Key areas of research within the Global Europe project
Oscar Salemink, PhD: PI, working on China. China has historically appealed to European imaginations since Marco Polo, fuelling demand for porcelain and chinoiseries; it is currently considered Europe’s main challenger, also in the international art market.
Amélia Siegel Corrêa, PhD: Postdoc, working on Brazil. Brazil is one of the world’s earliest European colonies, quickly superseding the colonizing power Portugal in importance. Portuguese collections tell the story of exploration and colonization which defined Portugal. Brazil is also one of the earliest examples of the emergence of non-European modernist art and architecture, challenging European notions of modern uniqueness, as brought out in the NeoConcrete movement.
Jens Sejrup, PhD: Postdoc, working on Japan. Japan was the first Asian country to successfully challenge European military and economic hegemony. The enigmatic nature of Japanese culture during the Tokugawa closure (1635-1867) tickled fantasies and resulted in Japonaiserie fashions, but in the Meiji period (1867-1912) public museums came up that relied on European modernism. The focus will be on the framing and exhibition of European art and material culture as an embodiment of a Japanese social construction and appropriation of “Europe”, showing how that practice has undergone recent reversals and reanalysis to now picture “old” Europe through “new” Japanese frames.
Caroline Lillelund, MA: PhD student, working on India. India was arguably the world’s most important colony, and exerted a major cultural influence in Britain and across Europe. As a source of spirituality it is often seen as a mirror of, and alternative to, Western development. Given Denmark’s colonial presence in India there are collections in Denmark and ongoing related projects.
Vibe Nielsen, MA: PhD student, working on South Africa. South Africa has a mixed history of multiple settler colonizations and a late decolonization from Apartheid, becoming the source of much early modern European imagery of Africa and of both African resistance and “African Renaissance”.