like a doctoral school

The CCC Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar lays the foundation for a Doctorate/PhD in art practice. It is part of the CCC Research-Based Master Programme, an interdisciplinary and bilingual (French & English) programme.

Since 2011, it is the extension of the seminar « prospective PhD » (Pro/PhD), inaugurated in 2006-2007.

It is a research unit that has the mission of favouring and supporting new forms of research in situated art practices, at the doctoral and postdoctoral level. The seminar affirms the necessity to introduce cooperation with universities, HES and other institutions in Switzerland and in Europe to develop the best conditions for certification of the research undertaken by its participants and independent researchers.

  • to foreground the research values understood as a powerful instrument of transformation
  • to disseminate the outcomes of the research projects, using diverse media formats such as film, photography, installation, new media and publications
  • to develop a dynamic interface between practice-based research practice, public policy/education and civil society associations, international organisations
  • to generate and share new knowledge with other scholars, national and international academic institutions, NGOs, local community-based organizations and governmental agencies
  • to provide a creative and genuinely transdisciplinary environment for postgraduate research
pre-doctorate/phd seminars topics 2011-2013

emerging issues in law, ethics and economics, the experience of the “common”: micropolitics, democracy unrealized, areas of critical economics, institutional politics

governementality, self governementality, and the care of the self (le souci de soi)
the invention (and the critique) of the institutions; the charts and constitutions giving strength to the State

transitional justice and memory politics in art practice and in the civil society: processes of peacebuilding and reconciliation; the writing of history; the construction of memorials and archives

queer inventions in academic disciplines and daily life; identity micropolitics transformations in gender enunciation; web resources in the cyborg thought; hybrid devices in the interface of citizen

the post-colonial condition, geostrategic reconfigurations the “arts of contact zone”; cosmopolitics; political ecology; the relationships between globalization, citizenship and migration

theoretically-based narrative, narrative in theory alternative history; narrative discourse forms; narrative in film and art; narrative forms of address; communication and dissemination

shifting territorialities of education; forms and formats for transmission: critical education; alternative and/or radical pedagogies; distant learning; research training within networks; the field of subcultures; cross-cultural transfers and interventionist practices

new media and cyberculture; new languages and uses of the web: cyberdocumentary; game culture and advergaming; Internet watch and peer-to-peer network; open source

the production of space, beyond the mega-metropolis, the postures of critical and political artists and actors: urban ecology; housing and farming cooperatives; radical gardening; urban initiatives for new models of the institution; utopian and anarchist thought

devices for exhibiting film, film discourse in performative situations: cine-manifesto; cine-poems; storytelling in augmented reality

the situated research in ecological processes:  political ecology; critical and artistic responses to biospheric degradation; species extinction and climate change; the role of human activities; the energetics of capital accumulation and commodity; the emerging cultures of sustainability

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