Postcolonial Europe: Narratives, Nationalism, and RaceSemester Course

Postcolonial Europe: Narratives, Nationalism, and Race, Elective Course at DIS Copenhagen
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, History, Literature
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

In Europe, the colonial past has often been marginalized in the collective memory, as practices of imperialism and colonialism seldom fit into contemporary national narratives. Using the former Danish West Indies and Greenland as case studies, the course deconstructs colonial narratives in literature, film, art, advertisements, historical works, and educational material. Keeping a comparative perspective, we situate our discussions in current European debates about ‘the Other.’

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


Mette Jungersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MA (Russian Language and Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2012). Teacher of Danish Language and Literature, Saint Petersburg University of Telecommunication, 2006. Assistant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of European Neighborhood and Russia, 2006-2009. With DIS since 2008.

Birgitte Duelund Pallesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen (2013). BA studies in European Literature, Film and Philosophy, UCL, London, UK. Birgitte has previously worked with cultural journalism and publishing and done editorial work for Gyldendal (2009-14) and (2009-2017). Areas of Interest: Comparative literature (19th-20th century British, Francophone and German literature); Critical and Cultural Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Literary Geography; Medical Humanities/Narrative Medicine. With DIS since 2015.