Welcome to our Division

What makes good problem solvers? What sets students on the road to the creative and effective leadership needed to meet today’s challenges the world over? At DAC, we believe the answer lies in the knowledge and confidence imparted in a liberal arts model that practices and instills out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving; one that understands that critical thinking, creativity, nuanced analysis and expression, and the ability to work across disciplines are central to generate innovative solutions to global issues.

DAC is at once one of the most challenging and supportive places to study Art History and Visual Culture, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, languages, and the creative industries. Our students learn from professors who are experts in the fields to teach in majors that are interdisciplinary in their approach and rigorous in their methodologies. While we ask a lot of our students we also assist them every step of the way as they develop discipline specific knowledge, hone their research and critical thinking skills, dive into their creativity, polish their academic writing, and learn new languages.

Students with degrees from DAC have gone on to graduate school to further deepen their studies; they work in NGOs, development aid, museums and galleries, and all types of media; they have pursued opportunities as cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists, teachers, media experts, professors, publishers, and lawyers.

Division Chair

Co-Chair of the Academic Division of Arts and Cultures

Ph.D. (with distinction) Columbia University
M.Phil. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. University of Toronto
Interior Design Diploma, International Academy of Design

Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate, IDEO-U
Advanced Design Thinking Certificate, IDEO-U

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 14
Phone: +41 91 986 36 64
Email: jfassl@fus.edu

Johanna Fassl

Co-Chair of the Academic Division of Arts and Cultures

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 6
Phone: +41 91 986 36 53
Email: cwiedmer@fus.edu

Caroline Wiedmer

HIGHLIGHTS

Forthcoming event: POWER

What is it? The power of the word? It can move vertically across space in English. POWER up. POWER down. To fall from Power. It can be inflexed with values and ideologies. Knowledge is POWER. Flower POWER. POWER to the people. Some say money is power and power dressing, as a style, may be connected to this idiom. “Gaining power” may conjure up the idea of ambition. “Regaining power” may be more readily linked to images of the disenfranchised or misused, paths towards restoration, reparation and realignment. Is there ever truly a balance of power? Good question. Who has the power to answer it? What does POWER mean to you RIGHT NOW as it pertains to life in general, or campus life at Franklin? Join us for an open forum dialogue facilitated by the university-wide Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with Vagina Monologues and the Division of Arts and Cultures.

Where: Nielsen Auditorium

When: Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at 5:00 pm

Why: Tell us in person at the event

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Maritime Poetics: From Coast to Hinterland

A new publication on contemporary artistic research related to maritime and global transformations.

In the past fifty years, port cities around the world have experienced considerable changes to their morphologies and their identities. The increasing intensification of global networks and logistics, and the resulting pressure on human societies and earthly environments have been characteristic of the rise of a ‘planetary age.’

The volume “Maritime Poetics: from Coast To Hinterland” arose from a scholarly and artistic encounter, organized by TETI Group in 2018 in parallel to the exhibition “Hinterland: the eyes of the lighthouse, blood as a rover”, at Corner College, Zurich, curated by Professors Gabriel N. Gee and Anne-Laure Franchette.

 

It argues that contemporary artistic practices and critical poetics trace an alternate construction of the imaginaries and aspirations of our present societies at the crossroads of sea and land, considering complex pasts and interconnected histories, transnational flux, as well as material and immaterial borders.

Structured in four parts – Work and Leisure in the Port City; Commerce; Metabolic Pressure; and Dreamscapes – the publication brings together texts by scholars and artists, reflecting on contemporary artistic research and cultural narratives related to maritime and global transformations.

Professors Gabriel N. Gee and Caroline Wiedmer are both faculty members at Franklin University Switzerland. Professor Gee holds a PhD in contemporary art history from the Université Paris-X and teaches contemporary art history and theory, while Professor Wiedmer holds a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University and teaches comparative literature, film studies, and cultural studies.

The encounter as well as the publication have received the support of the Swiss Research Foundation.

“Maritime Poetics: from Coast To Hinterland” is available in open access on Transcript’s website; it can also be purchased in print through the publishing house.

Students & Alumni

Daniela Baiardi '20

Graduated from FUS magna cum laude with a double major in Art History and Visual Culture and Visual Communication Arts and a Minor in Media Production and Publishing and gave the valedictorian speech to her class. Her background and interests are indicative of what makes Franklin a truly unique place. Born right next door to our campus in Sorengo, her family immediately moved to Nigeria and as a child already traveled to Niger, Ghana, and Benin before entering school. She returned to Europe for two years of middle school in Strasbourg and finished high school in Bern and now officially resides between Sorengo and Bogotà. Daniela currently is a MA student in the Master in History and Theory of Art and Architecture (MSTAA) at the Università della Svizzera Italiana USI and has obtained one of the most competitive internships in the Arts at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice where she currently resides.

