Newsletter from The Research School at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.
The Research School consists of artistic research and research on education within the artistic field and is run by the three departments Academy of Music and Drama, HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts, and Valand Academy. Problem to view? See the Newsletter in the web reader.

Research School: Workshops and Symposia

Monday 10th September 9:30-12:00
In the form of a round-table discussion and shorter presentations the workshop focus 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 leaders: Hanna Hallgren and Niclas Östlind.
Breakfast from 9:00, please sign in to Anna Frisk
Venue: Glashuset, entrance from Chalmersgatan 4.


Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October
The Autumn symposium addresses the important issue of presentation and publishing of artistic research. Through a number of examples and contributions from doctoral candidates, researchers and invited guests the seminar will discuss established practises, and how the formats of dissemination can be developed and challenged. It will also focus on the possibilities and difficulties acting in a trans- and interdisciplinary context, and try to formulate how can we learn from each other, and from other research fields.

The planning is driven by a group of doctoral students and initiated by Angeliki Dimaki-Adolfsen, Academy of Design and Crafts. If you like to be part of the planning group, please contact Angeliki.

Public defences

Friday 14 September 13:00
Hanna Nordenhök, Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose, Valand Academy
Title: Det svarta blocket i världen. Läsningar, samtal, transkript
Opponents: Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson and Moa Matthis.
Venue: Glashuset, Valand Academy, entrance from Chalmersgatan 4

Wednesday 26 September 13:00
David McCallum, Digital Representation, Valand Academy
Title: Glitching the fabric: strategies of new media art applied to the codes of knitting and weaving
Opponent: Alex McLean
Venue: Glashuset, Valand Academy, entrance from Chalmersgatan 4

Doctoral Seminars

Eva la Cour: Svalbard
Eva la Cour: Svalbard

Normally the material is uploaded in the internal learning platform GUL: “Etappseminarier för doktorander”. If you don't have access to GUL contact Anna Frisk

Wednesday 12th September  13:00-16:00      
50%-seminar: Eva la Cour, Artistic Practice, Valand Academy
Discussant: Florian Schneider, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art
Venue: Lindholmen Center

Thursday 4th October 10:00 – 12:00
25%-seminarium. Emma Gyllerfelt, Research on Arts Education (Estetiska uttrycksformer med inriktning mot utbildningsvetenskap)
Discussant: Camilla Lindahl, Universitetslektor, Stockholms universitet
Venue: HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

Wednesday 17th October  13:00-16:00      
50%-seminar: André Alves, Artistic Practice, Valand Academy


More information on the Research School (doctoral students, supervisors etc) can be found on the web pages of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts HERE

New doctoral students

During 2018 there have been so far as today 9 new doctoral students accepted at the three departments. Welcome to the Research School and the activities!

Academy of Music and Drama

Esaias Järnegård, Musical Performance and Interpretation (Musikalisk gestaltning)   
Nathalie Fari, Performance Practices (Scenisk gestaltning)
Christer Larsson, Research on Arts Education (Estetiska uttrycksformer med inriktning mot utbildningsvetenskap) (Research School CUL)

HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts

Maryam Fanni, Design
Gustav Thane, Crafts (Konsthantverk)
Rosa Tolnov Clausen, Crafts (Konsthantverk)

Valand Academy

Jennifer Hayashida, Artistic Practice (Konstnärlig gestaltning)
Ram Krishna Ranjan, Artistic Practice (Konstnärlig gestaltning)
Åsa Sonjasdotter, Artistic Practice (Konstnärlig gestaltning)

New Honorary Doctors

Lena Willemark, folk music singer, Swedish national player (Riksspelman) and composer, and Tom Eccles, curator and director of Bard CCS, New York, have been appointed honorary doctors at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg.

Both Lena Willemark and Tom Eccles will come to Gothenburg for the Conferment of Doctoral Degrees, October 19th.

Read more about the new honorary doctors HERE

Doctoral Course: An Introduction to the Research Field Aesthetic Learning/Arts Education, 7,5 hp

The Research School arrange the course An Introduction to the Research Field Aesthetic Learning/Arts Education. The course is held by HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts and aims at providing the doctoral students with a broad and comprehensive insight into and knowledge of the international research field Aesthetic Learning / Arts Education. The research field encompasses practical / aesthetical subject of knowledge categorized into different aesthetic forms of expression and knowledge area, such as Dance, Drama, Music,Sloyd, Theatre and Visual Arts Education. The course aims at creating a broad perspective of over-arching theories in relation to the subject areas and the common research field.
The studies are coducted in the form of lectures, literary seminars, self-study and group discussions. The course is conducted in Swedish and English. If applicable, the course can be conducted in solely English.

