August 23–28, 2021 

Nida Art Colony (NAC) of Vilnius Academy of Arts
E. A. Jonušo str. 3
LT-93127 Nida

The 6th Nida Doctoral School took place in August 2021 in the remote resort town of Nida, Lithuania.       

The Nida Doctoral School (NDS) comprises an intensive one-week programme for DA and PhD candidates in visual and performing arts, design, architecture and spatial practices, media, as well as the humanities and social sciences. NDS is structured to provide opportunities for doctoral candidates to present, discuss, and share their individual research in a collegial setting with formal and informal discussions, group and individual consultations, and tutoring. Questions and modes of presentation pertinent to the individual research of each participant are the central element of the summer school in Nida. 

The common threads of the 2021 iteration of the course are documentary practices in use today. NDS aims to focus on research that reconsiders the conditions and purpose of documentary practices invested in politics, particularly those that contest existing narratives and consider the impact of recent technological, historical, and political developments and relations.

NDS is eager to bring together researchers working in an expanded field of documentary, with a multifold of formats and developing practices that open up new perspectives and produce new forms and types of what can be considered “a document”: the materialisation of factual information, the providing of records, and the reminding and representation of historical and political connections. This includes practices that propose and establish new conjunctions and correlations, shake up persistent, old issues, and shed light on those that have been repressed in order to capture, convey, construct, and insist on truth.

We are interested to assess in today’s terms the documentary from the viewpoint of its political agency and its role and potential of not only producing new knowledge, but supporting the movements invested in transforming this world towards a more just and liveable one. NDS seeks applications from doctoral candidates who are working with: spatial practices, exemplified through case studies, mapping, or employing materials from established archives; studying cultural processes; investigating material inscriptions, structures, and infrastructures; decoding everyday matters and settled daily procedures.


Nida Doctoral School 2021 includes lectures by invited speakers Deimantas NarkevičiusSarah Owens, and Ines Weizman. In addition to their lectures, they will, together with Mika EloVytautas MichelkevičiusJoanne Morra, and Sofia Pantouvaki, offer individual tutoring consultations to doctoral candidates. Drawn from across the art, architecture, and design sectors, they provide extensive experience of carrying out practice-led research and supporting doctoral students to do likewise.


13 students from seven different academies in Europe participated in the course in Nida:

Anousheh Kehar (Vienna University of Technology)
Oana Nechifor (George Enescu National University of Arts, Bucharest)
Katarina Blomqvist, Ksenia Kaverina (Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki)
Iana Stefanova (University of the Arts London)
Marija Puipaitė, Monika Dirsytė, Jānis Glockneris and Vytautas Gečas (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Leena Kela, Miklos Gaál, Matthew Cowan (University of the Arts Helsinki)
Ujjwal Utkarsh (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
The curator and organiser of NDS 2021 is Egija Inzule, director of NAC of Vilnius Academy of Arts.