I am a Danish/Swiss researcher of cultural history, currently based in Reykjavík, Iceland. I have studied Art History and Scandinavian Literature at the University of Aarhus and spent a few years working in Iceland. During my years of researching the field of Danish-Icelandic cultural history and visual culture as a contact zone, I have met interesting people, read some amazing work and published a bit my self.
My PhD thesis about crypto-colonial elements in Icelandic nation building and the importance of landscape imagery “Kryptokoloniale Landskaber. Tid, sted og rum i billeder af islandsk landskab 1874-2011” (2012) was the culmination of a three year project at the University of Copenhagen (the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies) – as well as an onset for new research.
2013-2017 I was affiliated with the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen as a postdoctoral fellow with the research project Geographies of Crisis: Post-Industrial Landscapes in the North Atlantic as a part of a larger joint research project. September 2013 to August 2014 I was a visiting scholar at the Edda Center of Excellence at Háskóli Íslands (Reykjavík).
I have worked as a freelance writer and lecturer and taught at Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland.
As of 2018 I am affiliated with the University of Iceland as an assistant professor at the department of Danish. I will a part of the research network The Art of Nordic Colonialism: Writing Transcultural Art Histories 2019-2022.
My primary areas of interest are
- Visual Culture with a focus on depictions of nature
- Environmental Humanities and Ecology
- Affect in cultural politics and art
- Post-colonial and crypto-colonial theories in a developing field
- Cultural Geography, theories of place and space
- Industrial ruins and the aesthetics of the vanishing
- Nordic art and visual culture from the period 1874-2013, especially the period 1990-2013
- Eurocentrism, crypto-colonial studies, postcolonial theory and globalization theory
- Imagology, nationalism in young nations and cultural encounters
- Overlapping fields of science and art
- Modern art in the North Atlantic countries (primarily Icelandic art)
- Theories of temporality, relationships between Western philosophy of history, teleology, imperialism and racism
- Neo-romanticism, paganism and spirituality in the North
- Fin de siècle literature and art
- Queer theory, gender studies
I give talks and lectures on:
Icelandic nation branding and culture
Icelandic as center and periphery
The Arctic as a future geography
The changing role of nature in Icelandic society
Danish use of Icelandic culture in national identity formation
Icelandic modern art
Danish Commonwealth (Rigsfællesskabet), colonies and dependencies
tel. Iceland: +354 8440486
tel. Denmark: : +4528973397