In recent years, more intensely than ever, the importance of cultural openness to the Other, to other spiritual and cultural geographies was revealed to us in terms of artistic research. More than in the past, the mobility of ideas required be doubled by a mobility of the encounter, of the gaze that meets the gaze of the Other. In everyday life, we often define ourselves through the Other. Similarly, the culture of a nation and, in particular, artistic research in a certain field need to be reflected in the model of the Other, in order to profoundly understand the similarities and differences, the closeness and the distances. Only in this way can we understand, in a reasonable way, who and how we are, what and how we are researching or should be researching.

The official requirements for the internationalization of Doctoral Schools in Romania and, implicitly, for doctoral research, can be interpreted as ambitions or obligations specific to “young cultures” (Lucian Blaga’s elegant solution to replace the terminologically inadequate formula “minor cultures”). Beyond this cautious reading of the term “internationalization”, it is much more fertile to assume this process under the sign of the intersection, of the encounter, of the openness to what is, at least apparently, different for you.

How open are our languages ​​in the artistic research conducted by the Universities of Arts, whether we talk about the language of music, theater or visual arts? How willing are we to become familiarized with and recognize our cultural neighborhoods? How do we integrate the experience of meeting the Other in our own research and personal attitudes in relation to art? How much loneliness and how much plurality is there in contemporary artistic research? What particularities do trends and concepts such as “globalization”, “internationalization”, “trans-nationalization”, “regionalization”, etc. bring to artistic research? How much “national feeling” and to what extent a sense of belonging to a European model or a universal model exists, deliberately or involuntarily, in our decisions to research certain topics to the detriment of others, to opt for certain methodologies and certain structures of the actual  research process?

The international conference Intersections in artistic research: the model of the Other and the culture of mobility, organized by the Doctoral Schools within IOSUD-UNAGE Iași from 3rd to 5th November 2022, aims to provide a framework for reflection on questions such as the above. Our aim is to bring together different international / trans-national experiences of researchers in the artistic field (professors, PhD students), to learn about practices and models of artistic research from other cultural spaces, to communicate and hope for joint projects of research, in this territory that is so generous in terms of cultural-artistic diversity.

The conference organized by peer review systemwill be held at the „George Enescu” National University of Arts Iasi on November 3-5, 2022 in both a physical and online format and will include a plenary session and three sections (Music, Visual Arts, Theater and performing arts). PhD students in Arts, PhD advising professors, professionals in the artistic field in Romania and abroad are invited to participate. Papers can be submitted in English or Romanian. The conference papers, verified through the peer review system, will be published in a bilingual volume (Romanian and English) and BDI indexed.

Participants are invited to observe the following schedule:

  • October 4th, 2022 – deadline for submitting the abstract (300 words) and a short biography (300 words) in English or Romanian;
  • October 18th, 2022 – the result of the abstract’s evaluation will be communicated.
  • November 7th, 2022 – deadline for submitting the full text in Romanian for publication

Except for keynote speakers, the authors of the papers must deliver speeches that are no longer than 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session.

Email addresses for corresponence:

– general information:
– Music section:
– Theater and performing arts section:
– Visual Arts section: conferinta.

The conference is organized within the CNFIS-FDI-2022-0142 project, “DOCTART.INT: Platform for International Collaborations of the Doctoral Schools from UNAGE Iași”.

Scientific board:
Professor Carmen Chelaru, PhD
Professor Laura Vasiliu, PhD
Professor Codrina Ioniță, PhD
Professor Cristian Nae, PhD
Professor Anca Ciobotaru, PhD
Professor Călin Ciobotari, PhD

Director of Doctoral Schools Council from UNAGE Iași
Professor Matei Bejenaru, PhD

The International Conference of Doctoral Schools within “George Enescu” National University of Arts Iași, Romania   

(November 3-5, 2022)

 Intersections in Artistic Research: the Model of the Other and the Culture of Mobility