Georg Walter Wink

Georg Walter Wink

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies/Latin America and Intercultural Marketing Studies (joint program with Copenhagen Business School). The field of cultural theory, history of ideas, intercultural communication and social contexts in the broadest sense together with regional expertise on Latin America and especially Brazil have been the focus of my education, research activities and teaching. Always combining perspectives from the humanities and social sciences, I apply interdisciplinary approaches that integrate cultural and sociopolitical studies, history, anthropology and communication. Specific subjects I have examined in depth are the Brazilian media landscape during the civil-military governments (master’s thesis) and a comparison of Brazil/Hispano-America regarding nation-building processes and discursive constructions of collective identity and places of remembrance (doctoral dissertation). During my postdoctoral research I looked at cultural and political south-south relations, especially the transfers of ideas between Latin America and South Asia and the creation of a southern epistemology through these intellectual relations. My Danish habilitation (doktordisputats) has been on the ideological roots of far-right extremism in Brazil. 

I am Head of ILAS - Iberian and Latin American Studies Forum (previous Centre for Latin American Studies) and coordinator of the Research Group Languages, Cultures, Workplaces.


Current projects:

"New Approaches and Synergies in Nordic Latin-American Studies: Applying Area Studies in a Multipolar World" (2022-2024, project leader). In this new network, funded by the Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS), researchers from five Nordic universities (Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm Helsinki) collaborate with the common goal to enhance Nordic research on Latin America. It brings together the rich and still not well known Latin American production in social and humanistic thought and Nordic expertise on challenges of global importance: 1) sustainable and fair energy transition, 2) the political alliance between the Nordics and Latin America in a new multipolar world order and under the challenge of climate change, 3) social cohesion building in times of pandemic and increasing incertitudes. The network explores these topics in three workshops. Together with Nordic scholars in social sciences and the humanities as well as representatives of government, business, and civil society, they elaborate new approaches to make possible the better understanding of these challenges.

"Intercultural Competence Building in Denmark: New Models, Practices and Partnerships" (2023-2025, project leader). This research-practice project seeks to provide a platform for the collaboration of intercultural researchers, practitioners and clients. The collaboration has the objective to create a strategy for strengthening intercultural competence building in Denmark, making best possible use of the advances in research, practical experiences and the concrete needs of businesses and organizations. The strategy will define concrete means for improving investigation, learning, training, application and evaluation as well as identify funding opportunities and provide application drafts to implement the strategy through a larger follow-up project. It is a joint initiative which guarantees the participation of all relevant stakeholders. These include scholars with large research record in interculturality (research group "Languages, Cultures, Workplaces" at UCPH/Engerom) and sociology of the workplace (research project "Onboard Denmark – innovating onboarding of international specialist in Danish SMEs" and "SkillsINCORP - redefining incorporation of high-skilled professionals"), one of the leading intercultural service providers in Denmark (ConnectingCultures) and Dansk Industri's Global Talent & Mobility Department. 


Recently concluded project:

Research on the ideological roots of the so called "New Right" in Brazil as collaborator of the research group "Periféricas - Study Group on Social Theories, Modernities and Colonialities" at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador da Bahia (funded by CNPq) and the Thematic Project "Crises of Democracy" at CEBRAP - Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning in São Paulo (funded by FAPESP). As first outcome, the monograph Brazil, Land of the Past explains in detail how the diverse political actors of the “New Right” – which include tendencies from the authoritarian Bolsonaro wing to economic liberals to the military to both Catholic and evangelical religious conservatives – refer to a common tradition of ideas. This system of thought, with remarkable continuity and resilience, has its core in the defense of a God-given hierarchical order against any social contract and modernizing relativization. Though not always explicitly, the ideology provides the underlying premises of the “New Right’s” political action and drives the self-declared “liberal-conservative” – but rather anti-modernist – reaction. This analysis allows to understand the main claim of liberating an imaginary authentic “Brazil” from an aberrant “State” – and why so doing intends to preserve inherited privilege in an extremely unequal society.


Earlier projects:

Postdoctoral research on Migrant Literature as an Expression of Transculturality; Postdoctoral research "Sur/South – América Latina – India” on intellectual relations and the transferral of ideas between Latin America and South Asia South-South cultural relations (intellectual relations and transfers of ideas between Latin America and South Asia)

Joint research project in collaboration with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (coordinator) "When Inclusion Masks Exclusion: Disempowerment and Depoliticization of Minority Issues through 'Harmonizing' Discourses" (external funding by the International Network Programme 2014 of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science) published as special issue in Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies.

Research project on cultural relations Brazil-Africa "Pioneers of a South-South Dialogue: The Cultural Periodical Sul (1948–57) in Florianópolis, Brazil".

Joint research in collaboration with the University of Brasília (co-coordinator) about literature, genre and its relations to other arts like film and music, with a special focus on popular literature or so called “sub”-literature, concluded by organizing in Copenhagen the International Conference Contrabandos literários, resistências epistêmicas.




Office hours: Thursday 11-12

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Conservadorismo Brasileiro e a Nova Direita

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2023, Belo Horizonte: Emcomum. 306 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Brazil, Land of the Past: The Ideological Roots of the New Right

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2021, Cuernavaca, México: Bibliotopía. 340 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    A mão invisível de Deus: sobre a aliança entre liberais e conservadores na nova direita brasileira

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2020, In: Dialogos Latinoamericanos. 21, 29, p. 71-87 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Pensamiento Social Danés sobre América Latina

    Jeppesen, A. M. E. (ed.), Rodriguez, E. G. P. (ed.) & Wink, Georg Walter (ed.), 2021, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. 224 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    El “pensamiento oriental” en Severo Sarduy

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2018, Cámara de eco: Homenaje a Severo Sarduy. Quesada Gómez, C. & Guerrero, G. (eds.). Ciudad de Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica, p. 97-121

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Living (Il)legalities in Brazil: Practices, Narratives and Institutions in a Country on the Edge

    Brandellero, S. (ed.), Pardue, D. (ed.) & Wink, Georg Walter (ed.), 2020, New York / London: Routledge. 182 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Prosa del observatorio de Julio Cortázar como crítica epistemológica y manifiesto poético-político: ¿una vislumbre budista?

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2016, Sur/South: Poetics and Politics of Thinking Latin America/India. Klengel, S. & Ortiz Wallner, A. (eds.). Iberoamericana Vervuert, p. 77-94

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    “Looking for more Brazilian solutions”: Rhetorical Strategies against Ethnic Quotas in Brazilian Higher Education

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2018, In: Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies. 6, 2, p. 3-41 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. XII NOLAN CONFERENCE – II FIEALC FORUM. Latin America and the Nordics - Relations, Reflections, Prospects

    Wink, Georg Walter (Organizer)

    21 May 202423 May 2024

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

  2. Perspectives from Latin America on the War in Ukraine: Between non-intervention and multipolarity

    Wink, Georg Walter (Invited speaker)

    18 Mar 2022

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  3. NILAS Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies (External organisation)

    Wink, Georg Walter (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  4. “Confiança, Controle e Corrupção – a experiência da Dinamarca”

    Wink, Georg Walter (Invited speaker)

    11 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  5. Transparency and Good Governance

    Wink, Georg Walter (Invited speaker)

    3 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  6. II International Congress of the Association of Brazilianists in Europe (ABRE)

    Wink, Georg Walter (Organizer)

    18 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

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