Global entanglements: Critical approaches to the impact of cultural exchange

Global entanglements examines the position of artistic and cultural practices within the frameworks of global and translocal networks. From a critical and interdisciplinary perspective, the cluster seeks to dismantle Eurocentrism and essentialist narratives.

[World map] Dai Nihon yochi benran. Tenpo 5 [1834] by dockedship, CC BY 2.0

Global entanglements engages with materials and questions that cut across conventional political and cultural borders. We examine cultural contact zones and the circulation and transfer of bodies, objects, texts, places, practices, and ideologies, and apply theories of transculturalism, post/decolonialism, (post)migration, indigenous and critical race studies, as well as feminist, gender and queer theory. In doing so, we seek to grasp how the interweaving of aesthetic and cultural practices impact the nexus between people in different localities and contribute to shaping, reinforcing, and renegotiating the relationship between them. The cluster brings together senior and junior scholars in interdisciplinary exchange in reading groups, international seminars and other research activities.





The cluster is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and we seek to address our situatedness by reflecting critically on our positioning and possible biases. On what foundations is it possible to engage in critique today within and beyond academia? The cluster members discuss how intersecting vectors of identity – race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, etc. – bear down differently on individuals within postcolonial and globalized matrices of power. This includes the implications of radical Black and Indigenous traditions for the notion of critique in the fields of art and cultural studies.

Research methodologies

The cluster engages in a variety of analytical and methodological perspectives, including qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to cultural analysis.

We share a commitment to contribute to the methodological and theoretical renewal of their respective fields by addressing questions such as: How can we develop new experimental approaches to historical writing, archival practice, curatorial work and cultural phenomena that cannot be confined within a traditional framework for understanding? And how can debates in feminist, indigenous and queer methodologies inspire researchers to engage different modes of expression, e.g. embodied knowledge, oral story-telling, post-monolingual literature, and various kinds of participatory practices? 

Migration and coloniality

One strand of Global entanglements considers artistic and cultural practices that engage with questions around coloniality, migration, and racialization. This includes contemporary and historical struggles for social justice and how they play out in the fields of art and culture, as well as how artists and cultural producers intervene in such struggles. Members also examine the historical and contemporary impact that capitalism, imperialism and nationalism have on art and culture, as well as how such structures have shaped the ways in which the fields of art and culture are studied and understood. How do colonial racial hierarchies and prejudice continue to generate violent and discriminatory forms of racialization today? How do these forms produce counter-reactions, including anti-racist practices of representations in art and culture? How does earlier influx of migrants determine the reception of newly arrived immigrants and refugees today, in both positive and negative ways, in socio-cultural contexts?

Transculturation and counter-cultures

One strand of Global entanglements explores theories of transculturation in order to study and develop dialogic, decentred and critical practices of cultural exchanges. This involves the study of cultural transfer and circulation as well as conflictual and exploitative relations, for instance, the emergence of artistic and cultural forms from within the constrictions of old and new incarnations of authoritarian and colonial contexts. What is the role of art in authoritarian regimes in shifting historical and geographical contexts, and how do aesthetic practices engage in authoritarian cultural politics as well as counter-cultures?








Name Title Phone E-mail
Bolt, Mikkel Professor +4535329325 E-mail
Borggreen, Gunhild Ravn Associate Professor +4535328228 E-mail
Dalla Bonta, Giada PhD Fellow +4535324575 E-mail
Danbolt, Mathias Professor +4541151613 E-mail
Daugaard, Solveig Assistant Professor +4522327066 E-mail
Gaonkar, Anna Meera Postdoc +4551225698 E-mail
Greaves, Kerry Associate Professor +4522744513 E-mail
Højsgaard, Mette Assistant Professor +4522526250 E-mail
Ibarra Olguin, Brenda Amaru PhD Fellow +4535327496 E-mail
Nielsen, Sabine Dahl Assistant Professor +4535321257 E-mail
Pallesen, Xenia Brown PhD Fellow +4535336552 E-mail
Petersen, Anne Ring Professor +4535328202 E-mail
Ringsager, Kristine Associate Professor   E-mail
Schultz, Laura Luise Associate Professor +4535328212 E-mail
Skovmøller, Amalie Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535325749 E-mail
Vedel, Karen Arnfred Associate Professor +4535329290 E-mail
Vilslev, Birgitte Thorsen Assistant Professor +4535322385 E-mail