Gavin Shaun Lyall, Lill Guevara Maxen & Henrik Winther

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is fundamentally to be understood as a qualitative investigation of cultural identity and hybridity, as expressed in and analyzed on basis of interviews with two women who subscribe to an identification as ‘Greenlanders in Denmark’. Departing in and relating to the debate of both the historical colonial relationship, and contemporary political relations between Greenland and Denmark, we discuss the possibilities for and actual articulation of personal negotiation of cultural identity and hybridity. We theorize these concepts on basis of an article on cultural identity by the British key figure in the cultural studies tradition, Stuart Hall, an article on the concept of hybridity by the Danish cultural sociologist Birgitta Frello, and through the temporal and situational perspectives on culture, identity and hybridity as conceptualized by the Indian literary theorist Homi K. Bhabha in his work The Location of Culture. This theoretical construction allowed for a rich and wide analysis and discussion of cultural identity negotiation in a hybrid territory between the ‘incommensurable’ categories ‘Greenland’ and ‘Denmark’. We see their relation best understood through the cultural ‘hyphenisation’ Greenland-Denmark, which expresses both the basic assumption about and the overall frame around the problem formulation. The complexities, ambivalences and conflicts that come to the fore through the interviews, and later analysis, are the central aspects from which the project is given academic meaning and political relevance.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 jan. 2009


  • Identity
  • Hybridity