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How Artistic Practice Can Benefit Research-Creation

Research-Creation: Critique, Care, and Collaboration through Creative Practice

VU Amsterdam Summer School

Course description

Research-creation is an approach to research that engages artistic expression, scholarly investigation, curiosity, and experimentation. In practice, this means that research topics are selected and explored through a creation process, such as photography, the production of a film or video, performance or installation, sound-work, zine, recipe, or multimedia arts/texts.  

Research-creation is important in a variety of fields, cultural institutions, and disciplines. In recent years, universities have used it to boost their public profiles and promote community-engaged collaborations. That being said, the increasing institutionalization of research-creation must be approached critically, and situated within a broader context of power relations within academia, education, and research. In this course, research-creation will be framed as an intervention and invitation for scholars to push disciplinary boundaries, challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about what academic work entails, and consider ways to make their work more sustainable, accessible, and responsive to issues concerning social justice.  

Special attention will be given to research-creation projects that engage critique, care, and collaboration, and critically address the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, dis/ability and other intersecting categories. The course will incorporate reading-based discussions, hands-on creative workshops, and examples of research-creation in practice, in an effort to engage broader discussions concerning methodology, scholarship, and ethics. To this end, this course will include presentations by scholars and practitioners from inside and outside of academia.

Follow this link to read about research-creation, various speakers, and read zines that students previously made in the course:

Continue reading below for more information. 

About this course

Course level

  • Master / Advanced / Beginner


  • 3 ECTS

Contact hours

  • 40


  • English

Tuition fee

  • €700 - €1250

Additional course information

  • Learning objectives

    By the end of this course, students will:

    • Gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of research-creation.

    • Gain a broader perspective on research methods and ways to “go public” with/share research findings.

    • Challenge normalized assumptions about how to “do” research.

    • Cultivate a critical perspective of academia, academic research, and collaboration.

    • Consider the ethical implications of research-creation and how to go about the research-creation process with care and intention.

    • Feel inspired to pursue research-creation within their scholarship.

  • Forms of tuition and assessment

    Students will be taught through lectures, seminars, and interactive workshops.

    Assessment will be based on attendance and active participation, daily soundwalks and a co-created zine.

  • About the course coordinator

    Alexandra Greene (she/her) has an interdisciplinary background informed by research-creation, intersectional feminist practices, and a humanities education. Since 2019, she is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research is embedded within the NWO-VICI project Engaged Scholarship and Narratives of Change, led by professor dr. Halleh Ghorashi. Her research explores the practice of solidarity across difference in the context of the migrant justice movement in California.

  • Provisional schedule

    Monday 3 July Course welcome + soundwalking 
    Tuesday 4 July Co-creation 
    Wednesday 5 July  (Visual) storytelling, collaboration, and ethics 
    Thursday 6 July Embodied practice + exploring the senses 
    Friday 7 July Sensitivities in research + creative writing 
    Monday 10 July The workshop as methodology 
    Tuesday 11 July Zines (pt 1) 
    Wednesday 12 July Zines (pt 2) 
    Thursday 13 July Putting it all together 
    Friday 14 July Presentation of zine contributions + roundtable/wrap-up  

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  • Bianca
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Celia
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Celia VU Amsterdam Summer & Winter School
  • Helena
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Helena VU Amsterdam Summer and Winter School