Something is at Stake: Northern European Cultural Studies. Where, How and Why?

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    Abstract

    In this article, I address the current state of cultural studies in Northern Europe and more specifically in the Nordic countries, especially in Denmark. I take my point of departure in offering an answer to the question, what is cultural studies anyhow? and raise some questions about its future directions. From that, I then discuss how we can reason about regional cultural studies since in so doing we are caught in a dilemma: on the one hand, it provides a way to nuance hegemonic his-tories and ways of mapping the international field but, on the other hand, it also inevitably leads to new generalizations and new inclusions and exclusions. I go on to examine first the (im)possibility of scaling (regional, national, etc.) and, next, the challenge it raises at different levels of setting, i.e., Northern Europe, the Nor-dic countries, and Denmark. Finally, I focus on national, i.e., Danish cultural stud-ies and return to the question of the future of the discipline.

    Keywords: Cultural studies; Scandinavian cultural studies; regional cultural studies; cultural forms; the performative turn; ciritique and ethics
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Artikelnummer8
    TidsskriftCulture Unbound
    Udgave nummer5
    Sider (fra-til)89-101
    ISSN2000-1525
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2013

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    • cultural studies, Nordic cultural studies, Danish cultural studies, the performative turn

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