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Cultural Transformations

The aim of the programme is to examine the social roles performed today by cultural production, circulation and transformation.

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Affect and the Body

This research group investigates the ‘extra representational’ by focusing on new forms of political mobilization and affective management, which work on and through bodies.    

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Coordinator: Britta Timm Knudsen

Center for Cultural Evaluation

The center conducts analyses of the value of cultural activities, projects etc. We engage primarily in commissioned research for cultural institutions, municipalities  etc. and conduct evaluations of a broad range of activities including museum exhibitions, arts and health collaborations, dance etc.

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Coordinator: Louise Ejgod Hansen

Centre of Voice Studies

The Centre of Voice Studies serves as an interdisciplinary hub for those who work on voice(s) and is open to both academics and non-academics. With members from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. history, media studies, musicology, phonetics, sociolinguistics), we provide events aimed to expose our members to a range of disciplinary perspectives on voice(s). We aim to learn from each other and inspire each other, and we very much hope that the centre's emergent network will lead to meaningful inter-/cross-disciplinary, as well as disciplinary, collaboration on funded and non-funded projects.

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Coordinator: Míša Hejná 

Creativity, Media and Culture Production

This research group investigates the concept of creativity through the three main areas of 1) Creativity, theatre and education, 2) Creativity and screen production, and 3) Creative industry and culture production.   

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Coordinators: Ida KrøgholtAnne Marit Waade

Cultures and Practices of Death and Dying

This interdisciplinary research group includes researchers investigating how humans invent, engage in, develop, change and negotiate cultural practices around death and dying - both before, during and after death.

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  • Death Online Research Network (DORN)

Coordinator: Dorthe Refslund Christensen

Fandom and Celebrity Culture

This research group focuses on the aesthetics and culture of fandom and celebrities from the perspectives of cross-media communication and media convergent culture. 

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Coordinator: Matthias Stephan

Filmmaking Research, Academic Film and Videographic Criticism

This research unit is concerned with filmmaking as a means of research and scholarship. The unit brings together practitioners and scholars of filmmaking research, academic film and videographic criticism who use filmmaking as a method to investigate a particular theme or phenomenon, as a medium to report or publicise research results, or as a mode of thought in itself.

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Coordinator: Alan O’Leary

Health, Media and Narrative

This research group organizes various types of research activities that investigate how media and narrative matter for (disturbed) health.    

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Coordinators: Carsten Stage, Lasse Raaby Gammelgaard 

Inquiries into the Political and the Aesthetic (IPA)


The IPA research unit investigates current intersections and formations taking place between politics and aesthetics framed within a global context. We aim to stay attuned to dialogical relations between locally situated practices of politics and aesthetics and global questions of social transformation. The organizers of this group invite researchers on all levels and from all departments with an interest in the field of aesthetics and politics to participate.

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Coordinators: Mikkel N. Jørgensen, Maj B. Ørskov  and Pernille Lystlund Matzen

Paradigms of Dramaturgy: Arts, Institutions and the Social

This research group thus uses the concept of dramaturgy in order to interrogate the substantial reconfiguration of the contexts and conditions of theatre making, and art production more widely, in 21st century Europe.

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Coordinator: Peter Michael Boenisch

Postcolonial Entanglements

The research unit 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.

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Coordinators: Daniela Agostinho (Digital Design), Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen (English), Lill-Ann Körber (Scandinavian Studies) and Diana González Martin (Spanish)

Recalcitrant Aesthetics

This research group brings together junior scholars investigating how recalcitrant materiality, objects, and affects acting beyond human control relate to aesthetic and cultural phenomena.  

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Coordinators: Maja Bak Herrie, Ane Petrea Danielsen, Tobias SkiverenAnn-Katrine Schmidt Nielsen, Josefine Brink Siem 

Sexuality Studies

The aim of the research group Sexuality Studies is to contribute to an increased academic focus on sexuality and hereby to an increased understanding of the relation between sexuality and culture.

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Coordinator: Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam

Sound Studies

The key issues addressed by this research group involve exploring, improving and presenting the relationship between sound and sound experience in a variety of contexts from a full, cross-disciplinary perspective. We carry out various interdisciplinary studies of the status, function and significance of sound and sound experience within the fields of media, language/literature, digital aesthetics, communication, art and culture, health, and urban spaces/architecture.

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Coordinator: Ansa Lønstrup

Transnational Television

This research group is a forum for investigations into questions of transnational television, its production cultures, distribution logics, technological developments, and modes and patterns of consumptions. Transnational Television is considered in relation to broader developments of globalization, localization and digitalization.    

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Coordinator: Susanne Eichner

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