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The Research School's Workshops and Symposia

Autumn 2019

Tuesday-Wednesday 8-9 October 2019

During 2019 it will be 100 years since the Bauhaus School was inaugurated. In this occasion Röhsska Museum invite to a two-day symposium about practice-based research in collaboration with the Research School of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, at University of Gothenburg.

In the spirit of Bauhaus weaver, designer and writer Anni Albers, this
symposium will focus on ways to make practice-based research public.
Anni Albers is recognised as one of the first weavers who theorized
weaving through the writing of essays as part of her work as a textile
artist. Her influence continues to provide us with key references in textile research today.

Though an open public event at the Röhsska Museum, this autumn’s
symposium aims to develop and implement research dialogues,
exchanges and partnerships about how to make artistic research public
on its own terms. This means moving beyond the confines of
standardized academic text or power point lectures.

In the spirit of the interdisciplinary Bauhaus school, invited guests;
students and researchers from the fields of fine, applied and performing
arts will present research findings in dialogue with the academic
community and the public.


Måndag 9 September 2019 kl 9:30-12:00

The theme will be ethics, and invited guest is Nils-Eric Sahlin, chair of the Expert Group of Ethics who advises the Swedish Research Council on issues relating to ethics (read more HERE)

The workshop is part of an ongoing discussion on research ethics at the Research School, and the workshop makes it possible to share concrete examples from the current PhD-projects.

Niclas Östlind as chair the workshop (it is part of the Research School Basic Course 4, but all doctoral students and supervisors are welcome!) has written down some question to you:
Are there any significant differences regarding ethics if you work as an artist or a teacher in the artistic field, or if your work is part of research context?
What are the critical ethical challenges in artistic and pedagogical research in the arts, and how can/should they be addressed?

Please, email the ethical concerns and problems you would like to present and discuss in the workshop to Niclas Östlind.


Faculty supervisor’s meetings 2019
Mån 18 Mar kl 13:00-14:30 Faculty Supervisors meeting
Mån 9 September kl 13:00-14:30 Faculty Supervisors meeting

Research School Council meetings 2019
Mån 18 Feb kl 13-15 Research School Council
Mån 27 Maj 14:30-16:30 Research School Council
Mån 16 September kl 14:30-16:30 Research School Council
Mån 18 November kl 14:30-16:30 Research School Council


Spring 2019

Monday-Tuesday 15-16 April 2019


What happens when the words we use allow us to pass over the reasons we use them?
– Sarah Ahmed, On Being Included
(Duke UP, 2012)

The theme for the 15-16 April 2019 Doctoral Symposium is CARE, drawing upon an interdisciplinary framework and focused on an institutional context with particular attention to the university and the museum. This symposium will examine notions of care, particularly looking at how care may be relevant in developing critical pedagogies and interventions that encourage insurgent thinking and practices; how such issues are addressed and dealt with – in artistic research, as well as in contemporary artistic, craft, design and performance practices and discourses.
The Spring 2019 symposium is organized by the doctoral candidates Nicolas Cheng (HDK), Jen Hayashida (Valand Academy) and Ram Krishna Ranjan (Valand Academy).

Monday 18th February 2019 9:30-12:00

Focus will be to follow up the work on supervision that was done at the last symposium. On the agenda is also planning of the upcoming symposiums in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2019, and also briefly information about the plans and leadership for the Research School and the merge between Valand Academy and HDK.
Venue: Glashuset

Autumn 2018

Conference on Dissertations in Artistic Research

What have we done and how do we go from here? Artistic research seen through the lens of doctoral dissertations.

Valand Academy, Gothenburg
10th December 2018

The Research School invited institutions in Sweden engaged in artistic research and education to a one-day seminar to present dissertations that have been produced and presented within their programs. We see it as a "Bench Marking" project where we together look at good examples from the point of view of how the dissertations deal with and develop the relation between practice and theory, and other meta-reflections.

We welcomed researchers, staff and doctorands from all Swedish institutions engaged in artistic research and education.

