[ISEA2022] Paper: Andre Czegledy & Nina Czegledy — One + one = three: the added value of dual degrees in higher education


Full Paper. Session: Educations and Societies / Electronic art in higher education and artistic residencies

Keywords: Dual Degree, Higher Education, Educational Programming, Pedagogical Innovation, Interdisciplinarity, Cross-Discipline

Can Arts & Science/Technology fruitfully co-exist in the minds and on institutional diplomas of contemporary scholarship? This paper considers how in the global terrain of higher education, the historic tradition of largely mono-disciplinary degrees is being challenged by programmatic complexities that co-join seemingly disparate realms of knowledge and investigation through the introduction of dual degrees. Aided by the benefits of expanding communications technologies, such degrees seek to bridge academic divisions while still contending with very separate intellectual cultures. The discussion takes both an historical and exploratory perspective; ranging from the examination of institutional formations to experiential examples provided by the authors, ultimately positing the central question of whether the expansion of dual degrees represents mere curricular innovation or some thing much more in line with a distinctly new approach to the structuring of intellectual foundation.

  • André P. Czeglédy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University and former Head of its Department of Anthropology. In the course of his academic career, he has lectured variously at the University of Cambridge, the Budapest University of Economics, the University of the Witwatersrand and now Wilfrid Laurier University. His chief research interests lie in Business Anthropology, Urban Anthropology and more recently Museum Studies. Such research has involved long-term, ethnographic fieldwork in both post-socialist Hungary and postapartheid South Africa, chiefly looking at the dynamics of rapid change societies. His two decade-long writing partnership with Nina Czegledy focusing on the intersection of Science/Technology, Art & the Body, pays special attention to analyzing the social and cultural dynamics of visualization and power.
  • Nina Czegledy independent curator, media artist, researcher, educator is based in Toronto, Canada. She collaborates internationally on art& science& technology projects. Upcoming 2022: A Light Footprint in the Cosmos, Substantial Motion Research Network, Vancouver, Sensoria, the art and science of our senses Laznia, Contemporary Art Centre, Gdanks, Dobble Debate on-line game, Balance Unbalance, New Zealand (cocurator). Previous: Agents for Change/ Facing the Anthropocene (2020) The Museum, Canada; On behalf of Leonardo/ISAST initiated, co-presented 27 Leonardo 50th Celebrations in 24 countries (2017/2018). Czegledy published widely, most recent: Eco Art: Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media, 2020. She contributes regularly to the Journal of Virtual Creativity.Academic affiliations: Adjunct Professor, OCAD University, Toronto; Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto; Research Collaborator, Hexagram International, Montreal; Board member Leonardo/ISAST; Researcher, NOEMA Italy, Chair, Intercreate org New Zealand, Member: Leonardo LASER chairs, Post Pandemic Provocateurs, 2020 Former affiliations: Chair, ISEA International 2000-2008, AICA Canada (2014-2018)