Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


25 October 2017

National narrative and diversity in Danish cultural institutions

Presented By Sabrina Vitting-Seerup (University of Copenhagen)
  • 1-2pm (part of the CRCC seminar series)
  • James France D109

About this event

Diversity is poorly represented in Danish cultural institutions, as they often focus on and re-tell the story of the “homogenous and harmonious” nation of Denmark only recently being influenced by migration. Although few institutions recognise this shared narrative as imagined (despite extensive historical and archaeological evidence) some museums and founding bodies have in the last decade begun the work connected to including and portraying the diverse people of Denmark, but with very different approaches. It is these first attempts of creating representation of migrants, descendants and racialised individuals that Sabrina Vitting-Seerup is researching and will share with us at this event. Since one of the main problems faced by the Danish cultural institutions is the difficulty many of their employees have discussing racialization and religion, it is challenging for the people researching and working in cultural institutions to discuss and correct the current skewed representation in Danish culture. By using the notion of the postmigration condition as a starting point combined with an intersectional approach to the problem of skewed representation, Vitting-Seerup is working towards creating the language and models needed to move towards a more inclusive and truthful representation in the cultural products displayed and supported by Danish cultural institutions.

Sabrina Vitting-Seerup is a PhD Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the current World Public Speaking Champion. She started working on her PhD in January 2016 as part of an interdisciplinary research group focusing on art, culture and politics in the ‘postmigrant condition’. Her research focuses on the way Danish cultural institutions and contemporary cultural products depict migrants and their descendants. She is currently based in Brighton working on finishing her comparative studies of cultural representations of diversity in British cultural institutions.