Global classroom arts-based research – ONLINE

Global classroom arts-based research – ONLINE

  • Class 1
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Class 2
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Class 3
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Class 4
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Class 5
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • class 6
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Course details

qualitative course | level: beginner | register now
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affiliation: KU Leuven


FLAMES KULeuven (Belgium), University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), Florida State University (US), and Lesley University (US) are pleased to announce a Global Classroom For the study of Arts-Based Research.
Arts-based research (ABR) is an approach that has become more recognized in recent years. Particularly used in health, education, and social sciences, arts-based research focuses on a “systematic use of the artistic process…as a primary way of understanding and examining experience…” (McNiff, 2008, p.29) otherwise inaccessible through more traditional forms of knowledge and methods of investigation. ABR can offer a strategy for the study of complex human relational and social phenomena that cannot be understood or investigated using typical linear and causal research paradigms and methods. Such phenomena pervade and effect practice in the social and health sciences in our everyday interactions with patients, clients, students and colleagues thus warranting study.
Despite the increasing visibility of arts-based research generated from multiple disciplines in the health and social sciences the efficacy of ABR is often questioned within a dominant post-positivist culture. To address these challenges, we have created a course for doctoral students and interested faculty to explore the nature, positioning and impact of ABR in our global community. To that end we intend to explore: (a) the various definitions of arts-based research in the US and Europe; (b) the philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to ABR across multiple disciplines in the social sciences, education and healthcare; (c) the social and cultural influences impacting the advancement of ABR; (d) a global research agenda specific to ABR; and, (e) the strategies for addressing the advancement of ABR on a global scale. In order to accomplish these goals, we will use videoconference classes in which faculty and students will meet to study the current status, trends, approaches, and social and cultural positioning for arts-based research.

Course schedule:
class 1: 2/10/2022
class 2: 3/3/2022
class 3: 3/24/2022
class 4: 4/28/2022
class 5: 5/12/2022
class 6: 5/26/2022

We meet every class from: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (US Time, ET) / 16:00-19:00 (European Time, UTC)


This is a course for doctoral students of any discipline who are interested in learning about arts-informed and arts-based research.

The primary language to be used for collaborative across-country activities will be English.

Subscription opens on December 14, 2021
Please register by January 15, 2022

Background readings

Background readings will be provided after registration


PhD's and postdocs of a Flemish University, Florida State University, Lesley University, University of Milano-Bicocca: free




Dr. Nancy Gerber (Florida State University), Dr. Elisabetta Biffi (University of Milano-Bicocca), Dr. Jacelyn Biondo (Lesley University, Drexel University), Dr. Sara Coemans (KU Leuven, FLAMES), Dr. Karin Hannes (KU Leuven, FLAMES), Dr. Richard Siegesmund (Northern Illinois University)

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