Global classroom arts-based research – ONLINE

Global classroom arts-based research – ONLINE

  • 11/02/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 04/03/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 25/03/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 22/04/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 13/05/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 27/05/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 10/06/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 24/06/2021
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Course details

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


This global course for the study of arts-based research is a collaboration between the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), FLAMES KU Leuven (Belgium), and Florida State University (US).

Arts-based research (ABR) is an approach to research 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 or qualitative methods. Such phenomena pervade and effect practice in the social-behaviour 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 methods and efficacy of ABR are often questioned within a dominantly post-positivist culture. To address these challenges, we have created a new course for doctoral students and interested faculty to explore the nature, positioning and impact of ABR in a 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) methods for collecting and analyzing aesthetic data (sensory, embodied, emotional, and imaginal data)
d) the social and cultural influences impacting the advancement of ABR;
e) a global research agenda specific to ABR;
f) the strategies for addressing the advancement of ABR on a global scale.

The class is conceived as a learning laboratory in which students will discuss, critically and reflexively evaluate perspectives, philosophical positions, and research questions culminating in the design and construction of their own collaborative research projects using arts-informed or arts-based research.

Who is it for: Doctoral students and faculty interested in ABR. Priority will be given to doctoral students.

Duration: Participants in this course will meet eight times, for three hours using remote live video-conference learning, over a period of five months.

Course schedule:
11 Feb 2021 16:00-19:00
4 March 2021 16:00-19:00
25 March 2021 16:00-19:00
22 April 2021 16:00-19:00
13 May 2021 16:00-19:00
27 May 2021 16:00-19:00
10 June 2021 16:00-19:00
24 June 2021 16:00-19:00


This is a course for doctoral students of any discipline who are interested in learning about arts-informed and arts-based research.
No prior knowledge of arts-based research is required.

However, participants are expected to have followed a basic course in qualitative research, philosophy of science, or art & design. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, you can contact Dr. Sara Coemans (FLAMES KU LEUVEN):

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

Subscription opens on December 1, 2020
Please register by January 2, 2021

For more information on the content of the course, please contact Dr. Elisabetta Biffi:

Background readings


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Dr. Nancy Gerber (Florida State University), Dr. Elisabetta Biffi (University of Milano-Bicocca), Dr. Jacelyn Biondo (Drexel University), Dr. Sara Coemans (KU Leuven), Dr. Karin Hannes (KU Leuven), Dr. Richard Siegesmund (Northern Illinois University), Lucia Carriera, PhD Student (University of Milano-Bicocca, teaching assistant)

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