European Graduate School

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European Graduate School
TypeGraduate School; Private; Not-for-profit
FoundersPaolo Knill
Wolfgang Schirmacher
Parent institution
The European Graduate School Foundation [1]
DeanMargo Fuchs Knill (AHS), José Miguel Calderon (AHS), Christopher Fynsk (PACT)
chief academic officerChristopher Fynsk
Visp, Switzerland (Administrative Office); Saas-Fee, Switzerland; Valletta, Malta

The European Graduate School (EGS) is a private graduate school that operates in two locations: Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Valletta, Malta.


It was founded in 1994 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland by the Swiss scientist, artist, and therapist, Paolo Knill.[2][3] It was co-founded by the Swiss Canton of Valais, which is represented in its board.[4]

The school initially offered programs in Expressive Arts Therapy, as part of a broader initiative to develop a network of training institutes in Expressive Arts Therapy.[5][6] A division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought was subsequently[when?] established by Wolfgang Schirmacher.[2][7]

EGS is licensed as a university in Malta[8] and is recognized in the Swiss canton where it operates,[9] but is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[10]

Teaching is mostly remote, with required attendance for short periods at the school; ad hoc meetings in various cities also take place.[11]

Notable faculty members have included Giorgio Agamben,[12] Chantal Akerman,[13] Pierre Alféri[14] Judith Butler,[15] Achille Mbembe,[15] Avital Ronell,[15] and Sandy Stone.[16]

Notable alumni and attendees have included John Maus,[17] Gael García Bernal,[18] and Bruce Barber.[19]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "EGS European Graduate School Foundation - Saas-Fee". Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  2. ^ a b Zurbriggen, Andreas (2015-08-19). "Universitätsstadt Saas-Fee" [University Town Saas-Fee]. Walliser Bote (in German).
  3. ^ Levine, Ellen; Levine, Stephen K.; Knill, Paolo, eds. (2005). Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. p. 256. ISBN 1 84642 032 6.
  4. ^ Universitäre Institute und weitere Stiftungen
  5. ^ Levine, Ellen; Levine, Stephen K., eds. (1999). Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives. London. pp. 9–10. ISBN 1 85302 463 5.
  6. ^ Atkins, Sally (2005). "Artists in Community: The Black Mountain College and the White Mountain Graduate School". POIESES: A Journal of the Arts and Communications. 7: 108–124.
  7. ^ Dalli, Miriam (2015-06-22). "Swiss grad school seeks university status in Malta". Malta Today. Malta. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  8. ^ "List of Licensed Institutions and Accredited Courses > Universities". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  9. ^ Canton du Valais Formation et recherche universitaires[permanent dead link] Page accessed April 7, 2016
  10. ^ "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  11. ^ Zurbriggen, Andreas (2015-08-19). "Universitätsstadt Saas Fee" [University Town Saas Fee]. Walliser Bote (in German). Der Kontakt wird dabei online hergestellt oder bei Fakultätstreffen in sogenannten «Hubs» – dezentralen Einrichtungen der Universität, die in Städten aufgebaut werden, wo besonders viele EGS- Studenten leben[...]
  12. ^ Kuhn, Albert (2005). "Interview mit einem schellen Brüter" [Interview with a speedy Breeder]. LEARNing Landscapes (in German). 45. Archived from the original on 2017-01-21. oder die Philosophen Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou und ich. Wir drei sind befreundet. Wir treffen uns dort jedes Jahr, sind engagiert für drei Wochen [...]
  13. ^ Haber, John. Chantal Akerman: Bordering on Fiction. Haber Arts.
  14. ^ University of Buffalo.Bilingual reading by Pierre Alféri Accessed: August 4th, 2011
  15. ^ a b c European Graduate School, faculty.[1] Accessed: October 10th, 2018
  16. ^ "USCS Alumni placement". Archived from the original on 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  17. ^ Wappler, Margaret (2013-11-26). "Fifteen suppositions from John Maus on art, music, blowing up cities on film and Ariel Pink". Archived from the original on 2017-02-12. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  18. ^ Tsoler, Tekeyan (2013-11-26). "Documentary Filmmaking and Social Change". The Link. Archived from the original on 2017-02-12. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  19. ^ "Bruce Barber at NSCAD". Archived from the original on 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2017-03-21.

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Coordinates: 46°06′52″N 7°55′46″E / 46.11457°N 7.92939°E / 46.11457; 7.92939