roduction, in which scholarly research and artistic activity become inextricably intertwined. Placed at the crossroads of art and academia, in-between thought and sensible apprehension, articulating different artistic practices and disciplines, and giving a central role to processes and materiality, artistic research questions the boundaries between art, philosophy, and science, enabling the exploration and generation of new modes of thought and expression. Crucial in order to grasp artistic research, and how it differentiates itself from other more traditional modes of research on the arts (such as art history, musicology, sociology of art, or aesthetics), is the focus on practice: it is practice-based, practice-led, and practice-driven, being primarily conducted by practitioners. In this sense, artistic research is a specific area of activity where artists actively engage with and participate in discursive formations emanating from their concrete artistic practice.

Fundamentally cross- and transdisciplinary, artistic research nevertheless starts from specific areas of artistic practices, such as music, cinema, painting, design, architecture, poetry, literature, dance, sound studies, and so on. Within a transdisciplinary horizon of thought and practices the Artistic Research series will address these more specific fields from a practical perspective, offering extended primers intended for students, docs and postdocs, but also for early-career researchers, who will find in them methodologies, strategies, and best-practice examples.


The series welcomes proposals for monographs and edited collections—also enhanced by multimedia components (images, videos, sounds)—, which pioneer new practices and methodologies, exposing challenging outputs of artistic research.

Artistic practices are rapidly changing, reflecting the complexity of information and a growing diversity of modes of expression. At the same time, the notion of knowledge itself has been revised, including modes of thought that have been repressed in the past. Moving beyond the separation between "artistic practice" and "academic research," artistic research creatively merges new modes of making art and new ways of thinking.

In face of the growing global community of artist researchers, Rowman & Littlefield International launched a fully dedicated book series on Artistic Research, directed by Paulo de Assis and Lucia D'Errico. This is a NEW CHANNEL for the dissemination of YOUR WORK.

The series welcomes proposals for monographs and edited collections, which pioneer new practices and methodologies, exposing challenging outputs of artistic research.

Series Editors: Paulo de Assis and Lucia D’Errico

Advisory Board:

Barbara Bolt, Professor of Art Theory and Criticism, University of Melbourne (AU)

Christel Stalpaert, Director of the research centre S:PAM, Ghent University (BE)

Claudia Mareis, Professor for Design Theory, Academy of Art and Design Basel (CH)

Corina Caduff, Professor for Literature and Culture Studies, Zurich University of the Arts (CH)

Edward Campbell, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen (UK)

Einar Torfi Einarsson, Professor of Composition, Iceland Academy of the Arts (IS)

Elena Del Rio, Professor of Arts and English and Film Studies, University of Alberta (CA)  

Erin Manning, Professor of Philosophy and Cinema, Concordia University (CA)

Esa Kirkkopelto, Professor of Artistic Research, University of the Arts Helsinki (FI)

jan jagodzisnki, Professor of Education, University of Alberta (CA)

Janae Sholtz, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Alvernia University (US)

Jean-Marc Chouvel, Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (FR)

Julia Kursell, Professor of Musicology, University of Amsterdam (NL)

Laura Cull, Reader in Theatre and Performance, University of Surrey (UK)

Martin Scherzinger, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, Columbia University (US)

Michael Schwab, Editor in Chief of the Journal for Artistic Research (UK)

Mick Wilson, Professor of Artistic Research, University of Gothenburg (SE)  

Zsuzsa Baross, Professor at the Cultural Studies Department, Trent University (CA)

Paulo de Assis:
Lucia D'Errico:

Staff editorial contact: Frankie Mace:

Vol. I

Artistic Research

Charting a Field in Expansion

Edited by Paulo de Assis and Lucia D'Errico


Artistic Research: Charting a Field in Expansion provides a multidisciplinary overview on different discourses and practices, exploring cutting-edge questions from the burgeoning field of artistic research. Intended as a primer on artistic research, it presents diverse perspectives, strategies, methodologies, and concrete examples of research projects situated at the crossroads of art and academia, exposing international work of significant projects from Europe, Asia, Australia, South and North America. The book includes chapters on diverse fields of thought and practice, addressing a common thread of questions and problematics. The comprehensive editors’ introduction offers a much-needed extensive overview of practice-based artistic research in general. This book is ideal for graduate students across philosophy, cultural studies, art, music, performance studies and more.

Contributions by: Jae Emerling, Michael Schwab, Luc Döbereiner, Cecile Malaspina, Darren Jorgensen, David Savat, jan jagodzinski, Marcel Cobussen, Jonathan Impett, Juan Parra Cancino, Murray Fraser, Laura Cull O'Maoilearca, Priska Gisler, Mieko Kanno, Bernard Lanskey, Arno Böhler.

"This work provides a comprehensive overview of how artistic research has established itself as an integral part of today's art world. Its chapters show how, in the 21st century, the flag of avant-garde has moved to the hands of the artist-researchers."

Esa Kirkkopelto, Professor of Artistic Research, Malmö Theatre Academy, Sweden