About the presenters

In alphabetical order


Dimen Abdulla, playwright trained at Biskops Arnö, The Royal Institue of Art (2013) and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (2017).

Her debut, On all 4, was selected for Scenkonstbiennalen, Sweden’s performing arts biennial, in 2015. In the same year, she was named playwright in residence at Swedish Radio Drama; during her residency she wrote Self portrait – a lullaby, as well as The Giraffe. In 2016 Revolution was selected for BiBU, the performing arts biennial for children and youth. Other previous works are Nomnomnom, X, and The Knife. Dimen is currently writing an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona for Stockholm City Theatre and the Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Kleo Allinger, high school teacher from Gothenburg and active in the Swedish autonomous socialist organisation Allt åt Alla and also active in a local revolutionary autonomous queer initiative.

With an academic background in Pedagogics, Architecture and Engineering, they has also lived and been politically active in Malmö for several years.

Ahmed Ansari, doctoral candidate in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

His research interests intersect at the junction between design, cultural theory, and the philosophy of technology. He is also a member of the Decolonizing Design platform, and does decolonial critiques of contemporary design discourse and practice, as well as exploring non-western histories and philosophies of technology through his work. He also teaches seminar courses in systems thinking, critical and cultural theory, and philosophy of technology at Carnegie Mellon University.

Malin Axelsson, artistic director of Swedish Radio Drama

She is a playwright, author and director living in Stockholm. She was previously the artistic director of ung scen/öst (2009-2015). Malin graduated from the Swedish University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in 2002. Selected works include ”Parmiddagen” (“The Dinner Party”, radio drama series, showrunner and director, 2016), ”Anropa” (novel, 2015), “Rose Rose Rose” (co-author and director, 2014), and “Jösses flickor – Återkomsten” / ”Stålflikkan” (adaptation, manuscript and lyrics, 2006). Malin’s works have been translated into German, French, English, Italian, Romanian and Norwegian. She is the recipient of the Mare Kandre Award (2016) and the Henning Mankell Scholarship (2008).

David Ayala-Alfonso, artist, curator, and researcher working between Los Angeles and Bogota.

He is part of the editorial teams of the Journal of Visual Culture, Cultural Anthropology and {{em_rgencia}. Ayala-Alfonso has published books and articles on interface theory, art history, performance, critical urbanism and artistic interventions in the public realm. His work has been featured in exhibitions that include South London Gallery, Harvard University, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Concordia University, Columbia College in Chicago, Casa de Moneda in Chile, and Banco de la Republica of Colombia in Bogota. He has recently been awarded the Fulbright Grant, the Award for Publications in the Arts of the City of Bogota, the AICAD Teaching Fellowship and the ICI-Dedalus Award for Curatorial Research. Ayala-Alfonso holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; a Specialization in Art Education from the National University of Colombia, and different curatorial residencies in Europe, the United States and Colombia.


Zahra Bayati, senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of education, communication and learning, University of Gothenburg

She holds a PhD in pedagogy and her research addresses exclusion and inclusion in relation to education and educational systems from a postcolonial perspective, particular in terms of critical race theory and whiteness studies.

Henric Benesch, architect, designer and researcher at HDK, Academy of Design and Craft, University of Gothenburg

His approach is primarily spatial, discursive and critical, where he has a broad interest in intersectional aspects of transdisciplinary knowledge production, particularly in terms of its formats and processes, as staged, embodied and actualised within research, education, design practice and urban development. He is one of the coordinators for the research cluster Curating-the-City within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS). Recent scholarly and editorial contributions includes Heritage-as-Commons – Common(s)-as-Heritage (2015), PARSE Issue 5 on Management (2017) and a Special Issue of Co-Design: Co-Design and the Public Realm (2017).

Erling Björgvinsson, PARSE Professor of Design at the Academy of Design and Crafts, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg.

A central topic of his research is participatory politics in design and art, in particular in relation to urban spaces and the interaction between public institutions and citizens. He currently heads the art- and design-led research project “City Fables” that focuses on the relationship between urban space, narratives and counter narratives.,

Klara Björk lecturer and head of the film department at Akademin Valand, Göteborgs universitet.

Klara Björk´s interest lies within the field of cultivation and politics and how the camera as a tool can be the used as a way of consciousness raising in image literacy. She is active as a producer and partner in the production company Filmkreatörerna, established 1996. The filmography as producer consists of features, documentaries and installations with both national and international distribution. She was a member of the board at the director’s association 2003-2004 and in the first board of Swedish WIFT (Women in Film and Television). She is educated at EAVE (European Audio Visuell Entrepreneur) and at Filmhögskolan at Göteborg University. In 2016, as part of the Children film school, she received the Gullspira prize at the Swedish film awards (with Linda Sternö and Kalle Boman).

