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

Doctoral Symposium:

The micro-politics of artistic research and its dissemination
Date: Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October
Location: Valand + HDK
Detailed schedule will be circulated to participants.

The autumn doctoral symposium is organized in two parts. Part one revolves around the politics and complexities of supervision. In a workshop participants will be guided through psycho-dramatic dynamics in order to facilitate a collective reflective process. In the afternoon we hope to collectively draft a document formalising the “terms and conditions”, (i.e. the needs, hopes and expectations) in PhD supervision relationships, a document that could be potentially used by future generations.

The second part of the symposium explores questions concerned with research dissemination: Who is your research for and who can or will advance from your research? What formats do you develop to share your research? Can research practice itself be seen as dissemination, a messy, multi-modal and often collaborative process in contrast to “publication”, the discreet, authoritative object. And lastly, how do you define value for what you are doing? Do you accept the concept of impact for your work? And if so, how do you define this impact?

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.

Organizers: André Alves, Angeliki Dimaki-Adolfsen, Eva Weinmayr.

To attend the symposium, please email asap (with food preferences)

2019 Workshops and Symposia

Monday 18th February 9:30-12:00 Workshop
Mon-Tues 15-16 April Symposium
Mon 9 September kl 9:30-12:00 Workshop
Mon-Tues 14-15 October Symposium

2019 Faculty Supervisors Meetings

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

Public Defence

Tuesday 20 November
Åsa Stjerna, Musical Performance and Interpretation, Academy of Music and Drama

10:00 Presentation of sound installation by Åsa Stjerna in Bild- och interventionscentrums ljusgård/inomhus atrium, Blå Stråket 5, Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset
13:00 Public defence at Artisten, Fågelsången 1, room A505 (Lingsalen)
Opponent: Gascia Ouzounian professor, University of Oxford, Brasenose College

Doctoral Seminars

André Alves: "Never Ending Dance", 2016.

Materials can be found in the internal learning platform GUL: “Etappseminarier för doktorander”. If you don't have access, contact Anna Frisk.

Wednesday 17th October  13:00-16:00      
50%-seminar: André Alves, Artistic Practice, Valand Academy
Discussant: Georgina Jackson
Venue: Skogen, Masthuggsterrassen 3, 413 18 Göteborg

Monday 5th November 10:00-12:00
End seminar before licentiate exam: Thomas Nyström, Design, HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts
Discussant: Oskar Rexfelt, docent/reader at Chalmers University of Technology
Venue: Room 210, HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

Thursday 22nd November 13:00-15:00
50% seminar: Ingrid Hedin Wahlberg, Music Education.
titel: Att göra plats för traditioner. En studie om konstruktion av högre musikutbildning i folk- och världsmusik
Discussant: Professor Karin Johansson, Musikhögskolan in Malmö, Lund University
Venue: sal C 303, Academy of Music and Drama, Artisten
The seminar will be held in Swedish. Let Ingrid know if you would like to get her text in beforehand:

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.

Wednesday 30 January 13:00-16:00
80%-seminar: Eva Weinmayr, Artistic Practice, Valand Academy
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

Linné Univeristy invites doctoral students:

The Power of Words and Scientific Perspectives: A Distance Course in Theory of Science and Study Design in Relation to Global Justice

15 credits (Part I. 7.5 credits compulsory + Part II.7.5 credits optional deeper theoretical study)

Part I: 15/10 – 21/12

Part II: 21/1-29/3

This course is for those of you who would like to acquire a deeper knowledge of feminist epistemology and ethics and study design. Together we analyze these topics from different perspectives, such as gender, ethics, power, intersectionality and diversity. We train critical discussion underpinned by theory and research results, often with a starting point in examples concerning women’s health.

The course is structured in four themes.

Theme 1: What is Science?

Theme 2: Global health ethics – Gender and justice

Theme 3: Transforming knowledge

Theme 4: Feminist ethics of speech

This course is an internet based distance course without physical meetings. Larger parts of the course build on the participants' own work, supported by internet based feed-back, recorded lectures, study material and study tasks. English is the course language.

Parts I and II are examined separately. Part I is examined through individual written examinations and video recordings related to the different course themes. It is possible to choose examination in Part I only, i.e. 7.5 credits.

Part II comprises additional deeper theoretical study and may be taken following a passing Part I grade. The Part II examination comprises a written individual, independent work.

A few seats are remaining, if you are interested, please contact:

Katarina Swahnberg, Professor in Health Sciences and Global Health, e-mail: or

Goldina Smirthwaite, PhD in Caring Science, e-mail:

Malmö University offers the PhD course, Feminist Theories on Science and Knowledge (4 credits)

This course focuses on different strands of feminist critique within science theory which are closely connected to epistemological and ontological questions. The discussions on science and knowledge production emanate from different areas of science – the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, all of which are represented in the course. Furthermore, questions such as: how do we do research? where do we stand as researchers?, are discussed in the course, in relation to feminist theories on science and knowledge which bring not only gender but also race, class, sexuality, and ablebodiedness to the forefront.

For schedule and in order to apply, see this link:

The course will be open for application until October 22.

Note that there are only a limited amount of places left, so first come first served!

