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

One crucial aspect for the development of research is the research milieu. The Research School is a key element in building a transdisciplinary practice and critical reflection in the doctoral education at Academy of Music and Drama (HSM), Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) and Valand Academy. Through the four basic courses doctoral students from the different institutions meet and discuss common issues and questions. The basic courses provide a common platform, but it is also an opportunity to learn from each other and the different artistic disciplines and their traditions.

This semester we are happy to welcome new doctoral students and would like to take the opportunity to introduce them to the Research School, and to meet the doctoral students who are already part of the program. The question we would like to focus on at the workshop is how we together can enrich and develop the research milieu at the Faculty, and of course discuss what a fruitful environment is and what historical and contemporary role models it is interesting to take a closer look at.
Workshop leader: Niclas Östlind.
Coffee and sandwich from 9:00, please sign in to Anna Frisk
Venue: Room 505 (Krokisalen), HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8


Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October

It’s focus is on micro politics of artistic research and its dissemination. This topic among other questions also suggests to actually rethink and test out the micro politics of holding a symposium, a format, which is often entirely based on presentations. In this symposium we hope to create and disseminate knowledge without disembodying the practice. Therefore we want to use the time to test things out, to look, participate, experience and be in conversation through and about each other’s practice.

As part of this symposium we are also planning a workshop discussing our relationship(s) to our supervisors, which is an opportunity to share good and bad experiences and expectations towards our supervisors, which could result in a terms and conditions document “How to be a good supervisor”, which can be used by us and prospective PhD students.

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 know more, and participate in the program, please contact Angeliki.


2019 Workshops and Symposia
Monday 18th February 9:30-12:00 Workshop
Må-tis kl 15-16 April Symposium
Mån 9 September kl 9:30-12:00 Workshop
Mån -Tis 14-15 October Symposium


Faculty supervisor’s meetings

Monday 10th September 2018 at 13:00-14:30 at HDK, room 505 (Krokisalen)

Monday 18th March kl 13:00-14:30 Faculty Supervisors meeting
Monday 9th September kl 13:00-14:30 Faculty Supervisors meeting

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
Find the disserationin GUPEA HERE
For a printed copy, please contact
Anna Frisk
NOTE: the public defence will be held in Swedish

Wednesday 26 September 13:00
David N.G. McCallum, Digital Representation, Valand Academy
Title: 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
Find the dissertation, films etc in GUPEA HERE
For a printed copy, please contact
Anna Frisk
NOTE: the public defence will be held in English

Tuesday 20 November

Åsa Stjerna, Musical Performance and Interpretation, Academy of Music and Drama
Gascia Ouzounian
More info to come

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's Science Park's Visual Arena, Lindholmspiren 5, 402 78 Göteborg (bus 60)

Thursday 27th Sept 13:00 – 15:00
50% seminar: Niklas Rudbäck, Research on Arts Education/Estetiska uttrycksformer med inriktning mot utbildningsvetenskap: "Hearing koncepts. Students learning to talk about music"
Discussant: Erkki Huovinen, professor in music education at Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Stockholm
Venue: Room C 303, Academy of Music and Drama, Artisten
Contact Niklas if you would like to get his text in beforehand (in English).

Wednesday 17th October  13:00 – 16:00      
50%-seminar: André Alves, Artistic Practice, Valand Academy
Discussant: Georgina Jackson.
More info to come

Thursday 22nd November 13:00 – 15:00
50% seminar: Ingrid Hedin Wahlberg, Music Education. Discussant: Professor Karin Johansson, Musikhögskolan in Malmö, Lund University.  
Venue: sal C 303, Academy of Music and Drama, Artisten

Friday 14th December 12:00 (Concert) 13:30 (seminar)
80%-seminar:  Magda Mayas, Musical Performance and Interpretation, Academy of Music and Drama
More info to come

Thursday 31st January 2019 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


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

Doctoral Courses

Wednesday 7th November 13.00 – 15.00
Library introduction/update for doctoral students at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts with Linda Sundberg and Jenny Nyberg from the University Library.

