Sara Ahmed’s Points of Orientation - queer and postcolonial strategies in performing arts - course

Sara Ahmed’s Points of Orientation - queer and postcolonial strategies in performing arts - course

The course Sara Ahmed’s Points of Orientation - queer and postcolonial strategies in performing arts is a course for you who work with performing arts and wants to explore and work with queer and decolonizing tools in your artistic work.

The course creates an overview of theorist Sara Ahmed's thoughts on whiteness and heterosexuality as points of orientation and how this knowledge can be used as artistic strategies in performing arts.

The aim of the course is for you to relate these strategies and methods to your own practical work with the aim of formulating queer and decolonizing orientation points in artistic methods and expressions.

Sara Ahmed is a central theorist in feminist theory, queer theory and postcolonial theory. The course examines how her critical and strategic use of phenomenology can be applied to artistic work.

The course is based on theories and analyzes, and illustrates them with artistic examples. Great emphasis is placed on working in groups and doing your own artistic work.

Photo: Tobias Poggats


Course director: Nasim Aghili

Nasim Aghili is a writer, director and artist who works in the performing and visual arts. Their participatory performances, art/theater installations, art in the public space and sound pieces are often about the experiences of existing and living in various forms of exile - mostly by creating places for mourning and healing rituals. They work in the duo aghili/karlsson (together with the artist and horticulturalist Björn Karlsson) and as a member of the queer feminist art collective Ful, often in international collaborations on decolonization, migration, sustainability and solidarity between movements.

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    The course includes lectures, workshops and feedback, seeing a performance and/or exhibition and individual work under supervision.


    Full days teacher-led work:

    Week 46: November 15, 16, 17, 

    Week 47: November 21, 23

    Week 48: November 28, 30

    Week 29: December 7 

    Week 50: December 11, 12, 13, 14

    Time for all days: 1-5 pm

  • Entry requirements

    General Entry Requirements: for studies at the first cycle with the exception of Swedish 1-3 and English 6.

    Specific Entry Requirements: 30 credits within the artistic field.

    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

    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).

    How to apply:

    Please note! Read all the instructions below before you submit your application

    1. Apply to the course via

    Last day for application: 17 April 2023

    2. Submit supporting documentation of previous studies via

    Check that your documentation of previous studies is submitted at If you can’t see your documents on “My pages”, then you need to submit them there: pages/Documents/Upload documents.

    Last day to submit supporting documentation of previous studies: 2 May 2023.

    3. Submit your work sample via

    You need to submit the following work samples via in order to be part of the selection to this course:

    1. Letter of motivation (approx 350 words)

    Please describe

    • your previous experience of and/or education related to the course's content
    • how your current artistic activity or practice connect to the course's content
    • in what ways you wish to connect to the course's content in your artistic practice. 

    2. CV

    with a list of your artistic education, work and experiences.

    You submit the documents via pages/Documents/Upload documents.

    Last day to submit work sample to be part of the selection: April 17 2023

    Other important dates

    • - Last day for applications: 17 April 2023
      Please note! Choose “Autumn 2023” for your search!

      - Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees: 2 May 2023 (read more under Application and tuition fees below)

      Admission results: Published on My pages on 12 July 2023.

      - Last day to reply to possible course offer: 21 July 2023.

  • When you have applied

    If there are more qualified applicants than places a selection will be made. The selection will be based on merits uploaded with the application and the ability to articulate their interests and experiences 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. SKH has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date forpaying the tuition fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 49 500 SEK.

    Read more about tuition fees and how to pay to SKH.