Flemming Gotthelf Andersen


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Name: Flemming G. Andersen


1985: Dr.phil. (Danish equivalent to the German ’Dr.Habil.’ ), Odense University
1977: MA (English).
1973-1974: Studies at Warwick University

Professional background:
2005 – present: Appointed Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark
1998 – 2005: Elected Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark
1993 – 1997: Elected Head of Institute of Language and Communication, Odense University
1989 – 1990: Elected Head of Institute of Business Languages, Odense University

Concurrently I have held the position of associate professor of English since 1987.

1986 – 1987: Assistant professor, Odense University
1985: Fellow at. Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh University.
1983- 1985: Forskningsrådsstipendiat ( ~Post Doc); Centre for Medieval Studies, Odense University
1979-1982: Kandidatstipendiat ( ~ PhD-student); Centre for Medieval Studies, Odense University

In 2003 I took the Institute for Educational Management course at Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA.

Supplementary administrative posts:

2008- : member of HUMANE steering Committee (Heads of University Management)

2007: Member of ESMU Executive Board
2007-: Member of ESMU General Assembly
2007-:  Co-Cair of DEAN
2006 - present: Chairman of Executive Board of Odense Katedralskole (Odense’s oldest ‘Gymnasium’ ~ High School)
2006- present: Member of Executive Committee for DEAN [Deans’ European Academic Network] under the auspices of ESMU [European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities].
2001 – 2006: ‘Country Ambassador’ for DEAN
1987-1991: Chairman of the Research Centre for Medieval Studies, Odense University
1982-1986: Chairman of Folk Song Centre, Odense University

I have organized a number of seminars and conferences on university management (Bled 2007, Barcelona 2008.)
Jury member in connection with HUMANE course on university leadership, March 2008

2008- Member of VIA University College stading educational committee

2000 – present: member of AC’s Think Tank on Universities

Member of various Ministerial committees

1988: Invited plenary speaker to the Centenary Conference “Mr Child of Harvard and his Ballads” held at Harvard University

1986: Received Fyens Stiftstidende’s Research Prize [Danish Regional Newspaper]

Guests lectures held at various universities in Europe and the US.

Research Interests:

Oral Literature and Ballads, particularly the formulaic narrative mode of ballads and folk songs.
Intercultural Communication (intercultural negotiation)

Select publications:

I earned my Danish Doctorate (dr.phil. – which is the ‘second’ doctoral degree in the Danish system, the Ph.D. being the first) in 1985 with the book Commonplace and Creativity. The Role of Formulaic Diction in Anglo-Scottish Traditional Balladry (Odense: Odense University Press) 404pp. The main bulk of my publications have fallen within the area of traditional (oral) literature, see for instance “Technique, Text and Context. Formulaic Narrative Mode and the Question of Genre”. In Joseph Harris, ed. The Ballad and Oral Literature, Harvard English Studies 17: 18-39 from 1991; and “’All There Is … As It Is’. On the Development of Textual Criticism in Ballad Studies”. Jahrbuch für Volksliedforschung 39: 28-40. from 1994.
But I have also published in other fields, e.g. interaction studies (see e.g. ”A Cross-Cultural View of Repetitions in Spoken Discourse”. Multilingua 12: 291-307 from 1993; and “Repetition and Conflict Management in Business Negotiation” In C. Bazzanella, ed. Repetition in Dialogue. (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag), pp. 1-15 from 1996.
In 2002 I co-authored (with an English colleague) Håndbog i engelsk [Handbook in English] with the major Danish publisher Politiken (375 pp).

In all author and editor of about 10 books; author of 30 articles.