CIRRUS Confabulations 4

GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #4: Amal Khalaf, “Collective Listening, Collective Dreaming”11 November, 5:00pm EET (4:00pm CET / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PDT)

Amal KhalafCollective Listening, Collective DreamingThrough listening moments, readings and sharing stories from projects developed over the last decade, we will think about how histories of radical pedagogy and practices of listening play a role in community practice and collective imagining. What are the ways that collective imagining can create alternative spaces for contesting power and advocating for new forms of relation? As an artist, organiser or designer how do you ground your practice in supporting collective desire? The challenge of including the arts and pedagogical practices meaningfully in research, organising and community initiatives is not new, but has grown more important in these crisis-ridden times. There is a need for more collaborative work embracing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and action.
About Amal KhalafAmal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice. Through Implicated Theatre (2011-2019) she has developed an arts and migrant justice program using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create interventions, curricula and performances with ESOL teachers, hotel workers, domestic workers and other migrant justice organizers. 
She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, a trustee for not/ and on the artistic committee for Arts Catalyst. In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice and in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.

ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONSA series of speakers taking an oblique look onto graphic design and its outlines in order to re-think, destabilize or decenter its normative structures and practices. By prioritising that which has taken place in the margins, ephemerally, despite oppression and in dissent, we will seek to widen the circumference of design practice. To see where else design has and can happen; how social and political movements have manifested in visual cultures; and ultimately to develop a sense of self-reflexivity toward our own privileges and positions.
Future lectures will include Ayasha Guerin (25 Nov), with more to be announced.
The lectures are free, open to the public, and closed caption supported.All lectures will be streamed live from
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS is a new free online public lecture series presented by the MA in Graphic Design program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, curated by Rosen Eveleigh, and partly supported by the CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education and Nordplus

CIRRUS TALK vol 2. Online Admission

The second 2 hour conversation:
hosted by Design School Kolding  
Lone Dalsgaard André, Vice Rector and Head of Cirrus Board

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 14.00 CET (15 EET / 13 GMT)
Check your local time here.

Many of us transformed our admission process for 2020 to include digital functions or to be conducted completely online.

During this Cirrus talk we will share our experiences with this new format and discuss questions such as:

  • How can we secure the well-being of the applicants during the online application process?
  • How can we support the applicants to do experiments on their own but with help?
  • How can we help the applicants to be the best version of them selves and do their best? 
  • How far can we take online admission process?

Lone Dalsgaard André will share the experiences from Kolding and we will have group discussions and work on some tasks.

Please sign up here due October 23.
Seats: 20
The talk will take place on Zoom.
Link will be sent to those who registered on October 26.

Further information: Sandra Mell
CIRRUS network coordinator

EKA MA GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures” 30 September, 5:00pm EET

MA in Graphic Design at Estonian Academy of Arts invites:
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”30 September, 5:00pm EET (4:00pm CET / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PDT)

Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”In this book talk drawn from Information Activism:  A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), I outline how lesbian feminists in the U.S. and Canada approached publishing as an information practice key to establishing a foundation for their movements, and building more livable lives for lesbians. Focusing on newsletters, bibliographies and indexes, I show how activists created and circulating information as a world-making process when access to information was otherwise precarious. 
Cait McKinney is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), and coeditor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (UBC, 2019). McKinney is interested in how queer social movements use digital technologies to build alternative information infrastructures. Their current research is on activist responses to early online content regulations; the intertwined histories of AIDS Activism and digital technologies; and the ways sexuality has been used to explain data and databases since the mid 20th century.

ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONSA series of speakers taking an oblique look onto graphic design and its outlines in order to re-think, destabilize or decenter its normative structures and practices. By prioritising that which has taken place in the margins, ephemerally, despite oppression and in dissent, we will seek to widen the circumference of design practice. To see where else design has and can happen; how social and political movements have manifested in visual cultures; and ultimately to develop a sense of self-reflexivity toward our own privileges and positions.
Future lectures will include speakers Silas Munroe (14 Oct), and Ayasha Guerin (25 Nov), with more to be announced.
The lectures are free, open to the public, and closed caption supported.All lectures will be streamed live from
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS is a new free online public lecture series presented by the MA in Graphic Design program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, curated by Rosen Eveleigh, and partly supported by the CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education and Nordplus

Open posts: Umeå University, Sweden

The Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University, Sweden, announces 5 tenure-track positions as Assistant professor. Two, or more, of these could be in the fields of design and architecture, respectively. At the Umeå Institute of Design, we would be very happy to see applications that align with our research interests and hope that this will be a nice opportunity to have new colleagues joining us. Application deadline is 19 October, 2020.

