CFP: POSTPONED - Creativity and Improvisation in Thought, Practice, and Mind: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Submission deadline: January 25, 2020

Conference date(s):
January 1, 2999 - February 1, 2999

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, United States

Topic areas


Many human cognitive capacities and processes may be deployed creatively, from unique choices made for oneself up through novel cultural shifts. Similarly, large swaths of our daily lives are taken up with performing spontaneous, on-the-fly, and unplanned activities that are, in a word, improvised.  Charting out the nature of both creativity and improvisation, taken individually or together, remains an open and pressing issue. In this conference, we will delve into various philosophical, theoretical, empirical, and interdisciplinary issues that are related to creativity and improvisation. A non-exhaustive list of related questions and themes for this topic include:

- What is the relationship between improvisation and creativity?

- What is the relationship between creative activity and well-being?

- What is the best way to model individual and collective creativity?

- Is creativity in the arts the same thing as in other domains, such as in science or business?

- What are the pros and cons of different scientific operationalizations of creativity and improvisation?

- Provide a conceptual analysis of creativity and/or improvisation.

Call for Papers and Posters

This is an open call for either paper presentations (please plan for 30-minute presentations followed by 15-minute Q&A sessions) or poster presentations. All submissions should be sent to [email protected]. Please see below for specific information on submission requirements:

Paper: Submit a cover page (paper title, author name(s), any affiliations, contact email address, paper submission, and 150-200 word abstract) and a separate, anonymous 750-1,000 words outline. Paper submissions will be considered for poster submissions as well. Poster: Submit a cover page (poster title, author name(s), any affiliations, contact email address, poster submission, and a 100-150 word abstract) and a separate, anonymous 300-500 words outline.

CFP Deadline: For full consideration, please submit by January 25th at 11:59pm CST. If you have any additional questions, please email Kevin Ryan at [email protected]

Please also note that there is possible graduate student travel funding for accepted presenters. Include whether you would like to be considered for these funds in your cover letter.

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