The six strands

At Parse Conference 2017 you will be able to choose from six thematic strands that run across a whole day and within which discussion amongst delegates will be of equal importance to panel and lecture presentations. The strands run in parallel, you can choose one each day.

Wednesday November 15

Thursday November 16

Friday November 17



Thursday November 16

Detailed program of the Indigeneity strand

Organised by Mick Wilson and Jason Bowman, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Participating in this strand is also:

  • 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.
  • Åsa Simma, director, actor, yoiker and scriptwriter, CEO of Giron Sámi Teáhter
  • Marina Grzinic, 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)
  • Onyeka Igwe, University of the Arts London
  • Ram Krishna Ranjan, Independent Artist and Researcher
  • Srilata Sircar, Researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Lund Universiy

Indigeneity is for many a politically enabling construct in resisting ongoing colonialisms, expropriations, and associated epistemic violence. It is also marked by multiple exclusions: conceptually, as irredeemably rooted in essentialism, primordialism and primitivism; strategically, as counter-productively factionalising and exoticising; juridically and pragmatically, as untenable within the various regimes of globalisation. This strand considers the epistemic challenges and potentials within indigeneity and the continuing struggles of indigenous peoples to resist erasure.


Educational Exclusion

Thursday November 16, 10.00-17.00 at HDK Baula

Detailed program for the strand Educational Exclusion

Organised by Henric Benesch and Onkar Kular, both at HDK Academy of Design and Craft, University of Gothenburg, Zahra Bayati, Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg and Henk Slager, MaHKU, University of the Arts, Utrecht.

Participating in this strand is also:

  • Lory Dance, associate professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska, Visiting Senior Researcher, Lund University.
  • Min Jeong Ko, amanunenses, Valand Academy,University of Gothenburg.
  • Finn Chung, artist, Globala tanter, Gothenburg.
  • Hongjohn Lin, artist, writer, curator, Professor Taipei National University of the Arts.
  • Deborah Jackson, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburg.
  • Jessica Hemmings, professor, HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg.
  • Sophie Vögele, department of Cultural Analysis, Zurich University of the Arts.
  • Jyoti Mistry, associate professor and deputy head of Film and Television, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
  • Linda Sternö, senior lecturer Valand Academy,University of Gothenburg.
  • Klara Björk, professor Valand Academy,University of Gothenburg.

Educational Exclusion: Arts and design education and cultural institutions aim for diversity, yet remain homogenous in their staffing, often in their student body, in their understanding and promotion of aesthetics, and in their view of knowledge. Educational exclusion will address mono-cultural aspects of arts education as well as propose how education in the arts can be fundamentally reshaped to become more accountable to manifold embodied knowledge practices.


Colonisation and Decolonisation

Thursday November 16

Detailed program for the Colonisation and Decolonisation strand

Organised by Erling Björgvinsson, HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, and Zahra Bayati, department of Education, Communication and Learning, both at the University of Gothenburg, Mahmoud Keshavarz, department of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University and Temi Odumosu, from School of Arts and Communication, Malmö university.

Participating in this strand is also:

  • Craig Wilkins, architect, artist, lecturer at Taubman College, University of Michigan.
  • Patricia Lorenzoni
  • Leah Gordon
  • Teresa Cisneros
  • Karen Salt, assistant professor, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham.
  • Ahmed Ansari, Decolonising Design, researcher, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Cooking Sections (Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fernández Pascual)

Colonisation and Decolonisation will address colonial and master paradigms in the arts as well as institutional, communal and collective perspectives and look to strategies for a new arts and humanities that embraces epistemic and disciplinary disobedience, non-capitalist, pluri-national institutions and modes of aesthetic production.


Geographies of Exclusion

Friday November 17

Organised by Erling Björgvinsson, HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, Dave Beech, Valand Academy, Anja Karlsson Franck and Isabell Schierenbeck, from the School of Global Studies, Feras Hammami, department of Conservation, all from University of Gothenburg, and Chiara Valli, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University.

Participating in this strand is also:

  • Hagar Kotef, senior lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Politics, SOAS, University of London.
  • Nicholas de Genova, scholar of Migration, Borders, Citizenship, Race and Labour.
  • Maryam Fanni,
  • Paula Urbano
  • Elof Hellström
  • Sarah Kim
  • Åsa Johansson
  • David Ayala-Alfonso

Geographies of Exclusion, co-arranged by the Centre on Global Migration, Gothenburg University, will address how social, cultural, political and economic barriers produce and sustain public spaces, public spheres, public memory, borders and migrants and their experiences of movement through the logic of circulation managed, controlled, and regulated by state authorities, public institutions, NGOs and private firms. It will also address how such dominating modes of productions can be transgressed through civil counter-actions and independent self-organised practices.


Vocabularies of Exclusion

Friday November 17

Detailed program of Vocabularies of Exclusion strand

Organised by Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg.

Participating in this strand is also:

  • Shannon Jackson, Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Ellen Nyman, actor, theatre director, performance artist.
  • Ellie Ga, artist, researcher, Royal Academy of Arts Stockholm.
  • Emily Roysdon, artist, Professor of Art, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm.
  • Anna Lundberg, senior lecturer, Gender studies (TEMAG) and Department of Thematic StudiesLinköping University.
  • Dimen Abdulla
  • Malin Axelsson
  • Channa Bianca Hjälmrud
  • Heather Warren-Crow, artist, researcher, and educator based in Lubbock, Texas.
  • Hanna Hallgren, professor Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.
  • Petra Fransson, Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University.

Vocabularies of Exclusion focuses on forms of exclusion produced through language as well as embodied and discursive practices. Reflecting on the terms and conditions of artistic and political work in cross-disciplinary contexts, it explores and interrogates languages of inclusion, separation, and participation as they are produced and enacted in the present moment in the field of cultural production and its context in wider socio-political arenas.


Participation as Exclusion

Friday November 17

Organised by Andrea Phillips, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg and Markus Miessen HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, both at University of Gothenburg.

Also participating in this strand is:

  • Karen Salt, assistant professor, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham.
  • Craig Wilkins, architect, artist, lecturer at Taubman College, University of Michigan.
  • Dimitri Venkov, video artist and filmmaker, Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, Moscow.
  • Nav Haq, senior curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, M HKA.
  • Valérie Pihet, Co-founder Dingdingdong.
  • Darla Crispin, pianist, director of Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research, Norwegian Academy of Music.

Participation as Exclusion: The ‘participatory turn’ in cultural production, urban development, and so forth is now a dominant theme in Western art and design discourses and practices as well municipal governance, where it has moved from a marginalised area of community practice into the mainstream. But who are the subjects of participation? How and from where are they selected? Why are certain people seen to be in greater need of receiving participatory ‘support’? How, if at all, is power and decision-making redistributed?


Main theme Exclusion

How does exclusion operate at a local, national and international level in the arts, in education and in cultural production? Within the arts, how can we improve access to learning and the formation of experience?

Within and beyond the field of cultural production, individuals and groups of people are excluded from territorial, subjective, environmental and imaginative spaces, be they national, institutional, or virtual. To what extent do strategies and infrastructures of inclusion risk replicating and reinforcing individualised imaginaries within broadly hierarchical social structures?

How do images of exclusion circulate? What are the politics of access? What forms of research and which actions can be taken within the artistic and pedagogical environment that may open and provide spaces of contact and forms of rights?