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Anders Ib Michelsen

Anders Ib Michelsen

Associate Professor

INVITED PAPER: Critical Politics of Crowding – Beyond bubbles …,
World Literature: Postcolonial Perspectives,
University of Delhi 2018, 15-18 March 2018
New Delhi, India
INVITED PAPER: What is liveable design? In connection with the Birth Centenary of legendary architect Padmashree Laurie Baker 
Department of Architecture
College of Engineering
Trivandrum, India
KEYNOTE: 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 and ITMedia, Arts and Creative Media, James Cook University, Australia (, 2014 - 2016.


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

1. Relations between culture, creativity, the imagination and the visual. 

2. Design, architecture and technology, in practice led 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 thought 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 book (dr.phil) on, 'Trans visual - an Argument’, on the relation between dynamic contemporary culture and creative forms of the visual, to be published at Brill in 2017. The projects surveys the postwar debates on culture increasingly influenced by visual phenomena and couples these debates with a new non-representational and imaginary approach to the visual. 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 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. 

He was cofounder and 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, March 2010 – March 2012 where the associartion designed the first telepsychiatric system in Africa – The Somaliland Telemedical System for Psychiatry, today part of the portfolio of SHIFAT, Hargeisa ( He was cofounder of 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. 

In 2018 he is planning the first Summer School in Architecture in Somalia, in collaboration with Frederik Seehusen, Said Abdirahman Hussein og Abdifatah Aden Farah and Abaarso Tech University (, Hargeisa.


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