1) Transformations in the welfare in the Nordic coutries
In this circle we study current transformations in welfare policies and citizens’ experiences of welfare in the Nordic countries under conditions of economic globalization and financial crisis …
2. Heterologies of the Everyday
This study circle aims to address what is most relevant and unavoidably present for every human being: everyday existence. We analyze the experience of every day in its developments from the post WWII period to the present era.
This is an interdisciplinary project that works at the intersection of cultural studies, philosophy, literary criticism, art criticism, film studies, urban studies, antropology, and human geography.
3. Crisis and Crisis Scenarios: Normativity, Possibilities and Dilemmas
We will indeed focus on the discussion of the causes and interpretations of the crisis.
Here we can briefly examine the following elements or diagnosis of the crisis: 1. The crisis is due to neo-liberal capitalism.
This explanation focuses on the financial breakdown based on the mortgage crisis in the US and the following depression in many countries.
Here, the crisis may be considered as the partial breakdown the global economic system.
4. Psychoanalysis in Our Time
Psychoanalysis as a body of knowledge is currently itself the subject of further interrogation.
We will want to look into its usefulness in the current neo-liberal world. What could for example be the relationship between the violence that sometimes erupts, the unconscious, and culture?
These questions are particularly relevant in the Nordic countries today, post the 2011 shock of the Andre Breivik massacre and newer cases of racism and attempt at terrorism perpetrated by Scandinavian nationalists.
Pop and modernism: the two grand – and apparently antagonistic – cultural currents running through the twentieth century.
Defying the notion: the twain shall never meet, this study circle will examine pop and modernism, not as two opposing attitudes towards life and culture, but as the aesthetic negotiation of the century.
Not pop-modernism – the popularization of modernism; neither as pop-modernism – a modernist or avant-garde approach to pop; but as popmodernism.
7. Crossing Contexts: interventions through artistic research
This study circle deals with collaboration and cross-fertilization of methodologies with an emphasis on interventions.
Intervention reflects the need to explore cultures of collaboration that question the politics of research.
We aim to accomplish this by providing a space for theoretical and artistic experimentation and to share and develop methodological insights that will be incorporated into further research.