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Karen Westphal Eriksen

Post.doc.

Københavns Universitet 

E-mail: kwe@hum.ku.dk

Kamma Overgaard Hansen

PhD in Art History

E-mail: kamma77@gmail.com

Bio

As a PhD in Art History, I have a general interest in how sexuality is expressed and debated within the visual arts through history.

I also have a specific interest in the cultural conditions surrounding the legalization of pornography in Denmark in the late 1960s.

Moreover, I am concerned with contemporary discussions regarding gender equality, sexual harrassment on- and offline, unwritten rules about parenthood, and not least the educational take on puberty, love, and sexuality within the public School system.

Louise Hollerup

Visual anthropologist from Aarhus University

Bio

Louise Hollerup has recently finished "Hairy Stories", a film trilogy made in Denmark and Palestine about body hair and intimacy as a method in filmmaking.   

Kasper Dam Nielsen 

Graduate Student

Email: kdn@fuau.dk 

Bio

Kasper Dam Nielsen is studying Scandinavian Languages and Literature and working as a student assistant at Folkeuniversitetet in Aarhus, Emdrup and Herning. Furthermore, he has a BA in Comparative Literature and Art History and is graduating from Politikens debattør- og kritikerskole this semester. Kasper has written papers on topics such as eroticism, pornography, feminism and desire and has contributed to the public debate about gender stereotypes. In particular, he is interested in perversion in Nordic literature and psychiatry in the last part of the 19th century.  

Jakob Rosendal

Ph.d.

E-mail: jr@cc.au.dk

 

Bio

Jakob Rosendal has a PhD and a Master degree in Art History and Philosophy and History of Ideas from Aarhus University. His PhD-dissertation from 2016 entitled Overlooked Signs - On the Ideological Fantasies of Everyday Visual Culture​ developed the concept of the overlooked sign understood as the sign in its paradoxical seen and unseen everydayness and explored how such signs produce meaning and fantasies in contemporary visual culture. The focus was on the enjoyment-inducing ornamentation on daily supermarket commodities and on the meanings and desires invested in our most stereotypical images of women, children and families.

His current research focuses on images of children and the cultural desires for and libidinal investments in such images. He is currently applying for funding for two separate postdoc-projects on this topic.

The first project has the working title Children in and against Everyday Images - Gendered Innocence and Transsexual Resistance. In a first part it will look at current popular visual constructions of the innocent child - as for instance the highly popular photographs of Anne Geddes - and question how such imagery can be said to both desexualise and sexualise the child while at the same time making it visually desirable in ways that inadvertently complicates its innocence. A second part will deal with mainstream media's stories of transsexual and gender-nonconforming children - think for instance of the media-succes of Jazz Jennings - and explore​ how these stories both reveal the struggle of children with our ordinary stereotypes and how these children come to take on new oppositional images, as well as how and why such stories have caught the attention of the broader public over the last three decades.

The working title of the second project is Repetition Trouble - Images of an Anglo-American Girl, 1785-2018. It questions the cultural desire behind the repetition of an art historical motif known as "girl in a mobcap" as it has been reproduced and paraphrased from the 1780s and until the present day - for instance from Joshua Reynolds' Penelope Boothby (1788) over John Everett Millais' Cherry Ripe (1879) and up to certain images of the central character Eleven in the Duffer brothers series Stranger Things (2016-). The wager of this project is that such repetition across centuries and the kind of comparative analyses that it allows for can help reveal aspects about the strange threshold status of children as both inside and outside of culture, both caught up in its meaning-making yet also free from it, not least when it comes to matters of sexuality as the child comes with a sexual erogenous body, which however is not attuned to the world of adult eroticism.

The main theoretical focus in Jakob's work is that of the Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytical tradition. An interest he pursues as a member of the Danish Society of Theoretical Psychoanalysis and as a lecturer at the Institute of Wild Analysis under the Philosophical Faculty in Aarhus. 

Marianne Træbing Secher

Assistant professor

VIA University College

Health and healthcare

E-mail: MSEC@via.dk 

  

Morten Emmerik Wøldike

Cultural sociologist

Project manager at Sex & Samfund

Bio

Morten Emmerik Wøldike is a cultural sociologist working with sex and sexuality education for young people as well as for adults and social and pedagogical professionals at the Danish Family Planning Association (“Sex & Samfund”). He has published several articles on topics such as sexuality, gender, body, sexuality education, pornography, sexual morality and sexual politics.