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Call for Participants: join our session on ethics of artistic research at 4S/EASST conference 2024

From 16-19 July 2024, the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) organize a joint conference, this time in Amsterdam. STS is a interdisciplinary field with a lot of interesting methodological innovation, where also artistic research is more and more part of.

We organize an exciting panel on artistic research at this massive conference, on artistic research as generous and transformative practice. We invite artists and researchers (and everyone in-between) to explore the ethical dimensions of artistic research. We call for contributions ranging from drawing sessions, workshops, dialogues, performances, paper presentations, and beyond. We welcome submissions covering (but not limited to) the following topics:

• The normative position of the artistic researcher in relation to innovative methodologies;

• The hidden labour of (interdisciplinary) collaboration, and the challenges of institutional embeddedness of artistic research (also in relation to existing codes of conduct such as the Integrity Code);

• Current strategies for evaluating artistic research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative and/or institutional context.

You can send in your abstract or proposal through the website of the conference: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/easst-4s2024/p/14309. Or email us if you have a question or what to share your ideas (whatartknows[at]zuyd.nl).

See below for the short and long description of the session.

Short Abstract:

How is ‘good’ artistic research done? What does it take to collaborate well? How to evaluate the ways artistic research matters? We invite researchers in art and academia (and beyond) to explore the conditions under which artistic research can flourish – as a generous and transformative practice.

Long Abstract:

Over the past decades, artistic research – research in and through art practices – has become institutionalized within higher art education as a recognizable and justified form of knowledge production. Artistic researchers increasingly are called upon to collaborate with scientists, engineers, societal stakeholders, and policymakers – especially around topics of societal concern. While debates on the epistemological status of artistic knowledge linger on, the challenges artistic researchers face today evolve more around the ethical dimension of artistic research and the normative position of the artistic researcher within interdisciplinary, collaborative contexts.

Artistic research can be seen as a generous practice (Benschop & Van de Werff, 2022), Firstly, generosity is a methodological virtue of the artistic researcher: she has to sensitize and calibrate herself for receiving the ‘right’ kind of knowledge about her research topic, for example through embodied methods or forms of non-linear documentation. Secondly, generosity refers to the hidden (moral) labour of valuing, giving and receiving in order for artistic researchers to work well and become transformative in institutional or interdisciplinary, collaborative contexts. Thirdly, artistic research as generous practice highlights the ways artistic research comes to matter in artistic and non-artistic contexts, and the challenges for evaluating its contribution, relevance or ‘impact’.