Category Archives: Event

Reimagining video conferencing – a design workshop with MIT MediaLab and Aalto MediaLab

Reimagining video conferencing is a co-design workshop aiming to create alternative solutions for virtual panel discussions, video conferencing and other kinds of group meetings online. In this participatory session we will think and discuss about user experiences for a tool that would extend user engagement over physical location and achieve a rich ecology for participation online. The layout and user interface of a tool for group video conferencing would be challenged and reimagined also. This event is organised and led by the Learning Environments research group in MediaLab, department of Art, design and architecture, Aalto University, FI in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
It is free and open for participation for students and non-students.

Sign up by sending an email to including your name, department, study focus, skills (design, development, etc.) and a short description why you are applying.
Thu 14 September
Johanna, Learning Centre
Public event

Media Lab Doctoral Summer School: Event-Driven Culture: “The Visit” as Case Study

Call for Participation
_ Deadline Extended August 4, 2017

Event-Driven Culture: “The Visit” as Case Study

DOM-L0006 Department of Media Doctoral School
Dates: 29–31 August 2017
Location: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Department of Media – Design Factory, Engine Room, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, 02150 Espoo, FINLAND

Beyond being of place, culture can also be said to be a thing of time. This is particularly the case in contemporary virtual environments where multiplicities of human culture often converge, co-exist, and co-evolve. In this three-day seminar and workshop organized by the Department of Media (Media Lab) at Aalto University we first intend to explore the notion of time and how it is represented across diverse cultures. Subsequently we will focus on the notion of ‘Event’ as a unit of analysis with the ‘Visit’ as an illustrative example.

The School includes lectures, presentations, and group exercises/workshops in which participants will engage in concept design exercises.


Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Prof. of New Media, host (Aalto ARTS, Media Lab) (see bio)
Zsófia Ruttkay, Associate Professor (MOME, Hungary) (see bio)
Paul Mulholland, Senior Fellow, (KMI, Open University, UK) (see bio)
Rasa Smite, Associate Professor, (Liepaja U, Latvia) (see bio)

Credits: For doctoral candidates, it is possible to receive up to 5 credits.

To participate: Send us your name, email address and a brief description of your current research indicating why participation in the course would benefit your studies and practice by Friday August 4, 2017.

For more information and registration:

See the Summer School website:

Preliminary assignment

We request that you bring a 300-500 word narrative prepared about a significant visit that you realized. Your narrative should answer the 5Ws questions: Who, what, when, where and why? You will be asked to present your narrative during the first day of the School. Your presentation cannot exceed three minutes. It is possible to use images and sound.

Preliminary readings

To prepare for the discussion and work please read, annotate and extract up to five keywords from the texts included below.

  • Pratt, Mary Louise, “Arts of the Contact Zones”, Modern Language Association (MLA), 1991., (Accessed on 30/07/2017.)
  • Clifford, James, Routes, Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century, Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Kimmel, Michael, “Properties of the Body: Lessons Learned from the Anthropology of Embodiment.” In R. Frank, R. Dirven, T. Ziemke, E. Bernández Eds., Body, Language and Mind, Mouton de Gruyer: Berlin, 2007.


  • Using a systemic approach, map out the experience of ‘the visit’.
  • Consider how the digital bears an impact on the experience of the visit. What are the pros and cons? Focus on data gathering processes, from a multimodal perspective (e.g. text, images, sound, smell? touch?).
  • Using design research methods, propose a concept for an application (or tool) that supports this significant event, from a human-oriented perspective.

This Doctoral School will take place at the Aalto Design Factory, Otaniemi.
Getting there:

New Scholars Seminar Extension


Opportunity for Digital Scholars: New Scholars Seminar preceding the DH2017 conference – Apply by June 4th, 2017!

CHCI, centerNet, WSU and KIAS are collaborating to organize a pre-conference seminar for new scholars interested in the digital humanities, immediately preceding the DH2017 conference in Montreal, Canada.

