Open call for research symposium at SKH: Social Distance, Social Togetherness and the Experience of the Other

As part of its three-year research into The experiential in artistic practice - Methods, knowledges and reflective processes - Nordic Summer University invites applications for the upcoming symposium at Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) 24-26 February 2023: Social Distance, Social Togetherness and the Experience of the Other

Inspired by the idea of healthy ecosystems, as systems in which a multiplicity of beings and different ways of finding interesting things to do together, Nordic Summer University invites participants to join the upcoming winter symposium at SKH, to explore these ideas through artistic research.

In the symposium they want to emphasise working-with as a methodology, echoing what would occur in a sustainable and robust ecosystem; because they believe that balanced collaborations produce a satisfactory sense of shimmering, vitality, and mutual empowering for all involved.

They welcome submissions of papers that respond to the themes of the symposium. These can be approached as explorations on ideas of guest and host, generosity, exchange and reciprocity, languages, multicultural relationships, listening and encounter and transformation. These are just guidelines, and they are interested also in other ways of interpreting and exploring the themes.  

The symposium will be addressing these themes through the research questions of the present iteration of Circle 7. The research questions must be considered when you submit the paper. They will then explore them together and try to answer them during the symposium. These are:

  • How do knowledges emerge in artistic research practices through the experiential? 
  • What kind of knowledges are they?  
  • What methods and methodologies are employed in this work/paper/seminar/collaborative project?
  • How is experiential learning and learning-by-doing significant for art practices and artistic communities?


Arrival and welcome 23 February, Symposium 24-25 February, study and research morning and goodbye 26 February 


Paper presentation participant €90 (includes lunch and dinner 24 and 25 February, brunch 26 February)

Participant not presenting paper €90 (includes dinner on 24 February, lunch and dinner 25 February, brunch 26 February)

Students at SKH €0 (excluding food) €90 (food included)

All participants will have to register with NSU and pay the annual fee (€0, €15, €25 depending on income)

Participants will arrange their own transport and accommodation. Travelling bursaries and participant bursaries will be available on request. 


Submissions must be related to the theme of the symposium. They can be of any genre, any mix of genres, disciplines, and media. You must include your name, your country of residence, your email, a short bio about you (200 w max), the title of your presentation and a short abstract (300 w max). Please include your CV in a separate file. 

Submissions must be emailed in a PDF no larger than 10 Mb to 

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2022.

Selected submissions will be announced 6 January 2023.

Read more about the study circle and symposium at Nordic Summer University