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Join us for an evening with Andrea B. Braidt, Vice-Rector for Art Research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and a leading force in establishing a community of artistic research in Austria.

Andrea will talk about the experience of pushing through Austria’s doctorate in the arts amid a complex web of politics, institutional pragmatism and disciplinary domination, and what this implies for Europe. 


Austria has been on the forefront of establishing a strong community in artistic research through its Programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK) funding initiative, which provides €2.4m every year to projects that “develop and explore” the arts. But up until 2015, Austrian law had not provided the means to develop doctoral programmes in the arts. In my presentation I will show how the positions about introducing a doctorate degree in the arts into the Austrian university act have evolved. I will reflect on the ways in which the combination of pragmatisms of science, politics, inter-university collaboration and lobbying for the artistic doctorate worked, and didn’t work, and what all this has to do with a European dimension (a context that Austria at the time of writing this abstract still shares with the UK….).

WSMAD's Professor Jonathan Stockdale will be the respondent for Andrea's talk.


Mag. Dr. Andrea B. Braidt, MLitt, born in 1971 in Ried i. I. (Upper Austria), studied Comparative Literature, Film and Cultural Studies in Innsbruck and England (Lancaster University and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne). Since the late nineties, she has been teaching at Austrian universities, focusing on Gender/Queer Studies, film genres and narratology; she carried out cultural research at the austrian kulturdokumentation. international archive for cultural analysis in Vienna, and held Fellowships at the International Research Center for Cultural Sciences IFK and the Collaborative Research Center for Media and Cultural Communication in Cologne, Germany. She was Visiting Researcher in the USA and Canada, 2003-2004 Visiting Professor at the Gender Studies Department of the Central European University in Budapest, and from 2004 to 2011 Senior Scientist for Film Studies at the Department of Theater, Film and Media Studies (TFM) of the University of Vienna, where she was in charge of teaching, research management and international cooperation. Since October 1, 2011, Andrea B. Braidt has been Vice-Rector for Art | Research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

In June 2011 she was offered an Elise Richter position by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) for her habilitation project "Erregung erzählen. Film-Perspektivierung, Gender, Empathie" ("Narrating Arousal. Film Perspectivation, Gender, Empathy"). Since October 2011, she has held the office of vice chair of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft e.V. (Registered Association for Media Studies), and since November 2012 she has been chairwoman of the Gender Studies Association Austria.

Andrea Braidt is member of the board of representatives of ELIA European League of the Institutes of the Arts, chair of the working group for artistic research at ELIA and vice-chair of the policy committee for research and EEK of “Universities Austria” (uniko).

Jonathan Stockdale is Professor of Music and Associate Dean with overarching responsibility for postgraduate programmes within the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. He has led the development of ground-breaking courses in jazz and popular music in the UK, and held various high level positions in Universities and Colleges in the UK and Australia including Associate Dean at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music. 

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