The first occation will be at November 8th, 2018. For more information and signing up, contact the course leader Tarja Karlsson Häikiö

Conference on dissertation formats

Monday 10th December 2018

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

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. We invite 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 they deal with and develop the relation between theory/reflection and practice. We would also like to share and discuss how the dissertations are distributed and made public.

The seminar is organized by the Research School and will take place at Valand Academy on the 10th of December 2018. A more detalied schedule will come later. Representatives from institutions with artistic research are welcome to sign in by sending an email to Anna Frisk


Thursday 13th September 2018, 9.30-16.00

What is the political difference between mediation and representation? And how can such an inquiry be informed by artistic work and research with image performance constructions?

ON MEDIATION is a research seminar initiated and organised by doctor­al researcher Eva la Cour in collaboration with the Collegiate of Film and Photography at Valand Academy, as a mean to qualify methodological questions regarding film as material-discursive practice.

Presenting artists includes: The Otolith Group, Andjeas Ejiksson, Jyoti Mistry, Joen Vedel, Florian Schneider, Eva la Cour, and Andrea Phillips (Moderator). Read more HERE

Venue: Collegiate of Film at Akademin Valand, Storgatan 43

If you wish to join, please contact Eva la Cour



Featured image: See Red Women’s Workshop/ Capitalism Depends on Domestic Labour

Deadline for proposals: June 30th 2018

Art has been integral to recent debates and critical strategies contesting the social imaginary of work. The modernist vision of artistic labour as the paradigm of nonalienated labour has been replaced by the alignment of art with the micropolitics of work and the withdrawal from work. Artists have been regarded as exemplars of both new forms of 24/7 labour and the humane workplace.

The editors welcome contributions from all disciplines and in practice as well as theory. Among the questions that contributors may wish to consider are:

  •  Is artistic activity a form of work and if so, what kind of conception of work does this presuppose?What is the future of art within a vision of full automation?
  • Does the campaign for artists to be paid for their work constitute an extension of workers’ struggle to a new sector or is it a coded form of privilege and entitlement?
  • How do artists represent the work of others?
  • How does art relate to the contradictory demands of liberation through work and liberation from work?
  • What are the conditions under which artistic labour could be conceived of as a paradigm of nonalienated labour or alternatively as a mode of privilege?
  • Is artistic labour the model for 24/7 work patterns? Is the artist the blueprint for the over-identification of the individual with their work?
  • Does artistic labour resemble post-Fordist wage labour or is it closer to the non-waged labour of domestic workers?  

More info on the PARSE Art and Work open call here


Featured image: Tintin Wulia, “Fallen”, 2011. Single-channel video. Still image courtesy of the artist.

Deadline for proposals: October 7th 2018

Art & Migration. Re-Making the World: Human Mobility, Border Violence, and Security Markets.

The editors welcome contributions exploring the embodied, affective, performative, material, visual, and spatial politics of cross-border human mobilities, through arts/design as well as other disciplines and practices.

Among many other conceivable avenues of inquiry, we invite contributions engaged with such questions as:

  • How are lived experiences and concepts of border policing and securitization and immigration and asylum controls (including detention and deportation) understood by differently positioned people as expressed in the visual arts, activism, design, theater, music, literature, or migration studies and other academic disciplines?
  • What are productive ways of making visible or interrogating border violence and the intensification of state and extra-state forms of border securitization?
  • How do private firms shape today’s migration policies by designing and marketing social-material conditions, techniques, and technologies that aim to control the mobility of people, knowledge, and goods?
  • How are people counteracting, circumventing, subverting, or resisting the everyday production and enactment of border and immigration control technologies and practices?
  • How can artists, academics, activist networks, and other civil society groups work together to challenge new forms of bordering and border violence in ways that are of societal as well as intellectual relevance?

