FORUM+ for research and arts

FORUM+ is the peer reviewed journal for research and arts in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Aims and scope

The journal explores the latest trends in research in the arts, which is gaining importance in higher arts education in Flanders and the Netherlands. FORUM+ stimulates the dialogue between research in the arts, critical reflection and the social context in which it is established: this way the journal offers a platform for creative approaches and critical reflections on our world.

The arts are deliberately defined in a broad sense: music, drama, dance, (audio-)visual arts. The interdisciplinary profile of FORUM+ offers room for discipline-related issues, but also allows for the exposure of cross-links and differences. The title reflects this intention: the journal wants to be a forum for the exchange of ideas, with a plus.

FORUM+ is primarily aimed at researchers, teachers and students in the field of music, theater, dance, (audio)visual and applied arts, but it also brings current developments of research in the arts to the art-loving public. For this FORUM+ delivers accessibility in form and content, positioning itself in between an academic and a cultural journal.

FORUM+ publishes articles and visual essays in Dutch and English that stem from original research and are peer-reviewed by the editorial staff and a member of the editorial advisory board with specific expertise in this field. The editorial board also welcomes short contributions such as visual essays, podcasts, interviews, reviews and reflective essays. In this way FORUM+ provides a platform for the many ways in which research in the arts is expressed and articulated today.


FORUM+ is published three times a year (autumn, spring, summer) by Amsterdam University Press (AUP) and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (RCA), in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA).

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).



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 material published in this issue, please send an e-mail to

Editorial office

  • Nele Wynants


  • Assia Bert

    Editorial coordination, reviews, advertisements

  • Elisa Seghers

    Editorial coordination, website, communication

  • Liese Stuer

    Formatting and photo editor

  • Lotte De Voeght

    Photo editor and advertisements

  • Kevin Dendievel

    Web developer

  • Toon Vugts

    Final editing

  • Abel Provoost


Editorial board

  • Nele Wynants

    Universiteit Antwerpen

  • Assia Bert

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

  • Timmy De Laet

    Universiteit Antwerpen

  • Julie De Smedt

    Freelance communicator

  • Lotte De Voeght

    Koninklijk Academie voor Schone Kunsten & Conservatorium Antwerpen

  • Arne De Winde

    Hogeschool PXL Hasselt

  • Leen Engelen

    LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven

  • Pascal Gielen

    ARIA, Universiteit Antwerpen

  • Matthias Heyman

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel & LUCA School of Arts

  • Falk Hübner

    Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

  • Zeynep Kubat

    Universiteit Antwerpen, Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center

  • Bas Rogiers

    Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • Elisa Seghers

    University of Antwerp

  • Katharina Smets

    Koninklijk Conservatorium & Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA)

  • Klaas Tindemans

    RITCS, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound, Brussel

  • Petra Van Brabandt

    Sint-Lucas Antwerpen

  • Hanne Van Dyck

    Freelance beeldend kunstenaar

  • Joost Vanmaele

    docARTES & Universiteit Leiden

  • Kevin Voets

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen

Advisory board

  • Ruth Benschop

    Zuyd Hogeschool & Toneelacademie Maastricht

  • Joachim Ben Yakoub

    UGent & Sint Lucas Antwerpen

  • Ann Bessemans

    Hogeschool PXL Hasselt

  • Toon Brouwers

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen & Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • Anke Coumans

    MINERVA art Academie, Hanzehogeschool Groningen

  • Paul Craenen

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag

  • Bert Danckaert

    Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • Willem de Wolf

    De KOE, Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen & KASK Gent

  • Hilde D’haeyere

    KASK School of arts Gent

  • Sarah Hendrickx

    Sint Lucas Antwerpen

  • Inge Henneman

    Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • Arne Herman

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen & Universiteit Antwerpen

  • Marijke Hoogenboom

    Zurich University of the Arts

  • Thijs Lijster

    Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

  • Hanka Otte

    Universiteit Antwerpen & Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

  • Johan Pas

    Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • Loes Rusch

    Universiteit Utrecht

  • Jan Steen

    KASK School of arts Gent

  • Staf Vos

    CEMPER, Centrum voor Muziek- en Podiumerfgoed

  • Stephan Weytjens

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen