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Anders Ib Michelsen

Anders Ib Michelsen

Associate Professor

KEY NOTE: Transvisuality: on Matters of Topology in Visual Culture 
Estudos Visuais e a Literatura
XIV Semiário Internacional de Estudos de Literatura
PUC-RIO 2017
NEW BOOK: Architecture, Drawing Topology.
NEW BOOK: Verner Panton. Environments, Colors, Systems, Patterns.


Anders Michelsen is Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2007 - ; Coordinator of the first master program in Visual Culture Studies in Scandinavia 2002-2009; Consultant for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation 2002 - ; Head of Studies, Chairman of Study Board, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies 2007-2011; Chairman of PeaceWare Somaliland, 2009 - ; member of steering committee, Centre for Advanced Migration Research (AMIS), University of Copenhagen ( 2012 - ; co-founder of The Copenhagen-Somali Seminar ( 2012 - ; adjunct professor with a focus on creativity, innovation, ITMedia and elearning, Arts and Creative Media, James Cook University (, 2014 -

His research interests focus on culture and globalization with two major areas of work:

1. Theoretical and philosophical research into relation between culture, creativity, the imagination and the visual, related to issues of human complexity and self-organization. 

2. Design and technology, especially as related to creative and innovative roles for new media, developed as practice led, applied and participatory formats of 'information and communication technology '4' development' (UN headline: ICT4D).

His PhD thesis treats the ”imaginary of the artificial”, focusing on creative forms of thought, culture, and computation in the postwar era: Confronting the imaginary of the artificial: from cyberspace to the Internet, and from the Internet to us, University of Copenhagen 2005.

He is currently writing a postdoc (dr.phil), 'Trans visual - an Argument’, on the relation between dynamic topologies of contemporary culture and creative forms of the visual, to be published at Brill in 2017. This projects surveys the postwar debates on cultural forms increasingly influenced by visual phenomena and couples these debates with a new non-representational and imaginary approach to visual culture as social practice, assembling compossible forms of the social. It develops and complements the three volume collection Transvisuality. The cultural Dimension of Visuality which he is co-editing for Liverpool University Press, 2013-2017 and the volume Socioaesthetics. Ambience. Imaginary, which he co-edited for, Social and Critical Theory, Brill in 2015. The transvisuality collection is in its entirety focused on how visual culture works in globalization as creative forms of the new, assembling compossible forms of the social. It involves forty contributors from many continents of the world and topics from a wide array of visual phenomena in globalization processes. 

2016 he gave a keynote at The Lisbon Consortium Summerschool, TransvisualityLisbon, June 27 – July 2, 2016 (;

He is chairman of the Danish-Somali association and NGO, PeaceWare-Somaliland targeting ICT4D in the Republic of Somaliland in partnership formats across the private sector, public sector, civil society, and research (recognised by memorandum of agreement with Ministry of Communication, Hargeisa of 2010). March 2010 – March 2012 PeaceWare-Somaliland established the first telepsychiatric system in Africa – The Somaliland Telemedical System for Psychiatry – with more than 450 treatments performed between March 2010 and January 2011 – a first in Africa: http:/ The project is currently paused. He is co-founder of global platform The Copenhagen-Somali Seminar ( 2012 - . The platform researches the role of Somali diasporic culture in theoretical, analytic and applied formats, to address stakeholders across public and privat interest as well as NGOs and the civil society. 

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