Global Studies


The Department of Global Studies provides a distinct approach to understanding our contemporary world by combining language-based area studies of Brazil, China, Japan, India, and Russia with European and International Studies and a global perspective. As an academic field, Global Studies was born only in the late 1990s and its exponential growth and importance soared in the 2000s. Its main elements all find their root cause in the insight that contemporary global conditions cannot be studied in ways reserved for states and their interaction only. Taking a holistic approach, Global Studies takes history, cultural studies and anthropology just as seriously as political science, sociology and economics.

In step with this approach, we do not understand nations and regions as cultural containers, but as globally connected. Likewise, disciplines are not understood as knowledge containers, but as connected ways of addressing similar questions.

Students at the Department of Global Studies grow to become critical and self-confident citizens of the contemporary global world. Graduates from Global Studies are well prepared to work in research, in teaching, for public institutions and ministries as well as within the private sector, where global competencies, even in small and medium-sized enterprises, are demanded increasingly.

Academic staff

NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Anzai, YuriVisiting, 315
Bugge, PeterAssociate, 630
Cao, YiyiVisiting, 315
Chopra, RadhikaVisiting, 330
Ciotti, ManuelaAssociate, 626
Day, KikuPart-time, 321
Dilli Nunes, CamilaVisiting Associate, 323
Fiig, ChristinaAssociate, 628
Fischer, GeorgAssistant, 324
Fomsgaard, Saki IchiharaPart-time, 328
Friis, SørenPhD, 615
Graneberg, Katerina HausildovaTeaching Assistant, 624
Hansen, Anders SybrandtAssistant, 328
Hansen, Annette SkovstedAssociate, 320
Hansen, Morten Johannes WinstrupResearch, 617
Knudsen, Ida, 618
Horváth, JuditAssociate, 626
Ifversen, JanAssociate, 619
Johansen, PeterPart-time, 330
Kargupta,, 423
Kølvraa, Christoffer LeidingAssociate, 624
Landorff, Laura AnneResearch, 621
Lauritsen, LouisePart-time, 330
Meyer, Jan-HenrikPart-time Lecturerjhmeyer@gmx.de1461
Morris, Jeremy BryanAssociate, 628
Nielsen, Christian, 625
Olsen, Jonas StenoPart-time, 321
O'Shea, PaulAssistant, 323
Pacheco Cueva, VladimirAssistant, 622
Pardue, DerekAssociate, 326
Pathak, Gauri SanjeevAssistant, 328
Pedersen, AndersPart-time, 118
Platz, AnemoneAssociate, 330
Prastuti, PriyaVisiting, 315
Pristed, Birgitte BeckAssistant, 620
Schulz-Forberg, HagenAssociate, 625
Sharma, JyotiVisiting, 315
Shukla, Vivek KumarTeaching Assistant, 321
Skoda, UweAssociate, 322
Song, XueyingResearch
Starikova, GalinaTeaching Associate, 622
Steen, AndreasAssociate, 318
Sudo, TakuVisiting, 315
Thunø, MetteAssociate, 322
Thøgersen,, 324
Tomioka, JiroTeaching Assistant, 325
Vital, Selma Regina SoleraPart-time, 328
Wang Jingjing, JennyPart-time, 319
Wilken, LisanneAssociate, 630
Yu, DongxingVisiting, 315
Zhang, ChunTeaching Associate, 326

Brazilian Studies

The goal of Brazilian Studies within Global Studies at AU is to apply knowledge about Brazil and the Portuguese language to real world problems and international issues. Beyond obtaining proficiency in the 5th most spoken language in the world, Brazilian Studies prepares students to think critically and articulate persuasively on a range of subjects, including migration, urbanization, economics, government and environment that include Brazil but are not limited to it. The program provides students with important conceptual tools from the social sciences and cultural studies and is applied, and project-centered.

China Studies

We study and teach on China within the academic tradition of language-based area studies. Our main concern is with Chinese society, culture and history in contemporary and twentieth century Chinese society with a particular research focus on Chinese socialization, migration, cultural production and language acquisition. A comprehensive study program - BA, MA, PhD - in China Studies with numerous possibilities of specializations and study opportunities in China is offered. The China Studies section closely cooperates in interdisciplinary research and teaching with the different sections of the Department of Global Studies. We are also engaged in many outreach activities such as further education and giving media interviews. 

Want to know more? Do not hesitate to look up our individual profiles or contact us!

Eastern European Studies

Eastern European Studies Offers extensive language, cultural and social training in an important area of Eurasia stretching from Central Europe and the Balkans to Russia’s Far East and the Pacific Ocean.  More than 350 million people live here, with the majority using a Slavic language either as a first or second language. Russia’s vast natural resources and increasingly confident foreign policy both engage with and challenge the Eastern European countries. In recent years, the area between the EU and Russia has been caught between identities as the EU’s ‘eastern neighbourhood’ and Russia’s own geopolitical vision.

Our internationally outstanding researchers are experts on Central Europe, the Balkans and Russia. These researchers along with experienced language teachers will guide you as a student; you can learn Russian or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) and spend a semester abroad at a partner university in Russia or the former Yugoslavia. You will study the region as a disciplinary whole: gaining expertise in culture, society, politics and history and acquiring important skills contributing towards future employability.


2016.07.11 | Globale Studier

Jeremy Morris - New Associate Professor in Eastern European Studies

As of 1 August 2016 we welcome Jeremy Morris as a member of staff at the Department of Global Studies

The water in the river in San Sebastian area is orange from acid mine drainage (Photo: Pedro Cabezas)
Vladimir Pacheco Cueva talks to the local community in San Sebastian about environmental and health risks. (Photo: Xenia Marroquin)
Despite its high price bottled water is seen everywhere in San Sebastian. (Photo: Vladimir Pacheco Cueva)
Different gangs of artisanal miners dig up their own holes with simple tools and use mercury to extract gold from the rocks. (Photo: Vladimir Pacheco)

2016.03.16 | Research, Globale Studier

Abandoned mines cause serious problems for local communities

Water pollution caused by acid drainage is one of the biggest problems for people who live in and around mining areas. Vladimir Pacheco Cueva, PhD and assistant professor at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is the co-author of a report calling for government action to tackle the impact of mining on a rural community in El…

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