What is Kult?
Kult began in 2004 as the result of a desire to connect a series of discussion fields, which could all be categorised under the umbrella term, postcolonial Denmark:
- The Danish Commonwealth (between the Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Denmark) has an entangled, yet also under researched history that continues to influence discussions about national identity and the understanding of each Commonwealth member’s role in an increasingly globalised world
- Danish colonial history. In what ways has the Danish possession of colonies, but also in a wider sense its participation in colonialism (e.g. Denmark was an eager participant in the slave trade), influenced Danish self-perception, and what traces have this legacy left in relation to Danish self perception as an active participant in contemporary international ventures (as a military/political power, as a major player in development aid to mention but two obvious examples)
- Danish conceptualisations of migrancy. What images have Danes had of migrants historically and which do they have today. In what ways can migrants’ self perception and readings of the Danes and Danish society help to produce a more diversified Danish response
Aside from the specific interest in postcolonial Denmark, Kult has also taken an interest in discussions outside Denmark, which Kult considers helpful in terms of developing other challenging perspectives that can offer new insights into Danish conceptualisations of a national self. Two areas have sprouted from this branch of inquiry, The Nordic Colonial Mind and Latin American epistemologies in a glocal perspective.
- Nordic Colonial Mind is a network for scholars working on the role of the Nordic countries during colonialism but also on how the Nordic countries in contemporary times negotiate their role in an increasingly interwoven world. It is of particular interest to the network to connect the interest in colonial history to the contemporary issues of migrancy, images of south in the north etc.
- Contemporary Latin American epistemologies has grown out of a network of Latin Americanists in Scandinavia and the Americas. After a symposium and a series of workshops in 2008, a network is developing with an interest in focusing on how new non-Eurocentric epistemologies can be developed from Latin America, but also elsewhere, and how this may be engaged with by scholars based in Europe.
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