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Research & Collaborations

The Öresund Collegium for Artistic Research

The Malmö Theatre Academy has a broad base in the contemporary artistic research environment, both through its post-doctoral researchers and Phd program forming the core of the Öresund Collegium for Artistic Reasearch as well as through the involvement of its teaching staff in various artistic projects. Various national and international collaborations and international network memberships are an incremental part of the Academy´s day to day work, among other resulting in numerous professional Collegium events as well as open lectures for the public hosted by the academy.


Öresund Collegium for Artistic Research

The Öresund Collegium for Artistic Research is based at the Malmö Theatre Academy (Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, THM, Lund University, LU). It combines PhD studies and postdoctoral research related to, or relevant for, performing arts, with a special focus on interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and inter-artistic collaborations.

The collegium provides a space and occasion for actual knowledge formation in a collegial and confidential setting. It aims to develop collaborations with researchers, artists and their respective institutions in the Öresund region. Its point of departure resides in the fertile and versatile artistic and academic culture prevailing in the area: the three academies of the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, the other faculties of Lund University, the neighbouring universities on both sides of the Öresund, as well as a plethora of local artistic, cultural, social and ecological agents. The collegium aims to enrich this landscape with the ideas and initiatives arising from the research in performing arts.

The collegium days, which take place once a month at the facilities of the Inter Arts Centre (, feature research expositions of the postdoctoral projects from both LU and elsewhere, visits from national and international experts, as well as  PhD studies (including the intermediary seminars of the doctoral students and their thesis defences). The collegium addresses practitioners, researchers and students interested in research collaboration. Researchers active in the field of artistic research, or related fields, are welcome to propose contributions.

Besides, the collegium provides tutorial support for the artistic development projects (KU) of the regular staff members of THM, and an arena for their display. 

Meet the Research team (new window, Swedish staff pages)

Mosaic 12 portraits of Malmö Theatre Academy reseearchers. Photo

During its first year, 2020–2021, the focus of the programme is on the research conducted at the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts. From 2021 onwards, we aim to organise regular interdisciplinary study days, where researchers from around the world unite their expertise to discuss and resolve problems arising from, of relevant for, the practice of the performing arts. 

To keep yourself informed about our activities, please send an email to research [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se with a request to receive the collegium newsletter.

The upcoming Program of the Öresund Collegium for Artistic Research is available here:


Further Info & Contact

Esa Kirkkopelto
esa [dot] kirkkopelto [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se

Kent Sjöström
Associate Professor
kent [dot] sjostrom [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se

Sven Bjerstedt
Associate Professor
sven [dot] bjerstedt [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se