Research Methods in the arts and culture

Study Day organized by the SUPSI Working Group “Art, Society and Territory”

April 22nd, 2020


The study day on Research Methods in the Arts and Culture will focus on three interdisciplinary research projects developed and conducted by SUPSI Departments and Affiliated Schools. Each project will be presented by the principal investigator and discussed together with an external expert; this will allow participants to expand on the conditions that guarantee epistemological validity and discuss the extent to which they address questions that are relevant to the local communities they are targeting. How difficult is it to adhere to the highest international standards of quality in research and, at the same time, to conduct projects that are deeply rooted in the daily life of local communities? How prepared are we to mediate between the needs of our regional stakeholders and the conditions imposed by the funding agencies?




The SUPSI Working Group “Art, Society and Territory”

The arts constitute a key component of our society and their role extends far beyond our aesthetic experience; they enhance people’s sense of citizenship and social cohesion and are instrumental in promoting economic development and innovation. In the arts, ancient and new wisdoms, traditional craftsmanship and new technologies, creativity and rigorous thinking converge. The Accademia Teatro Dimitri and the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana play a strategic role in the group and, together with the Laboratorio Cultura Visiva – DACD and all other SUPSI’s research units, they support research projects and events focussing on the arts.

The group emphasizes the importance of artistic practice in all its forms and promotes its investigation by considering every relevant methodological approach. Artistic research involves a strong connection with the territory and a careful attention to societal changes; its main topics are:

  • The public promotion of culture and the arts
  • The public access to artistic and cultural products and processes
  • The mediation between different individuals, experiences and cultural backgrounds.

In order to achieve its objectives, the group seeks the collaboration of all the institutional partners present in the territory. A strong link with the associations, museums and cultural institutions working in the region, and a close collaboration with other universities and academic institutions represent a key factor in the promotion of research-related activities that may benefit the territory at regional, national and international level.

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