More info on the PARSE Art and Migration open call here


PARSE Intersectional Engagements in Politics in Art

In fall 2018, Intersectional Engagements in Politics in Art will continue to host Dialogues and a Reading Group. Among these are a Dialogue with Hagar Kotef, which has been rescheduled from spring, and collaborations with Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival (GDTF), Scener & Samtal, and Göteborg Art Sounds (GAS).

Please save these dates!
More information and additional dates will be announced shortly.

Monday August 20th, 14.00-16.00
PARSE Dialogue with Christiane Jahaty, director (Brazil)
A collaboration with Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival
Location: Stora Teatern

Wednesday September 5th, 16:00-18:00
Reading Group in preparation for Dialogue with Hagar Kotef
(readings acquired from
Location: TBA

Thursday September 6th, 16.00-18.00
“Violence, Desire, and Settler Colonialism”
PARSE Dialogue with Hagar Kotef, SOAS/University of London
In conversation with Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, HSM
Location: TBA

Thursday September 27th, 16:00-18:00
Reading group in preparation for Dialogue with Koleka Putuma
(readings acquired from
Location: TBA

Saturday September 29th, 15.15-16.00
PARSE Dialogue with Koleka Putuma, performance poet (South Africa)
In conversation with Elisabeth Hjorth, Akademin Valand
Moderated by Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, HSM
A collaboration with Scener & Samtal
Location: Världskulturmuseet

PARSE Art & Migration dialogues

October 19 – 20, 2018 (Public event October 19) 15.00 - 18.30

Speakers: Dagmawi Yimer, Elyas Alavi, Nuraini Juliastuti, and Shahram Khosravi
Location: TBA

January 24 – 25, 2019 (Public event January 24) 15.00 - 18.30
Speakers: Behrouz Boochani & Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Frederikke Hansen and Tone Olaf Nielsen from Camp Copenhagen, Charles Heller, Nora El Qadim, Martina Tazzioli, Sandro Mezzadra, Alison Mountz, and William Walters
Location: TBA

Save the dates for the Art & Migration reading group:
September 20, 14.00 – 16.00
October 11, 14.00 – 16.00
November 1, 14.00 – 16.00
January 17, 14.00 – 16.00
Location: TBA

PARSE Seminar: Fiction & Finance

September 17, 15.00 – 18.00
Speakers: Leigh Claire La Berge, Miriam Meissner, Erling Björgvinsson & Ida Börjel

How has the evermore abstract and complex economy of the last decades transformed us as embodied subjects? How has this been reflected and expressed in fiction and film, aesthetic and narrative conventions? 

The seminar will address the current relationship and boundaries between aesthetics, the economy and politics. It will engage with aesthetics and theories that combine analysis of political economy and the experiential and aesthetic dimensions of society where financialization has become a dominant mode.  Hence, it wants to address how political economies affect subject formation and forms of critique and resistance of such political economies through narrative, embodied, and sensate dimension.  It will in particular address how visual and narrative expressions intertwine the macro and micro-political economic dimensions of the senses in relation to how they are positioned in time and space. It will also discuss how financialization, fiction, documentary film and cultural critique are in dialogue and affect each other.

Before the seminar, please download from app store the Animal Spirits Quiz and find out what economic beastie you are.
Location TBA

PARSE dialogues available to watch online

The PARSE dialogue What Does Work Look Like? is now available to view online here. Featuring Dave BeechTom Cubbin and Josefine Wikström, discussing notions of work and play-citing examples from a range of sources including gay male fetish equipment, Joseph Wright of Derby, Soviet design and dance. 

PARSE - Platform for Artistic Research Sweden, is an international art and research publishing and conferencing initiative based at the Faculty of Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Postdoctoral post in Photography: Specially Focusing on Experimental Photo History

Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg and the Hasselblad Foundation have a long-term partnership for the purpose of supporting the development of critical study and research on photography. As part of this shared programme of work, we are now seeking applications from photo-based artists, photo historians, art historians and practioners in cognate disciplines, with doctoral degrees, to apply for a 2-year postdoctoral scholarship starting from January 2019.

This position is attached to a new joint project between the Hasselblad Foundation and the Academy Valand which seeks to create an experimental photo history centered on photographic practitioners in the interwar period (WWI-WWII), starting from (but not limited to) Sweden, in both art and vernacular photography, as well as advertising and scientific photography. The applications for this post may be focused on, for example: new perspectives on archival material; local and social history and photography as alternative historical source and mediation; and cultural parallels between the 20s and 30s and today.