Welcome to a workshop where you will learn how to use the library and its resources.
I will demonstrate a few of the most useful databases that the library offers in your subject area. How you can manage your searches, search strategies and keep up to date with academic feeds & alerts. You will have time to practice so bring your computer!
It will also be a short presentation of GUP and GUPEA.

Register by sending an email to Anna Frisk or Kristina Fridh.
Venue: Room: 301, Lilla Hörsalen, HDK

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

Introduction to Research Ethics in the Social Sciences

In the autumn semester of 2018, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers a new course in research ethics for doctoral students - Introduction to research Ethics in Social Sciences, 2.5 higher education credits (HEC). The language of instruction and the learning activities will be English. The course is now open for applications from doctoral students at the Faculty of Social Sciences and elsewhere. The course will run full time from October 9 2018 to October 19 2018.

More information about the course is available in the following link:

Writing and Language Development in English and Swedish (for all staff at the Univeristy)

The Unit for Academic Language (ASK) offers academic language advising, workshops, discussion groups, writing and reading retreats, and courses for all GU staff. We look forward to working with you in developing your academic writing and presentation skills!

Individual Language Advising
You can meet with us to talk about your research writing and presentations, as well as teaching materials. We do not provide a proofreading service. Instead we can, for example, provide feedback on a few pages of a doctoral thesis, research article, or a course description, together with more general advice on how to improve your academic language and writing.
You can book advising sessions in Swedish and English here.

Workshops and Reading and Writing Retreats
We offer half-day workshops in academic writing, for example on “Writing a Good Introduction,” for groups of doctoral students and researchers. You can also take part in a whole-day reading or writing retreat where you can focus exclusively on your writing or reading in a structured and supportive environment.
Sign up for a workshop or retreat here.

Discussion Groups
You can also join a discussion group where participants (4-7 per group) practice speaking Swedish or English.
To find out more about discussion groups please contact: (English), (Swedish).

Swedish Courses for beginners
If you are a beginner in Swedish please sign up for one of our Swedish courses: Swedish Language and Culture 1-4. Registration and information at

Conference on Dissertations in Artistic Research

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: 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.

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

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

Wednesday November 7th, 16:00-18:00
Reading group
(readings acquired from
Location: X-library, Valand

Thursday December 11th, 16:00-18:00
Reading group
(readings acquired from
Location: X-library, Valand

PARSE Art & Migration dialogues

Art and Migration: A series of three dialogues and reading groups inquiring into the embodied, affective, performative, material, visual, and spatial politics of cross-border human mobilities, through arts/design as well as other disciplines and practices.

Led by Erling Björgvinsson, HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, Nicholas De Genova, Scholar of migration, borders, citizenship, race and labour, Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Design scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Uppsala University and Tintin Wulia, Artist and post-doctoral fellow at HDK/Academy of Design and Crafts and School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

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

PARSE Dialogue Art and Migration Part 1:
Speakers: Dagmawi Yimer, director and photographer, who was born and grew up in Addis Ababa, now working in Italy
- Elyas Alavi, multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia
- Nuraini Juliastuti, researcher, co-founder of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Antje Missbach, senior lecturer and researcher at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Austraila
- Shahram Khosravi, Professor at the Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. 
Location: X-library, Valand 

 Save the dates for parts 2 + 3:
January 24 – 25, 2019 (Public event January 24) 15.00 - 18.30

PARSE Dialogue Art and Migration Part 2:
Speakers: Behrouz Boochani & Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Frederikke Hansen and Tone Olaf Nielsen from Camp Copenhagen, Charles Heller, Nora El Qadim, Sandro Mezzadra and Alison Mountz
Location: Baulan, HDK

April 29 - 30, 2019 (Public event April 29) 15.00 - 18.30
PARSE Dialogue Art and Migration Part 3:
Speakers to be announced.
Location:Baulan, HDK

Art & Migration reading group:
(readings acquired from
September 20, 14.00 – 16.00 X-library, Valand
October 11, 14.00 – 16.00 X-library, Valand
November 1, 14.00 – 16.00 2062, Valand
January 17, 14.00 – 16.00 X-library, Valand

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: Glashuset, Valand Academy

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.