Jason E. Bowman, artist with a curatorial practice, Fine Art Programme Leader at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg

Jason E. Bowman is  is currently a recipient of a Swedish Research Council grant to implement Stretched a four-year long inquiry that seeks to contribute new knowledge on how artist-organisation may influence the field of exhibition and curatorial studies and practices co-researched with Drs. Mick Wilson and Julie Crawshaw and coordinated by Kjell Caminha. In 2017 he curated In Case There’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes at London’s Raven Row. A further exhibition will take place with Baltic Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK) in Spring 2018 and in December 2018 at the Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow, UK). His work as an editor has included commissioning and editing writings by: Georges Didi-Huberman, Doreen Massey, Andrea Phillips, Jacques Rancière, Jacqueline Rose and Annika Wik.

Victoria Brattström, Theatre Director/Actor, PhD Candidate at the Academy of Music and Drama and Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care, GPCC University of Gothenburg

Victoria Brattström is a Swedish Theatre Director and Actor. Her broad experience as director ranges from community theatre productions to modern musicals. She has directed outdoor performances with circus acrobats, choirs and dancers as well as small intimate chamber plays for Swedish Radio and Television. Since 2000 Victoria has regularly been invited as a guest teacher at the Academy of Music and Drama University of Gothenburg acting and music theatre programs. She is currently accomplishing her PhD studies in a collaborative project between the Academy of Music and Drama, and University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care. The project is titled: Playing oneself as if another – Acting and directing strategies as practical approaches in person-centred health care  Publications: Brattström, V. (2015). Playing the ‘Magic If’: A theatre director’s perspective on intervening. Artistic Interventions in Organizations: Research, Theory and Practice,. J. W. U J Sköldberg, AB Antal, Routledge.


Finn Chung

Teresa Cisneros, curatorial fellow at The Showroom, Chicana (Mexican-American) cultural producer, curator, educator and administrator, based in London.

Cisneros has worked with Iniva, Tate Modern, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Nottingham Contemporary and at the Wellcome Collection, as well as co-developed the collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable. She co-founded the independent curatorial collective Agency for Agency in 2015. Cisneros’ projects and work explore the politics of identity, history and contemporary art practices.

Cooking Sections, (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a London-based independent duo of spatial practitioners.

They explore the systems that organise the world through food. Using installation, performance and mapping, their research-based practice operates within the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. They have performed and exhibited internationally: the US Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; The Politics of Food programme at Delfina Foundation, London; Victoria and Albert Museum; Glasgow International; CCA, Glasgow; De Appel, Amsterdam; dOCUMENTA(13); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; HNI, Rotterdam; Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde; CA2M, Madrid; Atlas Arts, Skye; CCA Montreal; and Sharjah Biennial among others. Their writing has been published in Sternberg Press, Lars Müller, Volume Magazine, The Avery Review, and The Forager. In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop to speculate on selling the remains of the British Empire in London today. A book about the project will published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City (2017). They lecture regularly at international institutions and lead a studio course at the Royal College of Art, London, critically investigating the financialisation of the environment. www.cooking-sections.comwww.empireremains.net

Darla Crispin, pianist, Professor and Vice Rector for Research, Director of Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research, NMH, Norwegian Academy of Music


Helena Dahlberg, senior lecturer in qualitative methodology in health care sciences, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Helena Dahlberg is originally a philosopher with a PhD in history of ideas. Her dissertation What is flesh? The body and human being in the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty explores the phenomenology of the body and the concept of flesh in Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. Her research focuses on mainly three areas: the phenomenology of the body and flesh; the lived body in illness and health as well as the development of qualitative methodology in empirical research. She is the co-author of Reflective Lifeworld Research and the editor of a forthcoming anthology on phenomenology in the health sciences and pedagogy in the Scandinavian countries. She is also a Feldenkrais practitioner, dancer and yoga teacher with profound knowledge in body awareness training.

Lory Janelle Dance, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the UNL, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Visiting Senior Researcher, Lund University

She currently serves as the associate director of Ethnic Studies. Dance received her PhD from Harvard University (1995). Her most recent publications include “Performativity Pressures at Urban Schools in Sweden and New York” in Ethnography and Education in 2014 and “More Like Jazz Than Classical: Reciprocal Interactions Among Educational Researchers and Respondents” in Harvard Educational Review in 2010. Dance is currently completing a book titled Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, and Urban Change in Sweden and the US. From 2011 to 2014, Dance served as the co-director for strategic research for “The Middle East in the Contemporary World”, a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council and housed at Lund University’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies. During the spring of 2010, Dance was awarded a fellowship from Lund University in honour of Hedda Andersson, the first female student to receive a degree from LU.


