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On Fiction and Forensics Writing Artistic Research


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for this elective course.


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.   

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.

Course objectives

Please note: this is NOT a course in academic writing, and NOT a course in so-called creative writing. The main aim of this course is to learn to apply strategies in writing to support one’s (artistic) research and practice.


Wednesdays 11.00-14.00h (online/offline below)

March 3rd 2021 (11.00-14.00h) room PB101
March 10th 2021 (11.00-14.00h) online
March 17th 2021 (11.00-14.00h) room PB101
March 24th 2021 (11.00-14.00h) online
March 31 st 2021 (11.00-14.00h) room BP101
April 7th 2021 (11.00-14.00h) online
April 14th 2021 (11.00-14.00h) PB101
April 21st 2021 (11.00-14.00h) online
May 12th (11.00-14.00 & 15.00-18.00) PB101
assesments: May 19th 11.00-14.00 PB111


Address: The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Prinsessegracht 4, 2514 AN The Hague.
Classroom: PB101/PB111 (KABK)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

ECTS credits will be awarded on the basis of this portfolio (with particular attention to the goal text) and the performance in class. 3 EC.

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


Key competencies addressed in this course are: creative ability, capacity for critical reflection, capacity for growth and innovation, communicative ability and contextual awareness.

Students will be evaluated primarily with respect to the following 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).

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.


For KABK students, apply before 15 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 ca register for this course.

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