Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar intends to support sustainable research and young researchers.

The planning horizon of CCC Programme prioritizes strengthening resources to support research projects that amplify researchers’ responsibility and confidence (empowerment). Like crossing a threshold into a new consciousness of “what it means to research”, research in art is conceived as a powerful agent of transformation, intervention, and translation. It is this passage into a different awareness that guarantees the rigorous audacity and the pleasure that are shared in art practice.

With this in mind, the CCC Pre-Doc/PhD Seminar mandates itself to regularly bring together researchers, and to ensure the sustainability and replenishment of art research. It maps the territory for a future doctorate in art practice while also providing a durable space for continuing research that does not have an immediate PhD objective. Access to the development of research has become a priority demand of Alumni and CCC students, aware of the need to prepare for advanced research or for the Doctorate/PhD. The regular sessions ensure the sustainability of the research in art and support junior researchers with the development of their academic career.

The Pre-Doc/PhD Seminar places the focus on detecting convergences between the practices, methods and topics developed by the researchers, to situate the needs as well as to organize a exchange platform to accelerate the research and increase its influence on the scientific community. It provides a forum for discussion of the appropriate methodologies that might inform the conduct of the research via situated art practices in the means of technical reproduction and runs training workshops as well as conference and exhibition opportunities for doctoral candidates to present their work and have it critiqued by their peers. It encourages cross-border collaborative project works. It develops a website with a bulletin board and an archiving section hosting examples of PhD practice both written and practice-based. It seeks to secure support, both within participating institutions and from external funding agencies for the running of symposium and workshops, cross-border curricular exchange and collaborative project work, and scholarship support for doctoral candidates.

Supervisory teams, professors, lecturers and visiting practitioners as well as the participants to the different research clusters are dedicated to supporting each doctorate project as well as to actively participate to the research development.

pre-doctorate/PhD programme

The annual Seminar has six three-day sessions, each addressing a different theme. The sessions include traditional forms of interaction, such as conferences and seminars with researchers, project presentation sessions, advanced laboratories, group projects and long-term funded research. Unpredictability remains a major element of the sessions and contributes to the shared gain and risk. Thus, unprogrammed moments are left for researchers to come together on their own initiative. Mentorships with teachers and guests are also available for advanced researchers.

The six sessions are organized around themes or domains proposed by guest speakers and the research teams. The resources of Critical Theory, from the Frankfurt School as well as from more recent streams, cross the thematic areas and research domains explored by the researchers and doctoral students.

Year 1
The first year proposes a foundation course where the emphasis is on research training. The students are required to attend research methodology and critical and cultural theory.

  • research methodology and writing workshop (36h)
  •  transdisciplinary special topics modules, 6 to 12 lectures-seminar (36h)
  • cross-platform: research complex practice (36h)
  • cluster and individual research (360h).

The research proposal approved by the supervisors is a pre-requisite for entry to Doctoral fieldwork in 2 to 3 years.

Year 2 and 3

  • modules on specific topics (36h)
  • writing workshop (36h)
  • cross-platform: research complex practice (36h)
  • cluster and individual research (600h).

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