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Conferment of Doctoral Degrees at University of Gothenburg 2019.
Conferment of Doctoral Degrees at University of Gothenburg 2019.
Photo: Johan Wingborg
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Honorary doctors at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

The University of Gothenburg has appointed honorary doctors since 1907. Originally, the idea was to honor people who did not have academic background but who in various ways had contributed to the University. Today, many of the honorary doctors have academic background - but still it's an expression of appreciated contributions to the University´s activity.

2019

Hito Steyerl, artist, filmmaker and Professor of Experimental Film and Video at the Berlin University of the Arts. Photo: Johan Wingborg.

Thomas Ostermeier, theatre director and artistic director for the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin.

2018

Tom Eccles, curator and director of Bard CCS, New York. Nominated by Akademin Valand.

Lena Willemark, folk music singer, Swedish national player (Riksspelman) and composer. Nominated by Academy for Music and Drama.

2017

Liz Wells,professor of Photographic Culture, at the University of Plymouth and internationally a central player in photography. Nominated by Akademin Valand.

Christian Zacharias, at St Paul's Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, is one of the world's leading pianists and conductors. Nominated by Academy for Music and Drama.

2016

Karen Barad, PhD in theoretical partical physics and today professor at the Department of Feminist Studies, University of California, nominated by HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts

2015

Lois Keidan, Artist and co-founder and Director of the Live Art Development Agency, London, nominated by Valand Academy 

2014

Björn Dahlström, designer and graphic designer, nominated by HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts. 

2013

Helma Sanders-Brahms, film director, nominated by Valand Academy.

Liz Aggiss, performanceartist, choreographer, film maker and writer nominated by the Academy of Music and Drama. 

2012

Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor, nominated by the Academy of Music and Drama.

Madeleine Gustafsson, Writer, nominated the Department of Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose.

Albert Paley, Artist, nominated by Steneby - School of Craft and Design.

Gert Z Nordström, Professor, nominated by the HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts.

2011

No honorary doctors.

2010

Kerala Johnson Snyder, Professor emerita at Rochester University, USA.

Alexei Shulgin, Musician, contemporary artist.

2009

Kjell Ingebretsen, Conductor, nominated by the Academy of Music and Drama.

2008

Agnes Varda, Filmmaker, nominated by the School of Film Directing.

Jonathan Ive, Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, nominated by the School of Design and Crafts.

2007

Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, President of the Board, Sten A. Olsson’s Foundation for Research and Culture, nominated by the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

Joseph Backstein
Director and Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Moscow, nominated by The Valand School of Fine Arts.

2006

Barbro Osher, Consul-General, San Francisco, nominated by the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

Tomas Söderberg, President of the Torsten Söderberg’s Foundation, nominated by the School of Design and Crafts.

2005

Monika Tunbäck-Hanson, Culture Journalist, Film Critic, nominated by the School of Film Directing.

Ingmar Lemhagen, Teacher, nominated by the Department of Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose.

2004

David Hargreaves, Professor, nominated by the School of Music (now called the Academy of Music and Drama).

Rut Jacobsson, Soprano, nominated by the Opera School (now called the Academy of Music and Drama).

2003

Eldrid Lunden, Authoress, nominated by the Department of Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose.

Sandra Ikse, Artist/Painter, nominated by the Valand School of Fine Arts.

Eva Bergman, Film Director, nominated by the School of Film Directing.

2000

Gert Malmgren, Dancer, Drama Pedagogue, nominated by the School of Film Directing.

Roy Andersson, Film Director, Author, nominated by the School of Film Directing.

1999

Herbert Blomstedt, Professor, Chief Conductor, Leipzig, nominated by the Academy of Music and Drama.

Robert Frank, Photographer, nominated by the School of Photography.

1991

Neemi Järvi, Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, nominated by the Academy of Music and Drama.

1989

Astrid Sampe, Designer, nominated by the School of Design and Crafts.

Guido Vecchi, Cellist, nominated by the Academy of Music and Drama.