New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities

August 8th, 9-4:30, Montreal, Location TBA

We have arranged for financial support for up to 15 scholars to help with the costs of transportation, accommodation, mentoring, and a day-long unconference.

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta is organizing this seminar on behalf of CHCI and centerNet. Rachel Hendery (Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Western Sydney University) and Geoffrey Rockwell (Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Canada) will convene the New Scholars Seminar.

Graduate students and new scholars who want to attend DH 2107 but don’t have travel/accomodation support should apply. See if you qualify at:

New Scholars Seminar for Digital Scholars 2017 – Kule


The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

We are looking forward to gathering a group of enthusiastic scholars, students and professional filmmakers to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between moving image theorists, historians, critics, and philosophers, and scientifically-oriented researchers working on moving-image media.

Exciting topics, prominent keynote speakers, three tracks of inspiring presentations ranging from philosophical inquiries to aesthetics to reports of neurocinematic experiments on film viewing, just to name few of many. Missed our paper proposal deadline? Consider participating anyway!

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (AALTO ARTS) is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

The Conference includes presentations by internationally known experts in the field. A host of interesting social events are also being planned.

In addition to the three and half days filled with three tracks of programmed presentations and discussions, the event includes professionally interesting site visits.

The SCSMI2017 conference is organised by the Department of Media, Crucible Studio with Dr. Pia Tikka as conference chair, and the Department of Film, Television, and Scenography – all functioning within Aalto ARTS. In association with the Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki.

Find more and register at:


Kutsu: Juha Varton Taiteellinen tutkimus -kirjan julkistamistilaisuus 11.5. klo 14

Tervetuloa Juha Varton TAITEELLINEN TUTKIMUS. Mitä se on? Kuka sitä tekee? Miksi? -kirjan julkistamistilaisuuteen torstaina 11.5.2017 klo 14

Paikka:  Node-galleria, Hämeentie 135 C, Aalto ARTS Taiteen laitos 5.krs (Arabian kampus)

Taideyliopistoissa on tehty, ohjattu, arvioitu ja analysoitu tutkimusta, joka on perustunut taiteelliseen toimintaan.  Taiteellisen tutkimisen ensimetreillä esitettiin kysymys, voiko jokin taideteko tai -teos olla taiteellista tutkimista.

Tämä on vakava kysymys, joka koskettaa käsitystämme tutkimisesta.  Tämä on myös vähemmän vakava kysymys, joka kuvaa suhdettamme taiteeseen: vaikka taide on elämän tärkeä osa, ilahduttaja, järkyttäjä, sulostuttaja, sen asema muiden ihmistoimien joukossa ei ole koskaan samanarvoinen muiden toimien kanssa.  Taiteeseen liittyy aina yksittäisyys, minkä vuoksi emme voi olla varmoja, onko se tarpeellista tai välttämätöntä, edes sille yksilölle, jonka taidetta se on.  Sehän voi olla vain jonkun erehdys, suuren luokan vitsi tai mielen hairahdus.  Yhden ihmisen taito ei ole ennustettava, varma ja vakaa.

Tutkimuksena tämä uusi alue on yhä alussa, avoin ja etsivä.  Se perustuu taiteilijan ammattitaitoon, menetelmiin, joita on koeteltu toistaiseksi vain toiminnassa. Olemme astumassa uuden askeleen, jonka jälkeen koettelu tapahtuu myös teoriassa, mutta ei missä tahansa teoriassa…

Kirjan julkaisee Aalto ARTS Books.

