Minor: Re-imagining tomorrow through arts & sciences

How can we learn to approach the complex issues of the 21st century (such as the waste problem, climate crisis, global poverty, etc.)? These issues are of such a different size, complexity, and scale, that dealing with them has to contend with methods, attitudes, and expertise that transcend disciplinary confinements. Alternative futures have to be imagined and visualized, and this can only be achieved through the combination and validation of different bits of knowledge (societal, artistic, academic), through which we can start to create, to re-imagine, and to decompose and recompose. In this minor, students from various fields and backgrounds develop theoretical competences in the area of transdisciplinary research, and together with teachers and societal partners, a setting is created in which theory and practice, and academic and artistic practices interact to identify and reframe a complex societal issue.

This minor was created to facilitate transdisciplinary learning and collaborative research across and beyond the arts and sciences. While there are many definitions of transdisciplinarity, we use it to allow for different disciplines and knowledge to come together and to explore what happens when they do. We depart from the notion of transdisciplinarity as a means to identify, question, and disrupt existing boundaries and binaries, among which, but not restricted to, the boundaries that separate artistic and scientific disciplines. Through interrogating and dissolving these boundaries, we are curious to find new ways of researching, thinking, and making.

We do not teach you one specific way of doing collaborative, transdisciplinary research. Instead, we give you the space, examples, insights, and tools to develop your own specific approach to collaborating in a transdisciplinary setting, and continuously reflect on the process.

Guiding Tutors:
Çağlar Köseoğlu
Connie de Jongh
Josué Amador
Sami Hamanna
Tamara de Groot
Vivian Sky Rehberg