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Antigone, zombie films, Schubert, Michael Jackson, Titian, Japanese manga, Shakespeare, musicals...

These are just a few of the many subjects we are interested in and know a lot about at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK). In the department, we research and offer degree programmes in the histories of various art forms from antiquity to the present day, as well as the interactions between art forms and their relations to tendencies in their contemporary culture. The department encompasses international research and education from undergraduate to PhD-level within the subjects of Dance Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture, Musicology, Theatre and Performance Studies and Visual Culture.

In addition to studying art and culture in the traditional sense, we carry out research and teaching projects in many different areas, such as robot technology, disaster theory, sound culture, migration, and computer culture, just to name a few. 

The department provides students with strong academic qualifications and flexible opportunities to form their own study programme. As such they can create a marked, individual competence profile, whether this is placed within the traditional delimitations of the academic subjects or combines the disciplines of the department in new ways.

We focus on the continued development of the interaction between research, education and communication. This happens through a dialogue with the surrounding community, employment market and other institutions, the mutual dialogue among the scholars, and through the interaction and dialogue of scholars and students.

I am head of the department, and for me this is the best place to work in the world. We work on topics that many people outside the University are interested in knowing more about. In our research and teaching, we seek to understand and critically contribute to the culture we all live in. I enjoy going to work every day in a department that conducts stimulating and innovative research and offers interesting degree programmes for the benefit of both Danish and international culture and society.

Welcome to the department!
Mette Sandbye, Head of Department