Four doctoral students for the doctoral (third-cycle) programme Art, Technology and Design at Konstfack

Apply by August 23, 2018

The objective of the Art, Technology and Design doctoral programme is to contribute to sustainable social development and the shift required by such development, with a radical new approach to the relationship between the individual, society and the environment.

The Art, Technology and Design doctoral programme takes the form of a collaboration between Konstfack, the University of Arts, Crafts and Design and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The programme takes as its point of departure issues relating to climate impact, urbanisation, migration, widened social and economic divides and diminishing availability of natural resources. These major social challenges make substantial demands in terms of new approaches and process-orientated, holistic thinking. The objective of the Art, Technology and Design doctoral programme is to contribute to sustainable social development and the shift required by such development, with a radical new approach to the relationship between the individual, society and the environment. Artistic research and investigation are regarded here as an essential component in this development in the direction of sustainable societies. The programme is interdisciplinary, i.e. integrating knowledge and perspectives from different disciplinary research domains and activities

We are seeking highly qualified applicants with a strong motivation for third-cycle education and a desire to contribute to development of a new knowledge within some of the areas of study described below. The research programme as part of the Art, Technology and Design programme is shaped by the meeting between artistic and scientific approaches, and by the collaboration between three different perspectives: art, technology and design. In particular, we are seeking applicants who wish to unite the practices of action with advanced epistemological and methodological perspectives. Konstfack, with its well-equipped workshops and personnel with specialist skills and knowledge, offers unique opportunities for developing knowledge from practice. The studies take the form of course and seminar activities alongside work on individual research projects.

The four positions for doctoral candidates that are sought for can be placed at one of the departments’ four different directions. Please submit your application to one of the following specialised directions:

PhD: Design
We are looking in particular for applicants who are engaged in the field of design, and have experience in industrial, product, interaction, service or experience design, or in a design field with emphasis on three-dimensional form-giving and materialization. You have an inquiring practice that is propositional and result-oriented. A practice that is speculative and theoretically informed, that is experimental while caring for detailed materialization. You, who have a taste for relational thinking and doing with sensibility for the political and ecological implications of design work. You who would like to challenge and speculate upon, through a design-driven practice, forms of cohabitation for humans and other-than-humans.

PhD: Visual arts and/or sloyd education
We are looking, in particular, for applicants who are engaged in socially oriented practices within the fields of visual arts and/or sloyd education.
The Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education conducts research in the fields of visual culture and learning, also including material, virtual and digital cultures. The overall disciplinary research domain is educational sciences, though the department is active both in education and research in an interdisciplinary environment. Connections are made to art, technology and design – including designs for learning – but also to subject-specific didactic issues.

We are now seeking applicants with training and experience in visual arts and sloyd education or related fields and who have a clearly expressed interest in researching didactic challenges, expanding learning spaces and the different ways in which knowledge is performed.
With the increased focus on digitization in relation to learning and education today, among the topics we identify as important to further investigate is the use of digital media in teaching processes and digital practices within the field of visual arts and sloyd education.

PhD: Narrative Processes
The department of Fine Art at Konstfack is committed to supporting artistic research which seeks to make an original contribution to existing knowledge and scholarship. We are looking particularly for candidates who have a socially engaged practice in the field of contemporary art.
The PhD in Narrative Processes invites proposals which conduct practice-based research related to the various functions of storytelling and narrativity. As a field of study, Narrative Processes incorporates practice-based research on the role of narrativity in visual art in the broadest sense: from film, photography, and the expanded field of painting, to text, performance and live art. The field investigates intersections between the image and language, and the visual story’s relationships with time, space, voice and body.
The investigation of the meaning-making functions of narratives, their strategies, ethics and political content, and not least their possibilities of establishing structures for social co-existence, is fundamental to this area of research.

PhD: Critical Sound Practice
The department of Fine Art at Konstfack is committed to supporting artistic research which seeks to make an original contribution to existing knowledge and scholarship.
We are looking particularly for candidates who have a socially engaged practice in the field of contemporary art, centred upon the use of sound and sonic media.
The research proposal should engage with the socio-political dimension of sound and the sonic environment, and could be connected to questions regarding the narrative potentialities of sound, sound as a critical device, sonic architecture, field recording, experimental composition, or sound as a means through which to construct meaning and experience. Applicants are required to possess an advanced creative practice within which the use, interrogation or appropriation of sound plays a central – but not necessarily exclusive – part, and who have the necessary technical, theoretical and analytical foundtions to undertake an extended body of practice-based research

Information
Professor Bo Westerlund via e-mail bo.westerlund@konstfack.se
Magnus Mörck, director of the Education and Research Administration Division, via e-mail magnus.morck@konstfack.se

Application
Application deadline: 23 August, 2018
Employer’s reference number: KF2018/VO2P/124
Applications should be uploaded via Konstfack’s website in pdf format
Full ad at https://www.konstfack.se/en/News/Working-at-Konstfack/

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