In 2019, the SAAR summer academy will have a particular framing. In terms of infrastructure it will be more like a traditional summer camp, taking place on a remotely situated island affording a simple way of living as well as time spent outdoors. It will take place in the newly constructed conference center at the island of Utøya in Norway, in itself a very significant place.
Having been for about a century a site for activities of the Norwegian labour movement, the island has a strong tradition for collectively reflecting upon democracy, freedom of expression, tolerance and diversity. Following the 2011 terror attacks, the island also carries a strong testimony of why these are values not to be taken for granted. This version of the summer academy will therefor pay particular attention to such values as well as to art as a way of being in and relating to each other and the world. It is our aim that these issues will be present in all the activities so they have no particular place in the schedule.