Dismantling academic ableism – discussion and coffee with researchers

Concerned about the hidden ableism within the arts education? Come and have a cup of coffee with the researchers at SAFINET project!

The event aims to facilitate the meeting and networking among students, teachers and researchers at Uniarts Helsinki and other Finnish institutions interested in decolonial approaches to health, arts and wellbeing, with a strong focus on dismantling academic ableism.

During the event, the researchers from both Uniarts Helsinki and Stellenbosch University will give a short presentation on their research and their role in the research project. Afterwards, we will have a joint conversation with the public. Food tidbits and refreshments will be served.

Please register for the event on 4 October the latest. The registration is needed purely for the purpose of preparing for catering.

About the project

The new international research project ’Health, wellbeing and disability narratives in the arts’ aims to develop anti-ableist higher arts education practices and policy recommendations within the participant Higher Education Institutions by employing intercultural notions of arts, health, and wellbeing from a decolonial, anti-pathologising perspective. To achieve this goal, the project will facilitate joint courses, teacher-student exchange, and workshops and report these achievements in co-authored peer-reviewed research publications. More details can be found on the project page.

About the research team

The project’s research team is composed of senior lecturer and associate professor Dr Lieketseng Ned and the postdoctoral fellow Dr Chioma Ohajunwa, both members of the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies at Stellenbosch University, postdoctoral fellow Francisco Trento; postdoctoral fellow and Academy of Finland fellow Tuulikki Laes and postdoctoral fellow Kai Lehikoinen at Uniarts Helsinki.

About Kookos building

The building is accessible and the floors can be reached by a lift. There is an accessible toilet on the same floor as the main lobby. Read more from the Theatre Academy main building Kookos’ webpage.

Looking forward to meeting you,

The research team


6.10.2022 at 13:00


Theatre Academy main building Kookos

Haapaniemenkatu 6

00530 Helsinki

Further information

The event will take place in rehearsal room KO-523. Ask for guidance from the information desk near the entrance if you are not familiar with the building.

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