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Dean and Pro-Dean

Ingrid Elam, Dean

Ingrid Elam taught Literary Studies at the University of Gothenburg from 1979-1989; her most recent position was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at Malmö University, where, during the last decade, she has also been Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Society and Head of Department at the School of Arts and Communication, in that order.

Ingrid Elam has been a member of different reference groups supporting Swedish literature at the Swedish Arts Council since the 1980s. She has also been a board member and Vice-President of the Chalmers Foundation, and is now President of the Swedish Artists’ Board.

Besides her wide experience in the academic world Ingrid Elam has also been Head of the Cultural Section at three of Sweden’s leading daily newspapers: GT, GP and Dagens Nyheter, from 1998-2000. She regularly appears as a critic on the Swedish television programme ‘Kulturnyheterna’ (Culture News), and for the Swedish newspapers DN and Borås Tidning, as well as being in demand as a discussant and moderator when international authors visit Sweden.

Ingrid Elam was awarded a doctorate in Literary Studies at the University of Gothenburg in 1985 for her dissertation: “ ‘… i kärleken blott hjelte…’ Den romantiska versberättelsen i Sverige 1820-1850” (English translation of title: “…in love alone a hero … Romantic Verse in Sweden from 1820-1850), and from this time on her writing has included a variety of forms, from literary research, critique and essays, and a combination of these. Her essays have included two studies that have gained much attention; these are: Min obetydliga beundran. Om Martina von Schwerin och den första läsaren (Norstedts 2008) (English translation of title: My Trivial Admiration. On Martina von Schwerin and the First Reader) and Jag. En fiktion (Bonniers 2012) (English translation of title: I. A Fiction), which addresses the notion of the ‘I, the first person singular’ in literature, from Sapfo to Knausgård.

She has also been engaged in developing the field of artistic research in Sweden, having been a member of the Working Group for Artistic Research at the Swedish Research Council from 2004-2010.

Ingrid Elam, who has a wide network within the arts, science and media, both in Sweden and abroad, can find her way in the Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Culture – and she is also fluent in English, German and French.

Johannes Landgren, Pro-Dean

Studies at what was then the University College of Music at the University of Gothenburg led to a degree in Church Music, a Choir Master’s diploma and a diploma in Organ, as well as to doctoral studies at what was then the Department of Musicology at the University of Gothenburg. These studies led to a doctorate within the so-called Creative Arts Programme – a doctoral programme that can be regarded as a pioneer in music arts research. This dissertation project took the shape of a dissertation that included text, as well as 3 CD recordings, on the Czech composer Petr Eben and on the subject of improvisation processes in his own music creation/production.

Johannes Landgren has been at the University of Gothenburg since 1980, first as a student and then as a supervisor, researcher and administrator. He continued his research by focusing above all on improvisation strategies and a number of genre studies from a wide variety of different music genres, such as pop, rock, jazz, baroque and contemporary art music. He is a Professor of Organ and Improvisation at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg.

Besides his duties at the University of Gothenburg Johannes Landgren is also a very active freelance musician, where his collaborations with a number of musicians and choirs are the driving force for his music. His music career, which, in certain cases, he has combined with research, has resulted in a number of CD recordings and frequent tours – from California in the west to Siberia in the east. His concert activities and a wish to maintain his roots in artistic performance are central parts of his life, and it is in the tension between artistic practice and the platform the University offers as a place of reflection that he experiences there being a fertile ground for growth for the field of the creative arts in the years to come.

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