Michael Nebeling Petersen

Michael Nebeling Petersen

Associate Professor

Michael Nebeling Petersen researches and teaches within gender studies. He is especially interested in intersections between sexuality, gender, race and national belonging. He has studied homosexual culture and history, the cultural history of AIDS, queer kinship, reproduction technologies, biomedicalization and new cultures of intimacy on digital and social media.

Michael Nebeling Petersen is editor-in-chief of the Danish academic journal of Gender Studies Kvinder, Køn og Forskning. He serves as member of Boards at KVINFOLGBT Asylum and The National Association of Gender Research in Denmark. He serves as member of the editorial boards of Lambda Nordica and Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation. And he co-heads the interdisciplinary network for gender research in the Humanities at University of Copenhagen.

Current research

He is PI for the the collaborative project The Cultural History of AIDS in Denmark (funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark).

The Cultural History of AIDS in Denmark (CHAD) is the first project to collect, map, and analyse this history. CHAD examines how AIDS emerged, became signified and became embedded in Danish culture during the period 1981–2021. Empirically, CHAD builds an archive of 1) mainstream news coverage, 2) activism, campaigns and politics, 3) memories and stories from lived lives and 4) literature, cinema, television and art.

CHAD analyses the cultural construction of AIDS and its material and historical effects by foregrounding how AIDS was originally (bodily and representationally) inscribed in ideologies (of race, sexuality and normality, for instance), but the virus and its effects were also sensed, embodied and understood by people who reacted to and radically reformulated these ideologies and histories.

Fields of interest

Studies of Gender and sexuality 
Feminist theories and history, poststructuralist theories, trans* theories, queer theories, history of sexuality, performativity, feminist methodologies, HIV/AIDS

Feminist materialisms
Assisted reproduction technologies, Feminist science and technology, non-representational analysis, feminist affect theories

Critical race theories

Intersectionality, critical whiteness studies, homonationalism, queer of color critique, decolonization theories and interventions

Citizenship and activism
Sexual and intimate citizenship, policy studies, political cultural history, policy analysis

Media and communication
Social media, online ethnography, digital analysis and methods, cinema studies, post humanist media theories, history of Internet and media, digital methodologies, platform analysis, cultural communication, cross-cultural communication

Cultural Studies theories
The Birmingham school, post-structuralisms, affect theories, postcolonial theories, nationalisms, bio- and necropolitics, Foucauldian institutional analysis

Language and semiotics
Semiotics, discourses analysis, discourse theories, visual analysis, narrative analysis, multimodality, social semiotics, visual culture


Former projects

Senior researcher in Medicine Man - Media Assemblages of Medicalised Masculinities (2018-2022). Funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark, PI: Karen Hvidtfeldt (Uni of Southern Denmark).

Partner in Transforming identities: Exploring changes, tensions and visions in the Nordic region (2018-2020). Funded by Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences, PI: Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen (Uni of Stavanger).

Senior researcher in Ice Age. Entangled Lives, Times, and Ethics in Fertility Preservation (2017-2020). Funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark, PI: Charlotte Kroløkke (Uni of Southern Denmark).

PostDoc/Assis. Prof. in (2015-2018). New Medias - new intimacies. Funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark, PI: Rikke Andreassen (Roskilde Uni)

PostDoc/Assis. Prof. in Reproductive Medicine and Mobility (2014-2017). SDU2020 project, PI: Charlotte Kroløkke (Uni of Southern Denmark).

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