Department of Arts and Cultural StudiesKaren Blixensvej 12300 København S
KUA, 21.3.25Office hours: mandag 14-15Phone: +45 353-28233Phone (Reception desk): +45 UkendtMobile: +45 60666208E-mail:
My research deals with the relationship between literature and justice or, more generally, between aesthetics and politics. Hence, my research themes fall in two halves: on the one hand, Literary Theory, Cultural Theory, Aesthetics, Theory of Metaphor and Theory of Tragedy; on the other hand, Political Theory, Social Philosophy, Theory of Justice and Disaster Research. Currently, the two halves meet in two book projects.
A book project with the working title Kafka and the Political tries to rethink the relationship between aesthetics and politics in Franz Kafka's literary works. My claim is that this relationship should be understood not only as a question of aesthetic representation but, as well, as a question of aesthetic experience; not just content but also form.
A book project with the working title In the Light of Disaster tries to explain why disasters play such a prominent literary and cultural role in a country like Denmark where disasters are close to non-existent. My claim is that Danish works of disaster fiction borrow European and American disaster imaginary and use it as a prism in order to pose a fundamental question about the constitution of the political community.
In connection with my exploration of the cultural history of disaster I am member of the steering committee of a number of cross-disciplinary research networks and centres that, in different ways, create platforms for uniting cultural studies with the History, Law, Anthropology, Theology, etc.
"COPE – Copenhagen Disaster Research Center", http://cope.ku.dk
"Changing Disasters. Understanding Societies through Disasters", http://jura.ku.dk/changingdisasters
"Sustainable Futurities. Centre for Culture, Sustainability and Transition", http://ccss.ku.dk
"Katastrofekulturer" (Disaster Cultures), funded by The Research Council of Norway
The Frailty of Everything: Cormac McCarthy's
and Modern Disaster Discourse
'. in C Meiner & K Veel (eds),
The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises.
Walter de Gruyter, pp. 233-248. Concepts for the Study of Culture, vol. 3
& Tygstrup, F
Cultural Poetics and the Politics of Literature
'. in AS Hoel & I Folkvord (eds),
Ernst Cassirer on Form and Technology: Contemporary Reading.
Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 199-213.
Zombies and Citizens: Disaster justice in Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend
'. in IC Gil & C Wulf (eds),
Earthquake in Haiti: Kleist and Modern Disaster Discourse
New German Critique
, no. 115, pp. 49-66.
The Calamity of the Rightless: Hannah Arendt and Franz Kafka on Monsters and Members
'. in B Moran & C Salzani (eds),
Franz Kafka and Philosophy.
Lexington Books, Lanham/Boulder/New York/Toronto, pp. 159.