For more information and applications links for the position, please see the ad on the Faculty web pages:

And for more information about the research environment at the Umeå Institute of Design, please see our own home page:

Design for NEED + FashionSEEDS, Sept 17, 2020

Prof Piret Puppart, head of EKA Fashion Design. Photo: Mark Raidpere

The Fashion Department of EKA would like to invite you to participate in the conference Design for NEED + FashionSEEDS on
September 17th as part of Tallinn Design Festival.

The program will explore issues related to design education, in particular,how we can make teaching more relevant and meaningful in terms of sustainability. The conference will present the results of the FashionSEEDS project to the general public for the first time!
NB! – Pre-registration required! The event itself is free!

XV Tallinn Design Festival International Conference
Design for NEED + FashionSEEDS

/ N, 17.09. 2020  09:30-15:00 / @ Põhjala tehas

Design for need in times of climate crisis should focus on objects and services able to play a positive part in solving the issue; which would make our environment safer and more enjoyable to live in. Special attention should be given for example to highly functional objects and health-protecting, time-saving services. Yet, much of the current design is reduced to plain aesthetics or even glamour.  Indeed, beauty and form should be integral to a well-functioning product, however, and above all, design should be based on people’s and societal primary needs.   

In the first part of this conference, we will hear talks from award-winning Finnish designer Ville Kokkonen and renowned Italian industrial designer and journalist Ubaldo SpinaDavid Kusuma, the president of World Design Organization (WDO), will lead the day, introducing the newly launched Mars project with NASA. Estonia will be represented by the engineering chief at Transferwise, Aivar Lumberg, and the Head of Product Design at EKA, Maarja Mõtus, who will explain about the changes taking place in design education and how much the crisis has affected students.

+ FashionSEEDS 
“Design-Led Education for Sustainability” /
The second part of the conference will focus more thoroughly on design education. It seeks to find an answer to the question as to what type of designer is needed as Europe moves towards a climate-neutral circular economy? Practitioners, researchers and lecturers from UAL (University of the Arts London, UK), Polimi (Politécnico di Milano, Italy), DSKD (Designskolen Kolding, Denmark), and EKA (the Estonian Academy of Arts) have come together through an Erasmus+ project called the FashionSEEDS to rethink and improve the design education in the light of the challenges posed by climate change. A keynote speech from Pirjo Kääriäinen, from Aalto University on collaboration and interdisciplinarity will open the afternoon section, followed by a series of short talks on Fashion Design Education for Sustainability. A panel discussion with international academic and industry representatives, led by Piret Puppart concludes the insights of the day on how to make design education sustainable.  

The event is free of charge
Pre-register HERE!

Design for NEED

▪️ 9:15 __ [Coffee, tea]

▪️ 09:30 __ Introduction – Ilona Gurjanova
(President of the Estonian Association of Designers)

▪️ 09:35 __ Video Greeting – David Kusuma, PhD
(President-Elect of the World Design Organization (WDO), Vice President of Tupperware)

▪️ 09:50 __ “Design for Emergencies” – Ubaldo Spina
(Researcher, industrial designer and journalist, Business Development Manager at CETMA)

▪️ 10:10___”Mission-Driven Product Building – a Story of Solving a real Need” – Alvar Lumberg
(Engineering Lead at Transferwise)

▪️ 10:30 __ “Time x Mass Weight Density” – Ville Kokkonen
(Widely recognised Finnish industrial designer)

▪️ 10:50 __ “Are the Students Prepared to Design for Need” – Maarja Mõtus
(Head of Product Design Departement at the Estonian Academy of Arts)

▪️ 11:10 __ [Lunch break]

“Design-Led Education for Sustainability”

The event, organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts, presents the first results of the FashionSEEDS project to the industry, design professionals and educators.

