Research Projects

Research Projects




ADiE – Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Third cycle provision in Dance and Performance


Funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, 3 years, 20162019


ADiE is a partnership between Uniarts Helsinki, Zodiak and Kiasma (FI), Weld and University of the Arts (SE) and Dance4, Chichester University and Middlesex University (UK).


The Uniarts Helsinki researchers in the project are professor Leena Rouhiainen (Principal Investigator), Dr Kirsi Heimonen and Dr Paula Kramer.


Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Third cycle provision in Dance and Performance (ADiE), will investigate and create a step change in Practice as Research (PaR) inquiries within research level degrees in Dance and Performance. It also seeks to substantiate and enhance the impact of these degrees on the creative industries and even beyond.



ARTSEQUAL – The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality

Funded by the Academy of Finland's Strategic Research Council, 6 years, 2015–2021


The ARTSEQUAL research initiative, coordinated by the University of the Arts Helsinki, examines the arts as public service, with equality as the starting point, and explores how the arts can meet the social challenges of the 2020s. 

The initiative is financed by the Academy of Finland's Strategic Research Council.

This multidisciplinary research project is one of the largest researches of art and art education in Finnish history.


Consortium partners: University of the Arts Helsinki (the coordinator), Foundation for Cultural Policy Research Cupore, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Turku and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.


The initiative consists of 6 research groups. The Arts@School group is led by professor Eeva Anttila, Theatre Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki.



Bodies in War, Bodies in Dance


Funded by the Academy of Finland, 3 years, 1.9.2017–31.8.2020


Researcher Susanna Hast, PhD.


Bodies in war, Bodies in Dance: Rhythm, Performance and Emotions in Finnish Military Training and Capoeira for Refugees

Susanna Hast is interested in finding out if and how capoeira training for refugees can result in 'muscular bonding', and in how social emotions relate to specific collective movement. In the second part of the study she will do fieldwork in the Finland's National Defence University.



How to Do Things with Performance?

Funded by the Academy of Finland, 4 years, 1.9.2016–31.8.2020

Researcher: Annette Arlander (Principal Investigator), Hanna Järvinen, Pilvi Porkola & Tero Nauha

The project asks what can be done with performance - what actualises when a performance takes place, when it is documented, and when it is written about. 

Read more:
Research Catalogue: The project timeline 2016–
Researchers’ blog




The Body and the Other: Lived Impossibilites in Art and Science


Funded by the Kone Foundation, 3 years, 1.1.2018–31.12.2020

Principal researchers: Leena Rouhiainen (Principal Investigator), Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Sami Santanen, Irene Kajo & Teemu Päivinen




Acta Scenica - Teatterin ja Tanssin tutkimusta vuodesta 1995

Acta Scenica is the publication series for all doctoral dissertations published by the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke.


Acta Scenica has been granted permission to use the label for peer-reviewed scholarly publications (peer-review label for short) autumn 2019. This label is intended for academic publishers who wish to bring out the peer-reviewed books and articles they have published. The granting of user rights provides that research papers are subjected to peer-review conducted by at least two independent referees. In addition, publishers commit themselves to the other requirements of use. More about the label on the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies website.


Description of the Peer-Review Process for the Acta Scenica Series
(in Finnish: Acta Scenican vertaisarviointiprosessi)



NIVEL - Artistic Research in the Performing Arts


RUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research


Research Events

Research Events

International Conference on Artistic Research
Society for Artistic Research (SAR) / Uniarts Helsinki: The 8th International Conference on Artistic Research will be held on the 28-29 April, 2017 at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. The Conference is hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki.
The Conference will be followed by the General Assembly of SAR on 30 April 2017.


CARPA − Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts
CARPA is a biennial international colloquium that focuses on performance art and artistic research. The colloquium is organised by the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke) of the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. CARPA6 will be held on 28 August - 31 August 2019.


Symposium on Interspecies Performance 2013
The symposium was organized 16.−17.9.2013 by Performing Arts Research Centre, Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. The theme of the symposium was Renegotiating ”Us”: In Performance with Other Species.