Speakers – University of Copenhagen


Azadeh Sharifi

Azadeh Sharifi is post-doctoral researcher for the Balzan Prize Project “The Role of Independent Theatre in Contemporary European Theatre: Aesthetic and Structural Changes” at the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). She focuses on post-migrant Theatre in Europe, Theatre and Migration and Transculturalism.

Firas Mahmoud and Mirjam Dyrgaard Hansen

C:NTACT is an independent organisation dedicated to ethnic, social, and cultural integration and education, based at the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark Firas is project manager for international collaborations and Mirjam directs C:NTACT's educational program which offers a wide variety of productions and workshops - primarily targeted at young people with different backgrounds.

Mads Anders Baggesgaard

Mads Anders Baggesgaard is a post-doctoral researcher in Comparative Literature at the Department of Aesthetics at Aarhus University, Denmark. His primary areas of interest are contemporary literature and cinema with a particular emphasis on contemporary French and francophone literature, cinema and thought. He's currently working on the project The World in French - on translations and traces of memory in globalized francophone literature. His dissertation The French and the World: Post-global Perspectives on Contemporary French Literature (2010) treats new French literature in light of globalization with emphasis on the place of literature in the changed economic and discursive circuits of a globalized world.

Mark Terkessidis

Mark Terkessidis is a journalist and migration researcher. He has published extensively on popular culture, migration and racism, mainly in German. Psychologie des Rassismus [Psychology of Racism] (Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1998), Migranten [MIgrants] (Hamburg: Rotbuch, 2000), Die Banalität des Rassismus. Migranten zweiter Generation entwickeln einen neuen Begriff [The Banality of Racism. second generation Migrants debelop a new term] (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2004, doctoral thesis), Fliehkraft. Gesellschaft in Bewegung – Von Migranten und Touristen [Centrifugal Force. Society on the Move - Of Migrants and Tourists] (with Tom Holert, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch 2006). With Tom Holert he founded the Institute for Studies in Visual Culture (isvc).

Moritz Schramm

Moritz Schramm is an Associate Professor at the Institute for the Studies of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. He holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen on Franz Kafka’s works, and has published widely on developments in German and Danish literature and culture in the 20th and 21st century. Among his main areas of interest are theories of recognition and recent political and cultural developments in Denmark and Germany, often with focus on intercultural and post-migrant aesthetics. Besides his academic research he works as critic for the daily Kristeligt Dagblad and as literary translator.

Nanna Heidenreich

Nanna Heidenreich is an independent curator, artist and researcher, teaching at Braunschweig University of Art. Her research focuses on visual culture, art&politics, migration and antiracism. She is a co-curator of Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival and has been involved in the project and film series 'Archive of a Possible Future' as well as various performances and interventions with the antiracist network Kanak Attak.