Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies


The Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies is a collaboration between scholars from primarily Copenhagen University and Aarhus University. It is a continuation of a network at Aarhus University founded in 2008 comprising scholars from Aesthetics, Scandinavian studies, Anthropology, and History. The central focus of the network is the aesthetics and practices of memory cultures and works of art. Approximately 15 faculty members and 15 graduate students are part of the network.


Hans Lauge Hansen is Professor MSO of Spanish and Intercultural Studies, Aarhus University. He is specialized on the topics of contemporary narrative and cultural memory studies, and has published on the contribution of narrative to the construction of cultural identities and communities in the Spanish speaking world. Director of the collective research project La memoria novelada  – La contribución de la literatura a la construcción de identidades culturales en España about  the Spanish novel on the Civil War and Francoism written after the turn of the Millennium (2011-15), and Work Package Leader in the Horizon 2020 project “Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe (UNREST, 2016-19). Recent publications: ‘On Agonistic Memory’, Memory Studies 9:4 2016 (co-authored with Anna Cento Bull), ‘Modes of Remembering in the Spanish Memory Novel’, Orbis Litterarum 71:4 2016, La memoria novelada III: Memoria transnacional y anhelos de justicia, 2015 co-edited with JC. Cruz Suárez and A. Sánchez Cuervo, Bern: Peter Lang 2015, Conflictos de la memoria – Memoria de los conflictos, co-edited with L. Cecchini, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2013; La memoria novelada I: Hibridación de géneros y metaficción en la novela Española sobre la Guerra civil y el franquismo, Bern: Peter Lang 2012.

Wulf Kansteiner

Jessica Ortner is a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen and currently holds a grant from the Danish Council of Independent Research. Ortner examines the impact of art and literature on cultural memory as well as the developments of German and European memory culture from 1945 until today. She is specialized in German-language Holocaust literature written by the second and third generations, reconstructions of the 20th century’s atrocities in contemporary Eastern-European migrant literature, and political usages of Europe’s traumatic histories. Working with the concepts of traveling memories, transnationalism, and postmemory, Ortner examines the extent to which the present family novel develops in relation to, or across, national boundaries.  She obtained her PhD degree with a thesis on the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, focusing on Jelinek’s literary strategies of representing the Shoah and broaching Austria’s national socialist past. Recent publications include “Multidirectional Literature as Subversion: Transcultural Tendencies in German Jewish Literature after 1990” (2017, in print), “Diaspora, Postmemory, and the Transcultural Turn in Contemporary Jewish Writing” (2015), “Magical Realism in the Holocaust Literature of the Postwar Generations” (2014), and the monograph Poetologie “nach Auschwitz”: Narratologie, Semantik und sekundäre Zeugenschaft in Elfriede Jelineks Roman “Die Kinder der Toten” (2016).


Aarhus University is one of Denmark’s two large universities with 38,000 students and 11,000 employees. The Faculty of Arts is organized in three departments with a wide variety of interdisciplinary research programmes.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. It is one of Denmark’s largest educational institutions with 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees. The Faculty of Humanities is organized in eight departments carrying nearly 50 different educational programmes.