Course coordinator: Kristin Järvstad

The Body in Theory and Practice, 7.5 ECTS

The Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender studies at Stockholm University offers this course as part of the Doctoral School in the Humanities in the Spring semester 2019.

We are, and possess, a body. We therefore have theories on corporeality that are about both being and doing. The question of being can be said to start ‘from within’ and touches on research fields such as phenomenology and psychoanalysis, while the question of doing instead starts ‘from the outside’ and rather relates to semiotics and ideology criticism.

The course will, however, seek to problematize this division, as achieved previously with the historic division of body and mind, and attempt to exceed it, by focusing on theoretical terms such as process, liminality, performativity, and the living body, as well as going into depth on more recent theories such as posthumanism and Crip Theory.

The gender perspective will be prominent throughout the course which in addition to the faculty framework will be given in collaboration with the Gender Academy. Various aspects of the gendered body in relation to theory and practice will be central in discussions on trans*, functionality, materiality and the relationship to the Other.

Read more and apply here

Frank Forum: Lecture with Cecilia Parsberg

Friday 19th October 13:00-15:00
Venue: Aulan, Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
Hur blir du en framgångsrik tiggare i Sverige? en undersökning av tiggandets och givandets bilder 2011 till 2016 (How Do You Become a Successful Beggar in Sweden?: An inquiry into the images of begging and giving 2011 to 2016).

Cecilia Parsberg has a PhD in Fine Art from Umeå University (in collaboration with Lund University). The title of the lecture is her doctoral thesis which consists of nine text chapters and six staged works:
Cecilia will talk about the experience she has from artistic research from the perspective of one of her staged works. Link to the dissertation HERE. This lecture is organized by the photography department at Valand Academy.

The seminar will be held in Swedish.

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 the dissertations deal with and develop the relation between practice and theory, and other meta-reflections. 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.

The symposium is arranged by the Research School and will take place at Valand Academy 10th December between 9.00–17.30, followed by a dinner and informal discussions. We have scheduled 10 presentations, each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes of questions and comments. After the presentations – and lunch and coffee breaks – there will be a session of one and a half hour for discussions.

The symposium is open for researchers, staff and doctorands.

Please, let us know if you would like to contribute with a presentation no later than 12th October. The number of slots is limited. The presentations can be in English or Swedish, but the English is preferred. For the final program we need a short description of the thesis you are presenting, and links to the online version of the thesis and documentation of the artistic work. Please mention if you need any particular technique or other facilities for the presentation. Deadline for this information is 5th November.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Niclas Östlind

Sign in to the conference by sending an email to Anna Frisk at the latest 5th November.

Looking forward seeing you 10th December!



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 collaboration Göteborg Art Sounds (GAS).

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

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
October 10, 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 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.

Welcome to WikiGap 23 October

Gothenburg Women Scientists invites you to a WikiGap on 23 October to close the internet gender gap between women and men on Wikipedia.

On Wikipedia there are today about four times as many articles about men than women, and about 90 percent of the writers on Wikipedia are men. To close the gap between men and women on Wikipedia Gothenburg Women Scientists invites you to join a WikiGap workshop.

At the workshop you can either write new articles, improve existing ones, or translate articles. You will also get information on how to create a global Wikipedia user account with GU affiliation. With a global user account you can write and edit articles in all language editions.

No experience with Wikipedia is needed, just bring your lap top. More information will be sent when you register.

Sign up here:

Where: Academicum, rum Birgit Thilander
When: 23 Oktober 18:00 – 21:00

WikiGap started 8 March as an initiative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is now a manual so that other organisations can arrange a WikiGap of their own.

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?

You can see the entire preliminary programme here.

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.
Researchers and doctoral students have the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects for an initiated Nordic and international audience at the symposium.

Wednesday 14 November, 13.00–19.00 and Thursday 15 November, 09.00–15.00.

Deadline for proposals was August 15 - but you can still go there as a participant. Contact:

JAR16 is here - Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

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 sixteenth issue with the following contributions:

Christopher Williams, ‘Anarchiving (in) Ben Patterson's Variations for Double-Bass

Eric Souther, Laura McGough, and Jason Bernagozzi, ‘Responsive Aesthetics: Remediating Digital-to-Analog Television Converters as Artist Tools

Barbara Macek, ‘Between Agony and Ecstasy: Investigations into the Meaning of Pain

Heidi Marika Fast, ‘Vocal Nest – non-verbal atmospheres that matter

Lise Hovik, ‘The Red Shoes Project Revisited

Keywords include: anarchive, datamoshing, experimental music, fluxus, medicine, non-verbal, pain, performing arts for children, psychology, reanimation, sensate knowledge, signal processing, sound art.

Take a look at JAR16 and read the full editorial here.

