RESEARCH – DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION

Arts In-Between Local/Global Research Group

This research group is interested in creating arts, identities and phenomena in the in-between places of local and global knowledge, practices and ideas. We explore performative, bodily learning practices and research methodologies, performative inquiry, arts-based perspectives and post-human theories. Our aim is to open up the understanding of arts and aesthetics within a global/local educational frame and to investigate how arts-based practices can unlock diversity potentials and creative learning. 

Projects

Becoming a young modern traditional dancer

A research project with young traditional dancers in Malawi that explores how they, as urban cultural actors, experience the tension between traditional arts and a society striving towards modernity. Dr. Sunniva Hovde, Asante Maulidi and Prof. Tone Pernille Østern.

Tradition, democratization and the art of becoming modern

We look at how the performative agents of tradition, music, modern and urban are related in different parts of Malawi, as we produce workshops and democratization processes focusing on artistic expression. At the moment, the project focus is on traditional music and modern society, and on intersectionality and the Malawian popular music scene. Dr. Sunniva Hovde and President of Fama Ezaius Mkandawire.

Decolonial Potentials in Arts-Based Education: Forging Critical Posthumanist Pedagogies

A collaboration with the Decolonial Research Group at NTNU, where we look at how arts-based education can unlock the potential of decolonizing existing pedagogies and pedagogical practices, suggesting posthumanist-oriented and arts-based pedagogies. Dr. Libe Garcia Zarranz and Dr. Sunniva Hovde.

A performative perspective on untamed stories told by artful creative artists in Norway and Malawi

In this project, Malawian and Norwegian artists use stories to share how different performative agents are part of their creative processes. Their research uses posthumanist theoretical approaches to juxtapose the different artists’ untamed stories. Prof. Anna-Lena Østern and Dr. Sunniva Hovde.