Rethinking research practices in Art, Technology and Design

10 credits, Doctoral course (third-cycle), Spring 2015 – Spring 2017

The course "Rethinking research practices in Art, Technology and Design" is structured as a 'higher seminar' series. As a higher seminar, the course will provide a platform for doctoral candidates to develop their research practices and skills. A primary point of departure is the participating doctoral candidates' projects, with the aim that they will critically engage with larger relevant discursive and methodological discussions.

The seminars are simultaneously:

• A 10-credit course intended for PhD students in the Doctoral Programme Art, Technology and Design

• A forum for research exchange within Konstfack at large, affliated researchers and institutions

• Open to the public

Schedule autumn 2016

The course will generally be once a month, on Mondays 1-4pm, in venues at Konstfack (unless otherwise noted).

- 17 october, Maja Frögård, PhD-candidate within the frame of the doctoral programme Art Technology and Design (10-12.30, B3). The earlier announced seminar with Olivia Plender is postponed to spring term 2017. 

- 11 november, Behzad Khosravi Noori, PhD-candidate within the frame of the doctoral programme Art Technology and Design (10-12.30, S1) and Doreen Mende (14-16.30, Zickerman) 

- 5 december, 1.30 – 4pm, B3, Andreas Gedin: I Hear Voices in Everything – Step by Step

For distribution of text please contact Skyddad adress


Schedule updates will be continually posted here.

Higher Seminar format

By 'higher seminar' we refer to a format where an invited seminar presenter provides material(s) in advance, which should be carefully reviewed by participants before each specific seminar session. Material(s) may include a completed or in-progress text or other forms of research presentation such as a text, film, documentation of an exhibition, supplemental material could include selected key writings or detailed studies. The premise of such a seminar is a deep discussion and a critical engagement with the specifics of the material and its relation to larger discursive and methodological discussions. The presenter structures the seminar in collaboration with the course leader/moderator, who also facilitates discussion of the material(s) provided. An important pedagogical and research development technique that we will work with is "opposition" and critique.


Course aims

The principal aim of the course is to provide a platform for the development of the practices and skills of doctoral candidates' pursuing research in the subject area Art, Technology and Design. Participation in the course allows candidates to deepen their critical thinking on discourses and methodologies; to engage in a discussion on the choices and implications of different methods, materials and techniques; and to advance their skills in creative and critical writing. Candidates are provided with tools to improve their academic skills in presenting, analyzing, commenting and discussing on-going research, and to investigate forms of documenting, representing and disseminating research results.

Course content

The course centres around the material and performative aspects of research, and matters to do with the artistic articulation – e.g. aesthetics, ethics and the socio-political context, including intended audiences and publics – pertaining to individual doctoral projects that are discussed by reference to detailed studies of relevant cases within the subject area. Equal emphasis is put on the discursive aspects of the participants' work, discussing the framework of individual projects in terms of criticality, theory, relevance and significance by reference to selected key writings in the area. The course enables critical encounters with the specifics of the presented material(s) in relation to a larger discursive and methodological discussion. Results and discussions generated by the course are documented in a digital archive.

The course is organized in the format of a higher seminar series, whereby an invited presenter – primarily a doctoral candidate, but also senior researchers and other research practitioners – provides material(s) in advance, which should be carefully reviewed by participants before each seminar session. Material(s) are preferably authored by the presenters and could be a completed paper or work in progress, such as field-notes, creative writing, film material, exhibition documentations etc. Supplemental study material can include selected key writings, detailed studies or other relevant material that allows for critical engagement and discussion in relation to research. The presenter structures the seminar in collaboration with the course leader/moderator, who also facilitates the discussion.

Organized within the format of a higher seminar series, the course furthermore provides a platform for a continuous and dynamic exchange on matters pertaining to research within Konstfack at large – senior researchers, faculty, practitioners, and students – as well as with students, researchers and practitioners in affiliated fields and institutions. As a higher seminar series, the course is open to the public and will be publicly announced on an ongoing basis.

Course structure and output

In developing participants' research techniques, the course carries important pedagogical elements pertaining to issues of presentation, preparation, 'opposition' and critique. In preparation, comments and questions directed towards the presented material(s) should draw attention to e.g. the outset for the project and/or its research questions, its central aim, its discursive framework, the use and choice of sources, method and research material, its artistic and scientific 'capacity' etc. to make for a productive discussion. Participants are encouraged to develop a sensibility towards the specificity of different research practices by addressing each presentation on its own premises, and in relation to the criticality of making within art, technology and design. The seminar presentation is organized as follows:

- When an external guest presents at the seminar, two course participants will be given the task as opponents and will be required to prepare questions and points in advance that are relevant for the discussion on the work.
- When a doctoral candidate presents at the seminar, another course participant will be asked to function as opponent and prepare questions and points in advance. Ideally an additional external and/or internal opponent will also be invited.
- Opponents will be invited by suggestions from the candidates, supervisor, course participant and/or the course leader.
- The course leader will moderate the discussion.


The course is mandatory for doctoral candidates within the Art, Technology and Design programme and caters for the needs of students pursuing research in the subject area. To be eligible for the course, students must have completed a masters' degree or have an equivalent level of education in technology, art or design (such as architecture, planning, civil engineering, design, arts and crafts, or fine arts) or affiliated subjects within the humanities and social sciences.


The course runs over a period of two academic years with approximately 10 seminars each year. To pass the course and be awarded credits (10 hp), students must attend a minimum of 8 times/year, and fulfill requirements of one individual presentation and one assignment as commenter/opponent over the two year period. Students are expected to come well prepared to seminars and to read, study and discuss the research material provided at an advanced level. Results and discussions generated by the course are documented in a digital archive, which may include additional assignments set by the course leader. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the higher seminars series even after having fulfilled the course requirements.

Course literature

Material(s) provided in advance of each seminar, typically in a digital format distributed by the presenter.


To attend the course for credits, applications are made by sending an e-mail to Kristina Knauff(Skyddad adress) Your participation in the course is only guaranteed after you have received a positive response on your application.



Uppdaterad: 6 mars 2015