Karen Vallgårda, research director

Karen Vallgårda is associate professor of History at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Imperial Childhoods and Christian Mission (Palgrave 2014) and has published widely on the history of emotions, gender, race, and childhood. She is the co-editor of different volumes on the history of emotions. Vallgårda is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth as well as of the Young Academy of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. She has received several grants and awards, including Einar Hansen’s Research Prize for Outstanding Humanistic Research (2016).

Caroline Nyvang, senior researcher

PhD, is a historian and a senior researcher at the Royal Library. She has published extensively on various food media outlets and specializes in archived web. Caroline is a senior researcher at the Danish Folklore Archives with The Royal Danish Library where she is responsible for the manuscript collection. Her current work focuses on the juridical regulations and ethical dilemmas connected to privacy and to making digital archives accessible to the public.

Martina Koegeler-Abdi, postdoc

PhD. Koegeler-Abdi is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen. She holds degrees in American Studies, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies as well as Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation Adaptive Agency and Arab American Womanhood, 1893-1967explores the cultural histories of Arab American women and she has published on US multi-ethnic literatures, performance studies, transnational feminism and the politics of adaptation. Koegeler-Abdi also co-edited the book Interculturality: Practice Meets Research and a special issue conversation piece on Place in American Culture. She was a Fulbright Fellow at SUNY Stony Brook as well as a visiting research fellow at Brown University and received various grants and awards for her work.

Marie Meier, PhD fellow

MA in Angewandte Litteraturwissenschaft from Freie Universität Berlin. She also holds a Master in Second Language Acquisition and Cross Cultural Communication from the Danish School of Education, and has previously worked as a language teacher, editor and podcast-producer. Her interest in literature, literacy, language and cultural studies has formed her cross-disciplinary approach to the field of history and social psychiatry.

Anne Julie Arnfred, Curator

MA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen. She has worked as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde (2016-17) and as associate curator at Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre (2007 – 16). . She has been responsible for the curation of a number of exhibitions, including Show Me The Money !, The Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), Being Human Being – Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (2014), `Listening Landscape(s), Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (2014),` Skammekrogen´ – Focus, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (2014), `The Silent Station – Mie Olise, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, (2012), Jesper Just – Jesper Just, CAM, Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, (2010). She works with a cross-disciplinary approach to art and curating,  interweaving curatorial and artistic elements with interdisciplinary research.

Katrine Rønsig Larsen, Intern

Katrine Rønsig Larsen is a MA student in history at the University of Copenhagen. She has worked as a research assistant for Karen Vallgårda on her project about the history of divorce in Denmark, and is currently research assistant on Vallgårdas project about family secrecy.