Kirsten Thisted

Kirsten Thisted

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My focus is minority majority relations, including postcolonial relations. I am particularly interested in how such asymmetric power relations are negotiated through literary and other aesthetic expressions. My regional competence is Greenland / Scandinavia.

Keywords for research and supervision: Narratives / discourses about (collective) identities and affiliation, Emotional communities, Linguistic and Cultural Encounters, Cultural Translation, Postcolonial Relations, Denmark-Greenland relations, Greenlandic literature, media and film, "The Foreigner" in Danish / Scandinavian Literature.


Current research:

Denmark and the New North Atlantic

I am heading an interdisciplinary research program that concerns the renegotiations of identities that are taking place in all parts of the North Atlantic in these years, as a result of independence processes, climate change and globalization. The project revisits the joint history of Denmark and Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and examins the current efforts to create a new, strong brand for the North Atlantic region, a Scandinavian Arctic. The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

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Affective economies: How are places, communities and identities constructed?

I am the head of this research task, which is a part of the Centre of Excellence for Resources, Extractive Industries and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC), funded by NORDFORSK

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Recently completed projects:

I was a partner in the POSUSA (Politics of Postcoloniality and Sustainability in the Arctic) project. Funded by the Velux Foundations.

Publikation: K. Thisted: ‘How we use our nature.’ Sustainability and Indigeneity in Greenlandic Discourse. In: Gad UP & Strandsbjerg J (eds) 2018: The Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic. Reconfiguring identity, time and space, Routledge (Routledge Studies in Sustainability)


Partner in The Sámi Art Research Project (SARP), funded by The Research Council of Norway and the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, University of Tromsø.

Publikation: K. Thisted: Blubber Poetics: Emotional Economies and Post-Postcolonial Identities in Contemporary Greenlandic Art and Literature. In Aarnold Svein; Elin Haugdal; Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen (eds.) 2017: Sámi Art and Aestetics. Contemporary Perspectives, Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 267-297. 

Partner in the Arctic Modernities project, funded by The Research Council of Norway. 

Publikation: ‘A Place in the Sun’: Historical Perspectives on the Debate on Development and Modernity in Greenland. In: Heidi Hansson and Anka Ryall (eds.) 2017: Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday. Cambridge Scholars Press, 312-344.

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