Join us on the first edition of our annual spring school on 24-25 April 2024.

This spring school is exclusively for ARIA researchers in the arts, focusing on enhancing research skills, exchanging research findings with peers, and learning from colleagues' work.

The programme of this first light edition will introduce some key aspects in artistic research and include interactive training sessions on writing (as a method and for communicating process and results) and research ethics. PhD researchers in their second and last year will have the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback. Future editions of the spring school will cover topics such as theory, AR methodology, and sharing research in different formats. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage and network with other ARIA researchers. Participation is free, but registration is required before 20 April, using the form. The interactive group sessions have a limited number of spots, so make sure to sign up early. 


24 April - Day 1

  • 10:00 - 11:00  Plenary session: Welcome and introduction to ARIA’s research track, including some key aspects in artistic research, by Petra Van Brabandt & Nele Wynants
  • 11:00 - 11:30  Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00  Presentations by ARIA PhD students in their final year (those who are close to their defence)
  • 13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00  Parallel writing workshops (in small groups)
    • Academic writing in English, by Susan George (Linguapolis), focus on writing effectively, maintaining critical distance, and considering the reader’s perspective
    • Navigating academic writing formats, by Kim Gorus
    • Writing with AI, opportunities and pitfalls, by Thomas Moore
  • 16:00 - 17:00  Peer-dating session followed by drinks at Agora

25 April - Day 2: 

  • 10:00 - 11:00  Plenary interactive session on research ethics in artistic research by Ann Laenen

  • 11:00 - 11:30  Coffee break

  • 11:30 - 13:00  Presentations by second year PhD students (followed by feedback sessions in the afternoon)

  • 13:00 - 14:00  Lunch

  • 14:00 - 15:00  Two parallel peer-to-peer feedback sessions following the morning presentations, moderated by Petra Van Brabandt & Johan De Walsche

  • 15:00 - 16:00  Sharing AR results: open mic + ARIA's publication platforms (FORUM+, TYPP, TrackReport, perfomances) + bring your own publication / poster / video, session curated by Vivi Touloumidi and Nele Wynants


Lange Sint Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen, room S.S.209

Lecturers & organizing team

Bart Eeckhout

Bart Eeckhout is professor of English and American literature at the University of Antwerp and has been chair of ARIA since 2017. He has been involved in many PhD projects at ARIA as a supervisor, IPC member, and jury member, mostly in the realm of music.

Nele Wynants

Nele Wynants is research assistant professor in the field of art and theatre studies at the University of Antwerp (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts - ARIA) where she coordinates the EU-funded project Science at the Fair: Performing Knowledge and Technology in Western Europe, 1850-1914. She is editor-in-chief of FORUM+ for research and arts, an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal for artistic research ( and member of the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders).

Thomas R. Moore

Thomas R. Moore works as a conductor and trombonist with the Nadar Ensemble and has premiered works as a soloist at notable festivals such as //hcmf, Time of Music, and the Darmstadt New Music Summer Course. Moore was a member of the orchestra at Theater Des Westens in Berlin, has regularly conducted the Orchestra of the Royal Dutch Air Force, and was the Musical Director for the hit Dutch musical, Soldaat van Oranje. In 2022, Moore defended his PhD in the Arts at the University of Antwerp and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and now works as the head of brass and a lecturer of artistic research at the Royal Conservatoire. He also serves as the chair of the research council of the Schools of Arts at the AP University College.

Pascal Gielen

Pascal Gielen is writer and full professor of sociology of culture and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor of the international book series Antennae - Arts in Society (Valiz). In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. In 2022 he was appointed by the Flemish Government as curator of Culture Talks. Gielen has published many books on culture, politics, commons and civil action.

Annelys de Vet

Annelys de Vet is a designer, researcher, and educator with a practice for long-term, participative design projects that actively engage in social and political struggles. De Vet founded the publishing initiative Subjective Editions,' collaboratively mapping regions from the inside out. She co-founded 'Disarming Design from Palestine,' a thought-provoking design platform developing artisanal products from Palestine conveying alternative narratives about life under occupation. De Vet established the temporary master's program 'Disarming Design' (2020–2022), at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, where she was the course director of the MA in Design from 2009 to 2019. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts).

Vivi Touloumidi

Vivi Touloumidi’s artistic work is embedded in the intersections of art, cultural activism, and craft disciplines. Her primary focus involves using wearable and portable art to advocate sociopolitical messages, evoke discourse, and place the body within the public sphere. Vivi has participated in international group and solo exhibitions since 2010. Most recently her solo exhibition was held at MHKA Museum. Since 2018, she has been leading artistic research at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Vivi obtained her PhD in the Arts in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) in Belgium in 2022.

Ann Laenen

Johan De Walsche

Kim Gorus

Petra Van Brabandt