1st Conference on Arts-Based and Artistic Research.

Critical reflections on the intersection between art and research.

Barcelona, January 31st - February 1st, 2013

Call for papers & projects

This conference on arts-based and artistic research hosted by the Postgraduate Program in Arts and Education, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona, is the result of a growing interest in the relationship between artistic research and practice. By organizing this conference, our aim is to share and debate emergent fractures in the field.

Undeniably, in recent years the art world has taken seriously the question regarding what type of contribution art practice can make in the wider research community. On one hand, the growth in the number of PhD practice-based programs is a concrete example of how art and research have converged within an academic context. More broadly, certain tendencies in the art world reveal an increased interest in assigning a social value to art production. The focus on knowledge production in artistic practices blurs the lines between art and research.

On the other side of this argument, we can observe a shif in qualitative paradigms from within academia that has carved out space for the inclusion of artistic methodologies. The presence of art practice in academic research, both as “hybrid forms” and “art for scholarship's sake” (Cahnmann-Taylor, 2008), has been growing. From the social sciences and education, there has been an increase in literature addressing arts-based research. With the publication in recent years of a number of comprehensive volumes that categorize and document arts-based research, there is an increasing amount of theoretical and practical resources that bring together and define this body of work (Cahnmann-Taylor & Siegesmund, 2008; Leavy, 2008; Springgay, Irwin, et al, 2008; Sullivan, 2009; Barone & Eisner, 2012). The majority of these titles unite the work of educators, social scientists and artists who introduce artistic methods into their research, drawing on the afective, aesthetic, fictive and creative qualities of art in order to beter capture and communicate elements of a research process and its conclusions.

By approaching art through research, and research through art, this conference hopes to cast a multidisciplinary gaze on each field. The event hopes to create a space for critical refection that will generate new, expanded notions of both art and research.

The main objectives of this conference are:

In order to transfer knowledge and generate new perspectives in the field, this conference encourages graduate students, scholars and professionals from the arts and cultural sectors to submit their research. The conference welcomes submissions that discuss completed studies or projects, field work, or work in progress.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline December 31st, 2012

Authors notified of acceptance January 7th, 2013

Registration Until January 21st, 2013

Submission of full papers January 27th, 2013


In an effort to make this conference as acessible as possible, there is no registration fee. However, we would like to remind people that participation is dependent on the acceptation of their submissions, and that all participants are responsible for handing in a full paper before the conference date (see the important dates listed above).


Registration is closed. If you have a question regarding your submission or registration, please contact Rachel, rachel.fendler@ub.edu.


Residencia d'Investigadors - City Center

+34 93 443 86 10
C/ Hospital, 64 - 08001 Barcelona
30min metro ride to conference.

Residencia d'Investigadors - Zona Universitària

+34 93 390 43 00
Passeig dels Til·lers, 19 - 08034 Barcelona
7min walk to conference. 30min metro ride to city center.

Hotel Curious

+34 93 301 44 84
C/ Carme 25 - 08001 Barcelona
30min metro ride to conference.

Getting to the conference

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Sala de Juntes
Faculty of Fine Arts University of Barcelona
C/ Pau Gargallo, 4.
Barcelona, CP 08028

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Scientific Comittee

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Universitat de Barcelona


Sala de Juntes
Faculty of Fine Arts University of Barcelona
C/ Pau Gargallo, 4.
Barcelona, CP 08028


Rachel Fendler
tf. +34 93 403 4039 (10:00am – 2:00pm)