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On Fiction and Forensics Writing Artistic Research


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for this course.

For whom:
For 2nd, 3rd an 4th year BA students of the KABK and Leiden University and MA students of KABK.
Max. 12 students.


Can we write about our art (a paper, thesis, essay, etcetera), merging artistic insight and theoretical
reference, in an imaginative way? Can ‘fiction’ serve as a tool for formal inquiry? Can ‘theory’ be treated as a
friend? The course On Fiction and Forensics raises questions about the conventions in critical writing and
proposes new spaces to experiment with referencing, to the use of footnotes, and to the application of
fictional elements. Thus it aims to broaden and brighten up the practice of writing artistic research.

Course objectives

The program will guide you towards the production of an end text – tailor-made type and size – that serves
as, and results in a textual experiment in line with your current artistic research issues. If time / budget
allows, we may consider a publication of some sort.


Wednesdays, 09:30-15:30

The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Additional information

No laptops allowed in the class room. Students should bring pens, pencils, and enough paper to enjoy a lot of hand writing in class.

Assessment method


Competencies to be addressed

  • Creative ability

  • Capacity for critical reflection

  • Capacity for growth and innovation

  • Communicative ability

  • Contextual awareness


Assessment criteria:

Presence: passive ---> active
Participation: negative ---> positive
Critical reflection: weak ---> strong
Conceptual research: shallow ---> thorough
Execution: simple ---> enriched
Presentation: anonymous ---> expressive

Reading list

Paul Magee, ‘Alternative futures for the creative writing doctorate (by way of the past)’, in: TEXT: Journal of writing and writing courses Vol. 24, No. 1 (April 2020), pp. 1-21

Anthony Grafton, The Footnote, a Curious History, Cambridge (US), 1997, pp. 1-33: Chapter 1: ‘Footnotes, The Origin of a Species’.

Ursula LeGuin, 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction' (1988) in: Cheryll Glotfely and Harold Fromm (eds.), The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literacy Ecology, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996, pp. 149-154.

Jon K. Shaw and Theo Reeves-Evison, eds., Fiction as Method, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017: pp. 6-71 (Introduction).


There are no admission requirements for this elective course.

For KABK students: Apply between 10 and 12 February 2021 by registering for the course in OSIRIS.

For Leiden University students: Apply before 3 February 2021 by registering for the course on uSiS.

12 students can register for this course.

The course will be in English.

For questions Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at
The course will be in English, please bring a laptop with USB connection.

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs


For questions about the courses in the Art Research Programme, please contact Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at


About the lecturer
After a career as creative producer in the film industry, Rasker (Málaga, 1965) turned her ambition to writing: essayism, journalism, theatre, scenario. With her prize-winning debut Unknown Destination (2000) she made her entrance in the world of literature. Her work is published in the United States, Spain, Russia, Germany, Hungaria and Turkey. In 2012 she completed her Master in Artistic Research (Universiteit van Amsterdam). The thesis, on the position of the author after publication of the work, was appreciated with cum laude. As lecturer at the Master Artistic Research in and through Cinema in Amsterdam, and other MA and BA art institutes, she designs and teaches courses on writing and (artistic) research, on the transformation of the autobiography, and on the notion of ‘the beginning’ in art production and research. She was Research Coordinator for the School of Media at the University of the Arts Utrecht from 2014-2017.