1. PhDArts

    PhDArts offers an international, high-level doctorate in art and design. The PhDArts research trajectory consists of two elements: individual research and participation in the doctoral study programme. An appropriate team of supervisors is sought for each doctoral student. The doctoral study programme, which consists of lectures, seminars, trainings, and workshops, is an essential part of the research environment in which the student undertakes his or her research.

  2. Dissertations

    1. All dissertations

    An archive of dissertations and artistic outcomes of PhD projects and interviews with PhDArts doctors.

  3. News


    By Janneke Wesseling
    Published by Valiz, Vis-à-vis series
    Design: Sam de Groot

    Following the publication of Wesseling’s De Volmaakte Beschouwer (Dutch e-book) in 2015, the English translation of the book is now available in paperback form.

    What happens between a spectator and an art work? How do we experience ‘meaning’ in an art work? How can the process of interpretation be understood and articulated?

    To address these questions, the author explores the field of reception aesthetics, with its central premise that the contemplation of art is a matter of interaction between the art work and the observer. The research is focused on unravelling and problematising the theoretical terminology of the interaction between art work and spectator, deriving from reception aesthetics as well as from hermeneutics and phenomenology, with the aim of building a new theoretical foundation for this terminology. Additionally, different concepts of spectatorship are extensively discussed.

    ”I believe it is more productive to research how the art work works or signifies than what it shows or might signify. This ‘how’ reveals itself mainly in the performative act of experiencing the work.”

    This book addresses scholars and students in the fields of art history, aesthetics and visual and cultural studies, as well as artists and art students, and all those art spectators who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the experience of ar

    English paperback: order now at Valiz
    ISBN 978-90-808185-0-7
    EUR 25,00


    On 1 March, a research consortium headed by Janneke Wesseling was awarded a 500.000 euros NWO grant for the project ‘Bridging art, design and technology through Critical Making’. The grant allows the applicants to realize a four year research trajectory which aims at furthering the discourse of Critical Making. Under the supervision of the senior researchers affiliated with the institutes involved, a PhD candidate and three junior researchers will work on four subprojects and will be stationed at one or several consortium partners. Artistic research is the methodological starting point. A call for proposals will be published in April 2017.

    The grant is part of the research programme Smart Culture – Art and Culture, one of the research programmes within the topsector Creative Industries. The programme supports projects that make connections between concrete innovative art and cultural practices and more comprehensive academic and social issues.

    The Critical Making NL consortium consists of Leiden University (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts), Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Willem de Kooning Academy, Creating 010), Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Waag Society in Amsterdam and West Den Haag. In 2016, the consortium has already been awarded a Creative Industries – KIEM grant for their project entitled ‘Critical Making as a model for art practice in the digital age’. In this context, several public events will be organized in the next few months. If you would like to stay informed about these developments and the programme, please send an email to info@phdarts.eu.

  4. Programme

      1. PhDArts Spring Programme 2016
      2. 26 January – 23 June 2017
      3. This semester, the PhDArts doctoral study programme will consist of lectures and workshops by PhDArts staff and invited guests, as well as presentations by doctoral students of their individual research projects. Among the guest speakers are: Bart Verschaffel, professor in Theory of Architecture and Architectural Criticism at Ghent University; Frans-Willem Korsten, professor in Literature and Society at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and associate professor in Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society; Henk Borgdorff, academic director and professor of Theory of Research in the Arts at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University; Jan van Toorn, graphic designer, curator and theorist, and Camiel van Winkel, lecturer in art theory and art philosophy, LUCA School of Arts / Sint-Lukas Brussels.
        Only for PhDArts students.

      4. Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)
  5. Individual projects

    1. All individual projects
      1. Lecture Information Design
      2. 18 May 2017
      3. Joost Grootens gives a lecture at the Hochschule für Gestaltung un Kunst that is part of a series of lectures entitled ‘Information Design’.

      4. Basel, CH
      5. www.fhnw.ch
      1. Ekifananyi kya muteesa-2
      2. Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa (The King has been Pictured)
      3. 13 April – 14 May 2017
      4. Andrea Stultiens curated this exhibition that presents interpretations of one of the first photographs made in Buganda of monarch Muteesa I in 1875. 

      5. Makere Art Gallery, Makere University, Kampala (UG)
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      2. Terra Mediterranea: In Action
      3. 7 April – 25 November 2017
      4. Eleni Kamma participates in the group exhibition ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’, an exhibition of contemporary art, a conference and a series of parallel actions organised by the Pierides Foundation and the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC) and is curated by Dr Yiannis Toumazis.

      5. Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Pafos (CY)
      6. nimac.org.cy
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      3. 6 April – 31 May 2017
      4. Together with Lisa Kuitert Danne Ojeda curated this exhibition that analyzes the relationship between the book as a concept and the book as an object of communication, held at the Book & Manuscript Studies department of the University of Amsterdam.

        Visiting hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9:00  – 17:00 hours

      5. Turfdraagsterpad 15–17, Amsterdam (NL)
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  6. Admission

    The yearly application deadlines for PhDArts are 1 April and 1 October. Accepted applicants can join the programme in September or January of each year.

  7. Contact

    PhDArts c/o Judith Westerveld
    Prinsessegracht 4
    2514 AN Den Haag
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 (0)70 315 47 55
    Email: info@phdarts.eu

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