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Introduction to Contemporary Arts and Politics, 15 hec

(Course code: VFSPOL)


First cycle


There is a long tradition of interaction between questions of politics and questions of art. However, arguably it is in contemporary art that this dialogue between art and politics has become most intense.

There has been for decades now a massive growth in the diversity and volume of issues arising within different art practices. Issues as diverse as the relationship between art and activism, feminism, queer culture, ecological crisis, postcolonialism, decolonialism, racism, zenophobia, anti-capitalism, the role of the avant-garde, renewed nationalisms, institutional critique, self-organisation, and many other conjunctions of art and politics, ranging across the macro- and the micro-political scale.

We are also seeing today, what seem to be fundamental changes in international political cultures and geopolitics:  ethno-nationalism, Brexit, Erdogan and Trump; geo-political contestations in Ukraine, Central Caucasus, the Horn of Africa, the Middel-East, the Latin American “pink tide”, and the South China Sea contestation for hegemony; the changing contexts of climate change and environmental policy; changing formations of political action including occupy the street protest, direct action, Black Lives Matter, feminist mobilisations locally and globally and continuing struggles by indigenous peoples.

Through taking this course you will have an opportunity to build your own map of the contemporary art field and the different ways it intersects – or fails to intersect – with questions of the political. We will also explore together how this may now be changing under the imapct of recent changes in the wider political field.  

As part of this process you will also be given a brief introduction to some of the key theorists and ideas shaping contemporary political theory and debate. The course is taught as a distance course through English, and includes online presentations based on pre-set readings and viewing of material online.  

This experimental course is taught as a distance course which means that as a student you have the option to:

(i)    participate online
(ii)    study the recorded presentations and seminars online in your own time

The teachers on the course are Arne Kjell Vikhagen with Mick Wilson and invited guests.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements: General entrance requirements


Selection is based upon your average grade from upper secondary school or the number of credit points from previous university studies or both.

Introduction to Contemporary Arts and Politics, 15 hec
Start Full/part time Period Apply
Summer 100 %, Web based 5 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017 Closed


You do not leave any work samples to apply for this course. Please just register at universityadmissions.se

If you have questions about your application, please contact us at: admission@akademinvaland.gu.se

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