[Conference] Call for Papers: International Conference on Experiential Knowledge 2007

[German title: [Konferenz] Aufruf für Artikel-Beiträge: Internationale Konferenz über Erfahrungswissen 2007]

The International Conference on Experiential Knowledge 2007 will be held on 29th June 2007 at the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with London Metropolitan University.

The theme of the Experiential Knowledge Conference 2007 is New Knowledge in the Creative Disciplines. However, this theme can be interpreted differently with regard to research and to practice. Firstly, the concern for ‘new knowledge’ arises because research is defined in terms of the original contribution to knowledge or understanding. Secondly, through the creation of new artefacts, products, services etc, creative practice can be understood to create new realities and experiences, and thus new knowledge.
Through the contribution to knowledge, research aims to advance its field. However, practice also is interested in an advance of its respective field and claims to achieve this advance through its own processes and outcomes. In the creative disciplines, the advance of the field is for example associated with the creation of new artefacts, such as paintings, design products, performances, compositions, films etc. This has raised questions about the format of the contribution of knowledge in research and practice, about its format, and about how new knowledge is created.
In order to address these issues, we wish to bring together people from different fields and disciplines to discuss these problems as well as different approaches to their solution. We invite contributions from the creative disciplines (art & design, music, film & media etc), philosophy, education and knowledge management that are concerned with the nature, role, and management of knowledge within research; and with the role and use of creative practice (both as process and outcome) as a medium by which to include experiential knowledge within research.

Questions of interest are, for example:
– What constitutes (new) knowledge (or understanding) in the creative disciplines?
– What constitutes (new) knowledge (or understanding) in research in the creative disciplines?
Are the two the same?
– What is the difference between knowledge and understanding?
– In which forms does knowledge (or understanding) appear?
– Where is knowledge situated or contained? (e.g. in the artwork or in the explanation?)
– How is new knowledge (or understanding) communicated in research and in practice?
– For whom is new knowledge or understanding relevant?
– (How) can knowledge management serve to manage, or negotiate between, different kinds of knowledge?
– How can education deal with the communication of knowledge if part of the knowledge is experiential?
– How does education promote the production and/or acquisition of new knowledge or understanding?

For EKC 2007, we invite position papers, which offer challenging new views on the subject. Position papers will be selected subject to a double blind review process by an international review team. In the first instance we ask for the submission of abstracts. Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit full papers. Of those papers invited for the conference, a further selection will be made for publication in the Journal of Visual Arts Practice, Autumn 2007.

We invite submission of abstracts (700-800 words) for position papers by 6th January 2007 . Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers (4000-5000w) in April 2007.

Abstracts should be 700 – 800 words in length, excluding the header. The header should contain your name, institutional affiliation, address, email, and the title of the full paper. At the end of your abstract please add 5 keywords. Submissions should be in English language.

The criteria for selection are:
– Relevance to the conference theme
– Quality and rigour of research
– Clarity of presentation i.e. the abstract should clearly specify research intent and conduct including the research question or issue, the context in which it arises and has significance, the outline of the enquiry itself, and the outcomes.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail by 6th January 2007. We will only accept one abstract per lead researcher (you can be a co-author on another submission). Abstracts should be sent as plain text in an e-mail to ekc2007@herts.ac.uk from the lead researcher’s email address. Please do not send attachments: it is part of our anti-virus policy to help us to avoid spreading viruses.
If your abstract is selected, you will be invited to submit a full paper in April. Full papers will be further selected for presentation at the conference and for publication in the special issues of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice. Full papers must conform to the style sheet that has been prepared to facilitate publication. Papers that do not conform may not be published.

First call for papers: September 2006
Second call for papers: October 2006
Final call for papers: December 2006

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  6th January 2007
Target for notification of acceptance of abstracts: 6th February 2007
Deadline for submission of full papers: 12th April 2007
Target for notification of acceptance of papers: 2nd May 2007

Early bird registration: 30th April 2007
Deadline for registration: 15th June 2007
Conference:   29th June 2007

Deadline for submission of edited papers: tba
Deadline for publication: October 2007

Due to the short time between conference and publication, all submission deadlines will have to be strictly observed. Any abstracts or papers submitted after the submission deadlines, we regret, we will not be able to accept.


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