Aalto ARTS Books julkaisee kirjoja muotoilusta, mediasta, taiteesta, taidekasvatuksesta ja arkkitehtuurista.
Aalto ARTS Booksin kirjamyymälä, Hämeentie 135 A, 3. krs.
Aukioloajat: ma-ti 10–12 ja 13–16, ke 13–18, to–pe 10–12 ja 13–16.
Alennus aalto-yliopistolaisille –20 %

Taiteellinen tutkimus verkkokirjakaupassa:

The Call for Presentations: Global Digital Humanities

CfP: Global Digital Humanities

Workshop Event at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University (Helsinki), 29-30 May 2017

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Xenia Zeiler, South Asian Studies, University of Helsinki
Collaborators: “DIG_IN: Digital Humanities Education Initiative Finland-India” (CIMO collaboration between South Asian Studies and HELDIG at HY, Aalto University and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore/India), “Deep Learning and Semantic Fields in Akkadian Texts” (University of Helsinki)

As Digital Humanities becomes increasingly recognized as a significant discipline and embedded in university curricula internationally, it is instructive to recognize that most scholarship relevant to the discipline is still predominantly from Anglo-American countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The event aims to demonstrate how diverse cultural, intellectual and linguistic contexts can and even necessarily must fruitfully contribute to shape the future direction of the discipline.

The 2 day seminar will be held at HY and Aalto University, and invites interested researchers from all levels (junior and advanced) to present and/or discuss their work, and students to take part. Thus, it will bring together researchers working on DH relevant themes beyond European and North American contexts, offer a platform for exchange on themes, methods and approaches, and in general, enhance the awareness for and visibility of DH research located beyond the hegemonic context. The reasoning for this is twofold: firstly, it is in the spirit of DH to encourage collaboration, remixing, and remediating, and secondly, to allow for a wider audience to access diverse culturally and locally inflected versions of DH in a quest to enlarge the scope of the discipline beyond the hegemonic.

If you are working on a DH relevant/related theme beyond European and North American contexts – be it with material and/or methodologies which originated beyond ‘Western’ contexts, or make use of broader global approaches, please contact Xenia Zeiler ( at the latest by 5 May 2017 with a title and short abstract. The workshop will be organized as a platform for discussion and getting to know each other’s work primarily, thus also work in progress is welcome. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) Global DH as related to

  • Archaeology and History
  • Design
  • Linguistics
  • Video Games

The event is free of charge, and we look forward to a fruitful discussion.

The event is intended to have a workshop atmosphere, and also work in progress and esp. doctoral students are very welcome.

The major reason is to bring together people in the larger Helsinki region working on various aspects of DH beyond Europe, and to get to know each other. We understand DH to include not only the level of developing/applying digital tools on cultural material, but also the level of researching digital media (f.e. social media) and their interaction with society.

The deadline for submitting a note of interest and title/short abstract (~150 words) is now extended to 5th of May 2017.

Nida Doctoral School 2017 – Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design & Architecture

Please read below about this year’s Nida Doctoral School (NDS) intensive course for DA and PhD students.

NDS is a wonderful opportunity for doctoral candidates to focus on their doctoral thesis development. There are 4 places for Aalto ARTS students and costs will be covered on ARTS School level.

You will find more information and the link to the Application Form by scrolling down.

Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design and Architecture
Third Nida Doctoral School intensive course for DA and PhD students in art, design, architecture, humanities and the social sciences

21-26 August 2017
Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania

Application deadline: 31 March 2017

VAA Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania, 2016. Dronography by Robertas Narkus
The third Nida Doctoral School (NDS) will bring together a multidisciplinary group of practice and theory-based doctoral candidates researching different topics in the context of the visual and performing arts, design and architecture, sharing the common goal of completing a doctoral degree, to discuss and develop the methodological framework of their research projects. NDS will provide a platform for dialogue and the exchange of ideas, as well as a space for sharing feedback and peer support. The aim of NDS 2017 is to focus on research methods and on the development of methodological skills and approaches, and to provide critical feedback from distinguished international tutors.

