2013 Philosophy and the Arts Conference Call for Papers and Submission Instructions

We are now accepting paper and artwork submissions for the 6th annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference at Stony Brook, Manhattan, to take place on March 29-30, 2013.

Click on the image to the left to expand the Call for Papers and to learn more about our theme – Soundscapes and Territories.

If you wish to submit material for inclusion in our conference, please view the instructions below. Please read all instructions thoroughly to ensure that your submission qualifies for review.

All submissions are due by January 13, 2013, in order to be eligible for review. Candidates will notified of the committee’s final decisions by no later than February 7, 2013.

Accepted submissions will be published in our online conference proceedings journal (click the links on the left to view previous journals).
PAPER SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
(See below for artwork submission instructions)

Eligibility:

We invite the submission of original academic papers appropriate to the themes expressed in the Call for Papers from graduate students across the disciplines. We will review submissions from currently-enrolled graduate students at accredited institutions. Because the conference is intended to showcase the work of current graduate students, submissions from undergraduates, faculty members, and professional authors and artists are usually not accepted. The conference is open to submissions from all academic disciplines and all styles of philosophy. All papers must be complete at the time of submission; stand-alone paper proposals and abstracts will not be considered.

Formatting and Submission:

Complete papers should be formatted as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) documents, or a compatible format, and prepared for blind review. All identifying information should be included on a separate cover sheet, including the author’s name, title of the presentation, institutional affiliation, program (e.g. M.A. in Philosophy, PhD in Art History, etc.), mailing address, email address, and phone number. No identifying information should appear within the paper itself, in order to ensure the impartiality of the blind review committee. If the paper is a collaborative submission, all identifying information from all contributors must be included on the cover sheet.

Please include an abstract of no more than 500 words along with the paper, summarizing your thesis and outlining the argument. Papers must be suitable for a 20-minute presentation, approximately 3000 words. The committee reserves the right to disqualify submissions solely on the basis of excessive length, and may request that accepted submissions be edited to fit within the allotted time. Papers must be formatted with citations—either footnotes or endnotes—and should include a bibliography if in-text citations are used. If the presentation references images, these should be included either within the body of the paper or in a credited list appended to the end. (Bibliography, notes, and images will not be counted toward the length of the paper.)

Please submit your work via email to philosophyartconference@gmail.com. All submissions must be received by January 13th, 2013. Submitters will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding their work no later than February 7th, 2013.

Review Criteria for Philosophical Papers:

Because submissions are evaluated through blind review, no preference will be given on the basis of race, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, institutional affiliation, or other demographic factors, even as such factors may become apparent within the body of the paper. Papers are judged based solely on the following five criteria.

1) Academic rigor
2) Relevance to the conference theme
3) Originality
4) Clarity and coherence
5) Overall quality and style of writing

The review committee is composed of graduate students from the Stony Brook Philosophy and Fine Arts Departments, who are familiar with the standards of graduate-level academic writing and with current scholarship. Papers which fail to demonstrate faithful engagement with source material—lacking citations, citing dubious sources, paraphrasing extensively—or which display significant grammatical deficits may be rejected regardless of other factors.

Please contact the conference organizers at philosophyartconference@gmail.com for help with any additional questions.

ARTWORK SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Eligibility:

We welcome the submission of original work for exhibition or performance relating to the themes expressed in the Call for Papers and Works. Because the conference is intended to showcase the work of current graduate students, submissions from undergraduates, faculty members, and professional authors or artists are usually not accepted. We will review work from currently-enrolled graduate students at accredited institutions in any program (whether MA, MFA, or PhD) – submissions from artists-in-residency and other non-graduate student positions will not be accepted. Participants must be willing to attend the conference and be present on the panel or evening reception (in the case of a scheduled performance) to which they are assigned. Participants will be responsible for the delivery and pick-up of their work. Assistance from the artist is also recommended in the case of complicated installation requirements. All artwork submissions must include a substantive presentation proposal (as described below) in order to qualify for review; submissions containing only images, video, audio, etc. will not be considered. Submissions in all media, including performance and sound, are eligible for review. One-time performances (e.g. theater, sound performance, etc.) are welcome.

Formatting and Submission:

All artwork submissions must include 5 main elements:

A 1-2 page artist resume or CV with contact and affiliation information
An artist statement which explicitly addresses the theme’s relevance to submitted work(s)
A brief proposal for artwork presentation indicating installation needs, which specifies all equipment (if applicable) that the artist will supply.
A list of submitted works including title, media, dimensions and year for each artwork. This information should be numbered in accordance to the images submitted.
Digital representation of the visual and sound/time-based work to be considered for presentation. Up to 5 artworks may be submitted.

Submissions should be prepared for blind review. All identifying information, including your name, institutional affiliation, program (e.g. MFA in Painting, PhD, etc.), mailing address, email address, and phone number, should appear only on your submitted CV. No identifying information should appear within the digital images or written submission, in order to ensure the impartiality of the blind review committee–exceptions may be applicable for autobiographical or performance work. If the submission is collaborative, all identifying information from all contributors must appear on a joint CV, or else separate CV’s must be submitted for each contributor.

Artist Statement:

All artists will be expected to present an artist talk, academic paper, performative lecture, or otherwise speak lucidly on their work and the theme Soundscapes and Territories as part of a conference panel with other graduate students. Cross conversation is encouraged between artists, philosophers, and emerging scholars of other disciplines. Each person will be allotted a period of 20 minutes during which to present—your proposal should demonstrate your ability to articulate your ideas clearly and appropriately for such a setting.

Images, Video, and Audio:

We strongly prefer that you submit the images, video, and/or audio representing the work to be presented, along with your presentation proposal, via email. Please include no more than ten (10) jpeg images for up to five (5) works, or five (5) minutes of video or audio, not to exceed a total file size of 25MB. Your images should be sized at 72dpi, 1000 pixels on the longest dimension. Send your entire submission—written proposal and images/video/audio—to philosophyartconference@gmail.com. All files should be labeled without personal information, indicating the submission part, i.e. “artist_statement.doc” or “artwork2_detail.jpg” If it is necessary to send your submission in hard copy, please contact the conference coordinator at philosophyartconference@gmail.com for mailing instructions.

Note that all submissions must be received by January 13th, 2013. Submitters will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding their work no later than February 7th, 2013.

Review Criteria for Artwork:

Because submissions are evaluated through blind review, no preference is given on the basis of race, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, institutional affiliation, or other demographic factors, even as such may become unavoidably apparent within the body of the submission. Submissions are judged based solely on the following five criteria.

1) Quality of construction, composition, or performance
2) Relevance to the conference theme
3) Style and effectiveness
4) Substance and clarity of voice in the written proposal
5) Suitability for installation/performance in the given setting (see the Logistics page for information on the physical dimensions of the gallery)

The review committee is composed of graduate students from the Stony Brook Fine Arts and Philosophy Departments, who are familiar with the standards of graduate-level writing and with current work in the relevant fields. Proposals which fail to demonstrate clarity of expression, or which indicate significant logistical issues related to exhibition at the conference, may be rejected regardless of other factors.

Please contact the conference coordinators at philosophyartconference@gmail.com for help with any additional questions.