Call for papers: Collaborative research in the arts and science

Creative Futures and Radical Futures Symposium

Where: Online
When: 5 – 7 July 2021
Deadline: 23 May


In Search of Chemozoa by boredomresearch, 2020

In 2021 the focus of Creative Futures is to enhance collaborative research in arts and science, by developing initial hubs of activity in various research areas, such as engineering, medicine, biology, maths, computing, chemistry, and environmental sciences. Aiming to nurture applied collaborations and new fields of practice and theory within the University of Brighton, Creative Futures encourages new interdisciplinary research that uses an arts/science interface. Working with the University’s principles for practical wisdom, Creative Futures focuses on collaborative projects that tackle social and environmental issues.This Symposium aims to establish a dynamic cluster of networks between creative practitioners, scientists and researchers working within institutional, regional, national and international contexts. Bringing together the agendas of Creative and Radical Futures, we invite work in the areas of arts, science and society.

We will host talks from staff and external speakers asking:
·      What is the role of the arts and technology in times of complex social  problems?
·      What does art have to offer to science?
·      How can collaborations between very different disciplines work?
·      Where do I start if I wish to work collaboratively?

We will showcase projects funded by Creative Futures Arts/Science fund and the Radical Futures Science in a Changing society fund. We hope to offer funding for further projects that advance this agenda.

Invited speakers
–       Boredomresearch – Vicky Isley and Paul Smith
–       Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts – Ben Roberts

We invite you to show and tell about your ideas; work in progress; experiences, including but not limited to:
– Scientific innovations addressing social or environmental issues
– Creative methods of research in the sciences
– Understanding the natural world through computation
– Science communication and public understanding of science
– Making and design in times of social and climate change
– 3D design and cultural heritage
– VR/AR solutions for key social issues
– Medical humanities
– Arts and neuroscience

We invite short and longer presentations in diverse formats, including talk, video recording or practice work with an interactive element. Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and short bio to Brighton Futures by 23 May.

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