FEINART will enable a fluid and flexible working relationship between the Beneficiaries as centres of critical research in the areas of art and political philosophy, curatorial studies/arts administration and art theory/cultural theory, and the POs as centres of excellence in the development of socially engaged practice (providing a wide range of practical and practical-theoretical training).

ESR PhD PROJECTS

ESR Project 1 (art and political philosophy)

Changing social identity and economic role of the artist

This PhD project aims to understand the changing economic function of art, and the changing social role of the artist and curator.

Director of Studies: Prof John Roberts

Early-Stage Researcher: Gabor Erlich

Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Secondments:
University of Iceland

(6 months)

Bienalle Warsava

(3 months)

ESR Project 2 (art theory and practice)

The shift of the art studio as a site of production of objects to the studio as research hub or social forum

This PhD project aims to increase awareness of the changing skill set of the artist from ‘maker’ to ‘thinker-as-maker’.

Director of Studies: Prof John Roberts

Early-Stage Researcher: Hiu-Wai Chan

Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Secondments:
University of Iceland

(3 months)

Zeppelin University

(3 months)

(3 months)

ESR Project 3 (art theory and practice)

Impact of post-display and participatory art on the future of public art institutions in Europe

This PhD project aims to develop understanding of new modes of reception of art not based on conventional forms of production and display.

Director of Studies: Prof John Roberts

Early-Stage Researcher: Maria Mkrtycheva

Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Secondments:

(7 months)

(3 months)

University of Iceland

ESR Project 4 (art theory/cultural theory)

Participatory, community and activist art and the future of democracy

This PhD project aims to find the role of participatory and communal artistic practice in a wide of range regional and cultural contexts.

Director of Studies: Prof Jón Ólafsson

Early-Stage Researcher:  Jenny Fadranski

School of Humanities

University of Iceland, Iceland

Secondments:

(6 months)

(3 months)

ESR Project 5 (art and political philosophy)

Changing notions of value and judgement in relation to participatory, community-based and activist art

This PhD project aims to assess the philosophical implications of the cognitive and affective shift of the spectator from ‘audience’ to ‘participant’.

Director of Studies: Prof. Björn Þorsteinsson

Early-Stage Researcher: Claude Nassar

School of Humanities

University of Iceland, Iceland

Secondments:

(6 months)

(3 months)

ESR Project 6 (art theory/cultural theory)

Art and social practice in decentered national contexts: the case of Iceland

This PhD project aims to survey and assess the socially engaged art programmes and resources of independent art spaces (Art Labs. Hubs, etc) in Iceland.

Director of Studies: Prof. Benedikt Hjartarson

Early-Stage Researcher: Bilge Hasdemir

School of Humanities

University of Iceland, Iceland

Secondments:
Zeppelin University

(6 months)

(2 months)

Iceland University of the Arts

(2 months)

Zeppelin University

ESR Project 7 (curatorial studies/arts administration)

European funding policy and employment for socially engaged art

This PhD project aims to produce a financial analysis and social overview of institutional support and employment data for socially engaged art in the EU.

Director of Studies: Prof Dr Franz Schultheis

Early-Stage Researcher: Noa Mamrud

Faculty of Communication & Culture

Zeppelin Universität gGmbH, Germany

Secondments:
University of Edinburgh

(3 months)

(2 months)

Tranzit

(2 months)

(3 months)

ESR Project 8 (curatorial studies/arts administration)

Art and social engaged practice in major national contexts: the case of Germany

This PhD project aims to survey and assess the socially engaged art programmes and resources of independent art spaces (Art Labs/Hubs) in Germany, with particular emphasis on the role of the new curator.

Director of Studies: Prof Dr Karen van den Berg

Early-Stage Researcher: Marteinn Sindri Jónsson

Faculty of Communication & Culture

Zeppelin Universität gGmbH, Germany

Secondments:

(4 months)

University of Edinburgh

(4 months)

ESR Project 9 (art theory and practice)

New forms of artistic labour and socially engaged art

This PhD project aims to study and theorize the changing function and role of artistic skills in relation to the collaborative and participatory character of socially engaged practice.

Director of Studies: Prof Dr Karen van den Berg

Early-Stage Researcher: Sophie Mak-Schram

Faculty of Communication & Culture

Zeppelin Universität gGmbH, Germany

Secondments:
University of Iceland

(4 months)

(4 months)

Bienalle Warsava

(2 months)

ESR Project 10 (art theory and practice)

Socially engaged art and digital network culture

This PhD project aims to study assess the impact of the digitalization on artistic labour, audience participation and the transmission of knowledge in socially engaged art.

Director of Studies: Prof Dr Karen van den Berg

Early-Stage Researcher: Anna Fech

Faculty of Communication & Culture

Zeppelin Universität gGmbH, Germany

Secondments:
University of Iceland

(3 months)

(3 months)

(3 months)

University of Edinburgh

ESR Project 11 (curatorial studies and arts administration)

Gender and sexual division of labour in the curating and production of socially-engaged art

This PhD project aims to assess and theorize the impact of women’s labour on the development of socially engaged art and the independent art space.

Director of Studies: Dr Angela Dimitrakaki

Early-Stage Researcher: Fabiola Fiocco

Edinburgh College of Art

University of Edinburgh, UK

Secondments:
Zeppelin University

(2 months)

(2 months)

(2 months)

Tranzit

(2 months)

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