On March 21-22, 2014, scholars and artists from across the globe converged on the Ohio University campus to examine the past, present, and future of interdisciplinary arts. The conference explored the intersections and slippages between the arts and a variety of other disciplines.
Dr. Esther da Costa Meyer from Princeton University presented the keynote address, a fascinating exposition on the “object” within a variety of arts (visual and performing, in particular) in Paris in the 1920s-1930s.
The participation of alumni from Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts demonstrated that past approaches continue to resonate in the present.
A number of presentations concerned the arts from a variety of cultures across the world, but particularly southern Asia.
The pedagogy sessions reconfirmed that each of us carefully considers how and what we teach to future generations of students.
A number of artistic practitioners conceptualized their creative work within a variety of discourses and disciplines, including the sciences, and demonstrated how closely intertwined the arts and scholarship have become. The School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University has just instituted a scholar/artist track, whose culmination will be a scholarly/creative project. We look forward to seeing how this experiment plays out in the future.
Finally, it was gratifying to be exposed to the work of scholars and artists who come from similarly designed programs as ours. Their work exposed our school to the important fact that interdisciplinary arts offers a variety of discourse permutations that will enhance all of our work.
For two days scholars and artists from across the globe came to Ohio University to explore the current state of interdisciplinary arts. All left reinforced by the idea that interdisciplinary studies is a critical area to the future of knowledge and creativity.