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Ars et Scientia (Oct 27, 2017)

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Posted by: Case Western Reserve University
Deadline: Sun, July 16th, 2017

Ars et Scientia: Intersections of Science and the Visual Arts

October 27th, 2017


Despite the semantic divide that seems to separate art and science in modern culture, the boundaries between the two disciplines have always been fluid and permeable. From the earliest recorded botanical illustrations, painted on papyrus scrolls in Egypt in the 2nd century AD, to contemporary artist Josh Kline’s use of 3D printing in his work, art and science have long been used in tandem to make sense of the world and explore our place within it. This symposium seeks to foster a re-examination of the complex interactions between artistic and scientific disciplines that are more interdependent than they first appear.


We welcome innovative research papers from graduate students of all disciplines that challenge the divide between humanities and STEM fields. Papers may explore aspects of this topic across any time period, medium, or geographical region.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

depictions of scientists, doctors, astronomers, engineers, etc. at work

visual evidence for the transmission of scientific knowledge between cultures

scientific diagrams: anatomical, botanical, astronomical, alchemical, etc.

technical art history

art that incorporates the use of novel technologies: for example early printing or photography, video art, 3D printing

aestheticized technology, such as astrolabes and globes

microphotography or photographs of patients/specimens

descriptions of artistic methodologies in terms of scientific experimentation


For consideration, please submit a 350-word abstract and CV to by July 16, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by early August. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, and participants will be invited to author a blog post about their research to be published at


Please direct all questions to Aimee Caya and Erin Hein at

Posted on Mon, April 24th, 2017
Expires on Sun, July 16th, 2017

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