In recent years, more intensely than ever, the importance of cultural openness to the Other, to other spiritual and cultural geographies was revealed to us in terms of artistic research. More than in the past, the mobility of ideas required to be doubled by a mobility of the encounter, of the gaze that meets the gaze of the Other. In everyday life, we often define ourselves through the Other. Similarly, the culture of a nation and, in particular, artistic research in a certain field need to be reflected in the model of the Other, in order to profoundly understand the similarities and differences, the closeness and the distance. Only in this way can we understand, in a reasonable way, who and how we are, what and how we are researching or should be researching.
The official requirements for the internationalization of Doctoral Schools in Romania and, implicitly, of doctoral research, can be interpreted as ambitions or as an obligation specific to “young cultures” (Lucian Blaga’s elegant solution to replace the terminologically inadequate formula “minor cultures”). Beyond this cautious reading of the term “internationalization”, it is much more productive to assume this process under the sign of the intersection, of the encounter, of the openness to what is, at least apparently, different.
How open are our languages in the artistic research conducted by Universities of Arts, whether we talk about the language of music, theatre or visual arts? How willing are we to become familiarized with and recognize our cultural neighborhoods? How do we integrate the experience of meeting the Other in our own research and personal attitudes in relation to art? How much loneliness and how much plurality is there in contemporary artistic research? What particularities do trends and concepts such as “globalization”, “internationalization”, “trans-nationalization”, “regionalization”, etc. bring to artistic research? How much “national feeling” is there and to what extent a sense of belonging to a European model or a universal model exists, deliberately or involuntarily, in our decisions to research certain topics to the detriment of others, to opt for certain methodologies and certain structures of the actual research process?
The international conference Intersections in artistic research: the model of the Other and the culture of mobility, organized by the Doctoral Schools within IOSUD-UNAGE Iași from 3rd to 5th November 2022, aims to provide a framework for reflection on questions such as the above. Our aim is to bring together different international/trans-national experiences of researchers in the arts (professors, PhD students), to learn about practices and models of artistic research from other cultural spaces, to communicate and hope for joint projects of research, in this territory that is so generous in terms of cultural-artistic diversity.