New External Doctoral Committees

I look forward to serving as an External Examiner (“Opponent”) for the PhD defense of Laura Ellestad with a dissertation titled “Norwegian-American Fiddling in the Upper Midwest: The Construction of Norwegian-American Identities” at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. It will be very interesting to see how Ellestad approaches this topic, with a dissertation to be defended in spring 2023. This will be my second time serving on the doctoral committee for a string player working in a genre outside western classical music, since years ago I was a doctoral supervisor for Ari Poutiainen, a jazz violinist now at University of Helsinki.  

Also, I look forward to serving as an external member for the PhD committee at University of Luxembourg for Japanese comparative educationist Miwa Chiba. She was a student in the first cohort of my PhD course “Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy”, later becoming a contributor to our special issue in the Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education as well as the book Comparative and Decolonial Studies in Philosophy of Education. Chiba is deeply interested in the philosophical foundations of contrasting educational systems in Europe and Asia, and it has been a great pleasure to work with her.  

In the end of October 2022, I will be teaching for a third year for the university-wide professional development course in Doctoral Supervision at University of Bergen. Click HERE to learn more about my interests and experience in doctoral education.

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