Summerschool: Disability Studies and Arts-Based Research

From 2 to 16 July 2016 (courses start Monday 4 July 2016) the Summerschool course "Disability Studies and Arts-Based Research: an Exciting Partnership?" will be held. 

Course content

What can the arts teach us about disability? And how can the arts themselves be informed by disabilities? By building a bridge between Disability Studies and the creative sector, this unique course provides new opportunities to investigate the interpretation of “disability” as a lived experience and so perhaps answer fundamental questions about “normality” and what it means to “be human” – with or without a disability. 

Whilst we introduce some of the important authors in this field through a study of the basic literature, the primary thrust of the course is experiential. Working with artists and arts-based researchers, you are introduced to – and engage with – visual arts, dance, music and poetry projects that serve as sources to find out more about disability as a provocative phenomenon in confrontation with so-called “normality”. Through these active partnerships, you also explore the subtleties and pitfalls of arts-based research. As the course unfolds, you work in compact groups on your own small artistic projects, drawing upon the theoretical foundations, methodological insights and real-life experiences you are acquiring. 

A vibrant, open and multicultural city with the arts in its DNA, from the classic Dutch Masters to the modern anarchistic avant-garde, Amsterdam is the perfect place to re-examine cultural and social phenomena from challenging new perspectives. This is exactly what you do on this course, organized by the VU in partnership with the NGO Disability Studies in the Netherlands.

Who Should Join This Course?

Students of both the arts and sciences, from fields as diverse as Sociology, Social Policy, Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Medical Humanities, History, Arts, Social Geography and Language Studies, as well as those with personal experience of disability (reasonable accommodations will be provided as required).

Course Information

Course level: Advanced Bachelor/Master/PhD
Lecturers: Prof. Geert Van Hove, Dr. Alice Schippers, Dr. Minne Bakker en Sofie Sergeant
Contact hours: 50 (3 ECTS)

Tuition Fee

Tuition fee: € 1.150

Included in the tuition fee are:

  • Airport pick-up service
  • Orientation programme
  • Course excursions
  • On-site support
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Transcript of records after completion of the course

Discounts and Scholarships

Apply before 1 March and receive €100 early bird discount. Students from partner universities get €250 discount. The Amsterdam Summer School offers 10 scholarships of a full tuition fee waiver of one course.

More information

More information about the course and how to apply can be found at this website.