CV and publications

Recent employment:

Associate professor of Danish (dansk lektor), University of Iceland, 2018-

Member of the research network The Art of Nordic Colonialism: Writing Transcultural Art Histories supported by the Carlsberg Foundation and lead by PhD Mathias Danbolt 2019-2023

Guest teacher at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland, the Department of Languages, Literature and Media, 2017-2018.

External Lecturer at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (KU), 2017.

Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (KU), 2013-2016, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation as a part of the international joint research project Denmark and the New North Atlantic

Book reviewer at NordEuropaforum and Kunsthistorisk Bogliste.

Co-editor of the anthology “Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North: Climate Change and Nature in Art”Part of the series “Advances in Art and Visual Studies”, Routledge. Edited and with introduction by: Gry Hedin and Ann-Sofie N. Gremaud (2018)

PhD student at the Department of Arts- and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen (KU), 2009-2012.


PhD degree, June 2012

PhD student 2009-2012 at the Institute for Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Concluded with doctoral thesis : Crypto-colonial landscapes. Time, place and space in images of Icelandic landscape 1874-2012 (Kryptokoloniale Landskaber. Tid, sted og rum i billeder af islandsk landskab 1874-2011).

Course in project management: Prince2, 2012

Master of Arts (cand.mag) August 2007

Nordic literature and Languages, Art History, University of Aarhus.

Concluded with the masters thesis: The filmic interval. An epistemological analysis of the film « en Soap » (Det filmiske mellemrum. En epistemologisk analyse af filmen ”en Soap”)

List of publications


”Kunsten i kolonien og kolonien i kunsten” Afart vol. 26, 2009 pp. 40-45


”The Vikings are Coming! A modern Icelandic self-image in light of the recent economical crisis” Nordeuropaforum  2010 pp. 87 – 106

Book review in Nordeuropaforum: Review of doctoral thesis by Marion Lerner: Landnahme-Mythos, kulturelles Gedächtnis und nationale Identität (2010) in press 2012


Exhibition article: Material Paths/Vegir efnisins i forbindelse med udstilling af værker af Þóra Sigurðardóttir på Listasalur Mosfellsbæjar 2011


”Ísland sem rými annarleikans. Myndir frá Bókasýningunni í Frankfurt árið 2011
í ljósi kenninga um dul-lendur og heterótópíur” Ritið 1/2012 pp. 7-29[1]

Kryptokoloniale Landskaber. Tid, sted og rum i billeder af islandsk landskab 1874-2011. PhD thesis from the University of Copenhagen, IKK, 2012[2]

Review of the book Tupilakoraurus: An Incomplete(able) Survey of Pia Arke’s Artistic Work and Research. Eds. Kuratorisk Aktion (2012) for the journal Kunsthistorisk Bogliste dec/2012


”Functionalizing the past. Landscape images as cultural archive in ideas of Icelandic nationality” I: Arkiver i kunst og visuel kultur. Eds.: van der Meijden, Fleischer og Lumbye Sørensen.


“Iceland as Centre and Periphery. Post-colonial and crypto-colonial perspectives” in Lill-Ann Körber, Ebbe Volquardsen (eds.): The Postcolonial North Atlantic. Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Berliner Beiträge zur Skandinavistik #20, October 2014.

“Krisegeografier i Islandsk Fotografi” in Ekfrase 02/2014

“Power and Purity: Nature as Resource in a Troubled Society” in Environmental Humanities vol.5 (2014),

“Danmark og det nye Nordatlanten.”  Gremaud, Ann-Sofie Nielsen; Thisted, Kirsten.

In: Tidsskriftet Grønland, Vol. 62, Nr. 2, 2014, s. 89-108.


“Icelandic Futures: Fantasies of Purity and Geographies of Crisis” in: Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene. Ed. Anna Stenport, Scott MacKenzie and Lill-Ann Körber. Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History. London: Palgrave, 2017.

