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Anne Ring Petersen

Anne Ring Petersen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

The visual arts from 1850 until today, particularly contemporary art; the interrelations between globalisation, migration and culture, and their transformative impact on the arts.

Fields of interest

  • Contemporary art, particularly installation art and ‘global art’
  • The interrelations between globalisation, migration and culture
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on art and culture
  • Urban studies, in particular the relationship between art and the city
  • Art in public spaces
  • Cultural Theory


Main areas: cultural theory, cultural and visual studies, visual arts and theories of art, performance theatre, globalisation and migration as formative contexts of contemporary art and culture, cross-cultural issues

Special interest in the visual arts from 1850 until today, particularly art after 1960: installation art and its connections to performance theatre and digital media; connections between art and urban culture; art in public spaces; painting in the expanded field; the interrelations between globalisation, migration and art; as well as theoretical and political issues relating to these topics.

Current research

My primary field of research is the visual arts after 1960 explored in relation to their cultural and historical contexts and in a transnational perspective. This field includes the connections between the visual arts and other artistic disciplines and cultural forms. I have focused particularly on installation art and on the connections between installation art and performance theatre, and between installation art and digital media (the subject of my book and doctoral dissertation, dr.phil.: Installationskunsten mellem billede og scene (2009)/ Installation Art between Image and Stage, revised edition in English, 2015). I have also written extensively about contemporary artists from Denmark as well as painting in an expanded, intermedial field (the subject of the anthology Contemporary Painting in Context, 2010). In recent years, I have engaged with studies in migration and culture, taking a particular, but not exclusive, interest in contemporary art and today's globalised art world. This field involves a focus on transnational and transcultural relations as well as on cross-cultural issues of globalisation, postcoloniality, structural discrimination, cultural translation and hybridity, cultural memory and identity, as well as the interrelations between 'migration' and 'aesthetics'.

From 2016 through 2018, I will participate in the collaborative research project "Art, Culture and Politics in the 'Postmigrant Condition',” funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation). Based on the German concept of postmigration, I seek here to develop a new understanding of how migration after World War II has transformed European societies, including Danish society. I look at societal change through the lens of contemporary art, i.e. I examine how contemporary artists renegotiate collective memories and national identities in order to pave the way for greater inclusiveness, diversity and recognition of immigrants and their descendants. For the project’s homepage, see:

From 2010 through 2014, I was the coordinator of the interdisciplinary research network Network for Migration and Culture (formerly, Netværk for kulturvidenskabelige migrationsstudier). It was funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation) from 2011 to 2014. Since then, I have been a member of the network’s coordination group. For more information, see the network's website:

I thus have substantial experience in collaborative research projects and network management as well as in securing external funding and cooperation on research applications on both a national and an international level.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    The Culture of Migration: Politics, Aesthetics and Histories

    Moslund, S. P. (ed.), Petersen, A. R. (ed.) & Schramm, M. (ed.) 2015 London og New York: I.B. Tauris. 346 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  2. Published

    Mining the Museum in an Age of Migration

    Petersen, A. R. 2014 The Postcolonial Museum: The Arts of Memory and the Pressures of History. Chambers, I., De Angelis, A., Ianniciello, C., Orabona, M. & Quadraro, M. (eds.). 1 ed. Farnham: Ashgate, p. 125-136 12 p. 9

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. Published

    The locations of memory: Migration and transnational cultural memory as challenges for art history

    Petersen, A. R. 2013 In : Crossings. 4, 2, p. 121-137 17 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Identity Politics, Institutional Multiculturalism, and the Global Artworld

    Petersen, A. R. Mar 2012 In : Third Text. 26, 2, p. 195-204 10 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Installation Art: Between Image and Stage

    Petersen, A. R. 2015 Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum. 507 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  6. Published

    Installationskunsten mellem billede og scene

    Petersen, A. R. 2009 København: Museum Tusculanum. 518 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  7. Published

    Contemporary Painting in Context

    Petersen, A. R. (ed.), Bogh, M. (ed.), Dam Christensen, H. (ed.) & Larsen, P. N. (ed.) 2010 Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum. 220 p. (The Novo Nordisk Art History Project).

    Research output: ResearchAnthology

  8. Published

    Navigation, immersion og interaktion i videoinstallationen

    Petersen, A. R. 2008 Kroppen: hinsides posthumaniteten. Ekman, U. & Fetveil, A. (eds.). 1 ed., p. elektronisk publikation (anslået 43-61) 19 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  9. Published

    Realism, theatricality, ritual: Aspects of the aesthetics of the installation

    Petersen, A. R. 2008 Reality Check. Bjerkof, S. (ed.). København: Statens Museum for Kunst, p. 44-61 17 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  10. Published

    Between image and stage: The theatricality and performativity of installation art

    Petersen, A. R. 2005 Performative Realism: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Media. Gade, R. & Jerslev, A. (eds.). København: Museum Tusculanum, p. 209-34

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  11. Published

    The Artist as Migrant Worker? Framing Art in an Age of Intensified Globalisation and Migration

    Petersen, A. R. 2013 In : Arken Bulletin. 6, p. 42-49 8 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  12. Published

    Film som kunst: Yinka Shonibare and Black British film

    Petersen, A. R. 2013 In : Passepartout. 18, 34, p. 66-86 21 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  13. Published

    Kulturel erindring i migrationens splintrede spejl

    Petersen, A. R. 2012 In : Passepartout. Skrifter for kunsthistorie. 18. årgang, 33, p. 16-30 15 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  14. Published

    Storbyens billeder: fra industrialisme til informationsalder

    Petersen, A. R. 2002 København: Museum Tusculanum. 363 p.

    Research output: ResearchPh.D. thesis

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