2022 National Conference: Exploring Artistic Research
About the Conference
a2ru’s next national conference will take place from November 3-5, 2022, on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. In-person and virtual registrations options are available.
The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for practitioners and researchers from across the higher education spectrum to share innovations and perspectives in the arts. a2ru advances the full range of arts- and design-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society. a2ru’s work, in partnership with an international network of leading higher education institutions, envisions a world in which universities—students, faculty, and leaders—explore, embed, and integrate the arts in everyday practice and research.
About the theme:
The term, “Art-based research,” was coined by Elliot Eisner at a 1993 Stanford University symposium to describe a mode of formal qualitative inquiry that uses artistic processes to understand and articulate the subjectivity of human experience. That definition is one of many, and invites a more expansive inquiry from both within and beyond higher education: Isn’t artistic research also quantitative? Or is it neither textual nor numerical? Shouldn’t it be excepted from the concerns of capital on which our accepted notions of research rely? What are examples of pure and applied artistic research? What are the possible rewards of defining artistic practice as research? What are the risks? Why would artists define their work in terms of “research?” What have we learned since 1993 and how can we expand Eisner’s and other definitions?
The 2022 conference will be hosted by the University of Michigan in partnership with Engaged Michigan, the University of Michigan Arts Initiative, ArtsEngine, and the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Additional sponsors and collaborators include the University of Kansas and the University of Houston. These partners will collaborate on this year’s theme, “Exploring Artistic Research.”
Sponsor the Conference
Help make this year’s conference possible and get some great benefits in return. Contact Conference Director Charisse Willis at email@example.com with questions or to purchase a sponsorship.
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Have questions? Please contact our Conference Director Charisse Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals may register for either an in-person ticket or a virtual ticket for the conference (only select sessions will be accessible with a virtual ticket; please see further information below). Individuals who cannot attend the full conference may also register to attend our virtual pre-conference; pre-conference sessions are included in the price of both in-person and virtual full conference tickets.
Certain institutional and departmental membership levels include access to free and/or discounted conference registrations. Please contact Charisse Willis at email@example.com to access these benefits.
Registration and Conference Policies
Single-ticket purchases made by individuals must be made by credit card, using the a2ru.org website.
Multiple-ticket purchases made by an independent individual or a university representative on behalf of a group (more than 2 people) can be made by credit card. For instructions, please contact a2ru Conference Director Charisse Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A university representative wishing to make multiple-ticket purchases for a group of more than 5 people can request an invoice to pay by credit card, check, or wire transfer. Registration is not confirmed or reserved until full payment is received, and invoices will not be issued after October 10, 2022. Please contact a2ru Conference Director Charisse Willis at email@example.com to request an invoice for payment.
For your financial safety, we cannot accept registrations with a credit card number via e-mail.
Undergraduate Students – Students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate’s program at any educational institution. Part-time students are eligible.
Graduate / Post-doc Students – Students currently enrolled in a master’s degree or higher program at any educational institution. If the student has received their PhD, they must currently be enrolled in a post-doctoral program at an educational institution. Part-time students are eligible.
Contingent/Independent – Contingent faculty, independent artists, performers, and scholars. Staff with no institutional support as well as retired/emeritus faculty are also eligible for this category.
Individual – Everyone else!
Member v. Non-member – Members include individual members and the students, staff, faculty, and administration who are currently enrolled and/or employed at our member institutions.
Registrations are non-refundable.
In the event that the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) must cancel the conference in its entirety due to circumstances beyond the control of a2ru or venues hosting the event, a2ru may refund the appropriate registration fees to conference registrants. Cancellation of the event in its entirety would only occur for reasons including but not limited to, forces of nature and natural disasters, war, government regulations, sequestration, travel advisories, outbreaks of disease, acts of terrorism or threat of terrorism, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, curtailment of transportation facilities, or other emergencies that make it inadvisable by local, state or federal government officials, illegal or impossible to provide the facilities or to hold the event. Refund requests after the event due to a no-show will be denied.
Under no circumstances will refunds be made for travel expenses related to the conference. Attendees who purchase non-refundable airline tickets do so at their own risk.
Please check with hotels and transportation directly regarding their cancellation policy. Requests to cancel must be made directly with the hotel or transportation company.
Transfer to an Individual: A one-time transfer of a paid registration (within the same membership category) can be made before October 15. A $30 administrative transfer fee will be assessed. No transfers will be made on or after October 15, 2022. All transfer requests must be submitted in writing via e-mail to the a2ru Conference Director Charisse Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the original registrant requested or if the new registrant requires accommodations for dietary restrictions or disabilities, please note this in the request. While we will do our best, certain accommodations may not be able to be made for requests conveyed after September 8, 2022.
Transfer Registration to Different Event Format: A one-time transfer of a paid registration from in-person to the virtual ticket or virtual ticket to in-person can be made. Before September 15, 2022, a $30 transfer fee will be assessed. From September 15 – October 10, 2022, a $50 transfer fee will be assessed. No registration transfers will be permitted after October 10, 2022. It will be the participant’s responsibility to secure travel and hotel. a2ru will not be responsible for cancelled travel or lodging accommodations.
Add-ons (i.e., breakfast and brown-bag lunches) are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
COVID Policies and Protocols
a2ru will follow all University of Michigan COVID policies that are in place at the time of the conference. At this time, masking is not required on campus. Attendees can view U-M COVID policies and up-to-date data on case numbers at the U-M Maize and Blueprint site. Data for the area surrounding campus can be accessed at the Washtenaw County Health Department website.
a2ru strongly encourages all conference attendees to be up-to-date on COVID vaccinations and applicable boosters. All non-vaccinated individuals should take a rapid test before attending each day of the conference. Masks are welcome at all conference events and we will have masks and hand sanitizer available for your use. Non-vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear masks during the conference.
We have created a virtual registration option and added a virtual pre-conference to ensure our offerings are inclusive to those who are immunocompromised or do not wish to attend large in-person gatherings at this time.
The conference will proceed unless the University decides in-person events must be canceled. As we have rented university buildings for the event, we will face severe financial penalties without an external injunction to free us from our contracts. Should the University cancel, we will switch to a virtual event. Attendees/Presenters will have the option to receive a partial refund (the difference between an in-person and virtual ticket) or to donate the difference in ticket cost to the Alliance.
Video and Photo Release
Please note that the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) will be taking photographs and shooting video throughout the Annual Conference. These photographs and video may be used in publications, including electronic publication, or in audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising, or similar ways. By participating in this event, you voluntarily consent to be recorded and/or photographed by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities.
Michigan is in the Eastern time zone, and all times listed should be considered EST.
Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with our code of conduct. You can download it below.
We kindly ask that you book within one of our hotel blocks. When we do not fill our blocks, we lose the ability to negotiate future competitive rates and secure rooms.
Booking Cut-off Date: October 2nd
Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites*
- Distance from main conference venues: 13 minute drive
- Price: $129/night
- Booking Code: a2rufuture
- Extras: Complimentary Full Breakfast and Free Parking
Bell Tower Hotel*
- Distance from main conference venues: 3 minute walk
- Price: $224/night
- Booking Code: a2rufuture
- Extras: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Parking $25/day
Residence Inn – Ann Arbor Downtown
- Distance from main conference venues: 15 minute walk
- Price: $199/night
- Booking Link: https://www.marriott.com/eventreservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1650386776759&key=GRP&app=resvlink
- Distance from main conference venues: 12 minute drive
- Price: $129/night
- Booking Link: https://bookings.travelclick.com/113707?groupID=3490722
Please email a2ru Conference Director Charisse Willis at email@example.com if you have additional questions.