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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.

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.The International Spring Symposium takes place every other year, and the next one is planned for early 2015.

Workshops for PhD Candidates

In the course of the current project of the Center for Doctoral Studies, running from March 2014 to February 2017, special workshops for PhD candidates are being developed to expand, deepen and improve already existing competencies on the part of the doctoral and PhD candidates. These workshops are geared to the specific conditions of doctoral studies at art universities and will be available to PhD candidates enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna or the University of Art and Design Linz. The first such workshops will be taking place in fall 2014.

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.