The RASL Minor is driven by societal urgency. Complex social concerns, such as climate crises, shifting political landscapes, ecological degradation and growing inequalities demand adaptability and future thinking. In this minor, students from different backgrounds across the arts and sciences work together on transdisciplinary research projects in order to address a self-chosen societal issue.
These short video's are part of a series of interviews that make audible the voices of everyone involved in the RASL minor. The video series was made on the occasion of RASL’s nomination for the Dutch Higher Education Premium (Nederlands Hoger Onderwijs Premie).
An interview with Claire Ouwejan
Meet Claire Ouwejan. Claire studies Advertising at Willem de Kooning Academy and participated in the RASL minor in the academic year 2020-2021. In this video, she tells about her experience of the minor.
An interview with RASL Student Gabija Bubnyte
Meet Gabija Bubnyte. Gabija studies Graphic Design at Willem de Kooning Academy and participated in the RASL minor in the academic year 2020-2021. In this video, she tells about her experience of the minor.
We chose to title this video “Learning in-between”, because the minor provided Gabija an in-between space, where disciplinary borders faded and made room for new ways of learning. With the RASL minor, we aim to explore the possibilities of this so-called in-between space.
Please visit Gabija’s website to find more information about her work.
An interview with RASL Tutor Sami Hammana
Meet Sami Hammana. Sami has been teaching in the RASL minor since it was first offered in 2019. In this video, he tells about his experience of the minor.
We chose to title this video “Non-normativities”, because Sami’s pedagogical approach insists on an undoing of “normative” hierarchies between teachers, students, knowledges and educational categories in general. Instead, there is an interest to advance “non-normative narratives”, with the aim to develop and publish projects that highlight societal concerns that haven’t had the same level of attention as the dominant normative ones.
Please visit Sami’s website to find more information about his work.