New cultural master’s programme hopes to create a sense of community
A new cultural studies master’s programme which will see students actively engage and work within the community is due to launch in the autumn of 2020.
Culture and Change - Critical Studies in the Humanities is a two-year programme that will incorporate collaborations between students and stakeholders within the city of Malmö and the surrounding region. For many of the programme’s modules, students and lecturers will visit, and work closely together, with institutions, organisations and professionals outside the university.
“A notable ambition is to be active and involved in the surrounding community. This is not a programme where you only read books at home and then take an exam. We want to create a sense of community where we generate knowledge together,” says Petra Ragnerstam, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Culture and Society.
Modules like Socially Engaged Research and Integrated Methodologies for Research Design will be conducted in close cooperation with the city and the surrounding community. Students will learn from professionals how they work methodologically and get the opportunity to do research together with them. Locations of culture is another module where students will engage themselves in the community, and will be encouraged to theorise creatively. Through case studies, students will explore the ways in which space and place impact cultural production, as well as how people engage with culture beyond the walls of institutions. A critical approach to generating ideas will also make room for questioning inclusions and exclusions in the public domain.
”There is a lot to discuss from a cultural studies perspective in Malmö and the region, regarding, for example, culture as contested terrain, where power and complex matrices of speech and silences shape how culture is produced and reproduced. What types of culture is produced, by whom and why, particularly in this region where we have a lot of people from different cultures and communities in the same location?
“In addition, a lot of interesting projects are produced here – theatre, film and music, to mention but a few. Exciting things happen and we believe that the region is important because of that,” she continues.
In the module New Scholarship on Culture and Society, students will engage in topical and ongoing research produced by humanities researchers at Malmö University. Students will learn how to conduct research in close proximity to these researchers and their ongoing research projects.
The programme will be taught in English and Petra Ragnerstam hopes it will attract both international and Swedish students and that applicants will come from a wide range of backgrounds within the humanities, arts or culture. This would bring a range of different perspectives to classroom activities.
Text: Joanna Arnoldsson