Iben Engelhardt Andersen
My research is centered on understanding the role of aesthetic experience in everyday social relations and how literary texts can help reframe and question our cultural assumptions. My work appears in Textual Practice, View, K&K, Passepartout, The History of Nordic Women’s Literature, Kritik, Retfærd, Vagant (forthcoming). I have translated Judith Butler’s Frames of War (Arena, 2015) and Sara Ahmed’s Killjoy Manifest (Informations forlag, 2018) into Danish. I obtained my PhD from the University of Southern Denmark with a dissertation that examined teenagers as tragic figures in literary tragedy and contemporary US culture.
My postdoc is part of the research project “Utopia Without Future”, which examines how literary works respond to a contemporary crisis in the political imagination of the future. We share the hypothesis that the utopian impulses we see materialize in contemporary literature and culture are not oriented towards the future. Rather than trying to re-ignite our capacity for imagining a radically different future, the works instead appear interested in engendering new modes of communal feeling in the present.
My project “Utopian Kinship” furthermore engages with feminist and queer political imagination as I examine works of literature that deal with reproduction, ecology and sex. My project asks: If the capacity to imagine the future is socially differentiated and if giving up on futurity is not an option, what kind of utopian bonds, affiliations, and gestures exist within the present moment? It is the thesis that contemporary utopian literature challenge and expand the narrow concept of reproduction as procreative heteronormativity by producing other forms of kinship.
The focus on issues of questions of reproduction, kinship beyond genealogy, and affective excess entails an emphasis on the intersection between political imaginary, utopian impulse and affect theory while offering new understandings of the place of queer and feminist utopia within utopian writing.
I am currently working on a book project that examines connections between utopia, reproduction and radical care.
Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder
”Utopiske impulser i samtidens kunst og kultur”, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Comparative literature, University of Copenhagen, 2020
”Litteraturteori- og analyse II”, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Comparative literature, University of Copenhagen, 2020
“Lov og litteratur”, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark, 2015.
“Tiltale i samtidslitteraturen”, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark, 2014.
“Små og store jeg’er i litteraturen”, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Comparative literature, University of Copenhagen, 2012