One way of identifying what artistic research has contributed to, is to revisit and look closely at dissertations that have been produced in the field. This can help us identify how research questions, methods and results are formulated, and what it is that characterizes the artistic research in its different subjects. How is the "research question" presented and discussed? How have methods been used and developed in the examples? Another issue that we would like to share and discuss is how the dissertations are distributed and made public.


Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October
Symposium: The micro-politics of artistic research dissemination

Who is your research for | who can advance from your work?
Artistic research can aim to advance and give new insights into the field of arts. It can likewise be a messy and cross-disciplinary collaboration with many different people and groups outside academia. How can we feed back into these communities? What forms of dissemination could you develop, in order to make this possible? And what kind of
narratives are you developing to talk about what you are doing? Why these? How do you define value for what you are doing? There is lots of talk about ‘markers of impact’ in academic research defined by new public management policies. In science and humanities these markers are defined by “outcomes”, citation index and metrification. Do you want to adopt the concept of ‘impact’ for your work? And if so, how would you define the potential impact of your research? Dissemination also addresses the question of “practice” (a messy process) in contrast to “publication”, (the discrete, authoritative object that comes in format of writings). Starting from Charlotte Cooper’s Research Justice Diagram, and from selected contributions by our peers we will share and discuss the above aspects of our research process (theoretical or practice-led). We hope to create with this symposium an opportunity to share knowledge without disembodying the practice, to test things out, to look, listen, experience and be in conversation through and about each other’s practice (and struggles).

Program Symposium 15-16 October 2018

Monday 10th September 9:30-12:00

In the form of a round-table discussion and shorter presentations the workshop focused on how to build a fruitful and dynamic research environment. What is essential? What can we learn from history? Where are we now and how can we contribute to shape our own milieu?
Workshop leader: Niclas Östlind.
Venue: room 505 (Krokisalen), HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8. 

Spring 2018

Monday-Tuesday 16-17 April

This semester’s Doctoral Symposium at the Faculty of Fine Applied, and Performing Arts, was organized in collaboration with the Department of Law at the University of Gothenburg. The overarching theme was ‘Violence’.

Description: "We are specifically asking how we can know what can’t be known. How can we learn of the violence that shapes our lives at this moment in history? And conversely, what sort of violence, or perhaps love, is required to find out what needs to be found out in order to make other worlds possible? In this respect, the two days of the Symposium are an exploration of methodologies, from the vantage point of sites of epistemological violences.

The first day will focus on citizenship and fiction, the second day more specifically on violence and its remains. We encourage participants to join both days, as we are expecting an ongoing conversation that stretches across the symposium."

Among the invited guests were Saidiya V. Hartman and M. NourbeSe Philip, as well as Mahmoud Keshavarz

Reading groups
Several seminars were organized in relation to the research symposium, in cooperation with PARSE Reading Groups and Research Dialogues.



Research School Workshop
Monday February 19th, 9:00-12:00
Workshop II on "plagiarism” (organised by doctoral candidates Eva Weinmayr, Andjeas Ejiksson, and others)

Autumn 2017

Research School's Symposium
Transversality in Performance: (un) (dis) covering processes from what the body knows

9 – 10 October 2017
Academy of Music and Drama
Fågelsången 1, Göteborg

The Symposium is open by registration for all doctoral students, supervisors and ­researchers. Please contact Anna Frisk for registration: anna.frisk@konst.gu.se

With a focus on interdisciplinary art practices and forms of (re)presentation, we understand transversality as a mode to de-territorialise the disciplines, fields and institutions, to open cooperations between different artistic, social or political practices, to experiment with relations of interdependency in order to create spaces for interaction and new collaborations and to oppose the fragmented knowledge of our time.
Confirmed participants: Annette Arlander and Kaffe Mathews.
Organised by the doctoral candidates Marina, Uwe, Victoria, Dan, Hedvig and Magda at the Academy of Music and Drama. They welcome contributions from other PhD candidates with a reference to the topic.

