The ‘Research in the Arts’ research group chaired by Henk Borgdorff links the research at Bachelor, Master and PhD level in the Royal Conservatoire. The research group initiates, facilitates and promotes permanent or ad hoc research in specific disciplines at each level. By conducting research within the framework of the working group teachers contribute to the Royal Conservatoire’s research culture, which also encourages students to adopt an inquisitive attitude. The research group helps teachers in their supervision of the research of the students and some teachers follow a PhD course themselves.

The research group also arranges for the results of the research to be circulated through lectures, presentations and publications and by organising seminars, and internally by attending and taking part in relevant meetings. The outcomes of research by teachers and students can be found on the website Research Catalogue.

Prof. dr. Henk Borgdorff
Professor Henk Borgdorff has been chairing the Research in the Arts research group since 1 September 2010. Borgdorff’s own research concentrates mainly on the political and theoretical rationale for artistic research. In this type of research the focus is on making art (creating, designing, composing, performing) is central to the research process and the results of the research are themselves works of art and artistic practices (images, compositions, installations, performances, etc.).

In January 2017 Professor Borgdorff was appointed professor and academic director of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, the joint institution of the University of Leiden and the University of the Arts The Hague.

Professor Borgdorff was one of the co-founders in The Hague of the Research Catalogue, an international online multimedia database and platform for archiving and exhibiting artistic research. The Royal Conservatoire uses the Research Catalogue as a platform for the cooperation between Master’s and PhD students and their research coaches and to publish the results of the research carried out by students and teachers. Professor Borgdorff represents The Hague in the Society for Artistic Research, which he helped to establish in March 2010, and serves as editor of the Journal for Artistic Research.

He is a member of the Research Committee of the board of the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, a member of the international Quality Advisory Board of ‘Konstnärliga forskarskolan’ (Sweden’s national school of artistic research) and a member of the Steering Group of TAhTO, the doctorate programme for artistic research in Helsinki, Finland.

Professor Borgdorff is a regular reviewer for various scientific funds and research councils in Europe and is a member of the European Research Council’s expert panel for Cultures and Cultural Productions (Consolidator Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities). Henk Borgdorff is involved in the teaching of the Master’s programme at the Royal Conservatoire and occasionally gives seminars for the docARTES and PhDArts PhD programmes and the Master Artistic Research.

Read more about Henk Borgdorff and his publications in the Research Catalogue



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