Day of the Teacher-Researcher 2024

The AHK Research Centre organises the Day of the Teacher- Researcher every year. Open to all researchers within the AHK, at any stage of their research, at any level of education. This year’s theme: Learning Together Across Difference. Curator: Professional Doctorate candidate Stëfan Schäfer.

There is a wealth of research going on within the AHK, and there is a lot of urgency and dedication in the projects that we execute. This day offers the opportunity to get together throughout the different academies, and exchange about the content of our research and our working practices, opening a space of joint exploration.

Are you working at the AHK and doing research or interested in research? Then you are most welcome to participate on Tuesday 19 March, 12:30 - 18:00.


12.30 - 13:00 Lunch 
13:00 - 13:45 Introduction + collective practices 
13:45 - 14:50 Section 1: Zooming in and - out in relation to body and discipline 
(speakers: Rose A. Akras, Amit Gur. 2 x 25 minutes presentation + 15 minutes questions) 
14:50 - 15:05 Break 
15:05 - 16:10 Section 2: Transmission of and learning with in a transcultural and interspecies context
(speakers: Rafael Reina Camara, Marit van Dijk. 2 x 25 minutes presentation + 15 minutes questions) 
16:10 - 16:25 Break 
16:25 - 17:30 Section 3: Artistic practices and activism in relation to pedagogy 
(speakers: Nathalie Roos, Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos a.k.a. Taka Taka. 2 x 25 minutes presentation + 15 minutes questions) 
17:30 - 17:45 Break 
17:45 – 18:00 Closing 
18:00 – 19:00 Drinks 

Watch the impression of last year's event here.

First section

The first section deals with zooming in and - out in relation to body and disciplines: 
Rose A. Akras ‘Mapping Somatic based Movement Research - Zooming in, Branching out (first phase)’ 
Mapping Somatic based Movement Research is an individual research which was meant to clarify and register how Rose’s classes take shape. Initially, Rose aimed to transform the research into a guideline or didactic material but in dialogue with members of the ATD’s Embodied Knowledge Research Group, she realised her research has the potential to link a broader community and give interstitial space for more creative research. The map she developed until now, has recently been shared within a group of somatic practitioners/researchers in Brazil, while within the ATD it has only been shared in its beginning stage and among the EKRG. The Day of the Teacher-Researcher offers an opportunity to share the development of map in a further but not finished stage and expanding the feedback-circle by researchers of all academies within the AHK, which is relevant for further development of the map. Rose will give a presentation combined with short exercises.  

Amit Gur - ‘Form and Material in Visual and Auditory Perceptions’
Amit Gur is working on his Ph.D. project 'Form and Material in Visual and Auditory Perceptions', which deals with the creation of auditory analogies for the phenomena of visual form and material. This research is interdisciplinary, belonging to the disciplines of Experimental Psychology, Philosophy, and Artistic Research. Amit implements his research in several courses at the CvA, making the pedagogical aspect well established at this point. As it is an interdisciplinary research, the Day of the Teacher-Researcher sparks interest for researchers from all academic within the AHK. Amit will share a part of his research in the shape of a lecture accompanied by a visual presentation and musical examples.

Second section

The second section approaches transmission of and learning with in a transcultural and interspecies context: 
Rafael Reina Camara - 'Transcultural Transmission of Musical knowledge' 
Rafael Reina Camara is part of an international postdoctoral research project involving 7 researchers from all over the world called ’Transcultural Transmission of Musical Knowledge’. Starting from the intercultural aspect of the research, Rafael will share how learning from and with several cultures can contribute enormously to the creation of new music, both composed and improvised, as well as the performance of it.  
These are the project’s research questions to investigate:   

  1. How do different cultures and traditions communicate their local musical knowledge and systems, both internally and interculturally? 
  2. What new methodologies are needed to understand these communication processes? 
  3. How can processes of musical and cultural translation, transformation and preservation contribute to educational needs and more equally valued literacies across the world?  

Rafael’s main points and goals of the research will be presented in a PowerPoint, eventually accompanied by a couple of short musical examples. 
Marit van Dijk - 'Thinking with Birds' 
Marit van Dijk works as researcher at the lectorate of the Reinwardt Academy and is also coordinator of the Heritage Lab. Her work focuses on the interaction between history, public space and cultural memory. Currently she is working on Thinking with Birds, a yearlong research project about interactions with birds in an urban context. This project aims to improve the critical consideration of nature-culture dichotomies in everyday life. This presentation will discuss the theories and practices that are involved in this project and facilitates a discussion on how research practices can facilitate encounters between different ways of knowing. Marit will give a presentation including brief practices.  

Third section

The third section focuses on artistic practices and activism in relation to pedagogy: 
Nathalie Roos - 'To Throw Oneself into the Fray' 
Nathalie Roos follows an individual PhD research trajectory (Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University/Lectorate Arts Education, Amsterdam University of the Arts) regard gin artistic activism, social and political participation, art and citizenship education, and empirical research. She will give examples and theory of artistic activism as an inspiration for new and creative forms of social and political participation. She will also share the outcomes of her current research study into the arts and citizenship project 'Dealing with the real stuff', in which students at a secondary school in Amsterdam studied activist art and engaged in artistic activism. A few examples: 

  • theoretical and empirical knowledge about the connection between artistic activism and pedagogical principles of arts and citizenship education 
  • experiences and learning outcomes of students  
  • examples of students' interventions in public space 
  • dilemmas and limits of activist art pedagogy 

Nathalie will give a PowerPoint presentation and lead a discussion on dilemmas/limits of, and in art pedagogy.  

Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos a.k.a. Taka Taka - 'Drag Mothering as Pedagogy: Redressing Actions for the Oppressed' 
Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos is a former DAS THIRD fellow and now will start his Professional Doctorate at the ATD.  
How can drag mothering, with its various practices, constitute a pedagogy for fostering more empathic social and creative relations in subcultural and art-academic contexts? Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos aka Taka Taka will share his experience of drag mothering as a catalyst for domains of art-academic and queer/drag/HIV advocacy in the form of a performative lecture. Taka Taka utilizes methodologies of drag mothering as discourse formation and dissemination, queer pedagogies of empowerment, and the establishment and nurturing of space for queer care. These methods and domains will be demonstrated in his PD process. His performance lecture includes visuals, small exercises and will spread a lot of energy.  
The main programme is followed by drinks and snacks and the opportunity to talk to all participants if the day. 

More info about these research projects or more info about AHK research?