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Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Professor with Special Responsibilities

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen




I teach and do research on world literature, posthumanism and digital humanities

In 2018, I have completed a book for Routledge on world literature, co-authored with Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm), and I'm preparing an edited volume on posthumanism for Bloomsbury with Jacob Wamberg (Aarhus) to be published in 2020. I'm also directing the Digital Arts Initiative and the Human Futures research programme. Two recent edited volumes in Danish: an introduction to literature outside of Europe and 50 highlights of world literature.


Short CV

M.A. 1998, Ph.D. 2002 in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University

Thesis awarded with The University of Aarhus Research Foundation's Ph.D. Prize in 2003

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2015 (combined 8 months)

2003-06: Post.doc. financed by the Carlsberg Foundation

2007-09: Assistant Professor

2009-15: Associate Professor

2015-: Professor with Special Responsibilities


Current research projects

Posthuman Aesthetics - 2014-18

Human Futures - 2016-22

Digital Arts Initiative - 2017-


Selected publications

Authored books

The New Human in Literature: Posthuman Visions of Changes in Body, Mind, and Society after 1900 (London: Bloomsbury, 2013 (pb. 2015)). Reviews in Orbis Litterarum, Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, and Comparative Literature.

Mapping World Literature: International Canonization and Transnational Literatures (London & New York: Continuum, 2008 (pb. 2010)). Reviews in Choice ("Highly recommended"), Modern Languages Review, English Studies, Journal of European Studies, The Comparatist, Comparative Literature Studies, Paragraph, Orbis Litterarum, Symploke, Transcostpost, Forum for Modern Language Studies

Kanoniske konstellationer. Om litteraturhistorie, kanonstudier og 1920'ernes litteratur (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2003) (revised dissertation)


Edited books

Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

Danish Literature as World Literature with Dan Ringgaard (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

World Literature: A Reader with Theo D'haen and César Dominguez (London: Routledge, 2012)

The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges with Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Jacob Wamberg (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2012)

Reinventions of the Novel: Histories and Aesthetics of a Protean Genre with Karen-Margrethe Simonsen and Marianne Ping Huang (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004) 


Overall production

3 monographs and 1 under contract, 11 edited books published and 3 under contract, 60+ academic articles published in English, Danish, German, Chinese, Swedish, and Turkish, and more than 10 shorter research communication articles and 150+ book reviews.  


Other activities

Principal of the "Network for Cultural Memory Studies" at Aarhus University 2008-2011: memory.au.dk

Editor of the academic journal Passage 1995-2015

Editoral board of Journal of World Literature 2015-

Literary critic for the Danish daily Kristeligt Dagblad since 2005

Member of the Danish Society for Literary Critics since 2007


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