Norwegian Artistic Research School: Seminar 3

This digital seminar is about ethics in artistic research and artistic practice. It provides an introduction to basic research ethics and ethics in the arts, as well as methods for mapping ethical dimensions of artistic research. Various ethical challenges and potentials are discussed based on the research fellows’ projects.


  • Who can attend?

    Research fellows participating in the Norwegian Artistic Research School. Seminar 1 must be completed to qualify for participation in seminar 3.  The recommended time is the second semester.

  • Learning outcome
    • masters fundamental theory relating to artistic research
    • can discuss ethical principles and concerns in artistic research
    • can identify ethical issues and can engage in artistic research with integrity 
  • Work and teaching methods

    Digital seminar with preparatory assignments, lectures, group work and plenary discussions. 

  • Coursework requirements
    Before the seminar: 

    1) Read the literature on the mandatory reading list (published below).
    2) Watch the pre-recorded video (available in the seminar exposition shared with the seminar participants).
    3) Submit a short text in English (there is no minimum length), including:
    •    Project title, research field and project core
    •    What you do consider an ethical challenge in your project.
    4) Submit an example from your project (photo, video, sound, drawing etc.) that in one way or another is relevant to the ethical challenge you have described. There is no minimum size for your contributions, you do however need to submit the material to get the seminar participation approved.
    Your contribution will be shared with all seminar participants and contributors before the seminar. You are expected to familiarise yourself with the other fellows' pre-shared material before the seminar.
    Please send your material to by 26 April at 10:00.

    During the seminar:

    •    The seminar will take the form of a workshop where you work and discuss in small groups and plenary sessions.
    •    Please be prepared to present the ethical challenge related to your project: You will be given 15 minutes for the presentation, followed by 30 minutes for discussions and feedback.
    •    All seminar participants are expected to play an active part in the discussion of the other research fellows’ projects. 

  • Reading list
    Compulsory reading
    Recommended reading
    • Cobussen, Mark and Nielsen, Nanette (2012). Music and ethics. 1st ed. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate. ‘Introduction’, Chapter 2 ‘Discourse’, and Chapter 6 ‘Engagement’.
    • Nielsen, Nanette (2017). ‘Musical Philosophy for an Unravelling World’ First published by The Philosophers’ Magazine, Issue 76, 1st Quarter 2017. ISSN: 2048-4674
    • Nielsen, Nanette and Phillips-Hutton, Ariana. Forthcoming. ‘Musical Ethics’. In the Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy edited by Jerrold Levinson, Tomas McAuley, and Nanette Nielsen. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Arnstein. S. R. (1969). A Ladder of Citizen Participation, Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 35, No. 4, July 1969, pp. 216-224. 
    General resource sites on research ethics
  • Program

    Wednesday 4 May:
    10.00 ‐ 10.30 Welcome and introduction (Anne-Helen Mydland)
    10.30 ‐ 11.15 Research Ethics: Principles, Respect, Integrity (Hallvard Fossheim)
    11.30 ‐ 12.15 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - plenary (15 minutes presentation, 30 minutes discussion)
    13.15 ‐ 14.00 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - plenary
    14.15 ‐ 15.00 Discussions, introduction to resources and wrap up 
    15.15 - 16.00 Informal conversations, questions and comments, open creative space (not mandatory)
    Thursday 5 May:
    09.00 – 09.30 Map ethics! Discussions based on pre-shared video and readings (Jostein Gundersen)
    09.30 - 10.15 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) – group sessions
    10:45 ‐ 11:30 Anecdotes, dynamics, and agency (Camille Norment)
    12.30 - 13.15 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - plenary 
    13.30 - 14.15 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - plenary
    14.30 ‐ 15.00 Summing up and general discussion in plenary
    Friday 6 May:
    09.00 - 09.45 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - groups
    10:00 ‐ 10:45 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - groups
    11:00 ‐ 11:45 Fellow presents own research project and ethical challenge(s) - groups
    12.45 - 13.00 Concluding (Anne-Helen Mydland)
    13.00 - 13.45 Possible workshop, course, introduction to upcoming events

  • Seminar contributors
    • Anne-Helen Mydland, Professor, University of Bergen  (seminar leader) 
    • Camille Norment, Pro-Rector of Research, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
    • Ellen Ugelvik, Deputy Director NordART, Norwegian Academy of Music
    • Jostein Gundersen, Associate Professor, University of Bergen
    • Hallvard Fossheim, Professor, University of Bergen
    • Linda Lien, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills
  • Norwegian Artistic Research School

    Norwegian Artistic Research School offers through seminars, meetings and conferences joint training for doctoral fellows in Artistic Research.

    Read more about the Norwegian Artistic Research School here.

  • Regulations


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12. apr. 2022
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