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Mika Elo to continue as Vice-Dean responsible for research at the Academy of Fine Arts

Professor Mika Elo, DFA, has been elected to continue his term of office as Vice-Dean responsible for research at the Academy of Fine Arts for the period 1 June 2018 – 31 December 2019.

Elo is the director of the doctoral programme and professor in artistic research at the Academy of Fine Arts. He has been the Vice-Dean responsible for research at the Academy of Fine Arts since 2016. Elo has considerable experience in working at different universities and making and promoting artistic research. His doctoral thesis was in the field of visual culture.

As Vice-Dean responsible for research, Elo manages the development of the research and doctoral programme at the Academy of Fine Arts and the strategic initiatives related to it. During his continued term of office he wants to promote academic curation and responsible expertise by bringing together different kinds of operators and by creating a sustainable operating culture that stems from the specific strengths of these operators.

Elo finds it both exciting and challenging to be promoting research issues at the Academy of Fine Arts now that the University of the Arts is considering how the cooperation between the academies in doctoral education and research could best be developed over the long term. “I will do my best to ensure that the special needs and strengths of the Academy of Fine Arts will be considered in this process,” Elo says.

Mika Elo has a strong and central role in the Academy of Fine Arts’ research. “I’m extremely satisfied that he will continue as the Vice-Dean of the Academy’s research, says Dean Jan Kaila of the Academy of Fine Arts.

The term of office for the part-time Vice-Deans at the Uniarts Academy of Fine Arts is defined by the length of their original tasks and lasts for a maximum of three years.