March 16, 2017

Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design and Architecture—third intensive course of Nida Doctoral School

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts

Robertas Narkus, VAA Nida Art Colony, 2016. Dronography.

The third Nida Doctoral School (NDS) will bring together a multidisciplinary group of practice and theory based doctoral candidates researching different topics in the context of visual and performing arts, design and architecture and sharing common goals for completing a doctoral degree to discuss and develop the methodological frame of their research projects. The aim of NDS 2017 is to focus on research methods and on the development of methodological skills and approaches, and to provide critical feedback by distinguished international tutors.

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Finding suitable methods and framing the methodological approach is one of the biggest sources of anxiety and uncertainty for doctoral researchers, especially practice-based, when developing and implementing a research plan. Could I treat my art or design practice as the main method? How should I write about my methodology? How should I safeguard myself and my audience from methodological abundance? Does my methodological approach help or limit me in doing research? What is the relationship between theory and practice in my research?

In 2017 NDS has the pleasure to welcome three invited speakers:
–Dr Joanne Morra, Reader in Art History and Theory, curator of the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, founding principal editor of Journal of Visual Culture
–Dr Marquard Smith, academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, currently Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education
–Prof Juha Suoranta, social scientist and public intellectual, professor at the University of Tampere, author of “Artistic Research Methodology. Narrative, Power and the Public” (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén, 2014)

invited speakers
–Dr Joanne Morra
–Dr Marquard Smith
–Prof Juha Suoranta

What is Nida Doctoral School?
In Nida we explore unorthodox approaches to research. Through making, performing, writing and discussing we test the possibilities for generating knowledge outside of the conventional venues and models of academic research. NDS participants are offered a possibility to position their own research and practice within a broader field of research approaches. NDS aims to open up the horizons for experimental development through intersecting with a diversity of disciplines and experiences. The goal of NDS is to provide time, space and a conceptual framework for participants to gain insight into their research field as well as to broaden and diversify their outlook and methodological tools.

What is Nida Doctoral School?

Nida Doctoral School is an international programme designed and organized by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In 2017, the University of the Arts Helsinki is joining the organisers’ team.

NDS is tailored for doctoral students in visual and performing arts, design and architecture. However, limited places are intended for students within humanities and social sciences if their research is related to arts, design and architecture. The programme comprises seven day-long intensive courses organised once a year and one to six month-long doctoral residencies which are part of the international Nida Artist-in-Residence program.

Tuition, funding, costs & application
There is no tuition fee. Free accommodation and catering is provided for selected applicants from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, University of the Arts Helsinki, and Vilnius Academy of Arts. In addition, Aalto and UniArts students are provided with a travel grant. Other participants are expected to cover their accommodation and catering costs, which make 300 Eur/person in a double room, and travel costs.

Tuition, funding, costs & application

Please follow the application guidelines on VAA Nida Art Colony website.

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All application documents have to be submitted by March 31. 
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Third intensive course of Nida Doctoral School for DA and PhD students

Third intensive course of Nida Doctoral School for DA and PhD students
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