Finding suitable methods and framing the methodological approach is one of the biggest sources of anxiety and uncertainty for doctoral researchers, especially practice-based, when developing and implementing a research plan. Could I treat my art or design practice as the main method? How should I write about my methodology? Or, as Henk Slager calls it, ‘methodicy’*? How should I safeguard myself and my audience from methodological excess? Does my methodological approach help or limit me in doing my research? When should I think about it: when starting or when concluding my research and thesis? What is the relationship between theory and practice in my research, and which philosophical/theoretical school should I refer to in order to base my argument?

The third NDS will take place on 21-26 August 2017. Each day will include one-hour-long presentations by invited speakers and tutors, followed by one-hour-long discussions. The rest of the day will be dedicated to doctoral student presentations, followed by discussions and feedback (one hour per student). Invited speakers and tutors will act as respondents to the student research development work. The programme will also include slots for individual consultations.

The students are expected to participate in presentations and discussions, and to prepare for the course by studying a reading list compiled by the invited speakers and tutors and provided in early June. In addition to the discussions around the overall topic of the School, students are asked to prepare a 30-minute presentation of their own research and practice, with a special focus on their methodological approach. In these sessions, students will receive feedback from their peers on other doctoral programmes, as well as from the invited speakers and tutors of the School.

Invited Speakers and Tutors
In 2017, NDS has the pleasure to welcome three INVITED SPEAKERS:
–        Dr Joanne Morra, Reader in Art History and Theory, curator of the Doctoral Platform at Central Saintt Martins, University of the Arts London, founding principal editor of Journal of Visual Culture;
–        Dr Marquard Smith, academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, currently Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education;
–        Prof Juha Suoranta, social scientist and public intellectual, professor at the University of Tampere, author of ‘Artistic Research Methodology. Narrative, Power and the Public’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén, 2014), ‘Rebellious Research’ (in Finnish with Sanna, Rynnänen, 2014).

Dr Joanne Morra is a Reader in Art History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London. She runs The Doctoral Platform at CSM, and is the Founding Principal Editor of Journal of Visual Culture. She has published widely on modern and contemporary art, in, for instance, New Formations, Art History, Journal of Modern Art, What is Research in the Visual Arts (eds. Holly & Smith). Joanne has edited many collections, including ‘The Limits of Death’ (MUP 2000), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future’ (MIT 2006), ‘Visual Culture: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies’ (4 volumes, Routledge 2006), ‘Acts of Translation with Bal’ (Sage 2007). Recent activities include the exhibition ‘Saying It’ (Freud Museum London 2012), ‘Intimacy Unguarded: Autobiography, Biography, Memoir’ (with Talbot, 2013), ‘50 Years of Art and Objecthood’ (with Green, Sage 2017), and ‘Inside the Freud Museums: History, Memory and Site-Responsive Art’ (I.B. Tauris 2017).

Dr Marquard Smith is Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education. He is an academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture. Recent exhibitions curated include, ‘The Global Archive’ (London, 2012), ‘Jordan McKenzie: An Englishman Abroad’ (Istanbul, 2014), and most recently ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’ (Milton Keynes, 2015). Marq writes on artistic research, practice-based research, archives, arts education, and most recently on experimentally in ‘MaHKUscript: Journal of Fine Art Research’. He is author, editor, and co-editor of over 20 books and themed issues of journals including ‘What is Research in the Visual Arts?’ (Yale UP, 2008), ‘Visual Culture Studies’ (Sage, 2008), ‘The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish’ (Yale UP, 2013), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse’ (The MIT Press, 2005). Marq’s previous academic roles include: Head of the School of Art and Design History, Kingston University, London; Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at Royal College of Art; and Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, London.

