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#OURKABK (RESEARCH) CLUB
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This document is a collective space for gathering, labeling and grouping problems in the existing KABK; resources, models, ideas, tactics and formats for how to address them and to build a new KABK.
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Organised by Design Lectorate
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Abbreviations: BoG = Board of Governors; CvB= Executive Board; CMR = the Council of Representatives of the University; DMR-KABK = Faculty Council of Representatives of the KABK; OC= Study Programme Committees
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Concrete example of problematic issue as experienced on regular basis by members of communityProblematic issueWhich one of the B&S Report conclusions and recommendations it relates toIdeas, tactics and format for how to address issue in the short termStatusHow this would be done in the long term at OURKABKName/dept. (if you wish) Examples/models/speakers/partipants to invite Comments
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No community access to job profile

Lack of transparency around hiring process of interim director Organisation: Different management style Send emails to CMR, DMR and BoG requesting information on the hiring processRoel van Herpt and Alice Twemlow sent emails to BoG and CMR asking for clarification. KABK DMR provided clarification April 2. Job profile provided on 7 April. All job profiles to be open for input from KABK community. All jobs to be posted externally. For some positions, candidates should give a presentation to whole KABK community for the final decision making. Alice Twemlow and Roel van HerptMarta Iwanek shared a model from the journalism school processhttps://www.ryerson.ca/journalism/news-events/2021/03/an-announcement-from-dean-charles-falzon/
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Euro-centric references in bibliographies. Lack of pedagogical training / intercultural sensitivity for teachersOrganisation: Diversity and inclusionMake reading lists open-source and editable by all students involved.Shailoh was asked to develop this for the photography department and has been asked to make a proposal. develop a critical pedagogies working group and training programShailoh PhillipsTransformative Pedagogical practicesInput welcome!
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Too big a gap between the pay scales.Payment of director ("topinkomens")Organisation: Organisation: Different management style
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Very few BIPOC teachersLack of diversity and inclusivityOrganisation: Diversity and inclusion
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Short-term contracts. Lack of clarity around hiring and firing. Different pay rates. Precarious working conditions for teachersOrganisation: Temporary contractsForming a teacher's union / critical allyship working groupInter-academy initiative supported by Platforrm BK
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Only Dutch cusine in canteen. Lack of diversity and inclusivityOrganisation: Organisation: Different management style
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Not enough gender neutral toilet facilities
Lack of diversity and inclusivityOrganisation: Organisation: Different management style
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Many forms still have only the choice of male and female.
Lack of diversity and inclusivityOrganisation: Organisation: Different management style
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Emphasis on management. Short term contracts. Lack of long-term vision for what the academy can beCulture: Lack of unity and a vision with broad-based support
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Some parts of the building impossible to access by wheelchair; most very difficult.
Ableist culture at KABKOrganisation: Diversity and inclusion
Install ramps. (in places where there is not an elevator)
Set this as a project for Interior Architecture department?
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Not enough support (financial and otherwise) for underprivelged students, and for disabled students or those with learning needs. Lack of diversity and inclusivityOrganisation: Diversity and inclusionEstablish a fund for financial aid. Hire a grant writer/fundraiser? Redistribute funds that are spent elsewhere (the funds the used to be given to disadvantaged students themselves, that now come from the government directly to the university). For those with cognitive disabilities and disadvantages make it clear to students what help is available to them, plus have teacher training for what this means for students.Hattie WadeDSA in the UKNeils Otterman from NLN has started a podcast about non neurotypical art students that dives into this. Also, the institutional plan from 2019 which is refunneling money that used to be for underpreiveleged students. I felt as if it didn't do much to help under priviledged students https://www.hogeschoolderkunsten.nl/storage/documents/HdK_institutional_plan_2019-2024_webvs.pdf
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People in one department don't know what is happening in another. Lack of communication across departmentsOrganisation: Collaboration between staff and facultyTutors should be paid not just for the classes they teach but also for their time spent building collaborative projects, research, and communicative infrastructures within and across departments.
More posters.
Devote a space like the Gipsenzaal as a common room for all to meet in.
Make it policy that where space allows, whenever a department brings in a guest speaker, it is open to all.
Cross-department devices: Canteen activities, radio, Group Therapy, posters, KABK memes, Telegram, workshops, research activities and groups, Studium Generale, Research & Discourse, Academy-wide Project week, ISTs.
There should also be an All-staff and student area of portal.
Friday night parties.
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Teachers are not paid to prepare for classes (if they do it, they suffer, if they do not the students suffer)Teachers not paid for preparation timeEmily Huurdeman/ KTP
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The same problems arise with the same kind of director, and doing the same management structurePreparing a list of qualities/examples/ideas for new director(s), and applying this immdiately to the selection of the interim directorHattie Wade
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Lack of transparency and knowing how to changeShadow Academy: practicing and experimenting with new organizational structuresShailoh Phillips
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Last updatre of the Code of Conduct was in 2013
Collectively write a new Code of
Conduct. This can be done with
over 100 participants by Open Space
Technology (see link) to maximize
shared agency.
Erika Spreyhttps://www.edutopia.org/blog/open-space-technology-decision-by-inclusion-arch-grieve
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Lack of in-depth research profile within the academy. KABK positions themselves as a research institute, but there are only two lectorats. Research Groups are great but this is only available to a few people a year.Donald Weber, MAPSEvery higher educational instiution in Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, parts of Europe, etc...
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Reasearch at an art academy should be a part of a teacher's contract to actually produce/engage/conceive/make/do researchKABK talks research, but does not back it up by developing a further and more in-depth research culture beyond the lectorates, etc.Can we set up a working group of faculty who are interested in developing a research role within the dept's and what this could potentially look like, and how this would be framed as a potential job profile? Is this a question of having a "research lector/reader" etc. in the dept's?Designing research roles for faculty within dept., accepting that part of a visual arts practice is also a teaching practice; enage with those currently conducting or completing a PhD. How can their resourses and knowledge be integrated into the school as a whole to help foster and let research seep through the hallways of the building into brains and hearts?Donald Weber, MAPSWe have opportunity to really change the culture and stand by what we say!
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Lack of clarity on contracts, impossibility to have a permamnet contract; if permanent contracts are on the table, how? Why? For whom? What for? In what realtion to one's practice, etc.Teacher's exist in precarious labour with an expectation to have a burgeoning and active practice yet are not actually awarded/remunerated for that practice.Start discussing what we want as a faculty in terms of contracts and postions, how can we contribute what might be to our own future, not waiting/allowing for upper management to determine this.Donald Weber, MAPS
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How can research become a part of the mAsters programs, and to build a Masters Institute?You can't just say "research" and make it exist...Donald Weber, MAPS
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Fine Art Lectorate -- what is happening once Janneke retires this October, what role does this Lectorate be playing in the future? What is the job profile? Who is writing this profile? Etc...Not a problem per se, but a signficant position is coming up, and would be good to know what vision KABK has for this Lector, and how is the committee hiring, who writes the profile, etc.Donald Weber, MAPS
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not enough common space at KABKlook at Blueprints and see where common space was meant to be and restore it!
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