Per/Forming Futures: Investigating Artistic Doctorates in Dance and Performance

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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



“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.


Keynote Presentations

Annette Arlander (FI)

Robin Nelson (UK)

Vida L Midgelow (UK)


Featured Events

Matthias Sperling (UK)

Panel on Auckland University PaR PhDs with Carol Brown, Alys Longley and Mark Harvey

Invited panel on rethinking supervision

Invited panel of leading promoters and funders (inc. AHRC, ACE, Dance4, Zodiak, Kiasma)



Showcase and exhibition of practice

Working groups

Opportunities to meet publishers and promoters

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. This practice will be presented live and in audio/visual formats.


Important Dates:

Proposal deadline: September 21th 2018

Notification of acceptance: October 31st 2018

Registration opens: November 1st 2018

Event Dates: April 11th-13th 2019


Registration fees, Venue and Accommodation

Registration and Fees:

Registration will open November  1 st 2018.

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:

Hendon Hall Hotel – 0.6 miles, Ashley Ln, Hendon, London NW4 1HF.

From £106 per night

10 min walk

Taxi: £5


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


Performance contributions:

Please note that we have a small budget to support the presentation of live performances. This funding will be targeted toward unfunded researchers. See the proposal form for more information.


Contact: [email protected]