 

Jonathan Bystrowski '22

Current student in his senior year majoring in SJS and minoring in CLCS. He is writing a thesis in creating, fostering and maintaining community health. Jonathan is also currently serving as the president of the Student Government Association putting his ideas about community health into practice with programming that fosters health among our own community.

Our Faculty

The faculty in the Division of Arts and Cultures is diverse and interdisciplinary with expertise in a wide number of fields including Art History, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature and Sustainability Studies. Research and curricular planning have been directed by faculty focus on social, cultural, environmental sustainabilities, and manifold interests in creative practices.

Division Chair

Co-Chair of the Academic Division of Arts and Cultures

Ph.D. (with distinction) Columbia University
M.Phil. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. University of Toronto
Interior Design Diploma, International Academy of Design

Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate, IDEO-U
Advanced Design Thinking Certificate, IDEO-U

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 14
Phone: +41 91 986 36 64
Email: jfassl@fus.edu

Johanna Fassl

Co-Chair of the Academic Division of Arts and Cultures

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 6
Phone: +41 91 986 36 53
Email: cwiedmer@fus.edu

Caroline Wiedmer

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures 

Ph.D. The University of Chicago
M.A. The University of Chicago
B.A. Connecticut College

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 6
Phone: +41 91 986 53 17
Email: fferrari@fus.edu

Fabio Ferrari

Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Communication

Ph.D. Université Paris X
M.A. Université Paris X
B.A. Université Paris X

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 15
Phone: +41 91 986 36 51
Email: ggee@fus.edu

Gabriel Gee

CO-Director of ALP (Academic Literacies Program)

M.A. Monterey Institute of International Studies
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Office: Villa, Kaletsch Campus, Office 7
Phone: +41 91 985 22 98
Email: tmackenzie@fus.edu

Tracie Mac Kenzie

Professor, French

Ph.D. New York University, USA
M.A. University of Oregon, USA
Maîtrise d’anglais Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 3 
Phone: +41 91 986 36 33
Email: psaveau@fus.edu

Patrick Saveau

Instructor, Art History and Studio Art

Ph.D. The University of Chicago, USA
M.A. The University of Chicago, USA
B.F.A. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Dottore, Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne, Feltre (BL), Italy
Diploma Conservatorio di Novara, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Kiosk
Phone: +41 91 985 22 69
Email: czdanski@fus.edu

Clarice Zdanski

Part-time Faculty

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy

Ph.D. Cambridge University, UK
M.A. Hons. Cambridge University, UK
RSA Certificate, English Language Teaching to Adults, Newnham Language Centre, Cambridge, UK

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 7
Phone: +41 91 985 22 91
Email: cdawson@fus.edu

Christopher Dawson

Adjunct Lecturer, Academic Literacies Program (ALP)

M.A. Hons English Language and Literature, Glasgow University, Scotland
CTEFLA Newnham Language Center, Cambridge, UK
MLlitt English Language Teaching, University of Dundee, Scotland

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 7
Phone: +41 91 985 22 91
Email: idawson@fus.edu

Iona Dawson

Adjunct Lecturer, Modern Languages (Italian)

Master of Arts, University Basel, Switzerland
M.A. (Phil.I) and Swiss High School Teacher Certificate from FHNW


Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 4
Phone: 
+41 91 986 53 07

Email: odellacroce@fus.edu

Olivia Della Croce

Adjunct Professor, Modern Languages

Ph.D., University of Florence, Italy
Laurea quadriennale, University of Siena, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 4
Phone: +41 91 986 53 07
Email: sgiulivi@fus.edu

Sara Giulivi

Adjunct Professor, German language

StR’. Staatsexamen in Germanistik (German language and literature),Universität Essen,
Staatsexamen in Kunst( modern art and history of art), Universität Essen Germany

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 5
Email: bheinkel@fus.edu

Barbara Heinkel Pennati

Adjunct Lecturer of Modern Languages (Italian)

Ph.D. Insubria University, Italy (ongoing)
B.A. Franklin University Switzerland

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 4
Phone: +41 
91 986 53 07
E-mail: amottale@fus.edu

Ariane Mottale

Coordinator of Digital Pedagogy Initiatives and the WLC
Adjunct Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Ph.D., University of Manchester, UK
M.A., University of Otago, New Zealand
B.A. (Double Hons), University of Otago, New Zealand

