Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts (September 28-30, 2012): Proposals due 1 March 2012

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As the conclusion to our Visualizing the Liberal Arts Initiative, Carleton College will host an interdisciplinary conference offering visionary lectures, speculative discussions, hands-on sessions, exhibitions, and performances.

Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts will be held in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College's new center for interdisciplinary arts collaboration. The conference will address topics ranging from the theoretical to the practical. The keynote speaker is Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics.

We invite individual or group proposals from faculty, staff, and independent practitioners from all disciplines for papers, presentations, workshops, panels, and alternative formats. Papers will be approximately 20 minutes in length; panels and workshops approximately 90 minutes. The following topics might shape the proposals, stimulate further ideas and themes that explore ways to define and unleash visual learning.

* The visual across disciplines: past, present, and future
* Documentary evidence and imaginative art
* Sounds, words, and images: enhancing meaning
* Visual ethics
* The science and art of perception
* Technologies of visual pedagogy and visualization
* Designing and evaluating visual assignments
* Coordination, collaboration, and academic support
* Studying physical and virtual objects
* Visualizing data
* Exhibitions across the curriculum: from concept to curating
* Developing the academic museum as a pedagogical venue
* Envisioning the liberal arts in the future

Submit proposals by March 1, 2012 on the website:
Full details of the conference may be found at the Viz website -

Contact Susan Jaret McKinstry:
or Victoria Morse: