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Per/Forming Futures

Investigating Artistic Doctorates in Dance and Performance

April 11th-13th, 2019

Middlesex University, London, UK

curated by ADiE

Fully booked – Please lookout for documentation under resources after the event

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PerForming Futures Programme, April 11th-13th 2019

“Artistic Research is a crucial part of the future of academia… if the university is going to serve the next stages of human society, we need to continue to develop robust and transformative practices.”
“Practice as Research is the major channel for arts to be topical, radical, progressive and truly creative.”
“The relationship between the cultural sector and education sector is vital.”  (ADiE Doctoral Survey respondents)

Join us in creative dream spaces, performance and debate as we gather to shape the future of doctoral studies via artistic research.

As an established qualification in some contexts, yet just emerging in others, the artistic PhD acknowledges creative practice as a form of knowledge. Whether called ‘practice-as-research’, ‘artistic research’,  amongst other terms, there are few established guidelines for the field and artistic researchers are constantly (re-)forming the path even as they travel upon it. Indeed, little attention has been paid to the real complexities that this mode of research engenders in terms of its facilitation, support and outcomes. Further, the intersection with, and potential impact of, the Artistic PhD to the arts sector, and on audiences more widely, goes untested. This is both the promise and challenge of artistic research.

Per/forming Futures is an opportunity to share, investigate and re-envision the doctorate with keynotes and performances from leading figures in the field.

Participation is free and booking can be for the full event or per day. The two evening events are also booked separately.

Particular highlights include:

  • Thursday 11th April – a keynote by Annette Arlander (FI)
  • Friday 12th April –  opens with a keynote by Robin Nelson (UK).  The afternoon will include an open cross sector debate with representatives of the cultural sector and funders in which we will consider cross sector collaboration and the impact of PaR on the future of the profession.  This will be followed by an evening performance by Matthias Sperling (UK), leading into a roundtable with Paul Russ (Dance4) and artists with an evening buffet.
  • Saturday 13th April will be of particular interest to those supporting research projects, with panels on ‘publishing’ (including Ben Spatz/Journal of Embodied Research), ‘supervisory practices’ and ‘rethinking models for doctoral study’ convened by Jane Bacon (UK) and Lee Miller (UK).


Performance sharings including work by
Rita Marcalo, Helen Kindred and Paula Kramer amoungst many others
Workshops and Screening rooms
Working group debates

Intellect will be available throughout to discuss publishing opportunities.

Intellect is an independent academic publisher in the arts and humanities, publishing scholarly books and journals that exemplify our mission as publishers of original thinking. Intellect have 21 Performing Arts focused, peer reviewed journals to include Choreographic Practises, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practise and Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. Intellect’s rep James Campbell will be onsite to discuss publishing opportunities throughout the event. Please email james@intellectbooks.com if you would like to arrange a meeting.

Intellect will be selling their books and journals throughout Per/Forming Futures with up to 50% discount.

This event is for researchers, artists, candidates, supervisors, university research officers, arts organisations, funders and policymakers. We invite you to come to together and debate the future of artistic doctoral education, whilst reflecting on the impact of the Artistic Doctorate within the University as it interfaces with the cultural arts sector and with the public.


Explore the following strands in panels, performance and working groups:

Making Artistic Research

What are the ways of ‘doing’ doctoral research in practice? What modes of enquiry are at work? What methodologies and methods are employed by or developed within artistic research? What is the significance of artistic research methods and methodologies to doctoral education?


Making Artistic Research Possible

How do you support artistic research? How might candidates best be supported in terms of training, finance and community? What are the issues, dilemmas and challenges in offering and undertaking an artistic doctorate? What ‘training’ is helpful for artistic researchers? What are your experiences of, or insights into, being supervised / supervising, being a mentee / mentoring? What might strong and healthy artistic research environments look/feel like?


Making Artistic Research Public

Sitting at the interface of academic and art worlds – who are the audiences for artistic research? How is artistic doctoral work reaching publics as audiences or readers? What is at stake in finding suitable and sustainable formats to share artistic research? What formats might artistic research take ‘in the world’? How can doctoral researchers, publishers and producers work together to make research visible?


Making a Difference through Artistic Research

How do you make a difference through artistic research? How is the PhD by artistic research changing both artistic and academic practices? What are the benefits of this research beyond the arts – to health, wellbeing, leadership and the economy? In what ways might artistic doctoral researchers generate impacts with a public? How are such benefits facilitated and evidenced?


As an international gathering we seek to facilitate the building of global networks, generating opportunities for the development of best practices in the undertaking and delivery of the Artistic Doctorate. 

Presentations are rich and varied, including: verbal presentations, performative lectures, workshops and micro-presentations.

In addition, we will host a showcase of artistic research emerging from current or completed doctorates.



Registration is now closed.

As an Erasmus Plus funded event will be free for participants and presenters. But please note spaces are limited for some events (and kindly note our funding is based you as a participant turning up – so please think before you book!)



Middlesex University

Hendon Campus,

The Burroughs,


London, NW4 4BT



Our main campus in Hendon, north London, is located 10 minutes from the Northern line and Thameslink rail line, both of which take you to central London in under 30 minutes.

Flights can be taken into any of the major London airports and connecting ground transportation / trains. Directions to the Middlesex University London Campus can be found here:




There is only limited parking on campus. If you need to travel by car, please contact the orgainisers to make arrangements.



We aren’t booking any specific hotel as there are many accommodation options around Hendon and in central London. If staying in central London, it takes approx. 30mins or less on the Northern Line tube from Euston Station and 10 minutes walk from the tube station to the campus.

Some local hotel options are:

London Hendon (The Hyde) Premier Inn – 1.2 miles, Hyde House, Edgware Rd, London NW9 6LH.

From £52-£70 per night

Bus: 183 towards Golders Green (stops outside the university)

25 min walk

Taxi: between £6-10


Finchley Travel Lodge – 1.8 miles, Winston House, 2 Dollis Park, London N3 1HF.

From £52-£70 per night

Bus: 326 or 143 towards Brent Cross (stops outside the university)

Taxi: between £6-10


Contact: artisticdoctorates@gmail.com


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