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New bonds between the University of Gothenburg and Arizona State University

News: Jan 04, 2019

Professor Kajsa G. Eriksson is an Artist and Professor in Visual Art with specialization in Forms of Visual Art at the Art Teachers Program at the Academy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. During autumn 2019 she will teach at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University in the United States.

The exchange takes place through the academic scholarship program, Teaching Sabbatical, at the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT). The purpose is to establish international contacts and contribute to the internationalization of HDK.

Internationalization of the art teacher education is a driving force for Kajsa and one of the reasons why she applied for STINT's Teaching Sabbatical programme. Another reason is her interest in diversity and inclusion in higher education.

- Teaching at universities in the US gives me the opportunity to learn how to adapt higher education for heterogeneous groups and international students. The education history in America is complex, so it will be great to have the opportunity to experience Arizona State University from the inside, and even be part of the academic work, says Kajsa.

In addition to internationalization, collaboration between academia and society is something Kajsa actively works for. Her teaching, artistic work and research relate to and in many cases are conducted in public spaces where different actors from society meet. A requirement for being able to work with public spaces is a good collaboration between the actors concerned.

- I believe that the power of art can add a lot to unexpected places in communities. In the USA, there are several examples of working with art in an interesting way in connection with social development. The universities often have an important role in this work, and I hope to take part of it and bring some of this back to HDK, says Kajsa.

Kajsa will move to Phoenix, Arizona, with her family and work there from August to December 2019.


Read more about Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and STINT's Teaching Sabbatical Program 

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