Art/Research Festival, 3–4 May 2018, University of Tampere

The Spaces of Justice Across East-West Divide organizes a festival examining the role of the arts and arts-based research in social sciences at the University of Tampere in May 3–4, 2018. The focus of the festival is migration.

Instructions for students

Collage workshop

Home and belonging through videos workshop

  • Bring a telephone with a camera or any other video camera to the workshop with you

Panels and performance

  • Think about questions to ask from panellists. Take an active part in discussion.

Acoustic lecture by Susanna Hast and Timo Kalevi Forss

Some recommended readings and other materials

Barone, Tom (2011). Arts based research. Los Angeles: Sage Publications. Available as an ebook through the Andor database.

Bethwaite, Julia & Anni Kangas 2018. ”The Scales, Politics and Political Economies of Contemporary Art Biennials.” Arts & International Affairs 3(1). Available at:

Bleiker, Roland (2009). Aesthetics and world politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bleiker, Roland (2015). “Pluralist methods for visual global politics.” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43(3), 872–890.

Bishop, Claire 2012. Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso. Available as an ebook through the Andor database.

Edkins, Jenny & Adrian Kear (2013). International politics and performance: Critical aesthetics and creative practice. Abingdon: Routledge.

Gathuo, Monica 2017 ”Valkoisia valheita.” Ruskeat tytöt, 12 October 2017. Available at:

Jan, Amir 2018 ”About art and activism”. Available at

Leavy, Patricia (2015). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice. New York: Guilford Press.

Leavy, Patricia (2017). Research design: Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research approaches. New York: The Guilford Press.

Mathur, Saloni 2011. Migrant’s Time. Rethinking Art History and Diaspora. Williamstown: Clark Art Institute. Available as an ebook through the Andor database.

Moore, Cerwyn & Laura Shepherd (2010). “Aesthetics and international relations: Towards a global politics.” Global Society 24(3), 299–309.

Mortensen, Mette 2017. “Constructing, confirming, and contesting icons: The alan kurdi imagery appropriated by #humanitywashedashore, ai weiwei, and charlie hebdo.” Media, Culture & Society, 39(8), 1142–1161.

Puumala, Eeva 2012. Corporeal Conjunctures No-w-here: Failed asylum seekers and the senses of the international. Tampere: Tampere University Press. Available at:

Rancière, Jacques et al. (2008) ”You Can’t Anticipate Explosions: Jacques Rancière in Conversation with Chto Delat.Rethinking Marxism 20(3), 402–412.

Scher, Abby (2007) ”Can the arts change the world? The transformative power of community arts.New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education (116), 3–11.

Tazzioli, Martina (2015) ”Which Europe?. Migrants’ uneven geographies and counter-mapping at the limits of representation.” Movements: Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies 1 (2).–europe-migrants-geographies-counter-mapping-representation.html

Zaroulia, Marilena (2018). “Performing that which exceeds us: Aesthetics of sincerity and obscenity during ‘the refugee crisis’.” Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 23(2), 179–192.


UTA students can gain credits from the festival in the following way:

2 ECTS – Participation at the festival and a short (2–3 pages) reflection paper (with references to some recommended readings) as part of Elisa Pascucci’s course “Refugee migration and its governance”. Deadline 15 May 2018 (send by email to

5 ECTS – Participation at the festival, an essay (about 10 pages) using some recommended readings and materials you have identified in Andor as source materials. (Deadline 15 May 2018 or 30 June 2018 depending on when you need to get the credits registered; send your essay by email to

  • Students taking POLKVS22 write an essay that focuses on the research design of arts-based research projects in International Relations
  • Students taking POMLFCS3 write an essay that focuses on the dynamics of migration in world politics
  • Students taking KIRKTTS2B or KIRSKIS5B write an essay reflecting on the role of ABR in literary studies.

When writing your essay, please, follow the Leadership for Change Programme’s Guide to Writing Academic Papers. Available at:









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