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.


Imri Sandström spikar sin avhandling / Imri Sandström "nailing" her thesis.

Friday 3rd May 13:00
Tvärsöver otysta tider / Across Unquiet Times
Imri Sandström, Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose, Valand Academy

Opponent: Amelie Björck, senior lecturer, Södertörn University
Venue: Glashuset

In the dissertation the histories and literary languages of Västerbotten and New England are read across each other, in the company of writings by the poet and literary theorist Susan Howe. The research asks which aspects of the regions' literatures and languages arise when read through each other, by way of Howe's texts. Can these aspects be read and written as concerted resonances? If so, then what are the characteristics of those resonances, and what might mediating and performing them add, or change?
Through artistic literary methods, including performance writing, translational writing, and punning, the regions' cross-resonating textualities are diffractively written through. With a hope to unsettle hegemonic settler colonial historical linguistics, the work seeks to listen to, and to write within, the unquiet.

Download the dissertation at GUPEA:

For doctoral students and staff, contact Anna Frisk at Valand Academy for a printed copy. To buy it, contact Autor at

Research School: Workshops and Symposia

Research School October Symposium

Tuesday-Wednesday 8-9 October 2019
 (OBS: new dates)

 During 2019 it will be 100 years since the Bauhaus School was inaugurated. The Bauhaus School was a response to a new era with new paradigms that defined the profession of the designer in the 20th century.

In the spirit of Bauhaus weaver, designer and writer Anni Albers, this symposium will focus on practice-based research and ways to make it 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. Such is her influence; her artistic work 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 on how to make artistic research public on its own terms and not necessarily confined to the standardized academic text or lecture.

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.

An exhibition space at Röhsska Museum will be transformed into a workshop providing the tools needed for different presentations of practiced-based research during the symposium. We invite fellow Ph.D. colleagues and post-doc researchers from HDK, HSM and Valand to present practice-based perspectives from their research. We encourage formats that challenge the norm. Please contact the working group, consisting of Hanna af Ekström, Rosa Tolnov Clausen, and Emelie Röndahl if you would like to participate in the program.

Research School Workshop
Monday 9th September kl 9:30-12:00
Contents to be announced

2019 Faculty Supervisor collegiate Meetings
Monday 9th September kl 13:00-14:30


Tuesday 23rd April, 10:00-12:00
Final seminar before public defense: Nicolas Cheng, Craft, HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts
Title: World Wide Workshop: The Craft of Noticing
Discussant: Åsa Ståhl, Senior lecturer, Department of Design, Linnaeus University

Venue: Room 338, HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

Tuesdag 11th June 13:00-16:00
Final seminar before public defense: Magda Mayas, Musical performance and interpretation, Academy of Music and Drama
Venue: A505, Artisten
Discussant: professor Andrew Bentley, Sibeliusakademin, Helsinki

Wednesday 12th June 13:00–16:00  
80% seminar: Andjeas Ejiksson, Artistic Practice 

Valand Academy
Discussant: curator and fillmmaker Hila Peleg, Berlin

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


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.

Television Without Frontiers

Welcome to the first public screening of Television Without Frontiers 
Public Art Agency Sweden has the pleasure to invite you at the first Public Screening of Television Without Frontiers, a documentary performance in television format, by artist Andjeas Ejiksson, PhD student at Valand Academy.
Time: April 25th, 17–20.30.
Panel discussion at 17.30–18.30. Film screening at 19.
Intermission with snacks and beverages at 18.30–19.00.
Location: Hagabion, Linnégatan 21, Gothenburg
Language: English
The evening starts with a gigantic inflatable turtle, one of the main characters in the film, ascending from the ground.
Free entrance! Limited number of seats. RSVP until 23/4 at
Television Without FrontiersRead more about  here! 

Conference on Decolonising Pedagogy

Image: The oldest extant rectangular world map, from the medieval Arabic manuscript Kitab Gharaib al-funun wa-mulah al-uyun (1020-1050), copyright The Bodleian Library. Courtesy of Lindiwe Dovey.

Decolonising Pedagogy: Exploring processes in image-making, with a particular focus on pedagogy in film and photography education

Dates: 23-25 May 2019

 Convenors: Jyoti Mistry, Nina Mangalanayagam (Valand Academy, Gothenburg University)

Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS, University of London)

Hosted at: Valand Academy by Film and Photography

The conference is limited to 30 participants. The workshops and presentations will be held English.

There is no conference registration fee but participants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation for the duration of the workshop-conference.

For further information see HERE

To register, contant Lucy Wilson at

The final date to confirm your participation is no later than 26 April 2019. 

