Disorienting Whiteness and Heterosexuality - Course

Disorienting whiteness and heterosexuality - Course

The course Disorienting Whiteness and Heterosexuality is a course for those who work with performing arts and who want to explore and work with queer and decolonizing tools in your artistic work.

The course Disorienting Whiteness and Heterosexuality creates an overview of Sara Ahmed's thoughts on whiteness and heterosexuality as points of orientation and how these can be used as artistic strategies in performing arts. The aim of the course is for the student to relate these strategies and methods to his / her own practical work with the aim of formulating queer and decolonizing orientation points in both artistic methods and expressions.

Sara Ahmed is a central theorist in feminist theory, queer theory and postcolonial theory. The course examines how her both critical and strategic use of phenomenology can be applied to artistic work. The course will be based on theories and analyzes and to illustrate them with artistic examples. Great emphasis is placed on working in groups and doing their own work under supervision.

Photo: Tobias Poggats


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    The course contains lectures, group work, to see performance / + exhibition and own work under supervision.

    Schedule Spring term 2020: Full-day teacher led intensives

    February 13-16
    March 12-15
    April 16-19
    May 29-31

    Course leader: Nasim Aghili
    Nasim Aghili is a writer, director and performer working in the field of performing and visual arts. Her participatory performances, art/theatre installations, art in the public space and soundpieces often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile - mostly by creating grievability and healing rituals. She works in the duo aghili/karlsson (together with Björn Karlsson) and as a member of the queer feminist art collective Ful, often in international collaborations around decolonization, migration, sustainability and solidarity between movements. Read more at www.modrarsmanifest.org www.aghili-karlsson.se


  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle with the exeption of Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6 and

    Specific entry requirement

    30 credits in an artistic subject or equivalent

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

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  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    • A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle with the exeption of Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6

    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/highschool you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from Antagning.se. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • 30 credits in an artistic subject or equivalent

    if you do not have 60 credits in dance or dance pedagogy you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation max 1 A4 page (3000 characters)
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection of the course is done by a combined assessment of submitted application documents. The assessment takes into account previous education, work experience or other experience valuable to the course. The assessment takes particular account of experience in work with artistic activities focusing on and related to the course content.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 93 000 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.