Open Call for Submissions now closed!


APRIA wants your creative research that explores how knowledge is created, shared and used. We welcome research that can be published as text, but also image essays, film and sound contributions.

Information moves faster than ever before. At the same time, how that knowledge is produced is increasingly questioned everywhere from university campuses to newsrooms. Therefore APRIA wants to investigate how knowledge is created, shared and used.

What are the dominant structures and established ways of building and sharing knowledge? And what is not considered? Which narratives are ignored? And which structures and methods of knowledge-sharing are privileged more than others? Who authors meaning and whose wisdom is erased? Who decides upon what counts as knowledge and who gets access to it?

Against the backdrop of fake news, unprecedented social justice movements, etc., it is imperative to strive for ways of sharing knowledge that can accommodate diverse and multifaceted voices. So in the search for what counts as knowledge and who gets access to it, art and design must ask how we can complement existing knowledge and, more importantly, how can we transform existing methods of knowledge production.

Some questions we are interested in actively exploring include:

Which practices of cultivating knowledge exist outside the normative structures of our society?

How can we hold space for differences in ways of knowing and perceiving?

How can educational structures accommodate this multitude of voices? 

What sensibilities, skills and principles do we want to amplify and ground in our collective intelligence? And which structures can we implement to make sure they are preserved for future generations?

How do we account for the unknown that inevitably arises as conditions change?

How can the body, sound/listening and voicing contribute to knowledge sharing, and how do they differ from existing methodologies?

What role do nature, non-institutional knowledge, indigenous knowledge, and/or digital knowledge play in shaping new methods of learning and sharing knowledge?

And how can (art) education be relevant in new ways of knowledge production/preservation?


Some keywords we’re interested in include (but are not limited to):

Fugitive knowledge, oral histories, preserving ancestral knowledge, digital literacy, archiving, non-human wisdom, witchcraft, gossip, epistemicide, material knowledges, amateur knowledge, educational structures/methodologies

What’s in it for You?

Your research (academic, artistic or process-based) will be reviewed by the APRIA platform Advisory Board, professionally edited and published on the APRIA platform. Your piece will be published alongside research by a diverse group of students, artists and researchers, offering you a unique way to draw attention to your work.

Your contribution will be shared in a broad (international) network of researchers in the arts and of the ArtEZ Research Collective. APRIA also facilitates meetups between contributors where you can talk and hear about research subjects and art research in general. 

How to Submit

The deadline for sending your submission to contactapria@artez.nl is 10 January 2022.

All submissions must be accompanied by a filled-in submission form, which you can download below. APRIA offers the possibility to publish your contribution in varied formats. Your research can be published as a text, but also as an image essay, film or sound contribution. If you submit a text, it must consist of a maximum of 5000 words. If you submit your contribution in another format (audio or image), it has to be accompanied by an explanation of at least 50 words and maximum 300 words. We accept written contributions in Dutch or English. Your contribution will be subject to a process of selection and assessment by the Advisory Board members of APRIA platform based on the theme of the call, affiliation with the APRIA statement, and criteria of engagement, accessibility and originality.  

Advisory Board members
Caroline Barmentlo (lecturer at the Theater in Education program), Tabea Nixdorff (alumna MA Werkplaats Typografie), Cassandra Onck (alumna ArtEZ Music Theatre, and researcher at the AeCT professorship), Liza Rinkema Rapuš (student at the Dutch Art Institute at ArtEZ University of the Arts), Hanka van der Voet (senior lecturer at MA Fashion Strategy), Agnieszka Wolodźko (coordinator and lecturer at AKI BIO MATTERs artistic research program), ArtEZ studium generale (chair), ArtEZ Press (publisher)