In a postmodern era that questions all Absolutes except the subjective self, the arts may help rebuild the bridge to objectivity and transcendence. Heinz Kohut’s psychology of the self notes the underlying malaise of postmodern man punctuated by fleeting images and disordered sound. The arts probe the innermost recesses of the human soul and recall its quest for perfection, redemption, and immortality. Indeed, the human capacities to appreciate beauty, truth and goodness constitute a roadmap to transcendence. In The Sound of Beauty (2019), Michael Kurek, a classical composer, explores how classical music reveals both God’s immanence and transcendence, and that it speaks a universal language beyond preference and prejudice. Empirical research confirms that classical music enhances human cognitive abilities, creativity, perception, and memory, which echoes Immanuel Kant’s philosophical proposition concerning the architectonic structure of the human mind. Neuroscientific studies show also that children who undergo musical training have better verbal memory, language skills, reading ability, and executive functions. Learning to play an instrument as a child may predict academic performance and IQ in young adulthood. The question arises: Can the arts that reflect the transcendentals of beauty, truth and goodness be a gateway to mending the broken self and restoring human aspirations for social bonding and happiness?
THE ARTS & TRANSCENDENCE 2021 SYMPOSIUM GUIDELINES:
THE ARTS & TRANSCENDENCE 2021 endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference that takes both scholarship and faith seriously. Conference Venue: Symposium 2021 is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses–the world-famous Tournament of Roses–in sunny Southern California, with many cultural/sightseeing opportunities. Send Abstracts (250 words) to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) by: March 1, 2021 to: JIS Symposium 2021 (click for e-mail). Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, mailing address, phone & e-mail. Publication: Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXIV 2022. Bonus: All attendees will receive a complimentary JIS copy. Symposium Web: https://www.jis3.org/symposium2021. Registration: Symposium participants must preregister: $100 by 15 March 2021; $125 after 15 March 2021; $150 after 15 April 2021. Please note that there are no travel grants: participants (or their institutions) are expected to pay all expenses, including a modest registration fee (non-refundable, but tax-deductible). For less expensive lodging, contact: www.visitpasadena.com.
THE ARTS & TRANSCENDENCE 2021 SYMPOSIUM STRUCTURE:
Check-In: Thursday, July 22, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hilton Pasadena. Reception: Thursday, July 22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Main Symposium Program: Friday-Saturday, July 23-24, 8:45 AM – 6:00 PM; Keynote: Friday, July 23. Format: Multidisciplinary panels and papers. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire conference to enhance dialogue, synergy, and synthesis, as well as fellowship. Presenting a paper is not a prerequisite for participation. Indicate if you prefer to serve as discussant. Family members enjoy the reduced student registration rate. Audio-Visual Equipment: Bring laptop or flash drive if desired for PowerPoint presentation. Cultural/Ecclesial/Sightseeing: Before or after the conference. Optional Field Trips: Huntington Library & Gardens, Norton Simon Museum.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
Lodging: We recommend that conference participants make their hotel and airline reservations as soon as possible. Hilton Pasadena Reservations: 1-800-445-8667; 1-626-577-1000. Cultural/sightseeing/travel/accommodations: Contact Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitpasadena.com; 1-800-307-7977 or 1-626-795-9311. Bring an alarm clock and a sweater or jacket for cooler mornings and evenings. Ground Transportation: Hilton Pasadena (168 S. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101) may be reached from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via shuttles, e.g., Prime Time Shuttle (shared ride $32.15): 1-800-733-8267, or rent-a-car (ca. 45 minute drive).
THE ARTS & TRANSCENDENCE 2021 REGISTRATION FORM:
First and Last Name (Please Print)____________________________________________________________________________
Institution/Street Address _______________________________________________________________________________
City __________________________________________ State ____________________________ ZIP______________
Telephone ________________________________ E-Mail ______________________________________________
Print: Symp 2021 Call for Papers and send Money Order/Travelers Check in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to: ICSA. Mail Form & Payment to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA. For Credit Card: Use PayPal Cart.
REGISTRATION FEE *:
* Registration fee includes complimentary copy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
By March 15, 2021:
____ Regular: $100
____ Student: $ 75
After March 15, 2021:
____ Regular: $125
____ Student: $100
After April 15, 2021:
____ Regular: $150
____ Student: $100