The Theory Platform The Theory Platform is an academy-wide platform for bringing about educational innovation. At bimonthly meetings chaired by the Lectorate Art Theory and Practice (Prof. Dr. Anke Haarmann) an ongoing dialogue is facilitated about teaching methods, forms of collaboration between theory tutors and practice tutors, the meaning of research, its relationship with artistic practice, thesis requirements, quality criteria, et cetera. These bimonthly meetings constitute an environment in which critical (self)reflection and experiment can thrive and different viewpoints and experiences can be exchanged and measured up against one another. For instance: educational innovation, policy advice, new structures and fields for theory teaching and research, guidelines for examinations and theses, exchanging and development for teaching research and theory in all BA and MA programmes.

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Theory Platform Meetings

Meetings that take place 4 times per year. The meetings are in English.

Dear KABK research and theory teachers (in BCC),

We hope you had a good summer break and start of the new academic year. Every year we organize four Theory Platform Meetings (TPM), you can find the dates listed at the bottom of this email. This email is an invitation to the first meeting on Tuesday 4 October, 2022, 16.00-18.00h at the KABK Gipsenzaal. Drinks and snacks will be served at this first meeting. For preparation and agenda, see meeting details below.

Theorie Platform Meeting #1 Kick off

October 4, 2021, 16.00-18.00h at KABK Gipsenzaal

Online link ‘join’ link in our MS Teams channel


- Sign up for one of the Workgroups on this list: TPM Workgroup list

- Plan a meeting with your workgroup and present your workplan for the next TMP meeting (15.min. presentation)

(For online meetings: in your MS Teams channel you can click the video call icon to ‘Meet now’ you ca also make notes and share documents in your channel)


  1. 16.00-16.15: Introduction by Anke Haarmann and introduction new theory teachers
  2. 16.15-17.30: Update TPM Work Groups and discussing next steps (15 min. per Workgroup):
  3. 17.30-18.00: Drinks, round of exchange, including theme proposals 2022/2023

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Theory Platform Workgroups

The Theory Platform currently facilitates 5 workgroups.

Mission statement:

Workgroup ‘Thesis Criteria and Referencing’November 2021[Ernie Mellegers, CarlJohan Hogberg, Anne Hoogewoning]The mission of our workgroup is to develop a framework for the evaluation of graduate theses for BA/MA level that does justice to the student's efforts while/when sharing/communicating their research in a written text. For tutors, this framework should function as a reliable tool to assess the thesis and decide whether a student has passed or not. For external critics, such as the members of the thesis-award-jury, it should provide insight in the shared expectations of commonality that align with KABK’s policy on artistic research. Moving outward in this expanding circle from the student to the professional field, expectations on the requirements of a thesis may differ and might even have conflicting purposes. Rather than implementing robust criteria, the framework will suggest attention points that ideally allow tutors to deviate from given standards to support the independence and individuality of the students’ abilities and vary by discipline. We highly value the individual expressiveness of students within the shared concept of writing a thesis. As such, we regard each thesis as a unique body of work and be appreciated in its own right. In line with this, the possibility of a thesis in a non-written form could and should be brought up -for further discussion and investigation. The ultimate goal of the recommended framework is that it inherently increases the quality of the theses on both the BA and MA levels, without limiting the students’ experiment and exploration of the thesis as a concept.

Mission statement:

The University of the Arts (KABK & KC) is an institutional member and founder of the international Research Catalogue. The Research Catalogue is an open source, online, collaborative workspace for the archiving, designing and publishing of research in the fields of (performing) art, design and music. With the aim of displaying and documenting the practice in a manner that respects artistic modes of presentation, the RC allows the weaving together of text, images, files, audio and video material.

The RC is already being used extensively by teachers and students of the Royal Conservatoire (KC) and the Academy of the Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of the University of Leiden.

In the coming period, the KABK will use the Research Catalogue more extensively. We will start by using the RC for archiving all KABK theses and sharing them internally on the KABK portal. Up until now all thesis archiving was physical and difficult to access for students and teachers.

We would also like to stimulate RC use for other purposes, like public publishing of digital artistic work and texts, thesis supervision and as an online educational collaboration tool.

Portal link:


Mission Statement:

Mission statement:

At a time, when the arts are under attack from different sides, how can the academy be and remain an image-defining and guiding factor in the artistic and social discourse? What role is reserved for notions of critical autonomy versus (political) engagement? Within this work group, we aim to draft a position paper, evaluating the role of the contemporary academy and clarifying the role theory education can and should play in it.

We are interested in developing and sharing experiences with various didactical work forms. We re curious about how you design your classes and formulate specific exercises. I am convinced we should share experiences & knowledge more since it can be so beneficial & inspirational.

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