Event details

Date: May 23-24, 2024
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 111, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Registration: Please register for the workshop here. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.


/ Co-creating knowledge[s] / The use of co-creation is well established in multiple research fields, such as design research, participatory action research, and public health research. Epistemologists, however, have not yet considered its potential merits. This workshop explores the opportunities for co-creation in epistemology, and how insights from epistemology can benefit co-creation.  

/ Program / Over the course of this two-day workshop, we bring together a variety of stakeholders. This includes theory-based contributions from philosophers and epistemologists and speakers who reflect on their experiences using co-creation in practice, such as artists, museum professionals, and researchers. The set-up of the workshop creates a space for interdisciplinary and inter-institutional dialogue between academic, artistic, and socially engaged speakers. We will jointly explore two themes: 

/ Knowledge theory and co-creation / The first theme that the workshop addresses is how different conceptions and theories of knowledge can inform and strengthen co-creation. What can we learn from philosophy and epistemology? How can co-creation aid the communication of situated knowledge, and foster understanding across differences in a democratic manner? How can co-creation prevent epistemic injustices, and foster relational humility in sharing knowledge and understanding? 

/ Co-creating knowledges in practice / The second theme of this workshop is inquiring into how co-creation can help to engage with and appreciate diverse and non-verbal types of knowledge and understanding in practice. What can we learn from applying co-creation in different settings, such as art, health care, and societally engaged research? Can co-creation broaden our idea of who is seen as a genuine knower? And can co-creation be applied in epistemology to improve and democratize our (epistemic) lives.


The program includes a mix of keynote presentations, co-creation exercises, panel sessions, and short workshops.


  • Interactive workshop in collaboration with the VU Art Science Gallery 
  • Workshop dinner on Thursday the 23th of May 



  • Dr. Katherine Furman (University of Liverpool) 
  • Prof. Pieter Jan Stappers (TU Delft) 


  • Dr. Natalie Ashton (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 
  • Dr. Karijn Aussems (Amsterdam UMC) 
  • Hester Huitema (Museum Rembrandthuis) 
  • Prof. Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 
  • Elisa Matse (Veldacademie) 
  • Tanja de Rijke (Amsterdam UMC)
  • Femke Awater (Amsterdam Museum)
  • Sofie Dideriksen (TU Delft)
  • More speakers to be announced 

This workshop is financially made possible by a grant from CLUE+, The Interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage and the Abraham Kuyper Centrum at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Organising committee

Iris Lechner, PhD Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Nora Kindermann, PhD Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Merel Talbi, PhD Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,

Charlotte Rulkens, Research Associate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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