November 12, 2015

Upcoming conferences

Stockholm University of the Arts
Student Emil Dahl in the Circus performance, Closing Acts, 2014. Photo: Einar Kling-Odencrants.

“CARD2—Circus on the Edge”
December 9–11, 2015

DOCH, School of Dance and Circus
Brinellvägen 34 and Linnégatan 87

Circus Arts Research Development—a CLOSE ENCOUNTERS conference with lectures, workshops, performances, films and interventions in Stockholm, Sweden.

The conference will be held in English.

The purpose of the conference is to create a meeting place for international researchers to introduce and share their research; to discuss, demonstrate and provoke; to agree, find collaborators, critical allies and opponents; and, in doing so, to illuminate how circus practices have developed, and how the field of artistic research differs from research for production.

The first CARD was launched by DOCH, the School of Dance and Circus, as a part of the work to demystify artistic research in circus practices. Since then, the first artistic PhD in Circus has been awarded, another is underway, post-doctoral research has commenced, and ongoing artistic research is producing new knowledge and opening up new critical vistas for the form. In tandem to this development, the will to reassess, research and develop circus practice in the professional sector has grown. There is a recognized need to exchange ideas within the field of circus in order to promote further research.

Read more about Card—Circus on the Edge and buy your conference card.


“Bodies of Evidence”
January 14–16
DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts
Brinellvägen 58

January 17
Tensta Konsthall
Taxingegränd 10, Metro Tensta

An artistic-theoretical conference on bodies and borders.

Focus of the conference
“Bodies of Evidence” focuses on the body and movement in bordering processes. It revisits current debates on borders and bordering events linked to migration and mobility, both in Sweden and on a global level. It also reacts on deep changes in the order of the world, such as political and societal crisis and conflicts, structural violence, accessibility and environmental calamities, which inherently challenge the way in which borders are produced, perceived, represented, aestheticized and legitimized. Here, borders appear not only as lines of separation: much more, as dynamic and performative spaces of encounter, they introduce the question of our individual and collective involvement, responsibility and agency in the process.

A trans-disciplinary perspective 
“Bodies of Evidence” holds a transdisciplinary perspective and engages in the co-existence of different voices. The four-day event adopts specific strategies and methodologies, formats and disciplines, travelling between choreography, human rights and scientific research. What is the choreography of bordering experiences, and what is the status of affect, empathy and sensing in bordering processes? What is “speakable,” and what is “expressable” by and through the body and movement? How do we deal—as citizens, artists, thinkers, researchers, students, public—with the ethical and political implications of our actions? How can we take a position while being aware of the violence and consequences of our inscriptions?

All events are free of charge and open to the public, but please note that the reading circles require specific registration as places are limited.

Read more about “Bodies of Evidence.”


“Shaping the Moment”
January 7–8
Stockholm University of the Arts

A two-day symposium about opera and research.

More information will be published here shortly.



Upcoming conferences at Stockholm University of the Arts

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