FashionSEEDS – Fashion Societal, Economic & Environmental Design-led Sustainability – is a project conducted by world-leading institutions in Fashion Education spanning over the course of three years. It seeks to develop a Design-led Framework for Fashion Design Education in Sustainability able to impact transformational changes in the Fashion System in response to the fashion industry’s severe damage to our environment. What skills does a designer need in a new, challenging time for Europe to move towards a climate-friendly circular economy? Partners from UALPolimiDSKD and EKA will expand the topic to rethink and improve design education in the light of the challenges posed by climate change, social wellbeing, cultural engagement and new economic models. The event will deliver the findings of the Benchmarking Report and the Framework Document for Design-led Sustainability Education, as well as give initial insights to possible sustainability teaching materials as part of the emerging learning resource repository enabling educators to adapt and apply the framework to a range of Higher Education Institutions.

University of the Arts London
Politécnico di Milano
Designskolen Kolding
Eesti Kunstiakadeemia

Funded by: EU Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership  

▪️ 11:45 __ Welcoming Words – Reet Aus
(Designer, Senior Researcher at EKA)

▪️ 11:50 __ Keynote Speech – Pirjo Kääriäinen
(Professor of Practice, Head of Education at Aalto University, founder of Chemarts project)

▪️ 12:10 __ Questions from the audience

▪️ 12:15 __ “Fashion Design for Sustainability – A New Foundation for Fashion Educators” – Dilys Williams
(Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Professor of Academic Leadership at the London College of Fashion, UAL)

▪️ 12:35 __ “The Fashion SEEDS Benchmarking Report – A perspective on the Fashion Design for Sustainability Education in Europe” – Erminia D’Itria
(Doctoral Researcher at POLIMI)

▪️ 12:55 __” A Framework for Fashion Sustainability Education” – Julia Valle Noronha
(Associate Professor of Fashion, Co-head MA in Design & Crafts at EKA)

▪️ 13:15 __ “Tools and Activities for the Fashion SEEDS platform” – Louise Ravnløkke & Karen Marie Hasling
(Assistant Professors at DSKD)

▪️ 13:55 __ [Coffee break]

▪️ 14:10 __ Discussion Panel: Designer Skill-sets in a Climate Neutral Economy – Moderated by Piret Puppart (Professor of Fashion at EKA)

Panelists: Dilys Williams, Reet Aus, Oksana Skorbatjuk (Demand Generation Coordinator, Lindström), Kirsi Niinimäki (Associate Professor at the Department of Design, Aalto University) and Silke Lieser (sustainable marketing expert, founder of Gegenpol).

Innovation in Healthcare CIRRUS IC

Innovation in Healthcare 

Innovation in Healthcare is a real-time 5-day online intensive funded by Nordplus Higher Education proramme that aims to bring together Cirrus network students and faculty with a focus on co-design as a methodology of planning and implementing change to improve the delivery of public (health)care.

Dates: 14 – 16.9 (self-directed learning); 17.9 and 24 – 26.9 (collaborative workshops). For a more detailed day-to-day course schedule (GMT+3),  see below.


Applications deadline: 12.9.2020 (23:59 GMT+3)

Please fill out the Application Form. Admissions decisions will be made on a continuing bases and no later than 13.9.2020. The intensive has limited enrolment due to the very challenging public health conditions that continue to disrupt how we approach service design in healthcare.


Held in collaboration with one of the top healthcare providers in Estonia, North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH), the intensive is to respond to the current lack of patient-driven innovation from within the Cirrus network. Designed to share and develop ideas  for urgently needed solutions as well as to build resilience post-pandemic, Cirrus students from any field of study will have the opportunity to join a dedicated team of their choice for fast-paced ideation, brainstorming, and prototyping with the aim of contributing to (health)care that could give patients the service and choices that they need.


The intensive will be co-led by Josina Vink, an Associate Professor in the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)Tanel Kärp, Head of at Estonian Academy of Arts, and Riina Raudne, Communications Designer, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health

Digital Mobility:

Video conferencing (Zoom), messaging platforms (Slack), as well as virtual whiteboards (Miro) will be used throughout the intensive to apply service thinking remotely. 

Following Cirrus Digital Mobility guidelines, financial support will be available to cover direct costs such as IT-support service, hardware and/or software, as needed. Only Cirrus network universities are eligible to apply for Digital Mobility grants on behalf of their students.

