FORUM+ for research and arts

FORUM+ is an international peer-reviewed journal for research in the arts. It provides a rich insight into the current state of the art and trends in different fields of artistic research.  


FORUM+ is a journal that showcases peer-reviewed artistic research from various fields in an open access format. It is available both online and in print, and it reflects the dynamic and diverse nature of artistic research, an area of growing importance within higher arts education worldwide.

Our central mission is to facilitate dialogue, bridging the world of artistic research with its broader academic and societal context. We not only offer a platform for sharing artistic research results, but we also aim to stimulate critical reflection on method, process, and motives. With this aspiration, we provide a stage for creative approaches and critical reflections on the continuously evolving landscape of research in the arts.

FORUM+ is primarily aimed at researchers, teachers, and students in Higher Arts Education across artistic disciplines. Simultaneously, it endeavours to make current developments in artistic research more accessible to a wider audience of art enthusiasts. To achieve this, FORUM+ seeks to deliver accessibility in form and content, positioning itself in between an academic and a cultural journal.


Our perspective is very broad and incorporates all artistic disciplines, including the applied arts. The interdisciplinary nature of FORUM+ encourages both discussions within specific disciplines but also the exploration of connections and distinctions between them.

Our journal’s main focus is Artistic Research (AR). This refers to research that emerges from an artistic practice. But our editorial board warmly welcomes contributions that extend beyond this core, engaging in a broader discourse related to AR. We encourage submissions covering a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

+ Reflections on methods and methodology in AR.
+ Explorations of the relationship between theory and practice in AR.
+ Research about the arts when informed by artistic practices.
+ Discussions related to Higher Arts Education.
+ Critical assessments and discussions of AR results, encompassing reviews and other forms of critical engagement.

By embracing this diverse array of subjects, we aim to foster a fruitful dialogue within the field of artistic research, encouraging the development of an artistic research community.

Contributions to FORUM+ are accepted in both Dutch and English and must originate from original research. They are subjected to peer review by the editorial staff and a member of the editorial advisory board with expertise in the relevant field. Partnering with Belgian, Dutch, and international Schools of Arts, the editorial board ensures the quality and relevance of submissions.

In addition to traditional scholarly articles, the editorial board warmly invites a diverse range of contributions, including visual and reflective essays, podcasts, dialogues, and more. Our open dossiers feature articles and contributions centred around specific themes within the realm of artistic research. Through these varied formats, FORUM+ aims to foster and showcase the diverse articulations of artistic research on both a local and international level.


FORUM+ places great importance on inclusivity and welcomes authors, contributors and readers from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. FORUM+ pays specific attention to inclusive language during the editing process. For more information and tips, you can visit this website, for example. In addition, we ask our authors to critically question their bibliography and include a diversity of sources and perspectives: Who is represented? What does the source (not) tell us? Is there a balance between the different voices presented?

The editorial team are continuously looking for ways to increase FORUM+'s (online) accessibility. If you have a suggestion or question, you can let us know at

Frequency and distribution

FORUM+ is published two times a year (April and October) by Amsterdam University Press (AUP) and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (RCA), in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). FORUM+ has a circulation of about 1,300 copies. These are distributed to subscribers and freely availably at our ambassadors.

Publication ethics

Publisher AUP and FORUM+ endorse the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines and will pursue cases of suspected research and publication misconduct (e.g. falsification, unethical experimentation, plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, redundant publication).


FORUM+ is part of the non-profit organisation Folio, which supports the interests of (online) magazines and journals and allows readers to immerse themselves in an enormous range of content from Flemish magazines on literature, art, culture and heritage. See the Folio website for more information.



Open access

FORUM+ is published in Diamond Open Access (DOA) with the following Creative Commons-licence: Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The license allows articles to be downloaded and shared with others, provided that FORUM+ and the author of the article are mentioned, that the article is not altered, and that the work is not used commercially. Articles in this journal have Digital Object Identifiers (DOI’s) that are registered at CrossRef. A DOI is a unique number sequence which identifies a published article.

Reproduction of articles and illustrations is permitted only with the express permission of the publisher.

The editors have made every effort to track down copyright holders and obtain permission. If you think you are entitled to published materials, please send an e-mail to

Editorial office

  • Nele Wynants


  • Assia Bert

    Editorial coordination, photo editor

  • Elisa Seghers

    Editorial coordination, website, communication

  • Julie De Smedt

    Communication adviser

  • Amsterdam University Press

    Final editing

  • Liese Stuer

    Formatting and lay-out

  • Vrints-Kolsteren

    Graphic design

  • Kevin Dendievel

    Web developer

Editorial board

  • Nele Wynants

    University of Antwerp

  • Assia Bert

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

  • Saddie Choua

    Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS Brussels)

  • Timmy De Laet

    University of Antwerp

  • Lotte De Voeght

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Arne De Winde

    Hogeschool PXL Hasselt

  • Henny Dörr

    HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

  • Pascal Gielen

    Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA), University of Antwerp

  • Falk Hübner

    Fontys School of Fine & Performing Arts

  • Bas Rogiers

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Elisa Seghers

    University of Antwerp | Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

  • Klaas Tindemans

    Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS Brussels)

  • Petra Van Brabandt

    Sint Lucas Antwerp

  • Joost Vanmaele

    KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent | Orpheus Institute

  • Kevin Voets

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Advisory board

  • Joachim Ben Yakoub

    Ghent University | Sint Lucas Antwerp

  • Ann Bessemans

    Hogeschool PXL Hasselt

  • Toon Brouwers

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp | Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Anke Coumans

    Minerva Art Academy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

  • Paul Craenen

    Royal Conservatoire The Hague

  • Hilde D’haeyere

    KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent

  • Willem de Wolf

    DE HOE | Royal Conservatoire Antwerp | KASK School of Arts Gent

  • Julie De Smedt

    Freelance communicator

  • Leen Engelen

    LUCA School of Arts | KU Leuven

  • Jaana Erkkilä-Hill

    University of the Arts Helsinki | University of Lapland | SAR

  • Sarah Hendrickx

    Sint Lucas Antwerp

  • Inge Henneman

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Arne Herman

    Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

  • Matthias Heyman

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel | LUCA School of Arts

  • Marijke Hoogenboom

    Zurich University of the Arts

  • Winnie Huang

    Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln | soundinitiative new music ensemble

  • Thijs Lijster

    University of Groningen

  • Johan Pas

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Ahilan Ratnamohan

    Robin vzw

  • Jan Steen

    KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent

  • Staf Vos

    CEMPER, Centre for Music and Performing Arts Heritage