Course: Future Leaders. Changemaking and Challenging Norms

How can one become a changemaker and dismantle discriminatory norms, normative structures and hierarchies within the arts and culture sector?

Reimagining and reconstructing leadership

The workshop invites participants to examine how collective practices considering power and responsibility can shape our understanding of decision-making and reconstruct our own notions of leadership. The workshop is open to students within different arts and culture fields from all the Nordic countries, recently graduated arts and culture professionals, and for cultural activists. The aim of the course is to introduce norm critical leadership to students.

The workshop is organized by The Nordic Network of Norm Critical Leadership, Culture for All Service and University of the Arts Helsinki. The course is connected to the Nordic conference Norm Critical Leadership – Challenging Nordic Exceptionalism and Norms, held at Caisa, on February 8th and 9th. Students from the course will prepare a statement for the second day of the conference.

Time: 7.2.2023 from 10–17:00
Venue: Uniarts Helsinki, Theatre Academy Main building (Kookos), room 505
Address: Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki.
Teachers: Maija Karhunen & Julian Owusu

How to apply

15 participants will be selected for the workshop based on the applicants’ readiness to attend the course and previous studies and  engagement regarding equity, diversity, and norm critical practices. The applicants are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter (maximum one page) in which they answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to participate in the course?
  2. What is your relationship to issues relating to inclusion, diversity, and accessibility?

We consider the diversity of the group as a part of our selection criteria. We especially encourage applications from BIPOC, people of migrant backgrounds, diverse genders and sexualities and disabled people. The selection is made by the teachers of the workshop, and representatives of Nordic Network of Norm Critical Leadership and UniArts.

Deadline for the application is Wednesday, 15 December, 2022. Send the application to the event coordinator

Participation is free of charge. The language of the workshop and the conference is English. The organizers will cover expenses from travel and accommodation (max. 3 nights) for participants from other Nordic countries and from other parts of Finland.


7.2.2023 at 10:00 – 17:00


Theatre Academy main building Kookos

Haapaniemenkatu 6

00530 Helsinki

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