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 8
Phone: +41 91 986 53 20
Email: kroy@fus.edu

Kate Roy

Adjunct Professor, Music History

Ph.D. University of Vienna, Austria
M.A. National Music Academy Bucharest, Romania
B.A. National Music Academy Bucharest, Romania

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Faculty Office 2
Phone: +41 91 986 53 23
Email: htrebicimarin@fus.edu

Hrisanta Trebici Marin

President, Franklin University Switzerland Professor, Archaeology

Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College, USA
M.A. Bryn Mawr College, USA
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, USA

Office: Villa, Kaletsch Campus
Phone: +41 91 985 22 66
Email: gwarden@fus.edu

P. Gregory Warden
Our Highlights

Our faculty publish volumes, attend and organize conferences, arrange workshops and guest lectures, creating new knowledge, learning opportunities and initiatives for the University and their students. In addition, they are award winning dedicated academics who further contribute to their field of expertise and enhance their skills and competences.

Forthcoming event: POWER

What is it? The power of the word? It can move vertically across space in English. POWER up. POWER down. To fall from Power. It can be inflexed with values and ideologies. Knowledge is POWER. Flower POWER. POWER to the people. Some say money is power and power dressing, as a style, may be connected to this idiom. “Gaining power” may conjure up the idea of ambition. “Regaining power” may be more readily linked to images of the disenfranchised or misused, paths towards restoration, reparation and realignment. Is there ever truly a balance of power? Good question. Who has the power to answer it? What does POWER mean to you RIGHT NOW as it pertains to life in general, or campus life at Franklin? Join us for an open forum dialogue facilitated by the university-wide Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with Vagina Monologues and the Division of Arts and Cultures.

Where: Nielsen Auditorium

When: Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at 5:00 pm

Why: Tell us in person at the event

Symposium: Retooling Knowledge

The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Futures organized and hosted the three-day international symposium “Retooling Knowledge: Sustainable Development Goals from the Perspective of the Environmental Humanities,” funded by the Swiss Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities (SAGW), the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF), The Environmental Studies Department of the University of Zurich, and FUS. 

The Environmental Humanities are a growing movement towards integrative and problem-oriented research for societal transformation rooted in the critical social sciences, humanities, and arts. At the same time, sustainability research and the SDGs are gaining importance in academia across the globe. 

Against this background, the conference had two main objectives:

  • to foster reflection about the relevance of the critical social sciences, humanities, and arts for a societal process towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • to strengthen existing networks and initiatives of the Environmental Humanities (and related approaches) in Switzerland and to build new ones.

Centre for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Futures

Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Futures supports research, teaching, and community activities at the intersection of cultural practices and the environment. The center was launched in September 2021 with the three-day international symposium “Retooling Knowledge: Sustainable Development Goals from the Perspective of the Environmental Humanities.” Join us in Zurich to learn more about sustainability in the urban context in a full semester program.

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Academic Literacies Program

The goal of the Academic Literacies Program (ALP) is to help students become articulate and culturally aware writers. In order to respond to the needs of all Franklin students, regardless of background or experience in academic writing, ALP courses focus on effective writing,  critical and analytical thinking, and learning strategies. ALP houses the WTG courses, which range from introductory to advanced academic writing;  WTG 150 Crossing Borders comprises the first step in the 4-course Franklin Academic Writing Requirement. ALP also works closely with the Writing and Learning Center.

Writing and Learning Center

Franklin University Switzerland's Writing and Learning Center (WLC) also falls under DACs auspices. The WLC provides an inclusive virtual and actual space to support students of all levels and backgrounds to build on and make the most of their academic experience, aiming to foster studentsactive writing and engaged learning at every stage of their university careers. The WLC space, and its enthusiastic staff (student tutors, many from DAC itself, trained in non-directive peer-tutoring) provide resources, tutorials, workshops, and class visits that support the student learning experience in writing (in all subject areas), languages, quantitative literacy, and general study skills.

SWB | Scholarships Without Borders

DAC co-chairs Caroline Wiedmer and Johanna Fassl founded SWB in 2015 when Europe was experiencing streams of migrants in the wake of the shattered Arab Spring revolutions: “We just felt that we had to do something in order to make a contribution to give the ones who have lost everything a second chance in life and so we founded SWB with the help of a FUS alum from Syria.” SWB collaborates with Ticino NGOs and the Canton to provide fully-funded scholarships to refugee students in Switzerland. The first graduate received a BA in Economics and Management in 2020 and currently there are two more students in the program. “We are so happy that we can make a difference in at least some lives. We have a great support system here at Franklin through our administration and our students who volunteer at SWB for tutoring, conversations, and all sorts of events. This provides good energy, currently we are involved in a larger project to help Afghan women.”