Katalogtekst til den kollektive udstilling This Island Earth, Galleri Image, Aarhus 2017


Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North: Climate Change and Nature in Art. Gry Hedin and Ann-Sofie N. Gremaud, eds., Routledge, 2018

“From within the porous body: Modes of engagement in Björk’s Biophilia album” in: Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North: Climate Change and Nature in Art. Gry Hedin and Ann-Sofie N. Gremaud, eds., Routledge, 2018


“‘Historien er aldrig skrevet eller vist én gang for alle’ – om fejringer af hundredåret for Islands selvstændighed.” in: Til Auðar – Afmælisrit til Auðar Haukdóttur sjötugrar / Festskrift til Auður Hauksdóttirs 70-årsdag, Gísli Magnússon, ed. Reykjavík: Stofnun Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur, 2020.

Denmark and the New North Atlantic: Narratives and Memories in a Former EmpireKirsten Thisted and Ann-Sofie Gremaud, eds, Aarhus University Press, 2020


[1] English translation of title: ”Iceland as a place of otherness. Images from the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 in a crypto-colonial and heterotopic perspective ”

[2] English translation of title: Crypto-colonial Landscapes. Time, place and space in images of Icelandic landscape 1874-2011

Selected talks and papers :

  • Natural resources, emotions and resistance in Nordic Contemporary Art. Conference: States of Exceptions, University of Iceland October 2018
  • Fabulous Iceland – a place next to Neverland? (Iceland at the Frankfurt Book Fair), Conference: A Place in the World, National Museum of Iceland, May 2014
  • Iceland and the crypto-coloinial approach, Workshop on Danish colonialism at SAXO, University of Copenhagen, October 2013
  • To be or not to be post-colonial: Iceland as center and periphery, Claiming the North, University of Iceland, October 2013
  • Geographies of crisis. SASS, Berkeley USA 2013
  • Icelandic geographies of crisis and the supra-material (re)turn. Cultural Representations of Trauma. University of Iceland, August  2012
  • Another place. Representations of time and place in depictions of Icelandic Landscape. At Conference for Scandinavian Studies. (session on the post-colonial North Atlantic) Universität Wien, September 2011
  • Picturing the nation. Issues of time, space and site specificity in icelandic landscape depictions. At ICASS VII (International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences) Háskólinn á Akureyri June 2011
  • The Post-Colonial North. Iceland’s shifting self-image: From Danish dominion to the resurrection of the Vikings. At Peforming Colonial Modernity, University of Edinburgh, May 2010
  • Where the storms of time never reached. Nordic Colonial Legacy and Contemporary Immigration. The Second Workshop in the Series Decoding the Nordic Colonial Mind  Háskóli Íslands, May 2010
  • Icelandic Landscape. Agency, representation and renegotiation.  Memory and Forgetting in the North Atlantic, København, November 2010
  • Art in the colony and the colony in art. Listaháskóli Íslands, internal seminar. Reykjavík, September 2009


  • Founding member of the research network Denmark and the New North Atlantic (2011 -) focusing on modernity and art in the former Danish dependencies. Collaboration between researchers from the University of Copenhagen (Arctic Institute, Tors, INSS, IKK) and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giesen. The network is currently working on a joint publication and research project funded primarily by the Carlsberg Foundation.
  • Member of the international networkThe EastByNorthWest Network coordinated by Kristinn Schram and Valur Ingimundarsson, EDDA Center of Excellence (IS).
  • Member of Cultura21 that works on expanding the network around art, culture and sustainability in the Nordic and Baltic region.
  • Collaboration with and theoretical writer for artists Thora Sigurdardóttir and Anne Torseth about the project your place / my place. (2011 -)
  • Founding member of the Board of the PhD club at the Faculty of Humanities (UCPH) 2009-2011
  • Member of the PhD committee at the Faculty of Humanities 2009-2011
  • The NordForsk network Visions of the Past. Co-organizer of the seminar ”When is History?” Re-­enactment, Anachronisms, and the (Embodied) Afterlife of Aesthetic Practices. Falsterbo 12‐14 October 2011

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