The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) invites proposals for the 2019 a2ru national conference, knowledges: artistic practice as method to take place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, November 7-9, 2019.

Conference Overview

The 2019 theme, knowledges: artistic practice as method is an invitation to explore modes of knowing, especially as arrived through the discovery of artistic practice.


Popular Culture and the Deep Past, 2019: “Fairies and the Fantastic”
February 22-23, 2019
Ohio Union, The Ohio State University

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University is hosting a new “Popular Culture and the Deep Past” event on February 22-23, 2019. In keeping with the spirit of past PCDPs, this two-day gathering will include an academic conference as well as a “carnival” of events and activities, focusing on this year’s theme of “Fairies and the Fantastic”.

The conference is especially interested in this theme in the broadly conceived Medieval and Renaissance periods, but it also looks back to earlier examples of fairy belief and explore the uses of fairies in later popular culture. We have presentations covering approaches from literary, artistic, cinematic, and gaming analyses, to historical and cultural investigations, as well as presentations with broad geographical scope that examine the ‘presence’ of fairies outside Western Europe–in Scandinavia, Persia, and other parts of the world.

The keynote address of the conference, “The Many Roads to Fairyland,” will be delivered by Haunted Ohio author and CMRS alumna Chris Woodyard on Friday night, followed by a reception open to all.

In conjunction with the conference and its theme, we will also host a variety of activities and artists that include but are not limited to:

  • exhibits of artwork, books, and manuscripts courtesy of the OSU Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and the Hilandar Research Library/Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies
  • Calligraphy Guild of Columbus
  • Joe Dorrian – Ohio School of Falconry
  • The Confused Greenies: Player’s Patchwork Theatre Company
  • Sharon Mech – fiber arts
  • Shawn Schulte – Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

Please make sure to check our website at, which also contains links to our social media pages, for more exciting updates as well as the full schedule of events. Admission is free and open to the public!

2019 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit is Food + Place
The theme for the 2019 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit is Food + Place. Food is the common language of life. Across the world, people use it to establish and maintain relationships and to celebrate important events. Food also frequently takes on a symbolic dimension in culture, representing everything from love to social status. Differing approaches to its production and consumption profoundly affect our economic systems, public health, and climate. Our connection to food is multi-faceted, inspiring a wide range of creative works.
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30th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance
Jan., 23-28, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Ohio Latin Americanist Conference
Friday, Oct. 20 – Saturday, Oct. 21
Hale Hall- 154 W 12th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
Hagerty Hall- 1775 College Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
The Center for Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University is pleased to host the 16th annual Ohio Latin Americanist Conference, to be held on Oct. 20-21, 2017. We invite all Latin Americanists and Latinx Studies scholars, educators and students from institutions of higher education to participate in this annual meeting. Participants do not need to be from Ohio to present or attend.Keynote speaker will be Joel Wainwright, associate professor of geography, The Ohio State University.

2nd​ ​Annual​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Wisconsin​ ​Gender​ ​and​ ​Women’s​ ​Studies​ ​Symposium, “Bodies​ ​of​ ​Resistance” ​
​March​ ​2-3,​ ​2018
University​ ​of​ ​Wisconsin,​ ​Madison ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​