Course Schedule:

Monday, 14 September

Pre-recorded lectures and design toolbox distributed

Design Teams assigned

1st Assignment (independent) / Preliminary research

Thursday, 17 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

14:15 – 21:00 2nd Assignment (independent) / Brainstorming and Ideation

Thursday, 24 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

14:15 – 21:00 3rd Assignment (independent) / Rapid Prototyping

Friday, 25 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

Saturday, 26 September

11:45: – 16:45 4th Assignment (independent) / Idea Refinement


From Autumn 2020, CIRRUS launches a series of digital conversations, held once a month. The idea is to come together around a topic of interest for the members in the network, and share experiences and insights. We envision this as a 1- to 2-hour low-key session, over zoom or a similar platform, where the inviting school or person opens the conversation with an introduction, and sets the format for how they would like the joint conversation to happen.

The first 2 hour conversation:
hosted by Estonian Academy of Arts
Indrek Sirkel, professor, head of Graphic Design

Sean Yendrys, associate professor, head of MA Graphic Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 14.00 EET:
(11.00 Iceland / 13 Scandinavian / 14 Finnish/Baltic time)

How do we retain some of the vital circumstances afforded by in-person teaching and learning? How to keep a sense of community, opportunities for spontaneous & intimate discussions, and an environment for making. In contrast, what new teaching practices, exchanging of resources, and forms of communication might emerge from these conditions that should integrate themselves into future curriculums?

Please sign up here due September 24.
Seats: 20

Further information: Sandra Mell
CIRRUS network coordinator

We are looking for your help in developing this series further. If you have a topic that you would like to share with us all by discussing it with other members of our network, please let us know, suggest a date, and we’ll collectively make it happen.

CIRRUS express course at Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) / Dialogue 8-17 September, 2020

DIALOGUE (ceramics wood firing workshop)

Teaching period:  08.09 – 17.09.2020(8th Sept. – Arrival, 17th Sept. – Departure)
Teacher(s): LAA Prof. Dainis Lesins, Pundurs, Ainars Rimicans, Liga Skarina, Eugenia Loginova. 

ECTS:  1,5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 2
Grant available: 2×70 EUR weekly rate + travel grant 330 EUR (Iceland 660 EUR). When you have been confirmed of the seat, please fill in the application form found here: It needs to be signed by your home coordinator and yourself and sent to along with the confirmation e-mail from LMA

Level: BA / MA 

Requirements: to prepare two project drawings for your art objects upon the arrival. 

Your individual working tools and work clothes shall be taken along with you.

Application deadline: 20.08.2020. The results will be announced on 21.08.2020.

How to apply: 

Please send a short motivation letter (mention also your full name, home university, study level, contacts) and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address:

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as a part of an international ceramic symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. The students will be given a unique possibility to be introduced to professional artists, their oeuvre.  Programme includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firing – high temperature soda wood firing, attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the POP-UP exhibition on the end of the symposium. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “Dialogue” invites artists to create small sculptural works (H about 30cm) using ceramic material, but find new, non-traditional shape, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. 

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics materials and woodfiring technologies by practically developing the project in ceramics. The project works will be displayed at the exhibition.

Additional information:

Venues of the symposium – a splendid and picturesque resort by the seaside in Jurmala. 

 For all the group the guest house will be rented. Participation fee is compulsory for all the participants, for students (with a discount) – 180 Euro. It covers costs of accommodation in double room, working materials and firing. Catering is not provided, but each room is equipped with fridge, teapot, microwave.

Job opportunity at HDK-Valand: Head of Design Unit

Head of the Design Unit

Diary id: PAR 2020/740
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: HDK-Valand
Apply by: 2020-08-06

On 1 January 2020, Valand Academy and HDK – School of Design and Crafts merged to form the HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design. We are now looking for a visionary head to lead the design unit at HDK-Valand.

Over the coming year, the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts is conducting a change project aimed at creating an attractive programme, research and work environment for future students, employees and partners. Read more about the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and HDK-Valand here.

The Design Unit at HDK-Valand hosts an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program and three research-oriented international Master’s programmes in Design (Design, Child Culture Design, Embedded Design) as well as a series of free-standing courses. Historically, the unit is rooted in the Gothenburg Slöyd Association’s School, which was established in 1848, and and the unit is located in Hedlund’s beautiful Art Nouveau building in Kristinelundsgatan in central Gothenburg with the Röhsska Museum as nearest neighbor.