Ewa Einhorn is an visual artist and filmmaker, currently based in Malmö and Berlin

Ewa Einhorn is working with animation, satirical drawing and documentary film. She has worked as visiting lecturer at Art Academies in Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Einhorn received her BA from Vienna Art Academy, MA from Malmö Art Academy and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in NY.

Ingrid Elam, Dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg and Chair of PARSE

Ingrid Elam is a Swedish writer and critic. She holds a PhD in Comparative literature since 1985. Between 1989 and 2000 she was the cultural editor of the Swedish newspapers iDAG, Göteborgs-Posten and Dagens Nyheter. 2003-2012 she was employed at Malmö University, where, among other positions, she acted as the Dean of The School of Art and Communication.


Maryam Fanni, graphic designer

Graduated from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 2013 and has since been running her own design studio focusing on printed matter and book design for cultural and non-profit clients, as well as doing research-based collective artistic practices. Maryam Fanni is a co-founder and member of collectives Söderorts Institut För Andra Visioner (SIFAV) working on issues around the city and commons, and MMS, a collective of graphic designers working on issues around design history-writing from a feminist perspective, both since 2012. She has tutored and/or lectured at Konstfack, Beckmans College of Design, HDK School of Design and Crafts, Linnaeus University, Stockholm University of the Arts and the Royal Institute of Art.

Daniel Fernández Pascual, see Cooking Sections, above.

Anja Karlsson Franck, holds a PhD in economic geography and currently works as a senior lecturer at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

In her research, Anja has taken a particular interest in how people maneuver and navigate social, legal and spatial borders. Her work has mostly centered around gender and migration issues in Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Myanmar, but more recently also in the European context. In her ongoing research project she examines the relationship between the securitization of migration and the role and proliferation of informal and corrupt practices in relation to internal and external border controls, drawing on empirical work from Greece and Malaysia.


Ellie Ga, artist, researcher, Royal Academy of Arts Stockholm

Her work is inspired by the indeterminacy of exploration and the human desire to contact and chart the unknown. Her layered narratives often take the form of video installations and performances – part observational essay, part poetic inquiry, part fragmentary storytelling. Ga’s projects unfold over the course of several years, often in collaboration with research centers and archives such as The Explorers Club (New York), Tara Arctic Expeditions (France/Arctic Ocean) and The Center for Maritime Archeology, Alexandria (Egypt). She is a co-founder of the publishing press Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, and was a recent recipient of a three-year project grant from the Swedish Research Council.

Juan delGado, a media and moving image artist with extensive experience in collaborative projects. His preoccupation to unfold stories from groups and individuals who face mobility limitation for several reasons, drove him to produce projects as diverse as Sailing Out of Grain, an intimate portrait of the solo sailor Hilary Lister whose neurological condition left her paralyzed from neck down; with remarkable determination Hilary sailed around the UK in 2009 in her own boat. In 2013 the refugee crisis in Europe had not made it to the news, and yet delGado felt compelled to learn about the experiences of displacement of Syrians fleeing their hometowns, crossing borders and resettling across Europe and beyond. He produced Talking Syria, an online platform in which those who are displaced and resettled in different countries shared their stories from an individual experience. This project was featured by Unesco in their United for Heritage campaign in 2015 and SVT Kultur in 2016. A selection of the stories and photographs will be published in the Swedish magazine Artikel 14.

Nicholas de Genova, scholar of migration, borders, citizenship, race and labour

Globala Tanter, Gothenburg-based artists’ group Globala Tanter, in English ‘Global aunties’.

The group was formed in the 2016 by six women striving to create a platform and a community, collecting and presenting stories of being excluded but somewhat fighting against existing stereotypes, making artistic interventions in public spaces. We are all from different countries, mainly Asian, and have been living in Gothenburg for about 5-10 years. The group has deeply been sharing challenges and senses of exclusion living in between two worlds. We have a strong manifesto: Our main purpose is to lift up each other and provide a platform to make our voices heard. We have learned that we are stronger when we work together, and we are going to be bigger by including other women’s stories and experiences at the same time that we are networking and meeting and presenting ourselves in public spaces. We are cooks, theorists, mothers, artists, transnationalists, and not-yet-made-it-there immigrants. We want to combat the silently shrugged world through your stomachs and hearts.

Leah Gordon, multi-media artist who curates, collects, researches, writes and educates, co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

She works across a variety of media including photography, film and installations, often including commissioned sculpture and painting. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published in June 2010. She was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; and on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. www.leahgordon.co.uk

Marina Gržinić, professor at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts (SRC-SASA)


Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, PARSE professor in Performative Arts at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg

Kristina Hagström-Ståhl holds Ph.D. in Performance Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and has since been a postdoctoral fellow at Lund University and a visiting professor at Stockholm University of the Arts. She works at the intersection of critical theory and performance practice, with research interests in feminist performance, cultural and psychoanalytic theory, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts. She served as dramaturge for the national project Staging Gender (Att gestalta kön) and also works as a freelance director. Between 2010 and 2016 she served on the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Artistic Research.