Download program here 

Research School Workshop
Monday September 18th, 9:00-12:00

Workshop I on "plagiarism” (organised by doctoral candidates Eva Weinmayr, Andjeas Ejiksson, and others)

Spring 2017

Research School's Symposium


Måndag 3 april - tisdag 4 april
Glashuset, ingång via Chalmersgatan 4

Welcome to the Research School's Symposium for Spring 2017. This symposium will examine issues of ethics, particularly looking at how such issues are addressed and dealt with – from multiple and complex perspectives – in contemporary research, as well as in contemporary artistic, design and performance practices and discourses. 

Participating guests include Annette Markham, Elisabeth Hjort and Henry Mainsah.

The Spring 2017 symposium is organized by doctoral candidates Nicolas Cheng, Angeliki Dimaki-Adolfsen, Hanna af Ekström, and Emelie Röndahl.

Please email Anna Frisk to enroll for the symposium.
Download symposium programme here.

Workshop: Monday 6th February 2017 kl. 9.30-12:00


Autumn 2016

Research School's Workshop - on Research Catalogue

Monday, September 19, 9:30 - 12:00, Glashuset
With Geir Strøm, Else Olsen Storesund, and Per Anders Nilsson.
An introduction by Geir Strøm on how the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme use the Research Catalogue, followed by a presentation by former student of The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme Else Olsen Storesund of her art works/research project. Finally, Per Anders Nilsson will give a more hands on introduction to the database.
Please register yourself in the Research Catalogue, and get a password, at this link.

Workshop participants and speakers are invited to lunch at 12:00 - 13:00.

Symposium: Måndag - Tisdag, 10-11 oktober 2016

Dates: Monday-Tuesday 10-11 October 2016
Venue: Valand Academy

Focus on ethics – a theme that was discussed and decided together in a previous meeting. Invited guest is Heather Davis. She is based in Montreal but is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, where she currently is researching the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism. She has written about the intersection of art, politics, ecological catastrophe, and community engagement for numerous art and academic publications and edited the books Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environment and Epistemology (2015), and Desire/ Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (forthcoming).

Download symposium schedule here.

Research School Symposium

Datum: Måndag-tisdag 11-12 april 2016
Plats: Artisten och Akademin Valand
How do we formulate new knowledge and what does it mean in the context of artistic research? What role does experimentality play and how can a modus of critical openness be developed and nurtured? This symposium will focus on practices driven by curiosity and a desire to explore what is not already known, seen or experienced. Among the guests are Cheryl Akner-Koler, Eddie Prévost, Mark Klett, and Henrik Frisk.

Download Symposium schedule here.

Research School Workshop

Datum: Onsdag februari 3, 2016
Tid: 9.30-12:00
The idea behind the fourth basic course is that the content should be formulated in close relation with the doctorial candidates. Our next workshop is therefore organized as a forum for discussion and planning of the themes and guest for the symposium in October, but also for the symposiums in 2017. We are truly looking forward to your participation!

Research School’s Symposium: Mapping the field

Datum: October 12 - 13, 2015
Tid: Monday, 12th October – Tuesday, 13th October
Plats: Glashuset, Valand Academy (entrance from Chalmersgatan 4)

The theme of the two-day symposium October 12-13 is “Mapping the Field” and it can be seen as an extension of the workshop in September. Among the speakers are the writers of the theses we are examining in the workshop: Cecilia Björck, Tina Carlsson and Andreas Gedin, and the key note speakers are Märtha Edling and Simon Sheik.

View schedule for the symposium (pdf)

Research School’s Symposium: Archiving practical work

Datum: March 26–27, 2015
Venue: Glashuset, Akademin Valand, entrance from Chalmersgatan 4
Presentations by doctoral candidates and researchers on examples of how they have archived, documented or otherwise represented their practices.

Keynote speakers: Professor Julian Klein, Director of the Institute for Artistic Research, Berlin, and and Monica Sand, Artist, Researcher, Research Coordinator, Architecture & Design Center, Stockholm.

Sidansvarig: Anna Frisk|Sidan uppdaterades: 2019-10-03

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