Monday, September 17, 2018

Imagining Dewey: Artful Works and Dialogue about Art as Experience

We invite you to consider contributing a chapter in an edited book under contract with Brill/Sense entitled: 

Imagining Dewey: 
Artful works and dialogue about Art as Experience 

Edited by: 
Patricia L. Maarhuis, PhD & A.G. Rud, PhD 

This book will be an edited companion text to Art as Experience (AaE) by Dewey (1934/2005) that is designed as an aesthetic learning experience through an integrated doubled focus of (1) text-based narrative on philosophical analysis of themes and (2) arts-integrated analysis with interpretation of themes through artful works. Authors may contribute either #1 or #2 as a single chapter or both #1 and #2 as a single chapter. 

Books by Dewey are used as texts in university and some AP high school courses; however, AaE has not been widely accessed. The study of philosophy and arts within the AaE text can be difficult for readers to understand and pragmatically apply. The difficulty comes about when one combines the task of grappling with Deweyan philosophy and themes together with the task of envisioning and enacting artful meaning-making of those philosophical ideas in a present-day context. 

Our book purposefully takes on this doubled task by putting philosophers and artists-researchers in dialogue and on equal footing in an academic text. This meets the needs of a young university and high school audiences, who are accustomed to learning about challenging ideas through multi-media and aesthetic experience, not just through narrative text.

 Benefits of our book design: 
  • Can assist educators/instructors who have assigned the AaE text to their class, with examples of philosophical and artful perspectives and contemporary interpretations of Deweyan themes. 
  • Multi-media teaching and learning: Students and instructors can grow their own understanding and aesthetic experiences through engagement in various philosophical perspectives and interpretations via verbal discussion, creation of their own artful expressions, or responsive narrative text. 
  • Accessibility: Themes are presented in both narrative academic text and in artful multi-media interpretations. This will increase the dissemination and accessibility of Deweyan philosophy to a broader and more diverse audience within and outside of the academy. 

This text will feature 5-10 selected themes based on Deweyan ideas found in AaE that are organized into sections with multiple chapters and contributors. The text-based narrative and the arts-integrated analysis with interpretive works of art will be presented either in an integrated dialogic manner in a single chapter or as separate but theme-related chapters. Each theme section will have a collection of chapters that are briefly introduced and summarized by the editors. Additionally, chapters will conclude with potential classroom and/or community projects, discussion guides or questions, links, & resources provided by the author.

Potential themes (from AaE, with reference to other Deweyan texts as needed):

o Objects of art as language                                            o Meaning in Art
Love/loving                                                                   o Permanence and change 
o The work of art                                                              o Art is not experience 
O Resistance                                                                    o Reflection & dissonance 
Nature                                                                          o Space & time (Spatial & temporal) 
Communication (listening, viewing, expression, etc)   o Harmony/disharmony
Imagination                                                                  o Representation/re-presentation/imitation 
Memory/memories                                                       o Other: As submitted by author(s) 

  • We invite unpublished chapters and transactional/ekphrasic works of art that address one of the above listed theme areas.
  • Works of art can be in a variety of forms and media including performative, literary, or visual (e.g. painting, drawing, animation, printing, poetry, music scores and performance, sculpture, photography, video, fabric arts, etc.). Performative works will be presented via links to a YouTube video, still photos, or music scores.
  • Chapter submissions should be no longer than 5000 words including references (Word documents only, APA 6th ed., Brill typeface) Please double-space your entry and references. Footnotes will be used, not endnotes.
  • All chapters will include a list of illustrations. Images must be 300 dpi minimum with 600 dpi preferred, drawing must be 600 dpi, .TIF files only. All photos, graphics and illustrations need to be numbered and submitted as a file separate from the narrative text. Clearly mark in text where each illustration needs to be inserted.
  • Please include permission letters if applicable, credit and source lines, and captions for images, audio, and performance videos.
  • If accepted, please be prepared to edit your submission as required.
  • A Brill/Sense Author Guide will be provided for detailed submission instructions to all authors upon acceptance of their abstract/chapter for inclusion in the book.

Abstract submission:

• Email your proposed submission title, chosen theme, and an abstract that includes a brief description of proposed artwork (250-350 words not including references) to by November 1, 2018.

• Selected chapter authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by no later than December 1, 2018.

• Final chapter submission and all artwork are due no later than June 1, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your submission!


Patricia Maarhuis, PhD                                                A.G. Rud, PhD