Prof Juha Suoranta is a Finnish social scientist, and public intellectual. He is currently Professor at the University of Tampere. In total, he has published 38 books, such as ‘The Integrated Media Machine I: A Theoretical Framework’ (co-edited with Mauri Ylä-Kotola, Sam Inkinen and Jari Rinne), 2000; ‘Architecture: Theory, Research, and Practice’ (with Seppo Aura and Juhani Katainen), 2001; ‘Artistic Research. Theories, Methods, and Practices’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén), 2005; ‘Artistic Research Methodology’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén), 2014.  Suoranta has published extensively in the fields of education, political sociology of education, radical adult education, critical media education, and critical pedagogy. In his writing, Suoranta is interested in bringing together ideas and material from various disciplines, including media and cultural studies, sociology, educational studies, literature studies and literature.

Three TUTORS will guide the students through the course:
–        Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University;
–        Dr Mika Elo, Professor of Artistic Research, Head of Doctoral Programme, Vice-Dean for Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts;
–        Konstantinas Bogdanas, artist and Associate Professor of Visual Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Dr Sofia Pantouvaki is a scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University. Her background includes over 80 designs for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in Europe, as well as numerous curatorial and exhibition design projects. She is co-author of ‘History of Dress – The Western World and Greece’ (2010), editor, ‘Yannis Metsis – Athens Experimental Ballet’ (2011), and co-editor of ‘Presence and Absence: The Performing Body’ (2014). She is editor of the academic journal ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’, project leader for ‘Visual Aspects of Performance Practice’ and the Vice-Head of Research for OISTAT Costume Design Group. Costume Curator for World Stage Design (2013), and Associate Curator for ‘Costume in Action’ (WSD2013). At Aalto University, she founded ‘Costume in Focus’ and is Principal Investigator of the research project ‘Costume Methodologies’ funded by the Academy of Finland (2014-2018). Sofia has taught and lectured internationally. Her recent research focuses on performance costume, fashion and costume curating, the potential of new materials and embodied technologies in costume practice, and clothing in the concentration camps of the Second World War.

Dr Mika Elo is Professor of Artistic Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki. His research interests include theory of photographic media, philosophical media theory, and artistic research. He participates in discussions in these areas in his capacity as curator, visual artist and researcher. In 2009-2011, he worked on the research project ‘Figures of Touch’ ( In 2012-2013, he co-curated the Finnish exhibition ‘Falling Trees’ at the Biennale Arte 2013 in Venice. He is also a member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal for Artistic Research’.

Konstantinas Bogdanas studied painting at the State Institute of Art (now Vilnius Academy of Arts). He currently lectures on visual art at the Academy. Since 2012, he has supervised doctoral students’ practice-based research. Bogdanas has been exhibiting since 1986. In his artistic career, he focuses on concept-based artwork, andcombines different media (objects, installations, performances, photographs), the most important of which, however, is the medium of language. Formally speaking, Bogdanas is mainly concerned with questions of identity. He questions abstract notions, such as art, nation and perception, as well as the personal understanding of the self. The key words in his work are (non)coincidence, (in)adequacy, (un)necessity, (non)fruition, (un)usefulness, (non)understanding, (in)capability. The most important, though far from obvious key words, are artificiality and vulnerability. An element of humour is present, only it is not so striking; it always succumbs to existential doubt. His ‘poste restante’ posture of silent waiting and non-involvement should also be conceived as a conceptual work of art.

NAC Academic Board members will also contribute to the course.

What is Nida Doctoral School (NDS)?
In Nida, we explore unorthodox approaches to research. Through making, performing, writing and discussing, we test the possibilities for generating knowledge outside the conventional venues and models of academic research. NDS participants are offered a possibility to position their own research and practice within a broader field of research approaches. NDS aims to open up the horizons for experimental development by intersecting with a diversity of disciplines and experiences. The goal of NDS is to provide time, space and a conceptual framework for participants to gain an insight into their field of research, as well as to broaden and diversify their outlook and methodological tools.

Nida Doctoral School is an international programme designed and organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. In 2017, the University of the Arts Helsinki is joining the organisers’ team.