Vetenskapsrådet's symposium on Artistic Research

Piteå, 14-15 november 2018

The Swedish Research Council's annual Symposium for Artistic Research 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.
They give researchers and doctoral students the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects for an initiated Nordic and international audience at the symposium.

Deadline for proposals were August 15, but you can go there as participant, contact

Upcoming conference: ALLIANCES & COMMONALITIES October 25-27 2018

Conference registration open until: September 14

The Stockholm University of the Arts invites you to Alliances & Commonalities October 25-27 2018, a conference focused on the shared methods, materials, values and questions currently at play in the field of Artistic Research.

The conference will include workshops, presentations, performances, panel discussions and installations. Artistic Researchers across disciplines, aesthetics and practices are all invited to participate. We welcome you to join us to this conference to investigating the shared and unique materials and practices that connect us as researchers in artistic alliances and creative commonalities.

The conference, a two and a half day event, will include parallel strands of workshops, performances, presentations, films, installations and panel discussions within Uniarts is unique profile areas:

Site, Event, Encounter
Body and Vocal Practices
Art,Technology and Materiality
Concept and Composition

Conference registration open until: September 14
Conference Registration

Conference Alliances & Commonalities
Conference Program

Contact us about the conference:

Drone Vision: Events at the Hasselblad Center

Drone Vision: Surveillance, Warfare, Protest in Sweden, Pakistan and Cyprus

14 September 10:00 – 17:00

Open art seminar – Lahore, Nicosia, Gothenburg
Drone Vision: Lahore, Nicosia, Gothenburg: Participating artists from Nicosia, Lahore and Gothenburg

 15 September 13:00 – 13:40
Guided tour in English and Arabic

15 September 14:00 – 15:30
Drone Vision in Sweden: panel discussion

28 September 14:55 – 15:15

Drone Vision: Conversation at the Göteborg Book Fair
Photography and Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance, Protest

”Accretion – for three grand pianos and one pianist”

September 24th, 7pm Lindgrensalen HSM, artisten

“Accretion” is a collaboration between pianist Magda Mayas and choreographer Toby Kassell, investigating space and sound relationships, focusing on physical aspects of performance, through sound, memory and body.

The grand piano is a very static and mostly immobile instrument with complex sound projections and possibilities, especially when playing the inside of it as well.

We want to create a context where a performance can offer different spatial and aural perspectives, both for the audience and the performer; where sound and the memory of sound and gesture gain a spatial and physical presence.

There is a Q and A planned after the performance.

Magda Mayas is a phd student at HSM.

Toby Kassell is a choreographer and dancer working extensively with sound and producing original pieces, currently employed at the Gothenburg Opera.

10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research

Please save the date for the 10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, which will take place at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) from 21 to 23 March 2019.

The Conference is a co-operation between SAR - Society for Artistic Research and ZHdK, and the Conference Committee will consist of:

  • Professor Giaco Schiesser, Chair (ZHdK and SAR Executive Board);
  • Professor Anton Rey (ZHdK);
  • Professor Germán Toro-Pérez (ZHdK);
  • Associate Professor Angela Bartram (SAR Executive Board);
  • SAR Executive Officer Johan A. Haarberg.

Announcement of the Call for Contributions will be made on 01.10.2018 and the Deadline for Submissions will be 30.11.2018. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the committee.

The number of seats at the conference will be limited.

Further information on conference themes, registration for participation etc. will be available when the Call for Contribution is announced.



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