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PARTICIPATION IN THE PUBLIC DANISH DEBATE: MIRA C. SKADEGÅRD BRINGS RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES TO RADIO, YOUTUBE, AND NEWSPAPERS

CfU's assistant professor Mira C. Skadegård has within the past few weeks disseminated to the public through several media outlets on matters of discrimination, racism, and gendered violence.

Last modified: 01.04.2022

participating in the public danish debate: mira c. skadegård brings research perspectives to radio, youtube, and newspapers

In the Danish public debate, the last decade has seen a rise in attention towards discrimination. In this debate, Assistant Professor in CfU Mira C. Skadegård continues to advocate for anti-discrimination measures and bring in a research perspective to an often contentious debate. Below is a selection of Mira C. Skadegård's recent Danish-speaking engagements. 

In a recent YouTube episode made by StudentsTV, Mira C. Skadegård brings in a research perspective to the tale of Nada, a women who as a girl in her public school days experience what she terms "unconscious" racism from her teacher. It was a deeply uncomfortable experience for Nada, who has now managed to use this experience to advocate for standing up against racism. Nada's experience with her racist teacher illustrates how there needs to be focus on racism and discrimination in Danish schools. As assistant professor Mira C. Skadegård states:  "Schools are not inherently bad, but they are anchored in a society with widespread discrimination" meaning schools are a crucial place to take action to ensure change. Skadegård goes on to point out that focus has to be on learning to be anti-discriminatory and relates it to progress made regarding women's rights to work: "Society can change, but it requires us to agree collectively that this is something we want to change". 

 

In a recent episode of "Serieservice" (Series Service) at Radio4, assistant professor in CfU Mira C. Skadegård was invited to discuss identity, representation, and racism in series. It is possible to listen to the episode by pressing here. Alongside Carmina Guldmann, board member of Denmark's Intersectional Folk School and Celestine Fauer, activist and debater the host Zissel Astrid Kjertum-Mohr led a lively and informative discussion. In the show they talk about what it means to be (mis)represented and relate it to the Danish colonial history in e.g. Greenland, while providing examples of both derogatory and well-performed representations.  

 

On March 20, Mira C. Skadegård had an opinion piece in the Danish newspaper, Berlingske, regarding how when we talk about gendered violence, the violence is usually committed by men. We must critically examine the norms and assumptions inherent in our society. Skadegård writes: 

"There is still - in 2022 - a normalized perception that women who walk alone risk sexualized violence. It is something many simply take for granted. But, when women are expected to behave in certain ways to avoid violence committed by men, it is a way of assigning women responsibility for the violence they are exposed to". 

When most of the perpetrators of violence are men, it is not to say that all men are individually a problem according to Skadesgård, but it means we should consider how the way we think about gender is tied to what we expect from their actions. Learn more and fine the article by pressing here.