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Artistic Research Ethics – research between vulnerability and empowerment

The tightening of the ethical review legislation that has taken place in recent years has evoked concerns and great uncertainty among researchers in many fields. Not least has this been the case in artistic research. What can be subject to research and how? Welcome to a seminar on artistic research and research ethics.


23 November 2023




KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, Osquars backe 5, sal A123.
The seminar is also streamed and can therefore be followed digitally: External link.


Deadline of registration to participate on site is 15 November

Ethical review of research has been extensively debated over the past year. The Swedish ethical review authority and its way of implementing the legislation has been in focus, especially the strict requirement for ethical review of all research regardless of discipline. While the legislation was developed based on medical research on humans, in the Swedish research context it applies to all research "on humans, human tissue or sensitive personal data". Seen in an international perspective, this is unique.

The Swedish Research Council organized a symposium on artistic research ethics already in 2016, which culminated in a yearbook on the theme (2017). Much has happened since then, and there is a great need to draw attention both to ethical questions raised and initiatives being taken in artistic research and in neighboring fields.


09.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Introduction

  • Katja Grillner, Head of Dept, KTH Arkitektur
  • Maria Hellström Reimer, scientific adviser, Swedish Research Council

Session I – Artistic research ethics

10.15 Research Ethics or Ethical Research: Moral tension in artistic research – An interim report on observation study of the assessment process within artistic research

Tobias Olofsson, researcher, Dept of sociology, Lunds University

10.40 Language, ethics, and design research

Martin Avila, designer, researcher and professor of Design, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm

11.05 Ethics review and arts-based research – an administrative perspective

Fredrik Karlsson, Research Ethics Adviser, KTH/Royal College of Technology

11.30 Intertwinements – Ethics in Art and Research

  • Ylva Hofvander–Trulsson, Professor in aesthetic didactics, Stockholm University of the Arts
  • Kristina Hagström–Ståhl, visiting associate professor in Theatre and Performance Studies.

11.55 Panel discussion I

Moderator Cecilia Sjöholm

12.30 Lunch sandwich

Session II: Ethical challenges in practice

13.30 Awareness of “ethical mirroring” within artistic and scientific research projects

  • Eva Bojner Horwitz, professor in music and health and associate professor in social medicin, Royal College of Music, Stockholm

13.45 When Aesthetics becomes Ethics in Academic and Creative Writing

  • Hanna Hallgren, poet and senior lecturer, Linneaus University, Växjö

14.00 Listening with Elephant Ears: Appealing for Care in Ethics Review

  • Hugo Boothby, doctoral candidate in media and communication studies, Malmö University, School of Arts and Communication

14.15 More-than-human ethics and extra- humanities in practice

  • Cecilia Åsberg, Professor Gender, Nature and Culture, Linköping University

14.30 Panel discussion II: Ethical challenges and ethical approval in praxis
Moderator Carl Unander-Scharin

15.00 Coffee

SESSION III: Good Research Practice – how do we best support it?

15.15 Panel discussion II

Moderator Maria Hellström Reimer

  • Karolina Wallenborg Bjelic, senior research officer, Vetenskapsrådet
  • Maria Göransdotter, associate professor, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University
  • Jesper Lundgren, senior lecturer, Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg
  • Pernilla Hagbert, researcher, Dept. of Urban Planning and Environment, KTH/Royal College of Technology



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