Abstracts (engl.)


Barbara Bader

Jumping with delay on a moving train

Art Education Research at Universities of the Arts in Switzerland

With this article Barbara Bader takes a look at the art education research field in Switzerland. According to the author this field is less in a state of change but in its initial stage. Starting with an outline of the beginnings of art educational research activities, Bader reflects on the specific situation at the Bern University of the Arts (HBK) and its research projects as well as on the conditions for sustainable research in the field of art education.


Agnieszka Czejkowska and Marianne Sorge (artwork)

Whether we like it or not

Cultural education and research based on external funds

Universities, research and non-profit institutions have their dependence on external funds in common. Agnieszka Czejkowska’s article develops a particular perspective on research and problematises the equalisation of political and cultural education and also social pedagogy in this context. Using the example of «Facing the Differences» at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and University of Graz, the author shows how research projects and activities financed by external funds can produce critical knowledge despite the influences that regulating funding programs can have.


Ute Pinkert

Theatervermittlung [Theatre Education] as Object of Research

According to Ute Pinkert the decisive characteristic of theatre pedagogy at theatres is the connection to the institution theatre. For this specific research area she introduces the term «Theatervermittlung» [Theatre Education]; she presents the current state of research and outlines approaches for potential research projects. Furthermore, referring to Carmen Mörsch, Pinkert draws a line to current discourses of Kunstvermittlung [Gallery Education] and suggests adapting these for the Theatervermittlung [Theatre Education].


Wolfgang Zacharias

Aesthetic Learning in Urban Space – Ongoing Syntheses of Practice and Theory

Wolfgang Zacharias’ contribution shows his interest in aesthetic and urban learning in the context of «Cultural Education 2.0». The text encompasses the experimental educational activities in public places from the 1970s by the group KEKS/paedaction, the subsequent process of reflecting and theorising these practices as well as the recent project «kunstwerkStadt 2011» in Munich which emphasizes the relevance of (urban and virtual) space for learning, education, and research.


Philippe Saner

Studying in Switzerland within the context of the Bologna Process

The article by sociologist Philippe Saner concentrates on the current conditions for studying at Swiss universities. He critically discusses the practices and effects of the so-called «Bologna Process», which has a regulative impact on students, their mentalities and visions and thereby diminishes the chances of students to do research.


Eva Sturm

Methodically Tamed Desire. Teaching through research as laboratory

The progression and outcomes of the seminar «How to Draw Sound. Ästhetische Übersetzungsfragen» [How to Draw Sound. Aesthetic Questions of Translation] (C.v.O. University Oldenburg) were recorded in a research diary, which at the same time worked as a kind of map of an ever continuing rhizome in time and space. Eva Sturm’s idea was to do research by drawing, thinking or listening and translate this into text, which takes research as a greedy-exciting-tamed action of analytical introspection that everybody has to handle with all its difficulties.


Barbara Putz-Plecko

Doing Is Recognizing and Recognizing Is Doing. The Inseparable Interrelation between Theory and Practice

About the development of research and theory in the field of art-, gallery-, and cultural education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

The education of art teachers at the University of Applied Arts Vienna has the aspiration for its students to develop reflexive, artistic, and critical skills, which inevitably change and interleave practices and structures of teaching, learning, and research. To these practices, as the author points out, also belong external funding projects as well as self-organized research initiatives within the university context, that often exceed the scopes of discipline(s) and institution(s).