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The Aesthetics of Human Rights

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen & Ben Dorfman
Human rights are up for debate. The sense of how many and what types of rights we have continually expands, and rights’ cultural and political significances are diverse. As Michael Ignatieff (2000) has argued, human rights have undergone a “revolution” in the second half of the twentieth century. This entails human rights’ growth from a limited concept pertaining to international institutions (specifically the UN and the state actors involved) to a broad social concept deployed...

Humanistisk ledelsesforskning

Hanne Dauer Keller
This issue of Academic Quarter collects articles about humanistic leadership research. Organisation and leadership are traditional themes, which are treated thoroughly within social sciences and commercial disciplines, but these themes have attracted a rising degree of interest from the humanities in recent years.

Gender Politics Orientation

Brian Russell Graham
Relating the articles published in this issue to the content of the original call, this piece will turn to the gender politics orientation of the various pieces included. I will locate each of the contributions in a discussion dealing with the kind of orientation which makes up the main section of this article. That discussion will point to the enduring appeal of different feminist approaches, although, as I shall explain, not all contributions are easily...

Bestseller and Blockbuster Culture. Introduction

Gunhild Agger, Rasmus Grøn, Hans Jørn Nielsen & Anne Marit Wade
Bestseller and blockbuster culture includes new ways of producing, distributing and experiencing media. Bestseller and blockbuster productions encompass production values in which a new type of pragmatic cooperation with external partners takes place. Films and television series are produced as platform productions for different media (cinema, television, mobile media) in combination with merchandise, franchising and destination tourism. To an increasing degree, books are published as e-books, thus contributing to changes in the culture of reading....

Cultural Iconicity

Bent Sørensen & Helle Thorsøe Nielsen
This issue of Academic Quarter on the topic of Icon brings together scholars from film and media history, art history, literary history, imagology, cultural semiotics, star studies, fashion studies and cultural studies, initiating a further exploration of the phenomenon of ‘cultural iconicity’. For the purpose of this issue we propose the following definition of a cultural icon: A commercialized, yet sacralized visual, aural or textual representation anchored in a specific temporal/historical and spatial/geographical context, broadly...

Introduction - Two Stories of the Arts and Humanities – and a Third Version Emerging

Gunhild Agger, Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Antje Gimmler, Falk Heinrich & Tytti Soila
During the past few decades, a spectre has emerged, which is now haunting the Arts and Humanities in the Western world. The question posed by this spectre is: What is the usefulness of studying Arts and Humanities? This has manifested itself in a decreasing acknowledgment, which again has resulted in considerable downsizing and diverse forms of crisis man¬agement. In this political realm this volume provides an alternative story about Arts and Humanities through the more...

Humanistisk Sundhedsforskning

Jens Lohfert Jørgensen, Malene Kjær & Anita Holm Riis
I dette nummer af Akademisk Kvarter præsenteres tolv artikler under den brede betegnelse ’humanistisk sundhedsforskning’. Artiklerne repræsenterer fire temaområder; et litterært-æstetisk, et interaktionsanalytisk, et diskursanalytisk og et filosofisk-etisk. Områderne danner tillige en ramme for artiklernes kronologi, om end der i sagens natur også forekommer overlapninger mellem temaerne. Under en samlet betragtning er de her præsenterede forskellige tilgange til den humanistiske sundhedsforskning et godt eksempel på, at såvel helt praksisnære studier som abstrakte fortællinger og filosofiske...


Anne-Marie S. Christensen & Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus
In this issue of Academic Quarter, we focus on the concept of utility. References to utility are ubiquitous in both practical and theoretical settings. One of the most widespread ways of arguing for the initiating of or holding on to a certain practice or activity is that it is useful to us, and appeals to utility is a common and important argumentative move in theoretical discussion. However, the vast and often diverse specifications of utility...


Astrid P Jensen & Tenna Jensen
In this issue of Academic Quarter, we focus on the network approach. Throughout the past 40 years the network perspective seem to have become the go-to analytical approach that emphasizes relation-making processes and descriptions of how phenomena come into being within the social sciences and the humanities. With this issue we want to engage in a discussion of the appropriateness and relevance of the network approach, and to ask; what do we (still) gain by...


Tem Frank Andersen & Thessa Jensen
This issue of Academic Quarter on the topic of Leisure brings together scholars from a vast variety of academic fields, having different perspectives on topics relating to leisure as well as investigating different objects, artifacts, and phenomenon in relation to leisure. For the purpose of this issue we will follow the idea of leisure as transformative, and by doing this we differentiate ourselves substantially from Veblen's notion of 'conspicuous leisure'. Within are contributions researching, analyzing,...

