In the beginning of April this spring, I did some career counseling on myself, and as a result of a goal clarification process, I found out that I needed to dig deeper into the field I am working with. I wanted to dedicate more time and energy to investigate what is going on between people, when they are building a group relationship, and specifically what happens on the level of non-verbal interaction in this process.
I decided that the right framework for this kind of process would be …. academia.
Since I graduated with a BA in French and Musicology in 1995, I haven’t been part of the academic environment. Though I have repeatedly considered the option of doing an ‘artistic PhD’, I have basically been reluctant to engage myself with academia.
You know, most of what I am trying to do in my work as a composer is to distance myself as much as possible from the ivory towerness of the artistic world, and get out there and involve all kinds of people in the creative processes, – as a process that stems from, and is directed towards the collective, as opposed to the standard top-down kind of process that would make enlightened fine art products trickle down from the ivory tower to the anonymous crowd of cultural peasants.
So how does it make sense to want to fight my way to the other ivory tower, in the distant, boring, desert like world of academia?
Nevertheless, this is what I am going to do. I have applied for an MA in Educational Anthropology at Aarhus University, Emdrup Campus (Copenhagen, Denmark). And I was accepted!
September 2015 I will be starting on my first semester, and I will use this blog as a kind of diary, where I will 1) make sure that I keep my focus, and will not be absorbed in dusty ivory. I want to make sure my mix of curiosity, inclusiveness, no-nonsense, experiments will guide my way through the paper desert. 2) Reflect on the links between the field of study – anthropology with a focus on educational settings – and the focus in this blog, ie building collectives and non-verbal interaction.
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