Our Publications

Our many faculty members’ publications range from academic journals, case studies, scholarly writings, book chapters and more with a cross-disciplinary perspective. They conduct innovative and pioneering research, spanning diverse insights, integration, and application while being actively engaged in the creation of intellectual exchange and education.

Highlighted

Maritime Poetics: From Coast to Hinterland

A new publication on contemporary artistic research related to maritime and global transformations.

In the past fifty years, port cities around the world have experienced considerable changes to their morphologies and their identities. The increasing intensification of global networks and logistics, and the resulting pressure on human societies and earthly environments have been characteristic of the rise of a ‘planetary age.’

The volume “Maritime Poetics: from Coast To Hinterland” arose from a scholarly and artistic encounter, organized by TETI Group in 2018 in parallel to the exhibition “Hinterland: the eyes of the lighthouse, blood as a rover”, at Corner College, Zurich, curated by Professors Gabriel N. Gee and Anne-Laure Franchette.

 

It argues that contemporary artistic practices and critical poetics trace an alternate construction of the imaginaries and aspirations of our present societies at the crossroads of sea and land, considering complex pasts and interconnected histories, transnational flux, as well as material and immaterial borders.

Structured in four parts – Work and Leisure in the Port City; Commerce; Metabolic Pressure; and Dreamscapes – the publication brings together texts by scholars and artists, reflecting on contemporary artistic research and cultural narratives related to maritime and global transformations.

Professors Gabriel N. Gee and Caroline Wiedmer are both faculty members at Franklin University Switzerland. Professor Gee holds a PhD in contemporary art history from the Université Paris-X and teaches contemporary art history and theory, while Professor Wiedmer holds a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University and teaches comparative literature, film studies, and cultural studies.

The encounter as well as the publication have received the support of the Swiss Research Foundation.

“Maritime Poetics: from Coast To Hinterland” is available in open access on Transcript’s website; it can also be purchased in print through the publishing house.

Codex

Professor Hrisanta Trebici-Marin (reference to AHT-VC, CLCS) publishes a new volume, entitled Codex, representing the result of several years of research on the original Byzantine manuscript from the eleventh century held at the Austrian National Library (ÖNB). In it, she presents the typology of the liturgical manuscript Theologicus Graecus 33 and focuses on the hagiographical and the musicological aspects of the content. The manuscript is a menaion – a special collection of hymns and various liturgical texts composed in the calendar's chronology.

Mobile Solis

Mobile Soils explores the transformation of our connections to the ground in the early 21st century through a range of personal reflections, in which authors revisit their practice in the light of earthly attachments and ecological pressure.

Other relevant Publications

2018

Gee G.N & Vogelaar A. eds, Changing representations of nature and the city: the 1960s -1970s and their legacies, London, New York: Routledge, 2018.

A. Nocentini, S. Sarti & G. Warden, Acque Sacre, culto Etrusco sull’Appennino Toscano Florence: Consiglio regionale della Toscana, 2018

Gee G.N, “Painting within itself: the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition”, Journal of contemporary painting, Issue 2, Vol.4, October 2018, pp.345-61.

2017

Gee, G.N, ed., “From loss to survivals: on the transmission and reconstruction of artistic gestures”, Intervalla, Vol. 5, 2017

Gee, G.N. Art in the North of England. 1979-2008, London, New York, Routledge: an Ashgate book, 2017.

2015
2015

Fassl, J. & Wiedmer C., eds, “Trauma, abstraction and creativity”, Intervalla, Vol.2, 2015

Zdanski, C. "Finding the Place of Art in Society: The Value of On-site, Hands-on Experience in Art Education in the Digital Age," The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 9 (June 2015) 

Gee, G.N. “From stone to flesh: the deconstruction and reconstruction of the British monument” in Monument et modernité dans l’art et la littérature britanniques et américains, Marc Porée & Christine Savinel, eds, Paris, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015.

2010

Fassl, J. Sacred Eloquence: Giambattista Tiepolo and the Rhetoric of the Altarpiece. Boston University Series of "Studies in Early Modern European Culture." New York and Bern, 2010

2004

G. Warden, Greek Vase Painting: Form, Figure, and Narrative, Dallas: Meadows Museum and Southern Methodist University Press, 2004.