18th - 20th, 2008
Art as Witness
is an international conference which aims to share knowledge about
the role and function of creativity in times of trauma, as well
as the efficacy of the creative arts therapies in facilitating trauma
of trauma is a major public health issue faced today in many countries
of the world. Genocide, war, terrorism, abuse and loss are examples
of trauma experienced either collectively or individually. For centuries,
people have turned to the arts to comprehend, explore, and express
their experience of a traumatic event. Art can convey something
of the unspeakable, when words are unable to capture the experience.
It is by allowing non-verbal expression of emotions, through creative
means, that art therapy has been increasingly used in trauma intervention.
will be held in Montreal, Canada, from September 18-20, 2008, and
will gather international researchers, practitioners, artists, and
students to create an interdisciplinary dialogue about the witnessing
function of art created in a time of trauma or during its aftermath,
and the role of the creative arts therapies to overcome trauma.
Through presentations and experiential workshops, participants will
be given the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge in an atmosphere
open to debate.
- To create
an interdisciplinary dialogue about the function of art and creativity
at times of trauma and during its aftermath.
- To increase
awareness and further understanding of how the creative arts therapies
can be an effective tool for the intervention and resolution of