January 17, 2013

PhD in Practice

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
PhD in Practice Presentation, 54th Venice Bienniale 2011. Photo: A. Thal.

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna invites applications to its doctoral program for research in artistic practice. The PhD in Practice program provides participants with the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects in a collective learning environment with a decidedly transdisciplinary and international bent. The program is coordinated by Renate Lorenz (Professor for Art and Research) and Anette Baldauf (Professor for Methodology and Epistemology). The invited lecturers and guests include Maurizio Lazzarato, Ángela López Ruiz, Angela Melitopoulos, Suzana Milevska, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Lidija Radojević, and Elisabeth Subrin.

The Program
The PhD in Practice program is built on a concept of arts-based research that relates to critical epistemologies as they have been developed in the context of feminist, queer, postcolonial, ecological, postmarxist and other political and emancipatory projects. Inspired by these struggles, the PhD in Practice program approaches arts-based research as a space for the negotiation of social, political, cultural and economic conflicts. It refers to a history of research in the arts, which has been developed in dialog with an array of different fields, including academia, activism, and high art as much as pop and subculture. It thus privileges cultural productions, which are concerned with a critique of injustice, social hierarchies and exclusions, and it is interested in the development of heterotopic visions as well as activist interventions. By engaging with these trajectories, the conditions and foundations of knowledge production in the arts field have itself been turned into a subject matter of basic research.

The PhD in Practice program is designed for a period of four years of study. During this time the participants will develop and implement their projects analytically and experimentally in coordination with the academic and artistic team of co-participants and faculty. Participants learn how to write texts, and to conceive, organize, document, as well as carry out independent and/or collaborative research in an environment that is dedicated to transdisciplinary and international exchange.

Course work is offered in the context of so-called focus weeks, which take place one week per month during the academic calendar (October to January, March to June). This low-residency scheme enables participants to take part and pursue their project without having to move permanently to Vienna (as much as this should be seen as an option). During these weeks the participants and the PhD in Practice team meet for tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops, excursions and other research and learning events. The PhD in Practice participants have access to the facilities and resources of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and to the institutions and people that form the broader and expanding network of the Academy. Moreover, participants are expected to take an active part in organizing the program, including the conceptualization and organization of coordinating workshops, guest lectures, conferences, exhibitions, screenings, etc.

Entry requirements
Requirements for admission to the PhD in Practice program are a degree (Magister, MA or diploma) from a recognized university, and the submission of a portfolio and a written project proposal. Applicants who are already engaged in an artistic or academic career are especially encouraged to apply.

The application is online only. Applications (to be written in English) must be received by February 28, 2013, following the online application procedure explained on the website of the program.

The results of the application process will be published by May 15, 2013.
Admitted candidates will embark on the PhD in Practice program in October 2013.


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