In the ‘Network’ pages of JAR’s website a further three reflections have been published. In ‘Building a Culture for Dissemination of Artistic Research’, Cecilie Broch Knudsen reflects on an investigation on publishing and dissemination of artistic research completed on request from the Norwegian Council for Artistic Research. Jessyca Hutchens, Anita Paz, Naomi Vogt, and Nina Wakeford, in ‘New Validities’, accompany their presentation of OAR, The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform, with a broader reflection on how practice-based research ‘can offer new ways of conceptualising the legitimacy, sufficiency and adequacy of research’. Finally, in ‘Curating for Research’ Joey Orr describes his own curatorial work on the exhibition Terra Anima as a way to create spaces of open encounters between diverse disciplines observing the transformative potentials that they have, in particular for the site at which they take place.

The ‘Network’ is a non-peer-reviewed space on the JAR website for discussion, reviews and opinion pieces relevant to artistic research and JAR’s community. It carries no restrictions in terms of language, length, topic or theme. Read all contributions here.

10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research

Researchers in the arts – PhD students, post docs, research assistants, professors, independent researchers – are invited to submit their proposals to participate in the world’s most prominent conference for artistic research!
The conference covers three topics – Productive Gaps, Enhanced Dissemination Formats, Inspiring Failures. There are two input / presentation formats possible (20 or 90 minutes).
Please find detailed information about the conference/submission guidance at:

The call for submissions deadline is: November 30, 2018.

10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research 2019 is organized by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) and the Zurich University of the Arts Zurich (ZHdK). It takes place at ZHdK in Zurich, March 21-23, 2019.

NCI Funding opportunities in India for PhD students and higher, including artists, with research and contact interests in India.

The University of Gothenburg is a member of the Nordic Centre India network. NCI have announced calls for applications to four separate grant programmes. Two of the programmes are more general, one is business school-related, and the final is for the arts/artists.

The contact person at GU is Linda Lane ( The contact email at Nordic Centre India is

NCI will be supporting the following programmes for the spring of 2019. 

  • a) NCI Travel Grant - The travel grant is available for doctoral level students and above travelling to India for the purpose of research in the Spring of 2019. Click here for more details.
  • b) NCI Academic Activity Grant - the Academic Activity Grant is open to doctoral level researchers and above who in cooperation with atleast one researcher from another NCI member university and an Indian partner aim to conduct an academic activity in the Spring of 2019. Click here for more details.
  • c) NCI MDI Visiting Professorship Programme - This programme is located at MDI Gurgaon, a reputed business school in India. It is a two week teaching programme in specific discipline areas that covers travel, boarding and lodging in New Delhi. Click here for more details.
  • d) NCI St. Stephens college Artist in Residence Programme - This programme is located at the prestigious St. Stephen's College in New Delhi. It is a two month residential programme for an artist that covers boarding and lodging on campus. Click here for more details.


The deadline for receiving applications for Spring 2019 is the 30th of October 2018. For Autumn 2019 it is April 30, 2019.

Interested applicants are encouraged to write to

Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia: Winter Symposium


Nordic Summer University Artistic Research Study Circle 7 invites proposals for workshops, interventions, presentations, performances and experiments on the theme of:

Departures, deviations and elsewheres.

7 – 10 March 2019

at European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania.

We invite artists and scholars from all fields to take part in our Artistic Research study circle, a migratory non-hierarchical group of international researchers. Our circle is developed within the Nordic and Baltic framework of Nordic Summer University. Since its inception, the primary aim has been to provide a forum for experimentation and cross-disciplinary collaboration welcoming members both from within and outside of universities and other institutions.

Applications must be sent via email to the coordinators Elina Saloranta and Alia Zapparova

The deadline to submit proposals is 10 October, 2018

For more info please visit:


SAVE THE DATE: presentation of the results of the artistic research project.

28-30 November 2018 at KMH (Royal College of Music in Stockholm)

After three years of research we are now in the final stages and are very much looking forward to share our work with you - in presentations, demonstrations, an open lab, a concert and a seminar.

The research team has been headed by pianist/composer Klas Nevrin and includes Anna Lindal (violinist), Ricard Österstam (drummer), Katt Hernandez (violinist/composer) and Vilhelm Bromander (bassist). 

In the project we have performed together with musicians Lotte Anker (reeds), Audrey Chen (cello/voice), Lê Quan Ninh (percussion), Eivind Lønning (trumpet) and Per Texas Johansson (reeds). We have also invited guests to work with us in other ways, such as Helene Papaiannou, Victor Lisinski, Stefan Östersjö, Ole-Lützow Holm, Henrik Frisk, Kim Hedås, Lisa Ullén, Helena Franzén, Rebecca Vinthagen and Johan Petri.

Read more about the project here:

Call for applications: Doctoral studies

The University of the Arts Helsinki consists of three academies and provides an inspiring environment for learning, research, and artistic activity.

Academy of Fine Arts
Application period: August 31–October 12, 2018
Academy of Fine Arts will admit a maximum of five new students to the Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts. The new students start their studies in autumn 2019.

Doctoral students are expected to seek funding for their research from relevant bodies.

For more information and application instructions
Research coordinator:

Theatre Academy
Application period: August 31–October 12, 2018
The University of the Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy (TeaK) will admit a maximum of 6 new doctoral students to commence studies in the autumn term of 2019.

Doctoral students are expected to seek funding for their research from relevant bodies.

More information and application instructions

For more info:

Sibelius Academy
Application period: 2-31.1.2019

For more info and application instructions



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