Existing cooperations between the faculty and university and non-university institutions will be used and expanded within the scope of the research activities of the Aesthetic Practice Research Training Group.

The cooperation partners include:

Universities and Art Colleges

  • Graduiertenkolleg 1608 Selbst-Bildungen – Praktiken der Subjektivierung in historischer und interdisziplinärer Perspektive. The DFG Research Training Group “Self-Making – Practices of subjectivation in historical and interdisciplinary perspective” at the University of Oldenburg investigates the subjectifying power of artistic and non-artistic practices and – like the Aesthetic Practice Research Training Group – takes an explicitly praxeological approach, which is, however, extensively focussed on practice theories. There are many points of contact between the research of this group and the Hildesheim Research Training Group.

  • Wenhua University (Chinese Culture University), Taipeh, Taiwan: The research of the Research Centre of Aesthetics based at the Chinese Culture University is very relevant for the Hildesheim Research Training Group. This is particularly true of the research on aesthetic theory and on an East-West comparison of concepts of artistic performance that have been investigated in a spirit of mutual exchange for a while now.

  • Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB), Switzerland: The Bern University of the Arts brings together many different artistic disciplines under one roof and, in its research, it works closely with local, national and international partners from the fields of culture, administration and business. The research of the HKB is carried out in four transdisciplinary core areas (intermediality, interpretation, communication design, art and culture materiality), with research teams composed of academics from the humanities and cultural studies as well as artistic experts. Points of contact for the Aesthetic Practice Research Training Group can be found, for example, in the project “Sprechkünstlerische Tendenzen im zeitgenössischen deutschsprachigen Theater” (“Elocution trends in contemporary German theatre”) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

  • Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), Switzerland: With the Zurich University of the Arts there is a cooperation, in particular, with the Institute for Critical Theory, of which Prof. Dr. Dieter Mersch is the head. The broad spectrum of practice theory research at the Institute on subjects – such as the cross-university project “Practices of Aesthetic Thinking” on ways of thinking in the arts (music, theatre, dance, installations, film etc.), or the SNSF-funded project “Actor and Avatar”, which deals with aspects of and the design of artistic individuals and graphical representations at the interfaces to the processes of acting from an interdisciplinary perspective (philosophy, acting research, neurology) – can be used for an exchange of ideas with the Aesthetic Practice Research Training Group.

Non-university Institutions

  • Festival Theaterformen: In addition to internationally renowned guest performances, cross-genre works, and discussions, the Hanover festival also initiates international productions. From 2019, a joint research project, supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, is planned in which the PhD students attend and analyse the rehearsal processes of international artists. The PhD students can also benefit from the existing workshop programme and the international academy.

  • Münchner Kammerspiele: The Münchner Kammerspiele is a municipal theatre that traditionally presents innovative and avant-garde forms of representation within the framework of a repertory theatre system. The conceptual orientation of the repertoire and the accompanying talks and discussions provide many points of contact with the programme of the Aesthetic Practice Research Training Group. Cooperations in the form of analysis of the rehearsal process by PhD students and joint workshops are planned for the duration of the artistic direction under Matthias Lilienthal (until 2020).

  • Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association: The Research Training Group will collaborate with the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association in research on literary writing processes. This will permit visits to archives and libraries, and enable members to attend the research events of the other institute. Of particular note are, for example, the research by the Research Association within the scope of the project “Writers’ Libraries”, which offers insights into the thought processes and writing practices of writers and scholars, and the project “Modes of Presenting Canonical Works”, which examines the materiality and the presentation of canonical works in words, gestures and performative forms of representation. 

  • Academia Sinica, Taipeh, Taiwan: The cooperation with Academia Sinica (Taipeh, Taiwan), where Fabian Heubel has for many years been pursuing and shaping research on artistic and aesthetic discourse in the Chinese-speaking world, provides unique access to Chinese-language discourse on various areas of aesthetic practice in Taiwan and China. One example is Fabian Heubel’s research on the four classic Confucian arts, which he presented in Hildesheim.

  • Japanisch-deutsches Kulturinstitut, Kyōto, Japan: Ryōsuke Ōhashi, one of Japan’s leading aestheticians and emeritus professor of aesthetics at the University of Osaka, is the head of the Japanese-German Cultural Institute in Kyōto. Ryōsuke Ōhashi not only has a large network of contacts within the traditional Japanese art scene in Kyōto, but is also an expert on theory construction in modern Japanese aesthetics since 1868.The cooperation with the Japanese-German Cultural Institute will enable conferences and workshops to be carried out in Japan.

  • Max Planck Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt am Main: The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics conducts research on the aesthetic experience of people, for example, in everyday situations, based on empirical scientific methods,. The cooperation examines the ways in which the special methodological approaches used at the MPI can benefit the research of the Research Training Group.