Arctic Orientalism: Postcolonialism in the NorthSummer Course

Arctic Orientalism: Postcolonialism in the North
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, History, Literature
Location: Copenhagen
Session 2

In the collective memory of the Nordic countries, the colonial past is marginalized in favor of narratives centered on welfare and benevolence. This course deconstructs Danish colonial narratives through literature, film, art, and advertisements. Employing Nordic case studies, we engage with memories of Denmark’s colonial activities in the Arctic, while we relate our discussions to current Scandinavian debates about the immigrant ‘Other.’

This course includes a course-integrated Study Tour within Denmark! Read more about Study Tours.


Birgitte Duelund Pallesen

DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.mag. (Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2013). Specialization: Contemporary Danish Literature, Literature & War. Worked in publishing at Gyldendal, 2009-2014. Second Language Teacher at IA Sprog, 2013-2015. With DIS since 2015.

Mette Jungersen

DIS Summer 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.