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Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
I am currently writing a book about Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state for Bloomsbury Academic to be published in 2015. From September 2014, I am a co-investigator on the AHRC (Translating Cultures) funded research project entitled Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations.
My research falls within the fields of Scandinavian and Comparative Literature. My main interests are:
- Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state (literature & Society)
- Hans Christian Andersen and the periodical press (Book History & Publishing)
- Authorship, Henry James and Visual Culture (Authorship studies)
- Cosmopolitanism in Nordic literature since 1990 (World Literature)
- The representation of floods in contemporary film, literature and art (Environment & Culture)
- Digital media and memory studies
Visit My publications for a complete listing of my publications, and:
- Read my piece published in The Conversation on "The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell";
- Read a comment I wrote with Prof. David Napier for the UCL European Institute: "Should we trust the Danes? The World Happiness Report 2013";
- Read about a conference I organised with Prof. David Napier and Dr Aarathi Prasad for the UCL SMS Network on "Generating Social Trust in the 21 Century";
- View the Scandinavica special issue on Nordic Publishing and Book History, edited with Elettra Carbone, and read my introduction online;
- View the programme for the 2013 symposium "Kierkegaard, the Uncanny and Nordic Noir";
- Read my article 'No Absolute Privacy: Henry James and the Ethics of Reading Authors' Letters;
- View the Scandinavica special issue on "Literature, Welfare and Well-Being";
- Listen to talks from the 2010 conference "Literature, Welfare and Wellbeing - The Poetics of the Scandinavian Welfare state".
I teach courses in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS6039 Memory and Literature in a Globalised Culture), the Department of Scandinavian Studies, in the MA programmes in Comparative Literature and European Culture, and a core course in the BA Arts and Sciences programme with Dr Florian Mussgnug (Making Value Judgements: Qualitative Thinking).
In my teaching practice I am finding ways to work with digital literacy, and with various ways in which digital media, social media and distance learning can be used to enhance the learning and teaching experience. Examples of my work with digital learning are:CLITG004 - Memory and Literature in a Globalised Culture (Spring 2009/2010); Resources for Teaching Scandinavian Languages in the Digital Classroom;UCL TILT conference presentation: "Teaching Comparative Literature in a Virtual and Transnational Classroom" (View Lecturecast beginning with slide 33; Literacies and Learning - UCL Teaching & Learning Network presentation: "Blogging Comparative Literature"; "Multilingualism and Cosmopolitan Citizenship in Europe: Challenges and directions in teaching and learning less commonly taught languages". Multilingualism: Policy, Practice and Teaching, Jean Monnet Lecture at Università degli Studi di Catania (view slides); in 2009 I was awarded a UCL Provost's Teaching Award.
Public Engagement and Knowledge Transfer
In 2013 I delivered a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture on Scandinavian Crime Fiction and the End of the Welfare State, which can be viewed on YouTube and listened to on SoundCloud. In 2011, I received a Public Engagement UCL Beacon Bursary for the project Nordic Noir: The Scandinavian Crime Fiction Book Club, and I was interviewed for the TV documentary Nordic Noir: The Story of Scandinavian Crime Fiction (aired December 20th, 2010, on BBC4). I have given numerous interviews to the UK, Scandinavian and European press on Scandinavian crime fiction and Nordic societies, but have also done a more lively academic stand-up performance about the printing press as a presenter on Bright Club Ink.
2013 Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature (UCL)
2010-2012 SELCS Undergraduate Tutor
2010 Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature (UCL)
2007-2010: UCL Teaching Fellow in Danish
2007: PhD, Department of Language, Literature and Culture, Aarhus University
2001-2004: Visiting Lecturer in Danish at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
2000-2001: Lecturer in Danish at Holbaek Teacher's College.
1999: Amanuensis in Comparative Literature at Aarhus University
1998: MA (cand.mag.) in Comparative Literature and English from University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University
1996-1997: Fulbright Fellow at University of Illinois, Chicago
1995: BA in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University