Postcolonial Europe: Narratives, Nationalism, and RaceSummer Course

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

In Europe, historical atrocities of colonialism and practices of imperialism have often been marginalized in national narratives and collective memory. This is no less true of the Nordic countries where repercussions of the colonial past are often overshadowed by contemporary notions of international benevolence and welfare for all. With the former Danish West Indies, Greenland, and the Sápmi region (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia) as case studies, this course deconstructs European and Nordic narratives of equality, innocence, and racial blindness as evident in literature and the visual arts, popular culture, advertising, education, and mainstream historical accounts.

Related Discipline(s)

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


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.