Department of Culture and Learning



Kirsten Drotner

keywords: societal impact, international validity, radical innovation

Kirsten Drotner is Chair of media studies at the University of Southern Denmark and founding director of DREAM: Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials. Author or editor of 30 books and more than 150 academic articles and chapters in edited volumes, her most recent book is Museum communication and social media: The connected museum (Routledge, 2013, co-editor K.C. Schrøder,). She currently serves as chair of the Scientific Committee for the Humanities at Science Europe and is a board member of the Danish Council for Independent Research and the Danish Film Institute. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Academia Europaea, International Communication Association and the recipient of the association’s Applied Research Award.


Falk Heinrich

Keywords/title: Changing core competences of Arts and Humanities being part of inter- and transdisciplinary research


Falk Heinrich, PhD, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Head of Studies (School of Communication, Art and Technology). 
Teaching and research areas: art theory and aesthetics, interactive dramaturgy, and artistic methodology. Formerly, he worked as a theatre actor and -director and installation artist. Published books: Interaktiv digital installationkunst (2008) and Performing Beauty in Participatory Art and Culture (2014).


Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld

keywords - impact: Reform universities – breaking new ground – transformation and social impact – problem based learning and research as driver

Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld is Professor in ICT, Learning and Design, Aalborg University. Former Dean, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University (AAU) and former board member of the Danish Council for Research Policy. With a strong focus on innovation and problem based research in her academic leadership Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld has been an active participant and agenda setting in the scientific debate relating to societal challenges - particularly in relation to transdisciplinarity, innovation and growth. Besides her academic commitment, Professor Dirckinck-Holmfeld has been actively involved in the public debate relating to the grand societal challenges. 


Helge Jordheim

Key words: contingency, crisis, life sciences, history of the future


Helge Jordheim (b. 1971) is professor of cultural history at the University of Oslo. He has a PhD in German literature on 18th century political novels. Since then he has worked extensively on 18th century writing, conceptual history and the theory and history of the humanities. At present he is working on questions of time, temporality, and global history from 17th century and onwards.


Frederik Tygstrup

Keywords:Mechanisms of Impact - Paying attention to institutions, concerns, collaborations


Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen, chair of Danish Research Council for the Humanities and Nordic Joint Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences. Recent publications Structures of Feeling (with Devika Sharma), de Gruyter 2015, Socioaesthetics (with Anders Michelsen), Brill 2015.


Marianne Ping Huang

Collaborate Humanities? Could a future core contribution of the humanities be new ways of co-creation and collective making


Marianne Ping Huang, Vice dean for Education at Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University since 2011. Ping Huang’s main research areas are within 20th Century Avantgardes, with an emphasis on artistic movements as also political and social. Ping Huang is interested in re-thinking imagination and creativity and emergent knowledge fields as cultural core phenomena and thus creating a wider and more agile knowledge resource for the coming decades. 


Antje Gimmler

keywords: Problem oriented humanities; ambivalences of ’Bildung’ and critique; how does theory and practice work together?

Antje Gimmler is professor of applied philosophy at the University of Aalborg, studied at the Free University Berlin and the University of Bamberg (Germany). Her main research areas are social theory, philosophy of science and science studies as well as philosophy of technology. With a background in philosophical pragmatism and critical theory she currently develops a pragmatic version of applied philosophy. She is director of CAF, Center of Applied Philosophy at Aalborg University and head of the PhD program learning and philosophy.



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