This is the research blog of the research group Culture – Criticism – Community (CCC). The group is an interdisciplinary and international research group that gathers researchers with a critical research interest.The purpose of our research is to raise critical discussion and challenge existing assumptions, ideas and practices within the field, thus ultimately contributing to change.
Through various empirical and theoretical approaches, our research projects aim to explore arts education, cultural expressions, cultural participation, community arts and arts communities.Keywords: Culture, criticism, community, context, diversity, participation, equality, justice, and democracy.
Members: Silje Valde Onsrud (leader), Kari Holdhus, Ingvild Digranes, Sigrid Jordal Havre, Tine Grieg Viig, Øystein Kvinge, Felicity Burbridge Rinde, Synnøve Kvile, Katrine Heggstad, Catharina Christophersen, Jonas Cisar Romme, Marit Loe Bjørnstad, Arnhild Liene Stenersen, Kirsti Aksnes, Aslaug Nyrnes, Lykke Guanio-Uluru, Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick), and Judy Lewis (Thornton School of Music, University of South California).
On Wednesday 19 February many of the CCC research group attended PhD candidate Felicity Burbridge Rinde’s midway evaluation of her project on the use of music with newly arrived minority language pupils in Norwegian primary schools. The evaluation committee, Line Hilt from the University of Bergen and Eva Sæther from the University of Malmø, asked many exciting questions and gave a lot of constructive feedback. Rinde sums up:
This has been an important milepost on the horizon for a while, and it was an extremely positive experience to present my project, including glimpses from the ongoing ethnographic fieldwork, discuss methodology, and be challenged on certain points in the texts to the evaluation committee.
The afternoon was rounded off with a well-deserved dinner with research group colleagues in Bergen.
Øystein Kvinge had his doctoral defence the 18th October 2019 at the University of Bergen, Faculty of Psychology. The thesis is called Presentation in Teacher Educaton: A study of student teachers’ transformation and representation of subject content using semiotic technology, and consists of three articles and a synopsis. The articles are titled:
Performing the Pre-Formed: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Teaching as Curricular Transformation, published in Designs for Learning (2018), 10 (1) pp. 29-39
“Playin” the changes’ – A jazz approach to researching student-teachers’ PowerPoint presentations, published in Cogent Education (2018), 5
Teaching represented: a study of student-teachers’ representation of the professional practice of teaching, published in the book Norsk og internasjonal lærerutdanningsforskning: hvor er vi? Hvor vil vi gå? Hva skal vi gjøre nå? (2018) Bergen: Fagbokforlaget
We congratulate our research group member with an impressing defence of high quality. We are looking forward to new research projects together in the time to come.
The research project «Music Education for the Future» (FUTURED 2019-2022) started up with a kick off seminar 9th-10th September in Bergen, Norway with researchers from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Oslo Metropolitan University in addition to guest researchers from Norway, Finland, Ireland and The United States.
The researchers presented the three work packages, and had response and critical comments from guests, steering group and advisory board members. This was helpful for moving on with the continuing work in all the different parts of the study. Data will be collected through a national survey and qualitative interviews with preservice teachers in Norwegian music teacher education, as well as through participatory action research with preservice teachers both on campus and in practicum in collaboration with a musician and a music teacher.
The purpose of the study is to map the current situation in Norwegian music teacher education and together with students develop tools to empower educators and preservice teachers to handle future challenges that music education has a potential to meet. Read more about the project here.
Catharina Christophersen is managing the project. Researchers from Culture, Criticism, Community involved in the project are Silje Valde Onsrud, Kari Holdhus, Tine Grieg Viig (postdoc), Eyolf Nysæther (Ph.D. candidate), Judy Lewis (guest researcher) and Ailbhe Kenny (guest researcher). Other researchers involved are Jan Sverre Knudsen (OsloMet), Bendik Fredriksen (OsloMet), Hanne Fossum (OsloMet), Jon Helge Sætre (NMH), and Heidi Partti (University of the Arts Helsinki).
From the discussions of the work packages. Photo: Catharina Christophersen.
This PhD project is a critical investigation of participatory music
making as an arena for inclusion and community building in primary schools with
intensive language classes for newly arrived immigrant pupils, exploring
dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.
Norway has recently experienced a relatively large influx of immigrants
that has led to rapid changes in its formerly fairly homogeneous society and
school system. The national curriculum states that music as a school subject
plays a central role in adapted teaching in an inclusive school, and that in a
multicultural society music education has the potential to contribute to pupils’
positive identity formation through encouraging a sense of belonging to their
own cultures and cultural heritage, as well as tolerance and respect for other
To collect data, an ethnographic case study of music lessons and music
activities in an urban primary school with an intensive language class is
carried out, including:
Interviews with pupils, teachers and head
Field notes and researcher reflexive log
Pilot project participatory
The theoretical starting points of the study
Socialisation into educational settings that
allows ‘newcomers’ to be active subjects in their new surroundings
Potential communities of musical practice
(Kenny, 2016) in schools with intensive language classes
Building community through musical
participation (Turino, 2008)
Musical action as a performative, social
phenomenon (Bowman, 2007)
Inclusion and exclusion processes for
minority language students in Norwegian schools (Hilt, 2016; Jortveit,
The open seminar Student – teacher-artist collaborations: Developing multi-professional creative partnerships in schools was arranged by the CCC research group 20th February 2019 at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, campus Bergen. Here are some moments from the seminar. You find the whole program under Events in this blog.
Guanio-Uluru is Associate Professor of Literature at HVL. Her she currently
teaches at the master and PhD levels at Western Norway University of Applied
Sciences, and supervises MA and PhD students. Research interests and
competencies include: narrative theory, fantasy literature, digital games
aesthetics, ecocriticism, posthumanism and climate fiction. She has published Ethics
and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer (2015) with
Palgrave Macmillan and is co-editor of the anthology Ecocritical
Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues (2018)
published with Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Katrine Heggstad is a PhD candidate at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), enrolled in the PhD programme Bildung and didactical practices since April 2016 with the project: Drama, Dementia & Dignity: Questioning borderlines in drama pedagogics.
This article aims to explore and discuss how, on many
levels and in many ways, polyphonic dialogues can fluctuate among participants in a multidisciplinary didactic art project
im- plemented in schools, namely, School and Concert – From Transmission to Dialogue (DiSko). DiSko is an innovation project
that aims to try different
ways to address the significant lack of school ownership to professional visiting concerts in
The project method, educational design research, is a
combination of approaches that are usually applied to well-known research-based
problems. Empirically, researchers and partici- pants carry out successive
iterations of experiential case interventions based on ongoing analysis. A
central aim of the method is to suggest concrete research-based solutions or
new ways of addressing a problem, which is instrumental outside specific case contexts.
Dialogue is a major epistemological grounding for DiSko and its descriptive cases, and throughout the article, the project design and activities are viewed in terms of Bakhtin’s concepts chronotope, carnival and polyphony. Through discussions about aspects of the methodology as well as by providing an empirical case example, this article describes how elements of educa- tional design research may be composed in order to maintain an epistemology of dialogue and polyphony.