Cultural Diplomacy and Music in the Internationalization of Education
Shared Listenings Book
Our complete manuscript has been submitted to Cambridge University Press for the book Shared Listenings: Methods for Transcultural Music Performance and Research. The book is co-authored by Stefan Ostersjo, David Hebert, Thanh Thuy Nguyen, and Henrik Frisk, and is an outcome of the Musical Transformations project in Vietnam, which was led by Prof. Stefan Ostersjo.
In addition to his chaired professorship in Sweden, Stefan is now affiliated with the GAME research group as our Professor II for artistic research in music. Thuy is also currently a Swedish Research Council-funded Postdoctoral Researcher affiliated with the GAME research group. Henrik is a full professor of composition at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm.
With the aim of creating “a decolonized methodology - for both music performance and research,” in this book we “demonstrate how a combination of stimulated recall and collaborative autoethnographic strategies can be applied to artistic and scholarly work at the intersection of ethnomusicology and practice-led research.”
Documentary Film: Geysers and Guitars
Click above (or HERE) to access the 2022 documentary film Geysers and Guitars: A Music Course in Iceland, which was developed by Italian filmmaker Ferrucio Goia for the Nordic Network for Music Education.
This video shows the kind of work we have been doing each year with our state-funded intensive Master courses for music teachers across the 18 institutions with Master programs for music teacher education in the eight Nordic and Baltic countries.
The film demonstrates how global competence can be developed through internationalization of teacher education programs, in this case with a music focus.
Speech for Conference in Lithuania
I look forward to giving a special plenary speech “Music Heritage in a Tumultuous World” as part of the scientific committee for the conference Labyrinths of Music and Science in Lithuania, at the Institute of Education, Vilnius University Siauliai Academy, on April 21. The conference will be held online.
Image source: By Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37118754
Plans for Summer 2022
In summer 2022, I look forward to serving as keynote speaker for China’s national music education conference, to be held in Chengdu at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. My presentation will be on new developments in the field of international research.
It is also a pleasure to have been invited to serve as the international professor on the Doctoral Defense Board for two PhD students in Lithuania at Vytautas Magnus University:
-Youdi Sun. Adjusting to Cultural Differences in Teaching and Learning: The Case Study of Chinese Postgraduate Students in Lithuania.
-Yuqing Yang. Boundary Crossing: The Sociocultural Integration Experience of Chinese International Students in Lithuania.
It is exciting to see what this new generation of researchers is producing in the growing field of international education. Upon evaluating these new PhD degrees from Lithuania in June, I will have served on doctoral committees for universities in 12 countries in the fields of international education, musicology, and music education. It is certainly fascinating to experience diverse approaches to doctoral studies in different locations and academic fields, and to take part in developing new doctoral programs. I have also greatly enjoyed doing some teaching for the university-wide professional development course on Doctoral Supervision at University of Bergen across recent years, and have been developing some writings on issues in doctoral supervision.
This summer we eagerly look forward to offering the new PhD course Global Inequalities in Higher Education and the Arts at Bergen Summer Research School, 2022. It is inspiring to be co-leading this course with geography professor Erlend Eidsvik, and we have planned for some excellent guest lecturers, including keynote speaker Emily Achieng’ Akuno, as well as distinguished scholars Lesley Le Grange and Suriamurthee Maistry, a special dance presentation by Tara Pandeya, and much more. There were many strong applicants, and we are pleased to see that this course will include around 20 PhD students from several different countries, and we look forward to some lively discussions.
Chengdu image attribution: 书剑飘零