More information here Deadline to apply: 2018-08-17

Forum for Norm Critical Research

During EuroPride 2018 the University of Gothenburg organises Forum for Norm Critical Research. The Forum is a popular science event where focus is on LGBTQ and norm critical research. The Forum will be held at HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts on August 16th. Among the participants/presenters are doctoral student Hanna af Ekström, enior Lecturer Mattias Gunnarsson, and Professor in Crafts Maja Gunn. Read more about the program:

MoRE2020’s Third Call for Proposals

The third and final call for proposals in the Mobility for Regional Excellence Programme 2020 is now open! Region Västra Götaland invites experienced researchers from all nations to submit research proposals to MoRE2020. The Call for Proposals is open until 1 October 2018, 12:00 CET and final decisions for funding will be made in January 2019. MoRE2020 finances both incoming and outgoing mobility. See the attached Call for Proposals for full details. All documents and guides are available at Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Programme Management Team with any questions regarding the Call for Proposals and applying to MoRE2020. MoRE2020 Management TeamRegion Västra Götaland

Co-producing knowledge in transdisciplinary research – From practice to theory

Two PhD courses for 2018-19 at Urban Futures Open Research School, 2x7.5 ECTS. Organised by Mistra Urban Futures/ Chalmers

This course, divided into two parts (2 x 7,5 ECTS), is directed for you who are dealing with so called ‘wicked urban problems’ in your daily practice or who aim to address such current and future urban challenges in your PhD research, and who see the urgency for a transdisciplinary approach. This course gives insight into urban dilemmas from both practice and academic perspectives and provides tools, methods and theory for transdisciplinary research. read more and apply HERE

The online, peer-reviewed journal for the publication and discussion of artistic research.

JAR is open-access, free to read, and to contribute.

We are very proud to announce our fifteenth issue with the following contributions:

Vahri McKenzie and Neil K Ferguson, Only the Envelope: artistic interpretations of eye-tracking imagery
Alexandros Papadopoulos, How to Use Gay Nazis in Job Interviews: Queer Media, Striptease-Lectures and the Art of Existential Sodomism
David Roesner and Bella Merlin, The Document as Music, Exploring the Musicality of Verbatim Material in Performance
William Platz, Can a drawing be rehearsed?; or, There's no bowing in performance art
Jenny Brown, Exploring the Principles of Allodoxic Art (in dialogue with Baroness Elsa)

Keywords include: surveillance, the gaze, queer media, polymedia, verbatim, musicality, life drawing, rehearsal, activism, allodoxia

Call for proposals – Vetenskapsrådet's symposium on Artistic Research

Piteå, 14-15 november 2018

The Swedish Research Council now invites researchers in artistic research to submit proposals for presentations to this year's Symposium for Artistic Research. This symposium will be held this year in Piteå at the University of Music, Luleå University of Technology, on the theme of "Basic Research in the Artistic Research Area".

The focus of the symposium will be the following questions:

  • How is basic research considered in relation to different genres and traditions?
  • What is applied research, new-oriented research and thematic research in the field of art?

In addition to the main theme, which is being discussed in plenary talks and in a panel discussion, the symposium will also show the breadth and depth of current artistic research.
We give researchers and doctoral students the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects for an initiated Nordic and international audience at the symposium. Presentations can link to the theme of the year, but they do not have to. We also welcome suggestions for reports of artistic research projects that do not address these aspects.

Deadline for proposals: August 15

Send the proposal to the presentation together with the personal description to

FORMAS Announcements for Research Funding

Formas stora kommunikationsutlysning 2018
Formas har avsatt upp till 17 miljoner kronor till finansiering av kommunikationsprojekt om hållbarhetsforskning. Projektets ämne ska ligga inom Formas ansvarsområden och du kan söka upp till 3 miljoner kronor. Utlysningen öppnar den 14 juni 2018.
Läs mer

Formas Proof-of-Concept 2018
Formas efterfrågar Proof-of-Concept (PoC)-projekt för att påbörja nyttiggörandet av forskningsresultat. PoC-projektet ska syfta till att överbrygga gapet mellan forskning och nyttiggörande/kommersialisering, och bygga på forskningsresultat från projekt som varit eller är finansierade av Formas (under tidsperioden 2010-2017).
Läs mer

Nordic Culture Point Funding

Mobility funding supports new perspectives and experiments

The second round of Mobility funding for the travel/stay of artists and others, who are also professionally involved in arts and culture within the Nordic and Baltic region, has just been distributed. 