NDS is tailored for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. However, some limited places are intended for students within the humanities and social sciences, if their research is related to the arts, design and architecture. The programme comprises seven day-long intensive courses, organised once a year, and 1-6 month-long doctoral residencies which are part of the international Nida Artist-in-Residence Programme (the annual application deadline is 15 March).

Tuition, Funding and Costs
There is no tuition fee. Free accommodation and catering are provided for selected applicants from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, University of the Arts Helsinki, and Vilnius Academy of Arts. In addition, Aalto and UniArts students are provided with a travel grant. Other participants are expected to cover their accommodation and catering costs, which amount to 300 Eur/person in a double room, and travel costs.

Please fill in the NDS application form.
Application attachments (motivation letter, CV and portfolio) should be sent to
All application documents should be submitted by 31 March 2017.

Up to 16 students will be invited to take part on the NDS course.

Practical information regarding accommodation, travel arrangements, payment and all other issues will be sent to the selected participants in due course. You can check out the facilities of Nida Art Colony here and the programmes of previous NDS courses here.

For any other queries, please contact Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Manager of NDS and Executive Director of Nida Art Colony, at

About Nida Art Colony (NAC)
Nida Art Colony is an art and meeting space, surrounded by sand dunes and seas. As a resourceful platform, it runs an Artist-in-Residence Programme, Nida Doctoral School, and initiates art, education and research projects. We aim at a creative confluence of academic and non-academic education, artistic and scientific practice, hard work and leisure.

NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and opened in 2011. It operates all year round, receives about 700 people a year, and provides space for workshops, intensive courses, exhibitions, seminars, rehearsals, artists’ talks and screenings in its premises of 2,500 square metres. Its activities can result in presentations, exhibitions, broadcasts and publications.

NAC is located on the Curonian Spit, a peninsula dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The spit is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. It also forms Neringa National Park. Nida is 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda, and 360 kilometres from the capital city Vilnius.

*Methodicy: ‘[…] a strong belief in a methodology founded on operational strategies which cannot be formulated and legitimized beforehand’ (Henk Slager, The Pleasure of Research, 2015, p. 30).

National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic – new call for applications

A new call for applications within the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic is open for study, research, teaching and artistic stays during the academic year 2017/2018.
Scholarship application deadline is 30 April 2017 by 16:00 CET (4:00 pm Central European Time).

Scholarship stays can be planned during the academic year 2017/2018. Applications are submitted online at (international applicants).

The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic supports mobility of international students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists to stay at Slovak universities and Slovak research organisations. Students and PhD students can apply also for a travel allowance together with their scholarship application.

Attached you can find a flyer with basic information about the Programme (in English). The applicants can find detailed information about the Programme at in Slovak, English, Russian, French and Spanish language (if needed we have also flyers in those 5 languages and we can send it to you upon request).

Scholarships of the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic supports also mobility of university students, PhD students and posdocs of Slovak universities or research organisations to cover their living costs during their study or research stay at a university or research organisation outside Slovakia.

Establishment of the National Scholarship Programme for the Support of Mobility of Students, PhD Students, University Teachers and Researchers was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic in 2005. The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Next deadline for the submission of applications will be on 31 October 2017 for scholarship stays during the summer semester of the academic year 2017/2018.

PoDoCo information event 14th March

Post Docs in Companies (PoDoCo) holds an information event related to the ongoing call (1.3-13.4.2017). This is targeted to doctoral students and young post docs.

Young Doctor – Industry wants you!

Do you want to explore the potential of your cutting-edge ideas? Are you interested in a career in industry? Do you want to put your research knowledge and expertise into practice? PoDoCo program may be just right for you!

PoDoCo (Post Docs in Companies) is a matchmaking program supporting long term competitiveness and strategic renewal of companies and employment of young doctors in the private sector. PoDoCo facilitates novel meetings of postdocs and companies and offer research grants of 6-12 months for young postdocs to investigate new innovative ideas boosting the strategic renewal of Finnish industry. PoDoCo program is aimed for young doctors who wish to work in companies. All young doctors who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctorate degree are welcome to join the PoDoCo program.