PARSE updates

PARSE is a peer reviewed research publishing project of the Faculty of Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg. Established in 2015, PARSE publishes essays and practice that contribute new knowledge to the fields and disciplines that operate in and around the arts.

3rd Biennial PARSE Research Conference HUMAN:

Registration to open April 26th)SAVE THE DATE: 13-15 November, 2019, (

Confirmed spears include Fred Moten (New York University), Joan Anim-Addo (Centre for Caribbean & Diaspora Studies (CCDS), Goldsmiths), Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck, University of London) and Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, (University of Southern California).

PARSE Dialogue: Art & Migration part 3

This research theme inquires 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.

April 29, 2019Art and Migration Part 3 

Speakers: William Walters, Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Carleton University (CA), Kitso Lynn Lelliott, artist, filmmaker and researcher, and Martina Tazzioli, Lecturer in Geography at Swansea University and Visiting Lecturer in Forced Migration at City University of London + Aleksander Moturri, writer and cultural producer. 

Location: Baulan, HDK (15.00 - 18.00)

OPEN CALL: Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art

The Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art research trajectory within PARSE undertakes a critical exploration of the nexus of gender, race, sexuality, and coloniality in contemporary artmaking, scholarship, and artistic research. Focusing on socially engaged practices related to memory, history, embodiment, and alterity, we seek to involve and publish scholars and artists from a wide range of fields, disciplines, and contexts.

In the decades that have passed since Kimberlé Crenshaw introduced the critical concept of intersectionality into legal scholarship, the term has been taken up within broad, interdisciplinary movements in academia and the arts as well as public life, to address discriminating and enabling practices within complex operations of power and social delineation. The Intersectional Engagements research arc seeks to highlight the operative, performative, and ethical potentials of intersectional approaches to creative and researcherly practice. As such the research arc offers an invitation to resituate and reconfigure critical practices in the arts. We understand race, gender, and sexuality to become articulated interdependently and through their co-constitutive relations across interdisciplinary artistic (and) research practices, and situate this inquiry in the multiple colonial legacies shaping and permeating arts and politics on a global scale.

At present we are accepting proposals for publication in PARSE Journal, which address practices situated within intersectional thinking. Proposals are welcome from all artistic and scholarly fields, and should take the form of an abstract of at most 300 words. Links to online creative work and documentation may be included in the abstract.

PARSE publishes original research, and encourages experimental forms of research publication including artistic research. Contributions will be published online. All contributions will pass through an open peer review process.

Please submit your proposal together with a short bio (150 words) to no later than Friday, April 26, 2019.

Editorial Team: Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Jessica Hemmings, Jyoti Mistry and Khashayar Naderehvandi.

Please address any inquiries to

Art and Work: issue launch event

May 7 + 8, 2019 

Join us for a 2 day gathering to celebrate the end of the research arc Art & Work and the launch of the journal WORK. Bringing together international practitioners we will explore the intersection of art and work through a number of forms including performance, installation, workshops, screenings, papers and discussions. Subjects interrogated will include how workers organise and how art might help, how a post work future may look, how artificial intelligence is shaping our relationship to text and how to deal with exhaustion.


Andy Abbott (UK)

Petra Bauer and Scot-Pep (SE,UK)

Nathan Jones (UK)

Shona Macnaughton (UK)

Martha Rosler (US)

superconductr (UK)

Marika Troili (SE)

Clara Ursitti (UK)

Marina Vishmidt (US)

A special print edition of the journal will be available including articles from Dave Beech, Bruno Gulli, Corin Sworn and Josefine Wikstrom amongst many others.

Location: Skogen and Valand Academy Gothenburg. 

for more information see the PARSE website

Out Now: issue 8: Exclusion 

This issue reflects a thematic focus on Exclusion. Edited by Dave Beech, Erling Björgvinsson, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl

Featuring contributions from:

Heather Warren-Crow: “[I]t Seizes [sic] To Be Heard”: Sound Art, Music, and Disability Aesthetics

Nicholas De Genova: “Crises,” Convulsions, Concurrences: Human Mobility, the European Geography of “Exclusion,” and the Postcolonial Dialectics of Subordinate Inclusion

Patricia Lorenzoni: What’s in a Landscape? Indigenous Art and the Coevalness of Colonial Expansion

Marina Gržinić: Exclusion and the Dead 

Find more articles on Excusion here. Further contrbutions will be continued to published in instalments until April 2019.

