Amsterdam, Netherlands

Research-creation: merging the critical and the creative

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

This course invites students to rethink and re-evaluate the standard methods of thinking, knowing, and doing within academia. We will highlight artistic practise as a path to research and the act of creation as a form of knowledge in and of itself.

We will explore research-creation as a critique of entrenched and normative ways of thinking, knowing, doing, and sharing within academia.
We will also assess its potential as a transdisciplinary approach to contributing critical, creative scholarship.

Research-creation is an approach to research that engages artistic expression, scholarly investigation, curiosity, and experimentation where the process of creation is integral to the research process. This means that research topics are selected and explore the act of creation, such as the production of a film or video, performance or installation, sound-work (e.g. podcast, sound walking), zine, or multimedia arts/texts.

Special attention will be given to research-creation projects that critically address the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, dis/ability, and other intersecting categories of difference shape our experiences of the world. The course will pair reading-based discussions with examples of research-creation in practice and engage with broader discussions concerning methodology, engaged scholarship, and ethics. To this end, this course will include presentations by scholars and practitioners from in and outside of academia.

By bringing lived experiences to the fore with research-creation in practice, this course aims to highlight the possibilities, as well as the pitfalls of research-creation.

Course leader

Alexandra Greene

Target group

Open to Master’s students, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines.
This course is aimed at Master’s students and PhD candidates with an interest in qualitative research and a desire to merge the critical and the creative. Participants should come prepared to read, discuss, practise, and create.

If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us via

Course aim

At the end of this course, participants will:

• Gain a deeper understanding of the potential possibilities and pitfalls of research-creation.
• Gain a broader perspective on research methods and ways to “go public” with/share research findings.
• Challenge normalised assumptions about how to “do” research.
• Cultivate a critical perspective of academia, academic research, and collaboration.
• Consider the ethical implications of research-creation and how to go about the research-creation process with care and intention.
• Feel inspired to pursue research-creation within their scholarship.
• Be prepared to write either a research-creation proposal or undertake a research-creation project.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 25

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees:
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.