Jakob Ladegaard#

Jakob Ladegaard
Research Interests

My research is primarily concerned with the relations between literature, aesthetic theory and political history and philosophy. I have focused particularly on romantic literature around the time of the French Revolution. In 2010, I submitted my PhD dissertation on figures of democracy in the works of romantic writers such as Friedrich Hölderlin, William Wordsworth and Victor Hugo (awarded the Aarhus University Research Foundation’s PhD price in 2011). Simultaneously, I have written on contemporary Danish and European literature, art and film from a political perspective. I am currently working on a project about aesthetic and political representations of post-communist Eastern Europe in Western European and American literature and film.

Recently published

Confronting Universalities – Aesthetics and Politics under the Sign of Globalisation (Ed. with Mads Anders Baggesgaard). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011.

”The White Knight of Art – Das Beckwerk’s Democratic Invasions”, Mads-Anders Baggesgaard & Jakob Ladegaard (red.): Confronting Universalities – Aesthetics and Politics under the Sign of Globalisation. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011, pp. 305-336.

“Spatial Affects - The Senses of Body, Space and History in Philippe Grandrieux’s La vie nouvelle”, Lars Sætre, Patrizia Lombardo, Anders M. Gullestad: Text, Action, Emotion. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press (forthcoming, 2011).

”Impossible Crossings – Friedrich Hölderlin’s Hyperion and the Aesthetic Foundation of Democracy”, Daniel Hall & Maike Oergel: Breaking Boundaries – The 1790s in Germany, France and Britain: Revolution, Liberation and Excess. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (forthcoming, 2012).

Selected Conferences and Lectures

Co-organizor and speaker, Utopias between Aesthetics and Politics, Aarhus University, 16 September, 2011.

Speaker, Contemporary Developments in Emergent Literatures and the New Europe, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 22-26 June, 2009.

Speaker, Breaking Boundaries – The 1790s in Germany, Britain and France, London University, 22-4 April, 2009.

Co-organizor and speaker, Confronting Universalities, Aarhus University, 24-6 September, 2008.

Selected Activities

2011-: Director of a research group in Aesthetics and Politics (http://aestheticpolitics.au.dk/)

2008-: Editor of the academic journal Passage - Tidsskrift for litteratur og kritik

2006-: Literary critic at the literary journal Litteraturmagasinet Standart

Visiting Scholarships and Studies Abroad

Studies and research at Universidad de Granada, Spain, Université de Paris VII, France and Bad Homburg, Germany.

Department of Comparative Literature
Aarhus University, 1580/318
Langelandsgade 139
DK - 8000 Aarhus C
Webpage: http://person.au.dk/da/litjl@hum.au.dk

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