Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam

Associate Professor, PhD, Associate professor

Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam
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Recent research:

Sexuality Studies: gender, love, feminism and sexuality. Member and leader of the research group Sexuality Studies - sexualitystudies.au.dk 

Avant-garde art and theory, especially surrealism, collage techniques, and surrealist legacies in contemporary art

Velux Project: Gender Blender:

VELUX foundation have awarded the Women’s museum in Aarhus and researchers from Aarhus University a grant of 4.9 million DKK for a collaborative research project on gender.

The aim of the project “Gender Blender” is to qualify and invite new voices into the gender debate, challenge stereotypes and use cultural history to critically assess the present, as well as explore how gender in interaction with other identity markers such as age, ethnicity, religion and sexuality plays a decisive role in terms of equality, power and diversity. The project will explore the types of activism that take place in everyday life and everyday spaces, and investigate whether research and museum communication in interaction can contribute to social change.

Participants in the project:

Project leader: PhD and Associate Professor Louise Fabian, Department of Culture and Society - History of Ideas

Project leader: PhD and Associate Professor Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam, Department of Communication and Culture - Art History

PhD fellow: Louise Rognlien, Department of Culture and Society - History of Ideas

Post.doc.: Jakob Rosendal, Women's Museum

Head of research: Museum inspector Julie Rokkjær Birch, Women's Museum

The research project will explore different sorts of everyday activism, and gender identity as something fragile, disturbed or disturbing. This will be done by examining a number of new activism forms, spaces (museums, digital and public spaces) and voices (activists, ethnic minorities, children and transgender people). In the meeting between Women's Museum and researchers in gender, sexuality and social movements from Aarhus University, the project will create new gender research and it will develop and test new communication strategies.

This will strengthen Women's Museum's research in gender culture as a new area of ​​responsibility and qualify the museum's communication and engagement of the audience. Workshops and exhibitions in and outside the museum will give museum users and, not least, non-users the opportunity to experience, test and contribute at the same time, while the project's research publications and conferences will feed into the museum's exhibition formats and dissemination material.

The collaboration between Women's Museum and Aarhus University is driven by an activist ambition. How can we qualify the gender debate, challenge stereotypes and use cultural history critically to look more nuanced at the present and affect the future? How can we give room to new voices? How can we understand the forms of activism that take place in everyday life and everyday space? Can research and museum communication in interaction create social change?

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