Disturbed Ecologies

Seminar on a post-doctoral international artistic research project led by Elke Marhöfer, financed by the Swedish Research Council

Thursday 16th May

Film Screening 9:30–12:30 (Bio Valand)
Seminar 13:30–16:00 (Glashuset)

The reserch has been performed by Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov. During the seminar they will screen three films and present and discuss the research. The films are:

  • “Soils-Habit-Plants” 16mm film, 11 minutes, Japan 2017
  • “Who Does the Earth Think It Is? Becoming Fire” 16mm, 55 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles, Japan 2019
  • “Was It Something Like a Bald Mountain?” HD video, 77 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles, Japan 2019

Read more at Valand Academy webb on research projects and

L'Internationale: Who Writes the Future?

Tuesday, 21st May 2019

6-8 pm Gothenburg City Library

Who writes the future? forms the re-launch of the online platform L’Internationale Online with an inquiry into a new reading of the 90s, performed in a series of textual and multimedia commissions, research and encounters. 

Key-note speakers: Nkule Mabaso, Pablo Martinez, Aleksander Motturi, and The White Pube (Gabrielle de la Puente + Zarina Muhammad)

Routinely diverse cultures and complex intersectional identities have been deliberately left out from history writing, but who now has access to formulate the future? Currently, factors such as race, gender and income are influencing this access shifting alongside the democratisation of cultural production through the internet. How can we think of creative writing and art production in relation to this process? 

The motivation for any colonial movement can be connected to desires for the future. Liberation movements such as afrofuturism reappropriate notions of time and temporality, creating an image of the future for marginalized people which have actively been denied control of writing the future. This also entails a revealing of hidden histories, delving into already erased future histories.

L’Internationale is a confederation of seven major contemporary modern art institutions and partners. L’Internationale proposes a space for art within a non-hierarchical and decentralised internationalism, based on the values of difference and horizontal exchange among a constellation of cultural agents, locally rooted and globally connected. This confederation is based on solidarity. 

Open position as Research Advisor at the Faculty Office at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg

The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at University of Gothenburg is now seeking a skilled research advisor (50%) who will participate to develop our research and our research environments within the Faculty. You will have a key role in relation to the researchers at the departments, the Faculty leadership group and the University of Gothenburg.
Read more and apply HERE (text only in Swedish) Note: very short notice, register your application tomorrow 18th April!

Open position as Research Secretary at Royal Academy of Music / Kungl. Musikaliska akademien

Forskningssekreteraren (50%) är en nyckelperson i de forskningsprojekt som akademien driver och som svarar för bakgrundsarbetet, tar initiativ, utarbetar ansökningar och ser till att förverkliga idéerna. Read more HERE (text only in Swedish)

Stiftelsens huvudsakliga uppgift är stöd till vetenskaplig forskning. Sådana ansökningar behandlas två gånger per år, i april och i november.

Stiftelsen har också ett antal specialstipendier. Sådana är Rom-stipendiet för arkitektstudenter vid Chalmers, och Grez-stipendierna, som ger konstnärer, författare, musiker och tonsättare samt forskare möjlighet till en eller två månaders arbete i Hôtel Chevillon i Grez-sur-Loing. I år är stipendiet förbehållet bild-  och formkonstnärer.

Göteborgsstipendierna som är anslag till en institution inom Göteborgs universitet och Chalmers för att en forskare i Göteborg skall kunna inbjuda en utländsk kollega till Göteborg för att under en tid berika verksamheten.

Utförligare beskrivning och ansökningshandlingar finns på stiftelsens hemsida

The VIRTUAL Artistic Research Platform

Register here to receive specific updates on the topic of artistic research. Registration to the platform is free, though it is restricted to professionals affiliated with ELIA member institutions. 

The Artistic Research Platform Meeting: Vienna 2019

13-14 June 2019 | Vienna, Austria
Hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Register here to take part in the first Artistic Research Platform Meeting, which will deal with questions regarding how higher arts education institutions can provide a substantial and sustainable framework for artistic research. Particularly, the discussion will focus on what artistic research projects and artistic research doctoral programmes need in terms of:

  • Infrastructure and Spaces;
  • Critical Mass, Community and Feedback process;
  • Multidisciplinarity vs Discipline Specifics;
  • Dissemination, Open Access, Open Research Data;
  • Handling Stereotypes and Institutional Challenges;
  • Internal and External Funding Schemes.

Register now to join this event. A small contribution of 60 euros is required to cover catering costs throughout the meeting, including one dinner and one lunch.

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!
The ELIA Team

Transformations of the Audible


May 16-18, The Hague, The Netherlands

Transformations of the Audible aims to interrogate the factors and conditions that inform the way audibilities are constituted. Initiated by the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, on the ocassion of composer Peter Ablinger's visiting professorship and in collaboration with the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and West Den Haag, the symposium will gather internationally acclaimed artists, scholars and artist researchers from three domains – that of music, the arts and the scholarly field of sound studies – to address how artistic practices dealing with sound are traversed by and simultaneously operate on the ways in which listening takes place.

