Denmark’s Innocent Colonial Past: Unfolding Cultural Archives and Self-representation through Games

Tringa Berisha Vucetaj, Gabriella Isadora Nørgaard Muasya & Noella Chituka Birisawa

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This bachelor thesis is a postcolonial and decolonial project examining Denmark’s mediation of the colonial relationship to the Virgin Islands. The objective is to untangle the power relations and dynamics constituting the dominant Danish self-representation through cultural institutions and educational games. The project is based on empirical data collected through the method of participant observation using Historiedysten (2016) published by Denmark’s Radio (DR) in collaboration with The Museum of National History on Frederiksborg Castle and the permanent exhibition Tea Time – The First Globalisation, displayed at the Maritime Museum of Denmark. This provides a broader perspective to the research through the applied qualitative ethnographic method. When analyzing our empirical data we have chosen to mainly draw upon Frantz Fanon and Gloria Wekker, supported by Jeannette Allis Bastian and Stuart Hall. In addition, the project report also applies game theory to the data in order to understand how this frames educational material and affects its recipients. Moreover, the project unfolds the problem field with a social constructionist approach, centering on the concepts: cultural archives, race, and innocence, when examining the mediation and reception of the educational games. In our findings, we discover a specific point of departure, frame, and characters within the dominant narrative (re)produced, alluding to a particular and dominant Danish self-representation. Our analysis demonstrates the effects on the recipients and their meaning-making processes of Denmark’s shared colonial history with the Virgin Islands.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2017
Antal sider84
VejledereHelle Stenum


  • Cultural Archives
  • Self-representation
  • Narrative
  • Denmark
  • Colonial History
  • Education
  • Virgin Islands
  • Game theory
  • Historiedysten
  • Postcolonialism