Call for Participation


C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning.]
This is a call for participation
A call for your ideas
And a call for our collective engagement

Imagining America 17th National Conference
Davis, California | October 12-14, 2017 | #IACALL2017
Deadline extension: Monday, March 27

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We are in a period of pervasive polarization, in which fundamental issues of equity and inclusion are at stake. This extraordinary moment calls for an extraordinary vision of the future.

Higher education is well positioned to be a champion of engaged knowledges and learning. It offers the potential for community and higher education partnerships, the space for critical dialogue, and a platform for the cultural works and activism necessary for democracy. How can we answer the call to challenge inequities and work together toward co-creating the future we envision?

While all proposals that resonate with IA’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals will be considered, we especially seek creative session proposals that engage with Communities, Arts, Lands, and Learning (C.A.L.L.).

  • How does your work engage with communities?
  • How are you applying knowledges through the humanities, design, and arts?
  • How is your engaged research, placemaking, and practice and/or lived experience informed by different understandings of lands?
  • How might equity be advanced through engaged and creative ways of learning?

Submissions of past, ongoing, and speculative work are welcomed. Diversity and inclusiveness are key values of this conference, and the conference organizers want to receive any disabilities accommodations needed to support your full participation.

As a movement of publicly engaged artists, designers, students, scholars, and community members, the Imagining America consortium works towards the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life in pursuit of equity and social justice. This work draws on the bold power of the humanities, arts, and design—but welcomes all fields of interest—to address the pressing issues of our time: including, but not limited to, environmental justice, health access, homophobia, immigration, Islamophobia, labor equality, misogyny, class concerns, globalization, racism, transphobia, and xenophobia.

This gathering will create a space for all to come together and explore: What does democracy, social justice and equity mean to “us” – in an inclusive and fully participatory sense? How do we ensure a constructive relationship between knowledge and democracy? Whose lived realities become our shared her/histories? How can we challenge some of the conventional relationships that exist among knowledge, institutions, communities, and public life?

As Imagining America moves to UC Davis—a public land-grant founded with a mission to engage with its communities and to serve the public good of all Californians—we acknowledge that the university itself sits within indigenous Patwin territory. Furthermore, the UC Davis community has been known for its value towards expression and activism with strong ties to local, regional, and national conversations in the public realm. In this context, we are seeking your thoughtful, critical, and artistic responses to the C.A.L.L. of our time.

About Imagining America. Imagining America creates democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on the arts, design and humanities. As a consortium of 100 colleges, universities, and cultural organizations, Imagining America catalyzes change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.

About conference host and region. The city of Davis sits within indigenous Patwin territory in Northern California, 20 miles from the state capitol of Sacramento, in the northernmost part of California’s Central Valley. UC Davis was established in 1905 by the California Legislature as a state agricultural school, and in 1959 it was incorporated into the general University of California system. The University of California’s fundamental missions are teaching, research and public service.

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