Hilda Rømer Christensen
Hilda Rømer Christensen

Associate Professor

Dr. Hilda Rømer Christensen is head of the Coordination for Gender Studies at University of Copenhagen.  She has written extensively on gender, culture, religion, welfare and citizenship in historical and current perspectives.  She was a partner in the FP6 financed  research project Femcit. Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe. The Impact of the contemporary Women’s Movement and she has been the scientific coordinator for the  FP 6 funded SSA TRANSGEN  focused on gender mainstreaming of  transport and research in the EU.  From 2010 she is a member of the  Co-ordination committee for Welfare and Innovation at the Sino-Danish University Centre in Beijing and heads a research project  focused on World Dynamics in Micro Perspectives: (Re)making middle Class Families, China – Denmark, including housing, mobility and transport. Member of  the EU national programme committees in relation to Social Sciences and Transport, and the EU Marie Skokowska-Curie Advisory group for Horizon 2020.

Member of the research group Knowledge, Organization and Politics

Primary fields of research

1. World Dynamic in Micro Perspectives: (Re)making Middle Class Families, China-Denmark. The projectfocus on the politics of the home and car as lenses for the new regimes of living in the east and the west. I use an experimental comparative and multilevel methodology based on a bricolage of interviews and observations, written and visual sources, strategic documents collected among urban citizens,  in the mass media, at car-show rooms, institutions and among experts. I am out for minor histories that address themselves to the “big” questions of globalization in a “careful and limited manner”. My approach is concept based and eclectic; it combines key ideas  such as  connecting comparison and global assemblages, as well as  gendered interpellations. In its initial phases  supported by the Sino-Danish Research Centre in Beijing (including a Ph.d. project at UCAS and Department of Sociology. Collaborating with the Fudan Sino- Nordic Gender Studies Network and networks of Chinese scholars.)

2. Citizenship and Mainstreaming as Communicative Events. The interest is to update and broaden current feminist research on citizenship and gender mainstreaming related to the European Union in different areas such as diversity, transport, mobility and sustainability.   This implies the use of  intersectional gender concepts and critical discourse analysis and  studies of communicative events such as text, talk, images and related types of affective representations in politics and campaigns.  And a  fresh approach to the agendas and practices related to  EU-governance, gender equality and citizenship. (  EU FP 6 Integrated Project, Gender STE/ FP7 COST Action 2013-2016,  Nordic  networks and evaluations.)

3. Politics of Piety, Gender and Modernity. Conceptual  challenges posed by religious mobilisations of women in terms of agency. Using the early 20th century influential protestant/Evangelical and world based YWCA  and their buildings as a case I suggests a broad understanding of how religious movements and practices have been involved in and marked by the contradictions of liberal modernity. The study also exposes a logic and a different path to personal authority and modernity than the one routinely offered in sociological and feminist studies. (Nordic and International workshops and networks.)

Current research

Recent Publications, Editorials,  Communications etc:

Hilda Rømer Christensen: The lure of car- culture. Gender, class and nation in  21st century car- culture in China. In Women, Gender,and Research 1.2015. pp 96-110. Forthcoming in Chinese 2016. https://tidsskrift.dk/index.php/KKF/issue/view/3107/showTocrr

Hilda Rømer Christensen:  C’est le seul home de la Chine!  Empress Dowager Cixi. The concubine who launched modern China.In Women, Gender,and Research 1.2015.  https://tidsskrift.dk/index.php/KKF/issue/view/3107/showTocrr

Hilda Rømer Christensen: Kina og den nye middelklasse. Politiko I: Berlingske tidende, 2015-08-15, Sektion 3, s. 14-15, http://www.b.dk/kommentarer/middelklassen-og-det-nye-kina

Hilda Rømer Christensen and Michala Breingaard: Mainstreaming Gender,  Diversity and Citizenship: Concepts and Methodologies,  FEMCIT Working-paper No. 4, WP7. 142 pages. 2011.

Hilda Rømer Christensen: Shanghai University tur-retur. Køn, velfærd, ligestilling. 2013 http://koensforskning.soc.ku.dk/nyheder/shanghai13/

Hilda Rømer Christensen: Shanghai tur-retur.  Og et par pointer om køn, religion og sociologi.         (forthcoming chapter) Gender Mainstreaming European Transport Research and Policy. Building the Knowledge Base and Mapping Good Practices. 

Hilda Rømer Christensen, Helle Poulsen, Helene Oldrup The Coordination for Gender Research, University of Copenhagen 2007. 108 pp.  http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/47480_en.html

Hilda Rømer Christensen (with Lene Sjørup eds): Pieties and Gender. 2009  Brill Amsterdam

Recent Invited Presentations.

 World Dynamics in Micro Perspectives: (Re)making Middle Class Families, China-Denmark. Production,Consumption, Welfare. Invited lecture, Hebei University, China. October 2012

 Hilda Rømer Christensen: Family Dynamics in post-industrial society. (Re)making Middle Class FamiliyHomes, China- Denmark. Working paper 2012r 21 pp

 June 2013: Shanghai University: invited guest lecturer at international short summer term. June 2013.

 Hilda Rømer Christensen: From Kingdom of Bicycles to Land of the Car: Car Culture and Gender in Urban China. Department of Sociology, Fudan University. Shanghai . November 2013

 Expert interview: Sådan håndterer du køn. ( 7-7-2015) http://ufm.dk/forskning-og-innovation/tilskud-til-forskning-og-innovation/eu-og-internationale-programmer/eus-forsknings-og-innovationsprogram-horizon-2020/sadan-handterer-du-kon,

 Hilda Rømer Christensen: Promoting talents, Spreading Excellence. MSCA 2014 Conference, Trento 14-18 November, 2014   http://www.msca2014.eu/wpcontent/uploads/2014/12/Christensen.pdf

 Hilda Rømer Christensen: The gender dimension in research. Presentation at the Future of the Doctorate. International Conference. Riga 27-28 May, 2015.


 Hilda Rømer Christensen. Bringing Gender into Research.
Researcher and Society.  MSCA Actions at EuroScience Forum 2016. Manchester University, 28-29 July, 2016 http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/news-events/events/year/2016/0728-esof-manchester_en.htm

 Hilda Rømer Christensen: Gender research. Recent developments in Denmark  and the EU. Public lecture. 13 october, 2016  China Women’s University, Beijing

 Hilda Rømer Christensen. Gender, transport, sustainability. A new field of research and public policy, key note. Gender and Public Policy. 15-16 October, 2016 International Conference, China Women’s University, Beijing


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