Introducing the new wave of PD candidates at our third symposium

On June 14th, the Professional Doctorate Arts + Creative program welcomed a vibrant new cohort of seven PD candidates during its third annual symposium hosted at Breda University of Applied Sciences.

At the symposium, each new candidate presented their upcoming projects, which span a fascinating array of topics from climate change adaptation, to exploring dragtivism and queer care, enhancing empathy through digital games, to studying collective vocal practices and the impact of digital community platforms. These presentations highlighted the candidates’ commitment to pushing the boundaries of artistic research and addressing critical contemporary issues.

In an insightful keynote, Liesbet van Zoonen’s provided a historical context of auto-ethnography, deepening the understanding of its application in current practices. The symposium also featured insightful lectures from artists Yin Yin Wong, Quinsy Gario, and Juan Pablo Pacheco Bejarano, who explored the utilization of auto-ethnography in their work, enriching the candidates’ perspectives on artistic methodologies. Concluding with breakout sessions, the event facilitated deeper discussions on auto-ethnography as an artistic research method, sparking engaging conversations among all participants.

We are grateful to all who attended and contributed to the discussions, making it a truly connective and enriching day. Documentation of the day’s program, capturing the discussions and presentations, will soon be available on our website.

For more details on the candidates and their research directions, please visit

Published: 24 June 2024