The working group Ethics in (artistic) research of kunst research invites researchers from the art schools to a programme on ethical dilemmas on Monday May 17. The programme is for professors, post-doc researchers, PhD candidates and teacher-researchers, to explore together ethical issues and questions in their research practice in the arts.

DWAALTOCHT – optional

Wander along at the start of the programme (9 am) in a DWAALTOCHT, an artistic intervention designed by researcher/artist Els Cornelis. Away from the computer screen, you will discuss ethics with regard to research activities, in an exploratory and at the same time in-depth approach. You do this in pairs, in a playful, equal and ‘wandering’ way.
The DWAALTOCHT, inspired by ‘la dérive’ of the situationists, is based on a simple walking pattern. Wandering does not involve a goal-oriented movement from A to B, but rather experiencing the environment in a different way. Linked to the walking pattern, there is a conversation pattern. You do not only wander in the city, but also in the conversation or within your thoughts. It would be a mistake to think that the conversation is not really going anywhere or will not have enough depth. Perhaps by wandering together you will actually come to other and more profound insights regarding your own position, actions and policy on ethical issues. [The DWAALTOCHT-instructions will be in Dutch.]

Online programme

At 11am the online programme will start with a short introduction to the topic by co-organising professors Ruth Benschop (Zuyd) and Mata Haggis Burridge (BUas). Then Frederiek Bennema will elaborate in a presentation on the implications of the contribution of care as value and practice in higher art education. As a PhD candidate (University of Groningen / Research Group Image in Context) she is working on a project involving a dialogical and participatory approach to higher arts education. Her research concerns the development of a pedagogy of care. 

Research obviously also has a side where guidelines and rules apply for behaviour, protection of intellectual property and working with people, animals or the environment. During the programme, the informal network of quality assurance officers will briefly present the Dutch Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity, and explain the duty of care and the joint complaints committee of the higher arts educational institutions. Senior researcher Ties van de Werff (Zuyd University) will move from hereon towards a broader approach by an introduction talk on virtue ethics. Addressing questions such as: What makes for a good artistic researcher? What is a good artistic research practice? And how do we cultivate it? What is needed for such an open and reflexive research climate in the arts?

Furthermore, we aim for the quality of the encounter by hosting discussions in small groups to exchange experiences, blind spots on specific themes. Not looking for solutions or advice, but in search of good questions and (shared) views on ‘good’ attitude and virtuous behaviour of (artistic) researchers. We will explore a.o. considerations around ethics, the paradox between rules and attitude/culture, inclusion and diversity and the concept of ‘care’ in research practice of/in/to the arts.


Where: online via zoom / Dwaaltocht in your own neighbourhood

Registration: please register before 12 May 2021 via this link: REGISTRATION

Costs: participation is free – after registration you will receive the link

Language: English /Dutch


concept by Els Cornelis @HKU

online (host: kunst onderzoek)

Programma: exploring ethical issues in research in the arts

17.05.2021 • 09h00—14h00