— Cultural Sources of Newness

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Taking a break from formulating the conclusions to a chapter I am writing about artists’ reflections on artistic interventions yesterday evening, I went to a concert. The program was 17th and 18th century folk music from Slovakia and Hungary. A good break from work and thoughts of newness, I expected. Instead I found evidence that cultural newness starts at home.

 

Hauskonzert Trio Dulci Chordae September 29 2013

Hauskonzert Trio Dulci Chordae September 29 2013

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There are at least three potential sources of newness offered by attending a PhD defence ritual abroad: you get to read a brand new thesis, you get to experience sparks of dissonance in the interaction, and you get to observe a (for you as a foreigner) new academic ritual. By accepting Ulla Johansson Sköldberg’s invitation to attend the defence of one of her PhD students, Marcus Jahnke, on Friday afternoon September 20th at the HDK – School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg I had the great fortune to reap value from all three sources—and more: I witnessed the emergence of a new twist to the academic ritual.

PhD thesis Marcus Jahnke 2013

PhD thesis Marcus Jahnke 2013

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