28 September: ARIAS Research Season Start 13:30-17:00 DAS Graduate School Overhoeksplein 2 Amsterdam - ARIAS


28 September: ARIAS Research Season Start 13:30-17:00 DAS Graduate School Overhoeksplein 2 Amsterdam


Friday 28 Sep, 13:30-17.00 (with drinks afterwards)
Location: DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2
Open meeting for all interested researchers
in the ARIAS network


Please sign up by sending an e-mail to: emily.huurdeman@arias.amsterdam
On September 28th, ARIAS starts the new research season with a gathering at the DAS Graduate School


Sharing and connecting with(in) the ARIAS network will be the focal point of this afternoon. The meeting will begin with a short introduction about ARIAS, especially on new collaborations that have emerged over the past year through the ARIAS network. At its core, this gathering is specifically meant to allow researchers to hear about new (emerging) projects, to meet others who are interested in exploring a similar research domain, to learn from alternative research methods or to delve into a specific collaborative project.


During the event you are welcome to join a work-group table on a topic that will be pitched at the start of the afternoon. Topics are, for example: How can we connect expertise on ‘writing creatively’ across universities and academies in the ARIAS network? What is ‘research in and through film?’ within the ARAS network and why is there no Amsterdam Design School?’ (see below). In addition to these topic-specific tables, you are also highly encouraged to create your own work-group table on the spot (or to email us in advance). There will also be a table for advice on applying for grants.

The event is open to researchers and artists of all five ARIAS institutions (VU, AHK, UvA, HvA and Rietveld/Sandberg) and we cordially invite you to actively contribute to the network during this participatory and informal event. 

To participate in the event, please sign up by sending an e-mail to: emily.huurdeman@arias.amsterdam


Examples of tables present on the 28th of September:

Table 1 Amsterdam Design School
(initiator: Geert Lovink & Ben Schouten, HVA)
Have you ever dreamt of founding the Amsterdam Design School? Why doesn’t it exist? Is Amsterdam the design capital? Where is the Amsterdam Design Academy? Where is the Amsterdam Design Museum? Where is Amsterdam design research? At this table, participants discuss possibilities for establishing a new design ‘school’ as a networked entity that can grow out of the ARIAS network. Not one institution or one building, but an interconnected living local culture. At this table, we discuss if and how existing and new Amsterdam programs for art & design could collaborate to create alternative and critical design cultures.


Table 2 Writing Creatively in the ARIAS network
(initiator: Amal Chatterjee, Author & writing tutor, Oxford and Amsterdam, o.a VU & UvA)

Imagining alternatives, exploring them, communicating ideas: that’s what research(ers) do, isn’t it? It’s also what creative writers/artists do, they draw on what they know, use their imaginations to find alternatives, to go new places. “Free”, imaginative and speculative writing helps researchers to consider different angles, and to tell their stories more effectively, and working with researchers provides writers/artists with access to (new) knowledge and inspiration. At this table we will think about (creative) writing workshops in the ARIAS network to bring these strands together, to excite, energise and contribute to the work of all. 


Table 3 Film & research in the ARIAS network
(initiators: Mieke Bernink & Eyal Sivan, AHK & Mattijs van de Port, UvA)
Research and film is a trendy topic. Yet before discussing possible collaborations on the topic within ARIAS, we need to know what exactly we’re talking about. Mattijs van de Port, who started the first MA pilot on anthropology and film at the UvA, and Eyal Sivan, filmmaker and lector at the Netherlands Film Academy that hosts the MA Artistic Research in and through Film, will kick off the round table discussion by mapping the differences and similarities between the various views on research and film, given their respective institutional contexts (university, art school). This will allow us to address the question, “What does the encounter of film and research have to offer, both to the academic research and to the practice of film?”. And from there we can discuss possible collaborations between the different interests and institutions within the ARIAS network. 


Table 4: Research on the Commons in the ARIAS network
(initiators: Jeroen Boomgaard, Rietveld/UvA & René Boer, Sandberg)
Researchers at this table are interested in meeting and collaborating in the domain of ‘the commons’. Building on the experiences of an UvA research project ‘Building an Urban Commons’ (Adeola Enigbokan) and Sandberg Institute’s temporary master programme ‘The Commoners Society’, which started on Amsterdam’s Zeerburgereiland this year, preparations are underway for a long term research project into the role the arts can play in the construction of an urban commons on this island on the city’s fringes. As the urban development of Zeeburgereiland is taking shape at this very moment, artistic interventions could still influence the social, cultural and economic conditions on the island. Conservations with optional research partners are currently taking place, this table is a way to open this conversation on collaboration.


Table 5: Artificial intelligence in and beyond the ARIAS network
(initiators: Jaap Vinken, Sandberg & Chris Julien, WAAG)




Table 6: Medical Humanities education in the ARIAS network (a new MA program?)
(initiator: Manon Parry, VU & UvA)

At various universities in the Netherlands, including the VU and the UvA, there is a growing interest developing research and education in the history of health, illness, health care and medicine in their social, cultural and scientific contexts. A this table we explore the possibilities of strengthening collaborations between the VU and the UvA, and importantly, also to draw in expertise on medical research from the HvA, AHK and Rietveld/Sandberg. What could ‘arts & health’ be in the ARIAS network?



Table 7: Designing the court room of the future

Initiators: Maike Steen (teacher at Law Faculty, UvA) & Wikke Monster from the foundation Lawyers as Changemakers

It is time for a reassessment of the way courtrooms are designed and organized. Current courtrooms are planned according to highly standardized and century-old judicial and historical traditions. This year, a new interdisciplinary course co-taught between the UvA and the Rietveld investigates the issue of ‘design of justice; designing the courtroom of the future’. Law students collaborate with architectural design students to examine different aspects of courtroom architecture and choreography, such as the languages and rituals used in court, the relationship between formality and informality, the distances between bodies in space and the influence of shapes and materials used in court. How can a spatial intervention in the courtroom encourage people to take responsibility? How can the place facilitate space for consolation and forgiveness, for safety and trust? Is the time ripe for a paradigm shift in legal criminal practice? At this table on the 28thof September, the initiators of this interdisciplinary course aim to explore the possibility of expanding this into a bigger collaborative project with the main goal: how can we give more space to the human scale in the (criminal law) practice? Researchers and artists from different fields and institutions are encouraged to participate in this table.