Hanna Hallgren, poet and professor in Literary Composition at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University.

She has a doctorate degree in gender studies. Hanna has published several books, and her last poetry collection, Det som övar annorlunda likt ett hjärta, was published in 2016.

Feras Hammami, assistant professor of critical heritage studies and urban planning at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg.

His research lies within heritage and conflict with a focus on the politicisation of cultural heritage and its entanglement in social conflicts and resistance in cities. In his current research projects, he investigates the impact of urban transformations and heritage management on everyday negotiations of security, identity, memory, sense of place and inclusion, and the new possibilities that heritage may offer for building socially equal and just cities in Sweden, Palestine, Turkey and Botswana.

Nav Haq, senior curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, MHKA

Caspar Heinemann, artist, poet, and independent researcher based in Berlin.

Recent events include readings at University of Cambridge, the Serpentine Galleries’ Miracle Marathon, Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow and Kunsthal Aarhus. They have recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, David Roberts Art Foundation and Almanac, London. Their first book, a homo-pastoral epic poem set in a near-future Thames Estuary, is forthcoming from Vile Troll Books.

Elof Hellström, holds a BA in Aesthetics from Södertörns högskola and is formerly junior lecturer and currently course assistant at the Architecture department at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

He is a co-founder and member of the collective Söderorts Institut För Andra Visioner (SIFAV) working on issues around the city and commons, and has been engaged in the social center Cyklopen since 2007. Elof has been teaching and lectured at Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Södertörns Högskola, StDH, Konstfack, KTH, Riksantikvarieämbetet, Arkdes, and Transeuropa Festival.

Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Crafts and Vice-Prefekt of Research at the HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg

Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA in 1999 and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). She has taught at Central Saint Martins, Rhode Island School of Design, Winchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). Her most recent editorial and curatorial project, Cultural Threads, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015) accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations. From 2012-2016 Jessica was Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

Channa Bianca Hjälmrud, illustrator based in Stockholm

She has an MA in Visual Communication, Konstfack University (2017) and her work has been published by Bang, Paletten and Home Works among others. She has lectured at HDK – Academy of design and crafts, Ölands Folkhögskola, Konstskolan Stockholm and Konstfack University of arts, crafts and design, including a series of text seminars for the Graphic Design & Illustration BA at Konstfack University, together with Jennifer Bergkvist, in fall 2017. The seminars aim, with the help of artists and theorists, writers and witches, to discuss the role of theory in the work of graphic designers and illustrators today. She recently founded a small press together with Jennifer Bergkvist devoted to what we don’t yet know, poetry and merchandise.


Onyeka Igwe, artist filmmaker, programmer and AHRC funded PhD researcher at University of the Arts London

Her work is dominated by a preoccupation with the physical body and geographical place as sites of cultural and political meaning. She uses dance, voice, archive and text in non-fiction video work to create structural figure of eights, exposing a multiplicity of narratives both within and beyond these sites. Onyeka’s video works have shown at the ICA; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Guildhall Art Gallery; and London, Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Wintherthur, Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, and Hamburg film festivals.


Deborah Jackson, Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, Edinburgh College of Art

Dr Deborah Jackson has taught at Edinburgh College of Art since 2006, in Visual Culture in the School of Art and the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme. She is  also a curator, writer, visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, and the lead editor for Visual Culture in Britain, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge. From 2006-2008 Deborah was co-director of Embassy (est. 2004), an artist-run gallery in Edinburgh. She has also worked as curator/producer for the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland’s largest annual visual art festival.

Shannon Jackson, Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley

Shannon Jackson is the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design and Hadidi Professor in the Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on two domains: collaboration across visual, performing, and media art forms and the role of the arts in social institutions and social change. Her books include The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater, Social Works: Performing Art and Supporting Publics, and Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Commons, co-edited with Johanna Burton and Dominic Willsdon.

Åsa Johansson, landscape architect with focus on public space at Nivå landskapsarkitektur in Stockholm

Åsensbruk Åsa Johansson hold an MA in Landscape Architecture from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2008. She has been an organizer of the Oyster International Seminar for Landscape Architecture since 2009, and a recurring guest opponent at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm. Since 2008 she has been engaged in a collective practical research on Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi, Vietnam, and organized workshops at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi, in 2013 and 2016.


Anja Karlsson Franck, see Franck above

Mahmoud Keshavarz, Post-Doctoral Fellow within the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at Parsons the New School and University of Gothenburg. His research and publications sit at the intersection of design studies, cultural anthropology and politics of movement and migration. His book, The Design Politics of the Passport, is forthcoming in 2018 with Bloomsbury Academics. He is a member of Decolonizing Design Group.