In 2017 nine foundations allocate altogether almost one million euros to the program annually. The Program’s foundations are: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Maa- ja Vesitekniikantuki ry, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, The Foundation for Economic Education KAUTE Foundation and Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation. PoDoCo program is operated by DIMECC Ltd.

The PoDoCo spring 2017 application round will take place within 1.3.-13.4.2017. To participate in the PoDoCo spring 2017 application round fill in PoDoCo postdoc profile at PoDoDo matchmaking system.

PoDoCo information event is arranged on March 14th at 14:00-15:00 in Aalto University, TUAS building, auditorium TU2 (Maarintie 8, 02150 Espoo).

Further information about PoDoCo program and the application round is available on the PoDoCo website at and from PoDoCo Program Manager Essi Huttu, essi.huttu(at), tel. + 358 40 840 9259.


Kati Miettunen
Project manager (TkT, dosentti / D.Sc.)
Energy and Materials platforms

Call For Papers: Photography and the Archive Research Centre

Photography and the Archive Research Centre


Art and Reconciliation Sarajevo, Bosnia. June 30-July 2, 2017

Fast Forward: Women in Photography. Vilnius, Lithuania. November 3-4, 2017

Why Remember? 
Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath

3-Day Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 30 July, July 1, July 2,   2017.

Sponsored by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) University of the Arts, London; Salem State University, Massachusetts, USA; WARM Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Keynote Speakers include
 Simon Norfolk, photographer, and Vladimir Miladinović, artist.

In his book In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies, David Rieff offers a persuasive challenge as to whether the age-long “consensus that it is moral to remember, immoral to forget” still stands in our contemporary era. What should we remember, what should we forget, and why? Do we need to reconfigure the way that we think about memory and its potential impact on issues such as reconciliation and healing in the wake of war? Is memory impotent as a social, political, or aesthetic tool? Rieff’s questions appear more pertinent than ever as wars and conflicts continue to rage in many parts of the world with no end in sight.

These questions of memory (and forgetting) are intensely political and have far-reaching consequences. This conference will engage with difficult and troubling questions around the value and nature of memory such as how do they reverberate in the context of post- war societies, post-conflict reconciliation, prevention, questions of memory and past events? Does memory discourse help us push the borders of how the concept of memory is currently being configured and applied? To what extent do we remember the past and how do we choose what to remember and why we remember? How could and should (consciously and unconsciously) memory processes shape the present and future? How might public institutions (such as museums and other heritage sites that support education/awareness) deal with the past? What is the difference between commemoration and memorialization? Where do they intersect and how might they impact the process of reconciliation and prevention? How can art function as a site of the aesthetic interpretation of the past?

We seek papers from a wide-range of historical and geographical spaces that address the discursive limits of contemporary memory studies, particularly drawing on these areas of study:

*   Film/media studies

*   Museum studies/objects/ New Materialism

*   Visual arts

*   Literature/Narrative

*   Music/Performance

*   Necropolitics/Forensics/Anthropology

*   Politics and aesthetics

**Interdisciplinary approaches to memory and remembrance studies are welcome.

There will be two styles of presentations: more formal papers of 20-25 minutes and workshop idea papers of 10-15 minutes. We welcome submissions from artists, early career researchers and post-docs as well as established scholars. We encourage applications from a range of academics, current PhD students, especially those outside of Western European institutions. All papers will be delivered in English.

Paper proposals should include:

*   author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact email,

*   paper title,

*   a paper abstract (200 words max),

*   and short bio (200 words max).

Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting formal paper or a workshop idea paper. 
This academic conference is linked to the Art and Reconciliation AHRC funded research project currently being undertaken by The University of the Arts London, King’s College War studies Department, and the LSE. The research is under the auspices of the PACCS Conflict Programme. 
It is also part of the larger WARM festival, which takes place in Sarajevo, Bosnia each summer, and “is dedicated to war reporting, war art, war memory. WARM is bringing together people – journalists, artists, historians, researchers, activists – with a common passion for ‘telling the story with excellence and integrity’.”

