Seminar 1 - Norwegian Artistic Research School

The seminar focus on theory relating to artistic research. At the seminar, we discuss the origins and historical development of artistic research. Different national and international models for artistic research will be presented and discussed, with particular emphasis on what is distinctive about ‘The Norwegian Model’.

What is the difference between research into, for and through the arts? What is the connection between artistic research and artistic practice? Which research topics and questions are dealt with in artistic research and what characterises knowledge production? Key concepts in artistic research – nationally and internationally – are also elaborated on.

Seminar information


  • Who can attend?

    Research fellows participating in the Norwegian Artistic Research School.  Recommended time is first semester.

  • Learning outcome


    • masters fundamental theory for artistic research  
    • can describe the diversity in theories and methods in artistic research, and reflect on and argue for choices of methods and processes in own artistic research 
  • Work and teaching methods

    Seminar with preparatory assignments, lectures, presentations in varied formats, plenary discussions and discussions in groups. The seminar moderator will send assignments and a supplementary reading list to participants at least two months before the seminar.

    The seminar will be based on digital participation.

  • Coursework requirements

    Research fellows must have read the literature on the mandatory reading list and prepared a text and presentation in a relevant format. During the seminar, research fellows must give a presentation and play an active part in the discussion of other research fellows’ projects.

  • Reading list

    • Borgdorff, H. (2011): The production of knowledge in artistic reseach. In M. Biggs & H. Karlsson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. London: Routledge. P. 44-63). Retrieved from: 

    • Kjørup, S. (2006): Another Way of Knowing: Baumgarten, Aesthetics, and the Concept of Sensuous Cognition. In: Sensuous knowledge 1, Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Retrieved from: 

    • Malterud, N. (2012): Artistic research - necesarry and challenging. In Nordic Journal of Art and Research, 1 (1). (pp. 57-68). Oslo and Akershus University College. Retrieved from:  (English) (Norwegian).

    Recommended reading:

    • Borgdorff, H. (2013): The conflict of the faculties. On theory, practice and research in professional arts academies. Chapter 1 in The Conflict of the Faculties. Perspectives on Artistic Research and Academia. Leiden University Press. P- 16-26. Retrieved from: 

  • Program

    The seminar program will soon be published

  • Seminar moderators
    • Linda Lien (seminar leader)
    • Jostein Gundersen
    • Nina Malterud
    • Trond Lossius
  • 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


Registration deadline:
From: Jan 18, 2021 10:00 AM
To: Jan 20, 2021 4:00 PM
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