Jeuno JE Kim, lecturer and head of the BA program, Valand Art Academy, University of Gothenburg

With a background in theology, economics, music and radio, Jeuno JE Kim is a writer and an artist working with sound design, performance, video and text. Born in South Korea she is based in Malmö. She is currently a Kim completed her MA in Feminist Liberation Theology from Harvard University, and MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sarah Kim, curator, producer at the artist-driven performance, art, and music venue Fylkingen in Stockholm

B. 1980 New Jersey Sarah Kim is a curator holding a BA in Art History from Rutgers College (New Jersey, US) and has taken part in the International Curating Management Education at Stockholm University 2007. She is a member of the curator group CCseven and co-organized the site-specific project Let me lose myself in Skogskyrkogården between 2012–2014. She has been working at Mossutställningar, Crystal Contemporary Art and Tensta Konsthall.

Min Jeong Ko

Konst:it, an experimental vocal and objects ensemble founded by Isadora del Carmen in late November of 2016. The project was later incorporated into her thesis on ensemble development, resulting in the film documentary ”That sounds like fun… but do you really think I can do that?”

  • Isadora Del Carmen: conductor, artistic director
  • Maj-Lis Wistrand: bass, silence, objects
  • Birgitta Åkerström: soprano, balette, objects
  • Yvonne Ingelmark: soprano, objects
  • Solveig Svensson: vocals, objects
  • Gittan Andersson: vocals, objects

The ensemble consists of four women aged 69 to 81 who together develop artistic expression in and through sound, without the necessity nor boundaries of traditional musical literacy or training. In may of 2017, Konst:it made their debut at Atalante, during the Sound & Gender festival arranged by Konstmusiksystrar.  Since the start, Konst:it has enjoyed close collaborations with composers and artists from different fields, some of which are represented in the programme at PARSE conference.

Hagar Kotef, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Politics, SOAS, University of London

She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Duke University Press, 2015). Kotef has been a Co-Director of the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University, a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Ben Gurion University. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow, working on a new book titled (tentatively) Home: The Violence of Political Belonging (or: Mobility and Stability in Israel/Palestine).

Onkar Kular, professor for Design Interventions at HDK, Academy of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg University.

From 2008-2015 he ran the experimental design unit, Platform 13 at the Royal College of Art. His research investigates how contemporary design practice, its processes and outputs, can be used as a medium to engage with socio-cultural and political issues. His research is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, education and publications. His work is in the collection of the CNAP, France and he has guest curated exhibitions for the Crafts Council UK, British Council and Citizens Archive of Pakistan. From 2014-2016 he was a Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University and he is a co-director of the educational framework Night School on Anarres with artists Noam Toran, Nestor Pestana, Dr. Simon Coffey and Dr. Martin Edwardes, Kings College London. Onkar is currently the artistic director for Open Week, Gothenburg Design Festival 2017.


Hongjohn Lin, artist, writer, curator, Professor Taipei National University of the Arts

He has participated in exhibitions including the Manchester Asian Triennial 2008, the Rotterdam Film Festival 2008, and the 2012 Taipei Biennial. Lin was curator of the Taiwan Pavilion Atopia, Venice Biennial 2007 and co-curator of 2010 Taipei Biennial (with Tirdad Zolghadr), and participated as an artist in the Asian Triennial Manchester (2008) and Guangzhou Biennial 2015. Lin has published books, essays, and research including Beyond Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Art in Taiwan (2004), Writing on Locality (2007) and Poetics of Curating (2018). Lin is a professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts, where he serves as chairperson of the Fine Arts Department.

Patricia Lorenzoni, holds a Ph.D. in History of Ideas, and is currently a lecturer at the Institute for Research on Ethnicity, Migration and Society (REMESO) at Linköpings Universitet.

She also works as a free essayist and translator. She is the author of Att färdas under dödens tecken: Frazer, imperiet och den försvinnande vilden (Glänta 2008, “Travelling under the sign of death: Frazer, Empire and the Vanishing Savage”) and Mama Dolly: Bilder av moderskap från jungfru Maria till Alien (Norstedts 2012, “Mama Dolly: Images of Motherhood from Virgin Mary to Alien”).

Anna Lundberg, associate professor and lecturer at the Department of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

Her main field of expertise is feminist and intersectional cultural analysis and politics. Lundberg’s most recent research projects are based in a) feminist interactive action research, focusing on intersectional negotiations over meaning in theatre for children and youth, b) exploring the concept of intersectionality through the method of transversal dialogues. She has also written and edited a range of texts and volumes discussing Gender Studies education, in terms of design, content, theory and method, but also from a social and cultural perspective.


mdgh, Mot Den Globala Hemlösheten (Against the Global Homelessness), a fictive association originally started in order to investigate responses from shopping mall owners on demonstration rights.

