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Lecture: Born into Colonial Power Structures: Decolonising My Mind by Julie Edel Hardenberg

Convened by the research unit ‘Postcolonial Entanglements’ under ‘Cultural Transformations’ programme. All are welcome

Info about event


Friday 30 September 2022,  at 14:00 - 17:00


Nobel, Building 1485, Room 123

The event is free, but registration in advance is required. If you would like to attend please write an email by September 25th to: dagostinho@cc.au.dk

The Cultural Transformations programme welcomes visual artist Julie Edel Hardenberg for the opening event of the research unit “Postcolonial Entanglements”.

About the speaker
Julie Edel Hardenberg was born and raised in Nuuk, Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland. She studied art in Finland, Norway, and England before gaining her MA in Art Theory and Communication from the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She lives and works in Nuuk and has recently acquired the Novo Nordisk Foundation Ph.D. scholarship. For the past 25 years, she has worked with identity and (post)colonial perspectives as an overall theme. With roots in Nordic and Inuit cultures, she has an insight into different Inuit-Kalaallit/Greenlander's identities and self-understanding. At the same time, her work explores the economic and social interdependencies between Denmark and Greenland and their impact on the Greenlanders, caught in a shared identity between power and powerlessness. Hardenberg has produced five books besides international exhibitions, recognitions, and public tasks. Her work has been honorary appointed or nominated by: Nordic Council Literature Prize; Danish Association of Book Craft; Vest Nordic Childrens Literature Prize; White Raven Book - International Youth Library; Liviafond Prize; Carnegie Art Award; Anna Norlander Priset, Henry Heerup Hæderslegat.  

About Postcolonial Entanglements
The newly-founded research unit Postcolonial Entanglements investigates how colonial legacies, relations and structures continue to shape our world by exploring  artistic, literary, linguistic, theatrical, pedagogical,  scholarly and activist practices that respond to states of coloniality. 

“Postcolonial Entanglements” refers to the material entanglements of people, practices, ideas, capital and technologies that texture colonial pasts, presents and futures. These entanglements forcefully connect and disconnect different parts of the world; and they silence, liberate and rearrange cultural systems and expressions. They also provide novel spaces for the creation of strategic connections that work through the aftermaths of old and new forms of colonialism. 

Areas of interest 

  • Shifting self-images of former colonial powers and changing relationships with former colonies including political, economic and mental decolonization processes 
  • Notions of indigeneity and histories of anticolonial resistance and activism 
  • Practices of freedom and networks of solidarity across regions 
  • Archives, contested heritage and everyday memory work 
  • The cultural and political economy of languages and identities 
  • Artistic practices, applied arts and emotional, social and political change 
  • Decolonial pedagogy in educational institutions 

Postcolonial Entanglements is co-led by Lill-Ann Körber (Professor, Scandinavian Studies), Daniela Agostinho (Assistant professor, Digital Design & Information Studies), Diana González Martin (Associate professor, Spanish) and Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen (Associate professor, English), with support by student assistant Hjørdis Joanardottir Poulsen. 

The event is free, but registration in advance is required. If you would like to attend please write an email by September 25th to: dagostinho@cc.au.dk