HDK-Valand was among the first in the Nordic countries to embrace the modern concept of design and to establish a research environment and doctoral education. The Design Unit has proud traditions in collaboration with regional design industries as well as international design schools. Design research and design teaching at HDK-Valand have a strong focus on sustainable development and social responsibility. Empathy, experimentation, and the encounter with audiences and the design public are central in research methodology as well as in pedagogical practice.

Job description

The position primarily is to lead and develop the unit after the merger and towards fulling the Arts2025 vision. Major focus is on working with staff to develop the subject and the range of programme and course offerings within the unit, developing an inspiring and productive research environment, creating a good work environment and developing the organisation and its practices. The position’s responsibilities require clear communication and experience in working with development and change at group and individual levels.

The leadership assignment includes driving change and development work at unit, department, and faculty levels, participating in the management group, leading and supporting teaching staff, and coordinating work within the unit with the rest of the university and external partners.

The head of the unit has delegated staff and budget responsibility for about 40 employees (teachers, researchers and doctoral students) at the unit. The management assignment is planned to total 80% of full-time. Remaining time can be used for teaching, research or development projects, in consultation and in agreement with the head of department.

Work assignments include outreach and development of networks and collaborations both within and outside the university.


The position requires experience and demonstrated ability to lead staff and operations and to successfully drive change processes, experience working with the design field and experience from teaching.

Assessment criteria

Particular emphasis is placed on leadership experience, documented ability to lead staff and organisations and the ability to successfully drive change processes.

Educational expertise and artistic expertise are of equal importance, and the following criteria will be given particular emphasis:

  • ability to lead and facilitate collaboration and artistic and artist-led group processes
  • documented ability to lead and develop external partnerships
  • active participation in international and/or national networks within the field
  • documented experience of teaching at university level and experience in developing programmes, course content and examination forms
  • documented research competence and/or competence within artistic development as well as research management experience from a university or art school context or from research and development within another relevant sector
  • experience in developing education in interdisciplinary contexts
  • participation in relevant national and international networks within design practice and research

The assessment of applicants will examine personal suitability for the position and administrative abilities.

The university environment is primarily Swedish speaking, but the Design unit is in part international, which means you need to be able to lead and communicate in both Swedish/Scandinavian and English, both in written and spoken forms. If you do not have a command of Swedish, language courses will be offered.

If you lack training related to teaching and learning in higher education, you will be expected to attend such training or validate the equivalent existing skills.

After an overall assessment, the applicant deemed to have the best potential to carry out the position’s assignments will be chosen. Particular emphasis is placed on personal suitability.


You will be employed as a lecturer in Design and have an assignment as Head of Unit. At the University it is possible to apply for promotion to Senior lecturer.

The position is time limited to five years accordingly to Högskoleförordningen 4kap §10 Lärare inom konstnärlig verksamhet. The position is a full time position located at HDK-Valand. Start date is on a date agreed upon by both parties.

Appointment procedure

The selection process might involve interviews, tests and asking for references.

For questions about the position, contact

Troels Degn Johansson, Head of Department

Therese Vestlund, Human Resources Officer 

Union organisations

Union representatives at University of Gothenburg can be found here:


You apply for the position through the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the advertisement for the position and that it is submitted to the university by the closing date. Any documents that cannot be submitted in electronic form are to be sent in triplicate with registration number to:

University of Gothenburg
ATT. Therese Vestlund 
Box 131
405 30 Gothenburg

We wish your application to be written in English.

Applications are to be received no later than: 6 August 2020

The University of Gothenburg works actively to promote an equal work environment and values highly the qualities diversity brings with it.

The university sets salaries on an individual basis.

In accordance with the directions of Sweden’s National Archive Office, the university is obliged to store application documents for two years after the appointment decision. If an applicant for a position specifically requests the return of the documents, the documents will be sent back after these two years; otherwise they will be disposed of.

About Us

Together with the Academy of Music and Drama, HDK-Valand forms Scandinavia’s largest faculty of fine, applied and performing arts, with unique breadth to its artistic education and research. The departments are located in central Gothenburg and work closely with local and regional cultural organisations, a wide-ranging international network and many international collaborators. Read more about HDK-Valand on the Academy’s website.