  • Maryam Fanni
  • Paula Urbano
  • Elof Hellström
  • Sarah Kim
  • Åsa Johansson

mdgh is an interdisciplinary side-project, based in Stockholm, Sweden, formed in 2015, with members working in the fields of art, design, architecture, and aesthetics. The body of work of mdgh is a collaborative process exploring civil rights in relation to ownership in the built environment, with an ambition to visualize and distribute information to promote consciousness and action.  MDGH was formed at the post-master program Mejan Arc course Resources14:Migration at the Royal Insitute of Art in Stockholm in 2014–2015.

Dylan A.T. Miner, director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate and professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University

Dylan A.T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar based in Gichimookomaanaki // United States. He is Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He is a former Artist Leadership Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. Miner holds a Ph.D. from The University of New Mexico and has exhibited and published extensively. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press, while his recent artist’s book Waawaakeshiwi // Aanikoobijiganag was published by Issue Press. Miner is currently completing a book on Indigenous aesthetics and writing his first book of poetry; he recently commenced the Bootaagaani-mini ∞ Drummond Island Land Reclamation Project.

Jyoti Mistry, has taught at New York University, University of Vienna and Arcada University of Applied Science Polytechnic in Helsinki.

Mistry’s filmography includes films, documentaries and film installations. Her research areas include cultural policy, questions of identity and multiculturalism. Mistry has also worked as a photography and film curator. Her recent film Le Boeuf sur le Toit (2010) premiered at the Durban International Film Festival and forms part of a new installation project that comprises of four separate installations that explore various facets of urban and city life. 09:21:25 (2011) is currently part of WELTRAUM: Die Kunst und ein Traum, an exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien commemorating human’s fiftieth anniversary of space travel. The installation of ITCHY CITY from her film i mike what I like (2006) was part of the exhibition AFROPOLIS, Cologne (November 2010- April 2011). Selected Publications include “Seeing Communities out of Context: Notes on a Photographic Exhibition” in Images and Communities: The Visual Construction of the Social (2007); “Johannesburg: Vocabularies of the Visceral and Expressions of Multiple Practices” in African Cities Reader (2009) and “The Eighth Muse: Sport and Film, Sport on Film” in Sport versus Art (2010).


Ellen Nyman, actor, director, artist and Ph.D. candidate at Malmö Theatre Academy/Lund University

Her dissertation project is based in her practice, with an interdisciplinary focus on performativity and blackness within performing and visual art. She has a degree from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Since her graduation, she has worked mainly as an actress and a director, but also with happenings and video works. She recently directed a performance, Black revolutionaries don’t fall from the moon, influenced by the biography of Assata Shakur, at Teater Tribunalen in Stockholm. Ellen Nyman is also part of GIBCA 2017 with two video works, Danish Election (2004) at Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek, and Sicherheit (2017) together with Corina Oprea and Saskia Holmkvist, at Göteborgs Konsthall.


Temi Odumosu, art historian, creative educator, and postdoctoral researcher for the Living Archives Research Project at Malmö University.

Her international research and curatorial practice is concerned with the visual politics of slavery and colonialism, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, decolonial praxis, archival re-enactment(s), critical use of AR/MR, and more broadly exploring how art mediates social transformation and healing. Recent curative interventions includeWhat Lies Unspoken: Sounding the colonial archive (National Gallery & Royal Library of Denmark, 2017); Milk & Honey (Botkyrka Konsthall, Sweden, 2017); and Possession: Art, Power & Black Womanhood (New Shelter Plan, 2014). Her book Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour is published by Brepols (2017).


Daniel Fernández Pascual, see Cooking Sections, above.

Andrea Phillips, PARSE Professor of Art and Head of Research, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Dr Andrea Phillips is PARSE Professor of Art at the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Andrea lectures and publishes internationally on the economic and social construction of publics within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation within artistic and civic value formation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganization within artistic and curatorial culture.

Valérie Pihet, Co-founder, Dingdingdong


Ram Krishna Ranjan, Independent Visual Artist and Researcher

He holds an MA in Media and Cultural Studies and an MFA in Fine Art. His longstanding areas of interest are migration, gentrification, memory and nation, and the intersectionality of caste, class and gender. Through his research and moving-images based practice, he tries to build conversations around place specific issues of social justice and political oppression.

