Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts

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Since 2009 EAMT has been a member of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA), a joint venture involving four universities (University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Academy of Arts) and has coordinated its activities through 2009–2016. From 2016, the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts will be coordinated by Tallinn University under the leadership of Professor Marek Tamm.

The GSCSA was established to advance the academic level of PhD programmes in studies of culture and the arts in Estonia, and to integrate institutionally and administratively separated researchers of culture.

Between 2016 and 2023 the graduate schools will follow the Institutional Development Programme for Research and Development and Higher Education Institutions (ASTRA).

At the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the graduate school is financed by the ASTRA project EMTASTRA (2014-2020.4.01.16-0043), which is supported by the (European Union) European Regional Development Fund.
The financing period of the graduate school is: 01/01/2016–31/08/2023.

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On June 5, 2023, the seminar “Why is Art Meaningful” will take place within the framework of the Doctoral School of Cultural Sciences and Arts at EAMT organ hall (A404). Additional information.

On June 2-3, 2023, the international conference “30 years of Thalia Germanica.German-language theater abroad from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective” will be held at EAMT (A402). Additional information.

On April 28, 2023, starting at 7 pm, a big gala concert of doctoral students and doctors will take place in the large concert hall of EAMT. Free entrance. Additional information.

On March 14, 2023, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will hold its X conference of doctoral students within the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA). The conference language is English, the event takes place at 11-18, in EMTA (Tatari 13) Organ Hall A-404. Additional information.

February 27-28, 2023, Doctoral School of Cultural Sciences and Arts (KTKDK) seminar Application of autoethnography in creative research (in Estonian), The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, room A211, at 1-5.30 pm. Lecturers: Kristi Kapten (PhD in music), Jaak Sikk (PhD in music). Additional information

February 7-10, 2023, Doctoral seminar Opera as Imagination and Realization 4. Director’s Perspective (in English), The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, room A202 (Joachim Herz’s room) at 2.30-6 pm. Lecturer: opera director Sandra Leupold (Berlin). The seminar takes place within the Doctoral School of Cultural Sciences and Arts. Additional information

January 23-27, 2023 A weekly winter school of KTKDK Doctoral School will take place at Tallinn University. Read more:

November 21-23 2022 Introduction to Artistic [Practice Based] Research. Prof. Ana Sánchez-Colberg. Additional information

February 15 2022 open course “Intervjuu kui uurimismeetod”, Hedi-Liis Toome. Additional information

February 4-April 1 2022 open course „Kuidas kõnetab Adorno uue muusika filosoofia meid täna“. Additional information (in Estonian)

Nov 29-Dec 1 2021 Seminar “Introduction to Artistic Research”. Prof. Ana Sánchez-Colberg. Additional information

October 20-22 2021 Seminar “Opera as Imagination and Realization 3”. Presentations and round tables with Uljas Pulkkis (Helsinki), Tze Yeung Ho, Giovanni Albini (Alessandria/Lugano), Bettina Bartz (Berlin), Linda Gabrielsen (Oslo), Matthias Hermann (Stuttgart), Liis Kolle (Frankfurt). Additional information

October 7-8 2021 “Seminar on artistic action research” by Anu Koskinen (University of Arts, Helsinki). Additional information

April 26-28 2021 the dramaturgy seminar “Dramaturgy as User Experience Design” by Marion Jõepera took place. Additional information

April 23-24 2021 there was an opera seminar “Opera as Imagination and Realization 2”. Additional information

On November 9–10, 2020 a seminar “Writing in artistic (and autoethnographic) research” (Dr Hanna Guttorm, University of Helsinki) took place. Additional information

On December 16–18, 2019 a seminar “Introduction to Artistic Research: Methods and Approaches” (Prof Ana Sánchez-Colberg) took place.

On November 16–17, 2019 a conference “Explaining universe – systems, humans and arts. Dedicated to 100th anniversary of Udo Kasemets” took place. Additional information

On October 18–20, 2019 a seminar “Opera as Imagination and Realization” took place. Additional information

On May 13–14, 2019 a seminar “Interactive Performance” by Prof Paweł Kamiński (Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina, Varssavi, Poola) took place. Additional information

On May 2–3, 2019 an international conference “Urban and Court Culture in the Early Modern Baltic Sea Region” / “Stadt- und Hofkultur im Ostseeraum in der Frühen Neuzeit” took place. Additional information.

On March 4–5, 2019 a seminar “Approaches to artistic research” by Pilvi Porkola took place in Drama School.

On February 18–19, 2019 a seminar on on autoethnography took place, the lecutrer was DocMus Päivi Järviö from Sibelius Academy.

On November 9, 2018 a lecture-performance “Sisenemine sisenemisse” and a round-table took place (in Estonian).

On October 28–November 03, 2018 a symposium of the International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT2018 took place. Additional information

An international conference “Ettekääne. Ruum. Performatiivsest ruumist etenduskunstides” took place on May 4-5, 2018 in collaboration with the Drama School. Additional information (in Estonian).

On April 16-20, 2018 Zenaida des Aubris conducted a seminar series “How to kickstart your professional career”.

A seminar on artistic research for the doctoral students of artistic branch took place on April 15, 2018 (in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Arts).

October 2017  – May 2018 a lecture series “SPACE” (“Ruum”) took place in the Drama School.

A seminar on artistic research for the doctoral students of artistic branch took place on November 18, 2017 (in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Arts).

An academic seminar “Kuidas meist said protestandid: reformatsioonikultuuri levik Eestis“ took place on October 19-20, 2017Additional information (in Estonian).

An academic seminar “Gender and Sexualities in (post)Soviet/ (post)Socialist Music, Theater and Visual Arts”  took place on April 19-20, 2017. Additional information.

A seminar on artistic research and its supervision led by  Peter Dejans, director of Orpheus Institute (Ghent), took place on March 13, 2017, at 16.15. All the Supervisors of doctoral theses were welcome to the seminar. On March, 14, at 10-12, in room C209 Peter Dejans consulted doctoral student of artistic branch. He also took part in discussions at the conference of doctoral students the same day, that started at 14 in the organ hall A404.

The GSCSA conference “Multimedia Composition: Fine Arts and New Technologies” took place on October, 19-20, 2016. The conference was organised in conjunction with the 15th International New Music Festival AFEKT (