Affiliation: University of Southern Denmark, DK
I write and teach in the following fields: literatures of the 18th-21st centuries (American, British, French, German, and Scandinavian) with particular focus on migration and borders as well as maritime history and culture. I have also published on the aesthetics and history of soccer.
My book on migration in post-WWII Europe entitled Migration and Literature: Günter Grass, Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, and Jan Kjærstad came out with Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. My book on soccer entitled Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Cultural Analysis of Manchester United came out with Bloomsbury in 2013. I have also published a book on Salman Rushdie (2011) and co-edited three books.
I am currently working on a book tentatively entitled Reading the Sea: Modes of Being in Maritime Modernity that examines the role of the sea in literary and cultural history through concepts and phenomena such as history, rhythm, technology, ecology, and aesthetics. I have recently initiated a project on the role of the border in post-1989 European novels.
I am chair of the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award’s academic advisory board, Denmark’s biggest literary prize. In 2011-12 I co-directed a research group on the role of space and place in literature, culture, and media.
My stays abroad include two visits to Stanford University as visiting researcher (2005) and visiting scholar (2008), and in 2011 I was Senior Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) at the Bauhaus-Universitet Weimar in Germany.