Research diversifies at CERADA
A total of 6 new postdoc researchers have been selected to different temporary positions at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts CERADA. International researchers are increasingly becoming more interested in CERADA: three international researchers were selected to the positions and the other three come from Finland.
Jeremiah Day’s focus of research is on the teaching methods of postmodern dance, in particular on Simone Fort’s Locomotion. After having previously worked at the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy, Alexander Komlosi will research performative wellbeing. Komlosi considers it problematic that society highlights individual achievement at the expense of collective imagination and solidarity and aims to utilise improvisational methods to develop new tools that allow us to approach performative wellbeing from a critical and creative angle.
Starting in May, Francisco Trento will analyse the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in his research “The Pedagogy of the Anarchive // The Specters of Svalbard (Anarchiving the end of the world)”.
Ilmari Kortelainen from the University of Tampere will bring mindfulness and philosophical thinking to CERADA. Mindfulness of the body does not need to be focused only on the individual, as is often taught in mindfulness courses, but with its help it is possible to be mindful for example of the variety of gender or cultural backgrounds or the assumptions related to the ageing of the body, the accessibility of a space or illnesses. To Kortelainen, all this social potential of the mindfulness of the body is extremely interesting.
After her doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki, Satu-Mari Jansson will reinforce the expertise of the research centre with her research on adult education and activity-theoretical studies “Theatre as a learning form in a changing working life”.
Representing the doctors of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Kirsi Törmi’s research “Osallisuuden tanssi” (the Dance of Participation) aims at strengthening and developing the participation, emotional skills and social engagement of children, teenagers and adults. The action research will involve children and adults from municipal early childhood education and organisations from the social sector. The material and results will be compiled into a policy to be spread and adapted on a national level.