Transforming identities: Exploring changes, tensions and visions in the Nordic region

  • Nebeling Petersen, Michael (CoI)
  • Lund Engebretsen, Elisabeth (PI)
  • Bissenbakker, Mons (CoI)
  • Myong, Lene (CoI)
  • Liinason, Mia (CoI)
  • Sasunkevich, Olga (CoI)
  • Sorainen, Antu (CoI)

Project: Research

Project Details


Transforming Identities brings together scholars, activists, artists and authors to discuss current challenges to democratic participation, and shifting understandings of diversity and minorities in Nordic societies. With identity politics becoming increasingly contested and the locus of intense debates in politics and society, this two-year project takes the conceptual terrain of identity politics a starting point for investigating current challenges - what’s at stake, why, and for whom?

In three workshops we explore the impulses for new understandings of equality and rights, of solidarity and democracy, in the context of the rise of the right, growing nationalism, local and global insecurities.

The first workshop focuses on democratic participation; the second workshop is concerned with a critical exploration of Nordic exceptionalism; and the third workshop asks, What kinds of lives count? and enquires into humanity, its limits and potentials for radical changes.

Our ambition is to facilitate collaborations and thinking across disciplines and platforms, expand understandings of how democratic participation transforms the social and the political, and to establish lasting avenues for debate, insights, and new research.
Short titleTransforming identities
Effective start/end date01/08/201801/08/2020

Research Output

  • 1 Journal article

The White Tent of Grief. Racialized conditions of public mourning in Denmark

Nebeling, M. & Bissenbakker, M., 2. Jan 2019, In : Social & Cultural Geography.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    • 1 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars
    • 1 Conference presentations

    Workshop 2: Challenging Nordic exceptionalisms.

    Michael Nebeling Petersen (Organizer)
    18. May 201920. May 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

    Migration and Nation in the Age of Affective Biopolitics

    Michael Nebeling Petersen (Speaker)
    21. Feb 201823. Feb 2018

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations