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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.

Graduate Conference

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2020
Center for Doctoral Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Deadline for Submission of Papers: 25.09.2020

The GRAKO will be held on October 22th 2020, and if necessary, online. 

At the graduate conference advanced doctoral/PhD candidates will give a public presentation about their dissertation / PhD-project or an aspect of it. Every presenter has a 25-minute time slot for the talk (incl. presentation, videos etc.) and the same amount of time available for a discussion. A colleague of the Academy, who is not supervising the respective PhD-student, will moderate the discussion. Each talk will be accompanied by a discussant, who opens the rounds of discussion with their comments. The presentations can be held in German or English. The conference will take place all-day.

The Graduate Conference aims at a stronger visibility and integration of doctoral candidates at the Academy of Fine Arts and seeks to increase an exchange and networking possibilities among the doctoral as well as researchers and artists of the Academy. Furthermore, the Graduate Conference is essential in enhancing the discussion of dissertations and PhD projects. Debates between disciplines, which are not part of every-day life, are also welcomed.

To apply, please submit:

  • Name of the doctoral/PhD candidate and email-address
  • Title of the dissertation / PhD-project and preliminary table of content or overview of the chapters
  • Abstract of the planned presentation (max. 3.000 characters, incl. blanks)
  • Short CV
  • Short recommendation of your supervisor
  • Current “Studienblatt” (certification of enrollment)
  • Approved dissertation agreement (for Dr. techn. signed supervision agreement)
  • Short information about the starting date and the expected finalization date of your PhD
  • Language of the presentation (English or German)
  • Suggestions for moderators and discussants

 Applications are only accepted via the plattform

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.

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.