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Academic Writing in English at Doctoral Level: interweaving theory, creativity, and practice

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Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse 3, 1070 Wien, Raum DG 18 (großer Besprechungsraum)

This workshop is designed to guide doctoral students at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien in their academic writing.

We will discuss and learn from current movements in theory as well as contemporary writing practices. Through reading and writing exercises, analysis and discussion, doctoral students will gain skills and confidence in articulating and theorising their own work, as well as developing their own unique writing voice that blends theory and philosophy with the vividness of creative writing.

In this workshop, we will discuss the ways that diverse projects can be rendered and synthesised in scientific text. We will do some exercises to help with writing flow, framing research questions, developing your own writing voice, brainstorming around ideas and concepts, structuring your writing, and mobilising theoretical concepts with confidence. We will look at some short examples drawn from contemporary theory to give ideas and inspiration for writing that is clear and concise, as well as vivid and alive.

Workshop leader

Dr. Helen Palmer is a writer, theorist and lecturer from Northern England. She is the author of Deleuze and Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense (Bloomsbury, 2014), Queer Defamiliarisation: Writing, Mattering, Making Strange (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), and the novel Pleasure Beach (Prototype: forthcoming June 2023). Her work on defamiliarisation has recently featured in More Posthuman Glossary (Bloomsbury, 2022). She has taught across the disciplines of comparative literature, theory, diffractive creativities and creative writing at Goldsmiths University of London, Kingston University London, TU Wien and ETH Zürich.


Dates | Monday, 09.10.2023 09:00 am to 7:00 pm
Venue | Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse 3, 1070 Vienna, room DG 18 (meeting room)


The workshop will be held in English.

Registration mode/conditions of participation

  • You can register to the workshop, if you are enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna or University of Arts Linz.
  • Please register until the latest Monday, September 25, 2023 via with the subject "Workshop October 2023" and a current certification of enrollment.
  • The workshop is limited for max. 15 persons (first come, first serve).