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).


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

Editorial office

  • Nele Wynants


  • Assia Bert

    Editorial coordination, reviews, advertisements, photo editor

  • Elisa Seghers

    Editorial coordination, website, communication

  • Liese Stuer

    Formatting and grafic design

  • Amsterdam University Press

    Final editing

  • Kevin Dendievel

    Web developer

  • Abel Provoost


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

  • Julie De Smedt

    Freelance communicator

  • Lotte De Voeght

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp | Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

  • Arne De Winde

    Hogeschool PXL Hasselt

  • Henny Dörr

    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

  • Zeynep Kubat

    Independent curator and editor

  • Ahilan Ratnamohan

    Robin vzw

  • Bas Rogiers

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Elisa Seghers

    University of Antwerp

  • Katharina Smets

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp | Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA)

  • Klaas Tindemans

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

  • Petra Van Brabandt

    Sint Lucas Antwerp

  • Joost Vanmaele

    docARTES | Leiden University

  • Kevin Voets

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Advisory board

  • Ruth Benschop

    Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Toneelacademie Maastricht

  • Joachim Ben Yakoub

    UGent | Sint Lucas Antwerp

  • Ann Bessemans

    Hogeschool PXL Hasselt

  • Toon Brouwers

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen & Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • Anke Coumans

    Minerva Art Academy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

  • Paul Craenen

    Royal Conservatoire The Hague

  • Bert Danckaert

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Willem de Wolf

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

  • Hilde D’haeyere

    KASK School of Arts Gent

  • Leen Engelen

    LUCA School of Arts | KU Leuven

  • 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

  • Thijs Lijster

    University of Groningen

  • Hanka Otte

    University of Antwerp | Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • Johan Pas

    Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Loes Rusch

    Utrecht University

  • Jan Steen

    KASK School of Arts Gent

  • Staf Vos

    CEMPER, Centre for Music and Performing Arts Heritage

  • Stephan Weytjens

    Royal Conservatoire Antwerp