Arts In-between Local/Global Research Group

This research group is interested in the becomings of arts, identities and phenomenons in the in-betweens of local/global knowledges, practices and ideas. We are exploring performative, bodily learning practices and research methodologies, performative inquiery, 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. 


Becoming a young modern traditional dancer: A research project with young traditional dancers in Malawi, and 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 as tradition, music, modern and urban are related in different parts of Malawi, as we are producing workshops and democratization-processes focusing on artistic expressions. At the moment my focus here is on traditional music/modern society, and on intersectionality and 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 Decolonial Research Group at NTNU, where we look at how Arts-based Education can unlock the potentials of decolonizing existing pedagogies and pedagogical practices, suggesting posthumanist oriented 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: a project where stories from Malawian and Norwegian artists, about how different performative agents are part of their creative processes. The research is using posthumanist theoretical approaches to juxtaposition the different artists’ untamed stories. Prof. Anna-Lena Østern og Dr. Sunniva Hovde.