This PhD course will address questions about being human today and discuss current challenges within art, mental health and education from ethical, political and practical perspectives and within various research fields. An aesthetic angle and the art context will be the particular point of departure.
The course will thematize how existing norms within our practices can be disrupted and propose how other alternatives and possibilities which incorporate aesthetic and democratic concerns.
Education, mental health, and the arts all share a concern for human beings and how they live their lives. Living one’s life, and living it well, has always been a challenge – life never simply happens – but what the particular challenges differs from time to time and from location to location. The phrase ‘the trouble with being human today’, from Zygmunt Bauman seems to capture that living one’s life is a challenge, even more so if, in living one’s life, one tries to be human, and also that ‘our’ present ‘conditions’ may make this into a particular ‘trouble.’
This PhD course will address questions about being human and discuss current challenges within art, mental health and education from a range of perspectives and research fields, with the art context as a point of departure.
The course will engage with interdisciplinary concerns on how both within education and mental health, and even within the arts field, there is a strong pressure to think of being human and societal challenges as a technical problem that in some way can be ‘fixed’ by powerful, research-based interventions. Do we run the risk of turning students and clients and people in general into objects – things to be acted upon, rather than human beings to be acted with?
In this research seminar we welcome PHD candidates from the fields of education, mental health and arts, that have a concern for current challenges within these fields, that are eager to disrupt and challenge the existing norms within our practices and that will try to propose other alternatives and possibilities. We also welcome PhD candidates who share our interest in opening for interdisciplinary perspectives and who are curious about experimenting with formats of education in general and sharing of research in particular.
This year’s course unit will be taught over one semester: a 3 days course program and an essay. The teaching and learning methods will consist of a combination of lectures, group work and presentations based on the lecture topics and the candidates’ own ongoing research work.
Course leaders 2022
Associate Professor Lisbet Skregelid
Associate Professor Dag Øystein Nome
Associate Professor Tore Dag Bøe
How to apply
You have to apply with an application to PhD advisor Astrid Marie Lund Gilje e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Attach documentation that you have been admitted to a PhD program or that you have relevant competence. Deadline to apply is: 15 February 2022
We seek candidates from all three disciplines and will try to balance the number of participants from each field equally.
Course time and location 2022
Date: 3.-5. May. Location: Kristiansand Kunsthall
This first year the PhD course/research seminar will relate to the exhibition Elektrifisert sokkel by the local artist Jan Freuchen in Kristiansand Kunsthall. Here we ask: What might happen to interdisciplinary discussions on contemporary societal challenges when they are explored and debated within an art context?