'Theory is like the oxygen of art practice and is inextricably linked to all the arts.'
The Theory in the Arts professorship is an ArtEZ-wide professorship that examines the role and importance of theory in the arts and arts education. The professorship is developing into a multidisciplinary work place theory where research is conducted into theory in all artistic disciplines. Theory is not an autonomous discipline but is always effective in practice and forms and informs the artistic practice from within. Above all, theory links disciplines so that an exchange of ideas can ensue.
Professor Peter Sonderen is an art historian and aesthetician. He received his doctorate in 2000 from the University of Amsterdam based on a study of the creation of the foundations of our modern concept of art. Sonderen lectured in Art History of the Modern Era at the University of Amsterdam and was director of AKI, ArtEZ in Enschede. As a professor, he is actively involved in international networks of arts education (including AIAS) and the National Organisation of Art Professors (LOK).