Renée Ridgway, PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School in their Management, Philosophy and Politics department and a research associate at Leuphana University’s Digital Cultures Research Lab

She  is an artist, researcher and educator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her current (re)search investigates the historical, conceptual and technological implications of ‘search’. Recent contributions to publications include Ephemera, Vol.17 #2, SAGE: Encyclopaedia of the Internet, Limn #8, Hacking Habitat, Money Labs (INC), OPEN!, APRJA, Disrupting Business and forthcoming, the Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology and Organization Studies. Ridgway studied fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Piet Zwart Institute (MA). Her international exhibitions and presentations include dOCUMENTA (13) in collaboration with Winning Hearts and Minds, CAE), Manifesta8, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, Gouda Museum, Conflux Festival and P.S.1 MoMA Hotel New York. Ridgway is also co-initiator of and contributor to n.e.w.s.(http://northeastwestsouth.net), an online community platform for art-related activities.

Emily Roysdon, artist, Professor of Art, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm

Emily Roysdon is an artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Recent solo projects include new commissions from Tate Modern, London; Secession, Vienna; Kunsthalle Lissabon; PARTICIPANT, INC, NY; If I Can’t Dance and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Visual Art Center, Austin; and The Kitchen, NY. Since 2013 she is a Professor of Art at Konstfack University of Art, Craft, and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. During Fall 2016-17 she was the invited DAAD Guest Professor at University of the Arts Bremen, and in 2017 she was a visiting adjunct at Columbia University’s MFA program. Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001 and an Interdisciplinary MFA at UCLA in 2006.


Karen Salt, Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham

Dr Karen Salt directs the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. Her work investigates race, power, sovereignty, trust and transformative justice. Salt leads an active research group and has received support from multiple funding agencies. She has consulted with a number of arts and cultural institutions, such as lux and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, on issues of equity. She currently sits as a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Advisory Board, where she advises the Council and Executive on the development and implementation of strategic approaches to funding which reflect the challenges and opportunities arising for arts and humanities research and those that engage with it. Salt remains an active national leader and collaborator on a number of cross-sector equality and diversity initiatives.

Alon Schwabe, see Cooking Sessions, above.

Eóin Shortt, or “Shorty” is a culture worker (/preschool substitute teacher), originally from Ireland but based in Gothenburg and active in the Swedish autonomous socialist organisation Allt åt Alla.

With an academic background in Philosophy and Museology, he has also lived and been politically active in Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London and Athens.

Åsa Simma, Director, Actor, Yoiker and Scriptwriter, CEO of Giron Sámi Teáhter

Åsa Simma was born into a nomadic reindeer herding family, migrating between north Sweden and Norway depending on the season. She was taught the traditional Sami singing called “yoik”, during the time when yoiks was forbidden. She was part of the movement to diminish the yoiking ban. She left for Denmark where she took an actor’s education. Simma has been very active in the global indigenous peoples’ movements. She has toured among Australian Aboriginals and lived with Inuits from Greeenland and North American Indians. She has worked as a film dramaturgist and script developer at the International Sami Film Institute. Presently she is the CEO of the Sami Theatre.

Srilata Sircar, Researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Lund Universiy

Srilata Sircar is primarily a qualitative researcher, trained in Human Geography and Development Studies. Her analytical orientation is towards postcolonial and de-colonial perspectives within critical social science. With a regional focus on South Asia, her other areas of interest include political ecology, feminist theory, and Ambedkarite politics. She recently received a PhD in Human Geography from Lund University, Sweden and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher.

Henk Slager, Dean MaHKU, Utrecht

Research and visual art have been the focus of many activities developed by Henk Slager over the last ten years. In 2006, he co-initiated the European Artistic Research Network (EARN), a network investigating the consequences of artistic research for current art education in symposia, expert meetings, and presentations. Departing from a similar focus on artistic research, he has also (co-) produced various curatorial projects including Translocalmotion (7th Shanghai Biennale 2008), Nameless Science (Apex Art, New York, 2009), As the Academy Turns (Collaborative project Manifesta, 2010), Doing Research (dOCUMENTA 13, 2012), Offside Effect (1st Tbilisi Triennial, 2012), Aesthetic Jam (Project Taipei Biennial, 2014), Experimentality (1st Research Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015), Timely Meditations (5th Guangzhou Triennial, Asia Time, 2016), To Seminar (BAK, Utrecht 2016) and The Utopia of Access (2nd Research Pavilion, Venice, 2017). He recently published The Pleasure of Research (an overview of educational and curatorial research projects 2007-2014), Hatje Cantz, Berlin 2015.

Linda Sternö, teacher at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Since 2014 she also teaches visual practice at the pre-school teacher programme, Göteborg University. Linda Sternö holds a BA in film directing from Göteborg University. She also has a BA as a high school teacher from Göteborg University and a MA in visual culture and education from Konstfack, Stockholm. Linda Sternö has worked as film director and producer with films shown on national television and cinema. Her latest publication is Redirecting the gaze: Film education in an individualistic era, Journal of African Cinema, 2017. In 2016, as part of the Children film school, she received the Gullspira prize at the Swedish film awards (with Klara Björk and Kalle Boman).