Keep Track of your Puclications

Poul Melchiorsen

Online Fault Detection for High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Christian Jeppesen
The PhD Series of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University

Efficient Analysis and Synthesis of Complex Quantitative Systems

Peter Gjøl Jensen
The PhD Series of The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University

Titelblad, kolofon, indholdsfortegnelse

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Titelblad, kolofon, indholdsfortegnelse

New DNA-based Approaches for the Study of Microbial Communities

Søren Michael Karst
The PhD Series of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University

Transgression Now

Charlie Blake & Steen Christiansen
Revolt — its face distorted by amorous ecstasy — tears from God his naive mask, and thus oppression collapses in the crash of time. Catastrophe is that by which a nocturnal horizon is set ablaze — it is time released from all bonds. (Bataille, 1985, p.134) Transgression... is like a flash of lightning in the night which, from the beginning of time, gives a dense and black intensity to the night it denies, which lights...

The Transgressive Posture

Peter Lemish
Considering this trajectory of the uses (or should one rather speak of the abuses?) of transgression, we can identify a number of clusters. Broadly speaking, there is a tendency to either use transgression in a socio-political context (identifying practices which move beyond the permissible or social norms), locating transgression in cultural practices (the ways we interact with the world) and finally in aesthetic practices (moving beyond the norms and conventions created by the fiction of...

The Rise of the Underground

Moulay Driss El Maarouf
The same act of reaching across social boundaries is discussed in Moulay Driss El Maarouf's article The Rise of the Underground where he develops what he refers to as the politics of excrementality; a way to articulate ways of resistance through dirty-mindedness. The music festival, in this case specifically Morocco but conceivably at work everywhere, with its carnivalesque mood becomes a site for vulgar and profane performances not simply from the musicians themselves but from...

Demokrati som transgression

Martin Bak Jørgensen & Óscar García Agustín
The same kind of inclusive understanding is developed in the article Demokrati som transgression by Martin Bak Jørgensen & Óscar García Agustín who argue from Jacques Ranciere's position that democracy is only achievable when those who are usually excluded are included. Focussing specifically on Denmark's immigration policies and how these are challenged by transgressive groups which attempt to resist neo-liberal discursive closure of the public sphere.

Teaching against the Tide

Camille Alexander
In the same vein, we find transgression in what is perhaps an unlikely place; the classroom and educational practices. Two articles emphasize the need for transgression in education. The first, Camille Alexander's Teaching Against the Tide suggests that transgressing a canonical syllabus becomes a way of creating a contact zone between students and professors, thereby increasing students' learning and engagement in classes.

Forsøgs- og udviklingsarbejde i grundskolen som transgressiv praksis

Christian Ydesen & Karen E. Andreasen
Much in the same spirit but with a broader focus Karen E. Andreasen and Christian Ydesen discuss the history of school education in Denmark in their article Forsøgs- og udviklings–arbejde i grundskolen som transgressiv praksis. Here, they show the historical development of transgressive practices in the Danish elementary school, revealing how government control alongside political currents shape these experiments as much as educators themselves.

”Hvor viljen er lov og fornuften i eksil”

Johan Heinsen
Another historical transgression of a quite different kind is found in Johan Heinsen's article Hvor viljen er lov og fornuften i eksil, where we see how the retelling of a historical incident – Sir Francis Drake executing Thomas Doughty in 1578 – engages in establishing the boundaries of community and the limits of historiography in connection with the seafaring communities. The marginalized outsider, in this case John Cooke, becomes the means to both challenge and...

Dolphins Who Blow Bubbles

Catherine Lord
Heinsen's article also allows us to trace a shift; a shift from the more politically oriented readings of transgression (how are boundaries established) to how these boundaries are negotiated in a diversity of cultural practices. One example of this is Catherine Lord, who in Dolphins Who Blow Bubbles shows how a documentary film may become transgressive in the practices it exposes and the ways the film forces us to engage with both cultural thresholds and...

Icons of Transgression

Bent Sørensen
In much the same way, Bent Sørensen's article Icons of Transgression argues that iconic images may transgress normality by challenging stereotypical images of unity and wholesomeness. Through a reading of images of Charles Manson and Patty Hearst, Sørensen shows how viewers may turn from consumers into worshippers.

The Star Wars Kid and the Bedroom Intruder

Jørgen Riber Christensen
Jørgen Riber Christensen's article Star Wars Kid and the Bedroom Intruder looks at how people may unexpectedly become icons of the Internet, through a transgression of the private sphere. Surveillance and celebrity is revealed to be bound together with a disciplinary effect, at the same time that these moments may also have a subversive function.

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