See this link for more information.

Registration cost: 150 Euros. 
Concessionary rates are available for faculty applying from non-EU, non-US institutions, and for those who can present a case for reduced fees. Information about hostels and hotels will be provided for participants. 
The conference is supported by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, Massachusetts, and the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at the University of the Arts London.

Please submit your proposals no later than March 17th, 2017 to

Decisions will be made by March 31, 2017.

Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Lithuanian Edition

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, 3-4 November 2017

Please submit your proposals by 8 April 2017 to:

Building on the success of the Fast Forward conference at Tate Modern in 2015, co-organized by Tate, University forthe Creative Arts (UCA) and Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at University for the Arts London, Lithuanian Photographers Association announces the second edition of the Fast Forward conference in collaboration with UCA and UAL/PARC to take place at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius.

Photography has been a political tool as well as a means of artistic expression. Women have used it in various ways including discussions around their rights, their economic and social insecurity, and their representation in culture and society. Through studying women photographers’ lives, celebrating their creative achievements and contribution to international photographic history, we can discover important insights and inspiration for current issues and discussions generated by global political forces, and also become aware of the obstacles women photographers have to overcome as they have pursued their work.

We are interested in papers which span the entire history of photography, from the 19th century to the present day and which also encompass photography’s different methodologies, from art practice to commercial /industrial work.

One of the foci of this Fast Forward edition is to enable opportunities for researchers to present to an international audience new knowledge about the role of women photographers in the cultural, social and political life of the Baltic States and Eastern Europe – which have a rich academic discourse and vibrant artistic culture combining specific national features with particular local experiences and Western ideas.

We are also interested to present research into, and practitioner accounts of, the experiences of women photographers in parts of the world that are as yet unfamiliar within a US/European photo historical context.

We welcome proposals for artist-led presentations and panels.

In this conference in Lithuania, we aim to bring together international and regional researchers, to share knowledge and consider our potential relationships and networks. This second edition of the Fast Forward conference aims to embrace and celebrate the contributions of women photographers to both art and commerce, regionally and globally, and to engage in pertinent debate that will influence new academic discourse and provide further context for the study and practice of photography.

This conference has a special interest in women photographers from the Baltic States, but is not limited to this. We also welcome abstracts which explore women’s photography throughout the world and across history, and which provide insight into the breadth and complexity of women’s history within photography as practitioners, curators, writers or organizers.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

§  New knowledge about little known histories and forgotten names.

§  Discussions about networks and collaborations since the invention of the medium until today.

§  Explorations of how technologies have influenced women practitioners, past and present.

§  Research on both commercial and art practices that women have developed within the medium of photography from the 19th century to the present.

§  Activism and socially engaged photo practices initiated by women.

§  Diverse identities coming out through photography.

§  The photographic imprint on other artistic media and its use by online communities.

§  Debates about and new conceptualizations of the medium from the perspective of women photographers.

Researchers are invited to explore conceptual, technical and/or stylistic links connecting women photographers in the Baltic region and internationally.

The conference is organized by Lithuanian Photographers Association and Vitas Luckus Photography Centre in collaboration with The University for the Creative Arts and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and with the support of the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Submission of the papers as follows:

8 April 2017 – submit 500-word abstract for the peer-review

7 May 2017 – successful applicants will be notified

15 October – full paper is required

Abstracts must be submitted in English only, although the papers could be presented at the conference in Lithuanian or English, which will be the working languages of the conference.

Please submit abstracts as a Word document only with your full name, the name of organization you represent (if relevant) and the title — all placed at the top of the first page. The file should not exceed 1MB. Please email submissions or enquiries to: with the subject “Lithuanian Edition – submission”.