Paula Urbano, visual artist

Paula Urbano is a visual artist holding an MFA in Fine arts from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts & Design. With an interest in postcolonial theory and philosophy her art concerns themes such as identity in relation to migration and location. She has exhibited in Museum of National History in Stockholm, Kristianstad Art Gallery, Museum Anna Nordlander in Skellefteå, MAC Quinta Normal in Santiago de Chile, Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen among others, and her films has been presented at festivals such as Oberhausen Short film festival and Göteborg International Film festival.



Chiara Valli, Postdoc researcher at the department of Conservation at Göteborg University.

She received a PhD degree in Social and Economic Geography from Uppsala University in May 2017 with a thesis titled “Pushing borders. Cultural workers in the restructuring of post-industrial cities”. Her doctoral research critically explored the agency and positioning of cultural workers in the restructuring of contemporary cities, in relation to processes of gentrification, precariousness, political resistance.  Her current postdoctoral research investigates issues of cultural heritage, neoliberal urbanism, gentrification and marginalization in Göteborg. Her research interests include critical urban studies, urban and social geography, political theory, critical heritage studies.

Dimitri Venkov, video artist and filmmaker, Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, Moscow

Sophie Vögele, research associate at the Institute for Art Education (IAE) at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

With Philippe Saner she co-led the research project “Art.School.Differences. Researching Inequalities and Normativities in Higher Art Education” (bit.ly/a_s_d). Her professional and scholarly experience encompasses various positions and teaching appointments in Higher Education in the fields of postcolonial and feminist theory, critical race and migration studies, anti-discrimination and diversity as well as the decentralization of political processes in rural India. She is pursuing a PhD in Sociology from York University (Toronto) on social inequality, processes of othering, and theories of critique grounded in the field of Higher Education institutions.


Heather Warren-Crow, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Texas Tech University.

Her scholarship centers on the relationship between media aesthetics and processes of subjectivation in 20th and 21st century contexts. Recent publications include the article “Screaming Like a Girl: Viral Video and the Work of Reaction” (Feminist Media Aesthetics, 2016); the performance text “Leash,” included in a special issue of Women & Performance focusing on neoliberal cultures of girlhood (2015); and the book Girlhood and the Plastic Image (Dartmouth College Press, 2014). Warren-Crow is also an artist who has exhibited live and media-based performances at galleries around the world. Most of her creative work deals with the role of the voice in performing emotion, identity, and labor. She has a PhD in performance studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Craig Wilkins, architect, artist, lecturer at Taubman College, University of Michigan

Architect, artist, academic and activist, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins currently on the faculty at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. A 2017 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum National Design Award winner and Hip Hop architectural theorist, his creative practice specializes in engaging communities in collaborative and participatory design processes. He’s particularly interested in the production of various forms of space, understanding publically accessible and responsive design can radically transform the trajectory of lives and environments, especially for those on the margins of society. His award-winning design work has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Atlantic and Fast Company. A leading scholar of African Americans in the field of architecture, his books, essays, articles, and public talks explore the rich social, cultural, political, historical and aesthetic contributions of oft-ignored practitioners of color with the kind of broad, critical and celebratory insight that comes from over 3 decades of personal, professorial, and professional experience. His essays have been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, International Review of African American Art, Art South Africa, Volume,Minneapolis Star Tribune and Detroit News among others. Recipient of the 2008 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s Collaborative Practice Award and the 2010 Kresge Fellow, the former director of the Detroit Community Design Center is the author of “The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture & Music” (University of Minnesota 2007), “Ruffneck Constructivist” (Dancing Foxes Press/ICA 2014) and “Diversity Among Architects: From Margin to Center” (Routledge 2016) as well as co-editor of “Activist Architecture: A Field Guide to Community-Based Practice” (DCDC Publications 2015).

Mick Wilson, Head of Valand Academy of Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Mick Wilson is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Sweden and Ireland. Having previously been the founder Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Ireland (2008–12). He is co-editor-in-chief of PARSE journal. Edited volumes include: How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse, The MIT Press (2017) with Paul O’Neill and Lucy Steeds; Public Enquiries: PARK LEK and the Scandinavian Social Turn, BDP, (2017) with Giorgiana Zachia et al.; The Curatorial Conundrum, The MIT Press (2016) with Paul O’Neill and Lucy Steeds; Curating Research, Open Editions/De Appel (2014); Curating and the Educational Turn, Open Editions/De Appel (2010) both with Paul O’Neill; and SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education, ELIA (2013) with Schelte van Ruiten. Recent projects include: Seminar, BAK (2017); Aesthetics Jam, Taipei (2014); Joyful Wisdom, Rezan Has Museum, Istanbul (2013); The Judgement is the Mirror, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (2013); Some songs are sung slower, The Lab, Dublin (2013).

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