Among the granted projects - a Nordic initiative to create a knowlegde platform The Silent University North and Susanne Rosenberg's folk music experiments.

Find out more by clickling here.

Doctoral positions at Konstfack

Konstfack, The University of Arts, Crafts and Design, is seeking four doctoral students for the doctoral (third-cycle) programme Art, Technology and Design.

We are seeking highly qualified applicants with a strong motivation for third-cycle education and a desire to contribute to development of a new knowledge within some of the areas of study described below. The research programme as part of the Art, Technology and Design programme is shaped by the meeting between artistic and scientific approaches, and by the collaboration between three different perspectives: art, technology and design. In particular, we are seeking applicants who wish to unite the practices of action with advanced epistemological and methodological perspectives. Konstfack, with its well-equipped workshops and personnel with specialist skills and knowledge, offers unique opportunities for developing knowledge from practice. The studies take the form of course and seminar activities alongside work on individual research projects. More info HERE

Positions at Aalto Univeristy, Helsinki

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites Tenure track or Tenured position applications for:

Professor of Visual Culture and Artistic Practices

The call is open on all levels of the Aalto University tenure track system: Assistant, Associate and Full Professor. The position will begin 1.10.2018 or as agreed.
The professorship is located at the intersections of visual culture and contemporary art, and the person chosen for this position will be responsible for developing artistic thinking and practices, and their application to new areas, contexts, and non-art disciplines. The professorship strengthens transdisciplinary collaborations, as well as the integration and sharing of creative activities and thinking across different fields of the university. For more information about how to apply click here


Aalto University - Department of Art is looking for LECTURER in the field of University-Wide Art Studies

The purpose of the university lecturer is to develop, coordinate, and conduct teaching and research in the area of University-wide Art Studies for all of Aalto University.
University-wide Art Studies (UWAS) is an initiative, which develops arts-based courses for all students of the university, to expand their perspectives and skillsets. The aim is to offer arts-based transdisciplinary education with a strong art and creative practice underpinning, and to develop the necessary practices and structures for their deployment. Read more and apply HERE

Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP)

Call for applications
The Programme finances artistic research projects of high international standard at institutions of higher education in Norway. Application deadline is October 15th, 2018 at 12AM (noon). Decision on allocations can be expected around March 1st, 2019.

The programme description, this year’s call and the guidelines for applicants are available HERE

The Artistic Research is a yearly conference and part of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme’s regular activities. The Forum, moving from year to year, is organized in cooperation with one or more of the national institutions participating in the programme.

Artistic practices from all fields of art are invited to present their projects in venues where artistic research is created. The Forum supports their participation financially. The Artistic Research Forum 2018 is a cooperative event between the University of Bergen, Faculty of Art, Music and Design, and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The forum program this year will presentprojects financed by the Project Programme, projects from the Research Fellowship Programme and invited artistic projects from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Scotland and Austria. Read ore HERE

Research Academy — 20 to 26 October 2018 in Zurich

Perform. Record. Enrich. Share.

Opening up and publishing processes in performance creation

We are happy to invite performers from the field of dance, theater and performance to apply for the Research Academy 2018. Applicants should have a strong interest in artistic research.

Research Academy 2018 is an intensive seven days Laboratory exploring the process and publication of artistic research in the performance field. RA2018 will provide participants the opportunity to explore making bodybased performance practices more explicit and sharable through new methods and forms of documentation. This will include experimentation with new video annotation software, innovative moving image recording (e.g. 360 degree film) and digital animation processes. Providing context for the RA2018 is “Research Video”, a practice-based research and software development project of the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film and “Cast/Audiovisual Media”. RA2018 is seeking applications from performance artists, dancers and actors for whom documentation of their creative and rehearsal processes is already an essential part of their practice. We are inviting applications from solo artists, small ensembles (duet or trio) and/ or those with a strong teaching practice. Please find the programme and application form here: Research Academy 2018 Deadline for application is 27th of June 2018.


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