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Cultural Transformations

…is an interdisciplinary research programme working at the intersections of aesthetics, media studies and cultural analysis in relation to contemporary societal challenges.

Cultural Transformations has existed since 2013 as an interdisciplinary research programme within Aarhus University’s School of Communication and Culture (IKK). We interrogate the socio-cultural implications of cultural production, circulation and transformation, and explore how dimensions of the arts, media and culture are performed in broader fields of social practices and cultural imagination.  

CT combines cultural studies topics such as gender/sexuality, post-/decoloniality, diversity and migration, fandom and play with fields like health and creativity, performance and voice, cultural industries and institutions, participation and democracy. The programme’s interdisciplinarity is reflected in its collective of co-directors from the three IKK campus sites of Kasernen, Nobelparken and Katrinebjerg.  

CT has (and intends to expand) a strength in creative and participatory methodologies, in collaborating with external partners and faculties, in arts-based practices and in working actively with impact.  

CT is committed to being a welcoming, engaged, non-hierarchical and generous research environment where all members and visitors are inspired to discuss their ideas and projects. Our activities include research seminars, writing retreats, research trips to international universities/conferences, talks by (inter)national guests, and social events. Our activities balance the development of individual and collaborative research, exchange and networking between people and disciplines, and sharing the challenges and joys of research. 

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