate terms (such as innovation), either in terms of artistic groups or traditions, networks of inventors or what Margaret Mead termed “intercommunicating clusters” of scholars.

Please submit proposed paper titles and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Steve Coleman:
Deadline for proposals: Friday, 13 September 2019

Conference Details:

On Friday evening the conference will kick off with a workshop: Talamh nua: sean nós singing in contemporary contexts, co-sponsored by AAI, ICTM Ireland, and Oifig na Gaeilge, Maynooth University.

Saturday will feature a workshop on film, and a keynote talk by Dr Rupert Cox, Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at Manchester University.