For registration at the symposium follow this link: 

Transformations of the Audible Registration

Hamburg University of Music and Drama: Four part-time doctoral positions available in the field of artistic research

within the framework of the “KiSS: Kinetics in Sound and Space” collaborative research project

-supported by national state research fundings-

All positions are 50% part-time. Salaries are paid according to the tariff contract of public service of Germany (Entgeltgruppe TV-L E13).

The 3,5 year employment is expected to start on June 1, 2019 and end on November 30,2022.

Project description:
The collaborative research project KiSS at Hamburg University of Music and Drama in cooperation with Hamburg University of Applied Science is focusing on the dynamics of ambient sounds and sound spaces. For this purpose, a total of six doctoral part-time positions will be announced (of which two at HAW Hamburg coming soon). Main focus of the artistic and scientific research is the exploration of the dispositifsof the (digital) stage: this is covering the spectrum of purely physical movements, as they are known from dance and theater, to virtual surround sound movements, which are made possible by ingenious computer simulations. These extremes are mediated for example through motion capture technologies that translate real motion into data flows. This allows creating hybrid forms of stage art that may lead to innovative and immersive experiences on the stage of the 21st century.

Deadline: April 15.


OPEN CALL: VIS - Nordic Journal for Artistic Research, Issue 3

The theme for the issue is "History Now". The call is open between 13 March and 1 June 2019. Editor: Magnus Bärtås.

To apply for the open call: create, design and submit an exposition (in draft) using the database Research Catalogue (RC). Read more about the theme and how to submit on
The Editorial Committee selects five-to-eight contributions to each issue of VIS. There will be time to work with the exposition during summer and the Peer-Review-process starts during fall. The issue will be published 2020.
VIS Issue 2 (theme: Estrangement) will be published in September 2019.
Contact for more information.

Theatre Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki: Call for Postdoctoral Researcher

We are now opening a call for applications in the field in artistic research of performing arts for Postdoctoral Researcher position at the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy for the fixed-term 1.8.2019 – 31.7.2020.
Find the whole call for applications here:

For more information about the positions, please contact Director of Performing Arts Research Centre TUTKE, Professor Leena Rouhiainen via email, leena.rouhiainen(at)

For queries related to the application process, please contact Senior Advisor Riitta Pasanen-Willberg via email, riitta.pasanen-willberg(at)

Invitation to participate in the Orpheus Research Summit 2019

After a very successful and enthusiastically received 2018 edition, the Orpheus Institute proudly introduces the second international ‘Orpheus Research Summit: advanced professional development for artistic researchers in music’, for established artist-researchers. From 11 - 15 November 2019 at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent (BE).

If you want to immerse yourself in an intensive week of artistic research and fully recharge, then don’t hesitate: apply before 7 June 2019 and secure your place! The number of participants will be restricted to 15.

The Orpheus Research Summit addresses the need for a coherent programme of post-doctoral training in this area, as well as providing an invaluable moment of reflection and revitalisation for senior artist-researchers. We will explore individual and common themes, technical and theoretical topics concerning the current state of artistic research in music, in order to equip artists and institutions to plot their future. It is hoped that the Summit will be a source of personal inspiration and shared purpose.


PhD positions in Craft, Design, Graphic design and Illustration open at Konstfack

Konstfack is looking for doctoral students in Craft, Design, Graphic design and illustration for the doctoral (third-cycle) programme Art, Technology and Design.

Konstfack is Sweden’s largest university for arts, crafts and design. Since 1844, we have educated a diverse range of professionals within these fields as well as art and sloyd teachers. We conduct both artistic and scientific education/research and currently have 900 students and 200 employees.

The Art, Technology and Design doctoral programme takes the form of a collaboration between Konstfack, the University of Arts, Crafts and Design and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The programme takes as its point of departure issues relating to climate impact, urbanisation, migration, widened social and economic divides and diminishing availability of natural resources. These major social challenges make substantial demands in terms of new approaches and process-orientated, holistic thinking. The objective of the Art, Technology and Design doctoral programme is to contribute to sustainable social development and the shift required by such development, with a radical new approach to the relationship between the individual, society and the environment. Artistic research and investigation are regarded here as an essential component in this development in the direction of sustainable societies. The programme is transdisciplinary, i.e. integrating knowledge and perspectives from different disciplinary research domains and activities.

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 information at


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