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Events and Workshops

The Graduate Conference and the International Spring Symposia, both events well established at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, will be continued and centrally organized by the Center for Doctoral Studies. Furthermore, the Center is working on the development of new, innovative workshops for PhD candidates and of peer workshops for supervisors.

In the events' folder you can find detailed information about current and past events.

Workshops for PhD Candidates

The Center for Doctoral Studies developed a series of workshops tailored to the specific needs of a doctorate study at art universities. They are aimed at acquiring, deepening and expanding the already existing competences of doctoral / PhD students from academic key competencies and the best possible promotion and qualification of early-stage-researchers. These workshops are aimed at doctoral / PhD students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as the Kunstuniversität Linz. The current workshop of the Center for Doctoral Studies can be found here.

Graduate Conference

The Graduate Conference takes place once every semester. While the January conference is more like a workshop in character, the June conference provides an opportunity for five or six PhD candidates who have reached the final stages of their dissertation to present their work or parts thereof in a public talk. These presentations will be moderated by colleagues who are not supervising the work of the respective presenter.

The Graduate Conferences serve to make the PhD candidates at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna visible, to integrate them and to establish a network among the candidates and with the researchers and artists at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Moreover, the Graduate Conferences contribute significantly to promoting the discussion of PhD theses and projects. We especially welcome debates between disciplines which, in everyday Academy life, do not normally exchange ideas on a regular basis.

International Spring Symposia

The International Spring Symposium hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna first took place in the summer semester of 2013, with the aim of creating a space for exchanging ideas with colleagues from other art or related universities. PhD candidates from various art universities should be given the opportunity to present their dissertation projects to each other and to discuss the questions arising in the course of thesis writing beyond the boundaries of their respective PhD seminars and institutions. The International Spring Symposium has a workshop character, which means that it focuses more on the exchange of ideas and on the joint discussion of content, text organization, methods etc. than on presenting or even defending any final research findings.

Supervisor Peer Workshops

The Center for Doctoral Studies regularly organizes workshop meetings of dissertation supervisors as well as additional events relating to the supervision of doctoral candidates, if required. Such meetings, seminars and other events aim to develop a common understanding of "good practice" in supervising doctoral theses at art universities, and some of them are done in cooperation with the University of Art and Design Linz.