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Department of 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.

Read more about 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.

Read more about 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!

Russian and Balkan studies

Russian and Balkan 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.

Academic staff

Name Job title Email Phone Building
Andersen, Astrid Nonbo Postdoc ideana@cas.au.dk +4587162239 1463, 623
Aryee, Jonas Nii Ayi Visiting Researcher niijonas@cas.au.dk 1465, 225
Bech, Lene Sønderby Research Assistant lenebech@cas.au.dk
Bugge, Peter Associate professor peter.bugge@cas.au.dk +4587162242 1461, 630
Carvalho, Vinicius Mariano de Honorary associate professor romvmc@cas.au.dk
Ciotti, Manuela Associate professor manuela.ciotti@cas.au.dk +4587162376 1463, 626
Dilli Nunes, Camila Visiting Associate Professor camila.dilli@cas.au.dk +4587162974 1467, 323
Fiig, Christina Associate professor cfiig@cas.au.dk +4587162219 1461, 626
Fischer, Georg Associate professor fischer@cas.au.dk +4587162312 1467, 324
Gotthardsen, Tanja Research Assistant tg@cas.au.dk
Graneberg, Katerina Hausildova Teaching Associate Professor katerina.graneberg@cas.au.dk +4587162243 1461, 624
Hansen, Anders Sybrandt Associate professor etnoash@cas.au.dk +4560662175 1467, 328
Hansen, Annette Skovsted Associate professor ostash@cas.au.dk +4587162303 1465, 320
Ifversen, Jan Associate professor jif@cas.au.dk +4540184818 1461, 628
Kovács, Borbála Postdoc bkovacs@cas.au.dk 1467, 319
Kølvraa, Christoffer Leiding Associate professor eurock@cas.au.dk +4587162374 1461, 621
Li, Rui Postdoc lirui@cas.au.dk
Morris, Jeremy Associate professor jmorris@cas.au.dk +4587162532 1467, 325
Nielsen, Christian Axboe Associate professor christian.a.nielsen@cas.au.dk +4587162241 1461, 625
Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir Douglas Associate professor vpc@cas.au.dk +4587162217 1461, 622
Pardue, Derek dpardue@cas.au.dk
Pathak, Gauri Sanjeev Assistant Professor gauri@cas.au.dk +4587162137 1465, 328
Platz, Anemone Associate professor ostap@cas.au.dk +4587162328 1465, 330
Pristed, Birgitte Beck Associate professor birgitte.pristed@cas.au.dk +4587162763 1467, 321
Sakurai, Daizo Visiting Professor dasa@cas.au.dk 1463, 630
Schulz-Forberg, Hagen Associate professor hishsf@cas.au.dk +4587162232 1463, 625
Shukla, Vivek Kumar Teaching Assistant Professor vivekshukla@cas.au.dk +4587162182 1465, 321
Skoda, Uwe Associate professor skoda@cas.au.dk +4587162325 1465, 322
Starikova, Galina Teaching Associate Professor slags@cas.au.dk +4587162318 1465, 323
Steen, Andreas Associate professor ostas@cas.au.dk +4587162375 1465, 318
Thunø, Mette Associate professor mettethunoe@au.dk +4529799330 1467, 322
Thøgersen, Stig Professor Emeritus stig.thogersen@cas.au.dk +4528606776
Tomioka, Jiro Teaching Assistant Professor asijtomioka@cas.au.dk +4587162761 1465, 325
Wedell-Wedellsborg, Anne Professor Emeritus anne.wedell-wedellsborg@cas.au.dk
Wilken, Lisanne Associate professor, research programme director ceklw@cas.au.dk +4587162235 1461, 620
Yamamoto, Raymond Assistant Professor raymond.yamamoto@cas.au.dk 1465, 323
Zhang, Chun Teaching Associate Professor ostzc@cas.au.dk +4587162304 1465, 326


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Louise Fabian (Photo: AU Foto)
Derek Pardue (Photo: Foto & Medielab, Moesgård Museum)

2019.05.09 | Filosofi og Idéhistorie, Globale Studier, People

CAS researchers involved in two international projects on stigmatising urban policies and migrants’ nightlife in European cities

Two researchers at the School of Culture and Society have become partners in two different HERA projects, which are supported by grants from the EU and the national research councils in Europe.

2019.02.15 | Globale Studier

Naja Morell Hjortshøj – New PhD at the Department of Global Studies

Naja will be affiliated Chinas Studies and her project title is: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Chinese Characteristics”.


Fri 27 Sep
15:00-17:00 | Building 1485, room 123 (Nobelsalen), Aarhus University
Annual Global Studies Lecture by Professor Adrian Favell
Brexit - A Post-Natinal Requiem? Globalisation, sovereignty and the re-nationalisation of politics
Mon 28 Oct
09:00-17:00 | Aarhus University: Mogens Zieler stuen, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2 and Building 1441-210, Tåsingegade 3
VI Jornadas Pedagógicas de Língua Portuguesa
28th to 30th October 2019 - The main theme of the conference will be: Active learning methodologies and the teaching of Portuguese for social participation