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    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personlig profil



My broad teaching and research area is the interface between culture and politics in East and Southern Africa. I research the localization of media and global popular culture in East and Southern Africa, consumption and representation and the role they play for identities and social and livelihood practices for social groupings, particularly young women and men. I am interested in the political and cultural articulations of disadvantaged groups, how they often happen through mobilization in ‘uncivil’ social movements – they may be ethnic or religious - and may, in spite of their unregulated character,  contribute to processes of democratic transformation. In this connection I study diasporic groups who are often extremely dynamic but also exposed to abuse and persecution. I highlight the work of local intellectuals, writers and artists and their contributions to the political and social atmosphere in specific places and periods. I have a side interest in popular culture in India and am committed to the study of development from below. Finally I research the history of sexuality in Africa.

Recent Publications:

 ‘Mungiki, Vernacular Organization and Political Society in Kenya’, ‘Development and Change’ 41(6), 2010

‘Print, Newspapers and Audiences in Colonial Kenya: African and Indian Improvement, Protest and Connections’ , ‘Africa’ 81(1), 2011

Writing for Kenya: The Life and Works of Henry Muoria, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2009 W. Muoria-Sal, J. Lonsdale, D. Peterson


  • Industriel udvikling, Udviklingsstudier, Udviklingslande
  • Politisk kultur i Kenya
  • Kommunikation, Journalistik, Medier
  • Medier og populærkultur i Afrika
  • Køn, Etnicitet, Ligestilling
  • Køn og seksualitet i Afrika
  • Litteratur, Kunst, Musik, Æstetik
  • Afrikansk litteratur

Publikationer 1997 2019

Amaoti and Pumwani: Studying urban informality in South Africa and Kenya

Kaarsholm, P. & Frederiksen, B. F., 2019, I : African Studies. 78, 1, s. 51-73 23 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

An Encounter in Paris: Conversations on Clitoridectomy across Borders

Frederiksen, B. F., apr. 2018, I : Gender Forum. 67, s. 92-103 12 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Åben adgang

Ethnicity and/or Issues? The 2013 General Elections in Western Kenya

Kaarsholm, P., Frederiksen, B. F., Wanyama, F. & Elklit, J., okt. 2014, I : Journal of African Elections. 13, 2, s. 169-195 37 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Women, Gender and Research: Gender, conflict and violence

Bidragets oversatte titel: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning: : Køn, konflikt og voldChristiansen, C. C. (red.), Frederiksen, B. F. (red.) & Stockmarr, L. (red.), 25 sep. 2013, Koordinationen for Kønsforskning, Københavns Universitet: Koordinationen for kønsforskning. 87 s. (Kvinder, Køn & Forskning; Nr. 2, Bind 2013).

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportAntologiForskningpeer review

Anmeldelse: Vore mænd (og kvinder) i Afrika' af Klaus Winkel

Frederiksen, B. F., jan. 2012, I : Udvikling. 1, 39, s. 42 1 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftAnmeldelseForskning

Projekter 2005 2011

Aktiviteter 1997 2017

Examiner of PhD thesis (Begivenhed)

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Medlem)
27 jan. 2017

Aktivitet: MedlemsskabMedlemskab af bedømmelsesudvalg


Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Deltager)
8 jul. 2015

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation og deltagelse i konference

Stability, Democracy and Rights in Kenya

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Deltager)
7 dec. 20158 dec. 2015

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation og deltagelse i konference

East Africa at 50:

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Taler)
11 sep. 2013

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation og deltagelse i konference

Member of the Independent Review Coimmittee for the NORHED Programme (Ekstern organisation)

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Medlem)
jan. 2013 → …

Aktivitet: MedlemsskabMedlemskab af bedømmelsesudvalg