The RASL Minor is driven by societal urgency. In this minor, students from different backgrounds across the arts and sciences work together on transdisciplinary research projects in order to address a self-chosen societal issue.
These short videos are part of a series of interviews that make audible the voices of everyone involved in the RASL minor. The video series was made on the occasion of RASL’s nomination for the Dutch Higher Education Premium (Nederlands Hoger Onderwijs Premie). Stay tuned to hear more of these stories.
We chose to title this video “Balance”, because participating in the RASL minor helped Claire find balance between her scientific and creative background. Exploring the possibilities in the space where the arts and sciences meet, is something RASL aims to encourage and facilitate with this minor.
Please visit Claire’s website to find more information about her project ‘The Value of Darkness’: claireouwejan.com/value-of-darkness
We chose to title this video “Learning in-between”, because the minor provided Gabija an in-between space, where disciplinary borders faded and made room for new ways of learning. With the RASL minor, we aim to explore the possibilities of this so-called in-between space.
Please visit Gabija’s website to find more information about her work:
We chose to title this video “Non-normativities”, because Sami’s pedagogical approach insists on an undoing of “normative” hierarchies between teachers, students, knowledges and educational categories in general. Instead, there is an interest to advance “non-normative narratives”, with the aim to develop and publish projects that highlight societal concerns that haven’t had the same level of attention as the dominant normative ones.
Please visit Sami’s website to find more information about his work.
We chose to title this video “Finding voice”, because during the minor, Chiara explored her own voice within the issue of climate change and noticed how her academic knowledge seeped through her artistic expressions. In the RASL minor, we collaborate outside of disciplinary borders in order to re-imagine tomorrow.
Please visit Chiara’s soundcloud to listen to her work.
We chose to title this video “Connection”, because the RASL minor enabled Carmel to confront and connect different forms of knowledge and disciplines, as he explored sound art, music and language. The RASL minor seeks to foster connections between different disciplines, knowledges and ways of doing.
Please visit Carmel’s website to find more information about his work.
We chose to title this video “In depth”, because Florieke and her group explored the issue of social media addiction from different perspectives, even immersed themselves into a media detox to really experience the issue. The RASL minor provides students the space and time to explore a societal concern in depth.
Please visit Florieke’s Instagram to find more information about her work.
We chose to title this video “Collective re-imagination”, because Claire finds it both fascinating and necessary to approach complex societal issues by producing alternative imaginaries together with other people. The RASL minor has been an initial exploration of that.
We chose to title this video “Multi-dimensional”, because the RASL minor brings talented teachers and students and their different viewpoints together, leading to a multi-dimensional way of thinking, doing and learning. Being involved in the minor urged Josué to rethink his practice and expand it beyond the performing arts. He now identifies himself as a transdisciplinary practitioner.
Please visit Josué’s website to find more information about his work.
We chose to title this video “Equality”, because Maaike found it striking how the study climate created within the RASL minor differs from that of her major in product design. Equality of knowledge is one of four ‘zones of tension’ at the core of RASL’s transdisciplinary education.
Please visit Maaike’s website to find more information about her work.