We are an international network of ISSOTL members who are teachers and scholars in the various disciplines of the arts and humanities: fine arts, performing arts, arts education, literature, philosophy, religion, communication, history, languages, et al--including those from other fields that self-identify as arts or humanities.
Our mission is to explore through inquiry, conversation, and collaboration the position and potential of the arts and humanities in SoTL/ISSOTL and SoTL in the arts and humanities.
We facilitate activities that make SoTL (and ISSOTL) more inviting for arts and humanities teacher-scholars who come with habits of mind, ways of knowing, and approaches to research that differ from the more broadly accepted approaches of much SoTL work. We look for projects to develop from across the miles and wires. See below for a few examples.
The ultimate goal of the ISSOTL Arts & Humanities IG is to share in the work of improving teaching and learning in the humanities.
As of October 2019, Angela Zito is the Chair of the Arts & Humanities Interest Group, taking over from founding chair Nancy Chick (2008-2019).
Our history is a collaborative one. At ISSOTL08 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, several conferees were discussing some of the challenges of the field, and the idea of the IG for humanists was born. View the original call for members (January 2009 International Commons) to the right, and the original application is available here. Several years later, our arts members encouraged us to rename the group to be explicitly inclusive of their fields, and we formally applied for the name change to the Arts & Humanities Interest Group.
Members of the Interest Group have worked on a few projects over the years. See below for a few:
- View our original Humanities SoTL Annotated Bibliography and the subsequent additions in "Humanities & SoTL: 2 Bibliographies" by Nancy Chick.
- View the special section "Arts & Humanities in SoTL: A Return to the Big Tent" in Teaching & Learning Inquiry, edited by Stephen Bloch-Schulman and Sherry Linkon.
- View our list of Characteristics and Choices in SoTL from the Arts & Humanities, drafted at the meeting of the ISSOTL18 conference in Bergen, Norway.
Join & Interact
The Arts & Humanities Interest Group has a listserv for members to interact, share resources, ask questions, et al. Members are added to the listserv when they select the Arts & Humanities Interest Group while joining or renewing their ISSOTL membership. ISSOTL updates their listservs monthly with new Society memberships.
To join this Interest Group, select it when you join ISSOTL.