Honorary professorship awarded to Maria Kalesnikava

Sun. 30.10.2022
Practicing Care
In recognition of her actions and commitment to social freedom and fundamental democratic values, the University Mozarteum is awarding Maria Kalesnikava an honorary professorship, which is intended to be the inspiration for numerous activities within the framework of "Practicing Care" and to send a strong signal. The ceremony marking the award will be opened by Rector Elisabeth Gutjahr on October 30.
Since the beginning of the year, the project "Practicing Care" has focused on the transnational social responsibility of an art university with a variety of activities. At the core is the awarding of an honorary professorship to the Belarusian flautist, pedagogue and civil rights activist Maria Kalesnikava, who was sentenced to 11 years of penal colony in her home country. Among others, the renowned recorder player and professor at the Mozarteum University Dorothee Oberlinger  will design the musical supporting program, together with the students Wen-Chen Wei, Julia Ziegler, Lucas Biegel, Matija Kovac and works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and Alastair Penman.

The philosopher and activist Olga Shparaga could be won as a speaker. In her book "Die Revolution hat ein weibliches Gesicht: Der Fall Belarus" (Suhrkamp), published in 2021, she describes and reflects on the revolutionary events in Belarus in 2020. She is a member of the feminist group of the Coordination Council, the political body of the Belarusian opposition against dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

Other participants include Christoph Lepschy , Chairman of the Senate of the Mozarteum University, Andreas Fladvad-Geier , Project Manager of "Practicing Care" and Maryna Yurevich.
To the program