INDISCIPLINES. Conference on Research in Arts Practice

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Place: Universitat de Barcelona / Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
Kazuo Shiraga performing Challenging Mud at the 1st Gutai Open Air Exhibition, Tokyo, 1955

Campus de les Arts presents its first international conference entitled Indisciplines, aimed at exploring the hybrid terrains of practice-based arts research, with attention to the dynamics of the academy. The conference will be held in Barcelona on 28-30 November 2019.

With Indisciplines we call on researchers and creators to reflect on creative ways of doing, understanding and hybridising research processes in a variety of thematic areas, beyond traditional paradigms and rigid fields of knowledge. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches have challenged the notion of the ‘discipline’ as a productive force in forms of control and the creation of knowledge. In contrast, the term ‘indiscipline’ arises as a provocation in referring to social and political aspects of research and the capacity of the arts to give rise to divergent thinking, including in the academy.

The conference theme corresponds to the broader aims of Campus de les Arts, a collaborative project involving 20 centres for higher education in the creative arts in Catalonia, dedicated to the fields of music, theatre, dance, cinema and audio-visual creativity, the visual arts, design, fashion and conservation and restoration. Campus de les Arts is a platform of debate and action that has artistic research and related resources as one of its main articulating features, together with knowledge transfer.  

Conference Themes

Consideration will be given to those presentations and proposals that discuss and advance recent debates and theoretical positions, focussing on one or more of the following 8 interest areas:

  1. Academic policies related to artistic research
  2. Infraestructures and resources for artistic research
  3. Ontological and epistemological frameworks for practice-based research
  4. Methodologies in practice and transdisciplinarity in research contexts
  5. Challenges of collaborative creative research
  6. Involvement of new methodological frameworks, such as arts-based research, community-generated research and arts-education based research
  7. Knowledge transfer, ethical and social factors and activist research
  8. Academic and non-academic evaluation and validation in artistic research


Papers and proposals for presentations have the option of using the habitual format of a conference participation or be articulated with a mind to the form legitimately corresponding to the creative practice in play.

Proposals will be accepted in English, Catalan and Spanish.

All papers and proposals will be presented in sessions of 3-4 presentations of a maximum length of 20 minutes each. The conference will be complemented by the presence of keynote speakers, expressly invited by the organisation.

All proposals will undergo double-blind review, and the scientific committee will make the final selection. The deadline for reception of proposals is 15 July 2019.

For full information see the conference website at or write to

Campus de les Arts

Faculty of Fine Arts-UB, Faculty of Humanities-UOC, ESCAC, EINA, Escola Massana, ELISAVA, ERAM, BAU, ESDI, ESMUC, ESDAP, ESCRBCC, Institut del Teatre, Conservatori del Liceu, Taller de Músics, Jam Session, IED, LCI-Feli Duce and Eòlia. With the participation of Hangar and the collaboration of CoNCA.     

Organization: Campus de les Arts

Venues and Production: Universitat de Barcelona / ESMUC

With the collaboration of: CoNCA (Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts) - Generalitat de Catalunya

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