Når fordomme kaster en skygge

Louisa Mia Andersen, Miriam Abigail Thalmay Brandt, Rikke Lolk Vester, Signe Mee Greiner, Pernille Dyrholm & Stina Lund Sohl

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The motivation for writing this project was to investigate, how we as a group were able to create an event with focus and awareness of people’s negative prejudices. The event Når fordomme kaster en skygge was organized in the church uKirke in Copenhagen. The intention was to create a room for negotiation where the audience’s prejudices towards our three guest speakers was possible. Among the guest speakers was a Christianite, an overweight person and a Muslim. We were able to analyze and evaluate on our thesis through a participant observation of the audience and an informal interview with the guest speakers. The participant observation was inspired by a phenomenological approach to the audience impressions and experiences. The first part of the analysis is mainly based on Mike Pearson and John Somers’s theories to describe the elements of the church room and the social elements. The elements of the church room consist of the arch, the exhibition and how the church room could inspire and work in our advantage. The social elements focus on the process and timeframe of the event and how the audience were able to interact with the event design. The second part of the analysis is based on Erving Goffman’s theoretical concepts: frontstage and backstage positioning. This analysis concludes that it is impossible for the audience to act completely in a backstage positioning, when they express their negative prejudices, because of the context and conventions which is establish in the church as a public space. Furthermore the challenges in the corporation with uKirke and the social context of the church is critically discussed based on a social constructivist approach. In conclusion we created an event, which made people aware that a church can be used with intentions, that are not only ecclesiastical. We are aware that this project is simply a contribution to highlighting the negative effects prejudices can have on certain kind of people, especially with focus on our three selected guest speakers. This project is therefore a contribution and not a generalisation.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 dec. 2015


  • Goffman
  • Performance Design
  • Pearson
  • Prejudice
  • Berger og Luckmann
  • Social Konstrutivisme
  • Fænomenologi