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Faculty Seminar Series

PARSE seminars

Thursday, February 4, 13:00 - 15:00, Glashuset

Deadline for the 2015 applications in artistic research at VR is March 23. As every year the faculty (and now PARSE) initiates application seminars aiming at strengthening the writing of applications. Those seminars have usually been most fruitful to applicants and other participants. Please send your text no later than January 22 to johan.oberg@gu.se, and we will prepare for someone to intervene as an opponent and discuss your writing and your project.

Friday, February 12, 10:00 - 12:00, Glashuset

”A manifesto for education”
In 2010, Carl Anders Säfström (Södertörn University College) and Gert Biesta (Stirling) published their ”Manifesto for Education”, where they stated that we need to talk ”educationally for education”. This means ”to express an interest in freedom and, more specifically, an interest in the freedom of the other ”, ”… in the tension between ‘what is’ and ‘what is not’”, in ”the place where speech is neither repetition nor self-affirmation but is unique and uniquely new.” Departing from the ’Manifesto’ we will discuss what the preconditions are for talking ’educationally for higher arts education’.

Carl Anders Säfström will introduce the text, which can be found here

Presentation abstract
Education without time - or no time for education

The manifesto for education was written at a time in which a general critique of education in all its forms was massive, both from politics, the general public (media) as well as within academia itself. I will lay bare some reasons for this externally imposed critique, which will also contextualise the second part of the talk. Theoretically the manifesto was written as a response to Jacques Rancière’s critique of what he called “a pedagogized society” and which I will call “the learning society”; the idea that you need a master to explain the world for you, constantly putting you in an underdog position of ‘not knowing for yourself’. The response to this reproduction of hierarchical society through education is starting from the fact that educational thought since the establishment of a “modern discipline of education” been colonised by psychology, to such a degree that it is almost impossible to understand what educational theory without psychology could be or would look like. How can we talk about education if we do not talk about development and or learning of more, better and measurable results? As an example of such an alternative view of education, I will rather discuss the educational relation in terms of ethics starting from Emmanuel Levinas’s first philosophy. In the talk I will argue for an education that see to the freedom of the other as its sole motivation.

Thursday, February 18, 13:00 - 15:00, Glashuset

Application seminar ll
Same as Application seminar I.
Please hand in your texts no later than February 4 to johan.oberg@gu.se

Faculty Seminar Series Autumn 2015: Språk och oförnuft. Konstens kunskap, kunskapens konst

Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 13:00 - 16:00
Venue: Glashuset, Valand Academy (entrance from Chalmersgatan 4)

With Poet Magnus William-Olsson and writer and translator John Swedenmark. Magnus William-Olsson and John Swedenmark have build the innovative education 'Performativ kritik' in Stockholm. In the anthology Språk och oförnuft, Magnus William-Olsson has collected texts on how knowledge of theoretical concepts could take the arts language, traditions and practices as its starting point. During the seminar, chapters by Magnus William-Olsson (Tala med stenar) and John Swedenmark (Skillnad och återkoppling. Element till en språkbeskrivning) from the book will be discussed.

The seminar will be in Swedish.

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