This session is part of the PhD seminar series “Re-worlding” art and design research.
MAD-Research (PXL-MAD and UHasselt) and ArcK (UHasselt)


This first seminar will dive into the necessity to rethink how we position our Faculty’s artistic and design research in today’s changing world. We rethink our own position, but also the platforms via which we do art and design research today, our research groups, our faculty research days, our doctoral program. Is our positioning and the positioning of our platforms able to navigate in a landscape in which culture is in a very fragile position and polarisation is driving public debates: on climate, care, migration etc. What input do we need as researchers to navigate this landscape more consciously? In this first seminar we co-design the program for the rest of the year based on this structure: the keynotes, the formats, etc.

Part 1: Brainstorm on re-infrastructuring art and design research


Bring your answer to three main questions:

  1. What do you care about or - better - what do we need and want to care about?
  2. How can we as institutes reorganise our platforms - our doctoral programs, our research groups, our labs  etc - , to reconnect and collectively address some of the issues we commonly care about? Some examples: Do these platforms need to actively contribute to the cultural field we are active in? Do they need to promote conferences in a time in which travelling has become impossible and the climate needs care? Do they need to take into account the position of young parents and women in a time many are working at home? Can we reorganise our platforms to allow for more equality between groups or to be more welcoming to refugees or people who locally need our attention?
  3. What people would you really like to hear on the following topics. Give suggestions per topic:
    Ethnographic approaches in art and design research
    Creative Writing in art and research
    Imagination in art and design research
    IP and dissemination in art and design research
    Managing Projects in art and design research
    Ethics of Care in art and Design research


This brainstorm will be organised in dialogue with Architecture Workroom Brussels, and our Phd and Postdoc representatives.

Parallel sessions MAD and ArcK

  • Erik Pelicaen (Arck)
  • Elisa Servais (ArcK)
  • Hannelore Goyens (ArcK)

  • Carl Haase (MAD)
  • Lodewijk Heylen (MAD)
  • Elise Van Mourik (MAD)

Learning outcomes

After having attended this seminar, participants will have:

  • learned how to position one’s own research in the world, within the specific discipline and the world at large,
  • learned how to co-design research policy and infrastructures that can facilitate this own positioning of the research.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In this seminar, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • research methods
    • subject knowledge
  • interpersonal competences:
    • presentation skills
  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development


For whom?

  • This seminar is strongly advised for the researchers that follow the PhD in Arts and Architecture program of PXL-MAD / Hasselt University.
  • Researchers from other institutions who like to participate are always kindly asked to first contact the coordinators by email ( -

When and where?

  • December 17, 2020 - 12:30-17:00
  • This course will be organized digitally


  • Registration closed since December 15, 2020
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • category 'ethics & research integrity' OR category 'advanced discipline-specific knowledge'