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Kristine Samson

MA & PhD

  • Universitetsvej 1, 43.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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Personal profile


I am an urbanist, thinker-activist and transdisciplinary scholar who is not so much interested in analyzing how the world is, but rahter how to affect its becomings. My current research evolves around four interrelated interests: 


* affective and evental urbanism, in particular how current meditization processes and interface culture transform the city, the encounters in urban space and democratic forms of participation. Here I draw on Spinozist and Deleuzian/Guattarian affect theory and process philosophy.


* situated learning and material practices, for instance how research creation, art and embodied forms of knowing can lead to transdisciplinary discovery outside of established disciplines. Here I draw on arts-based methods, aesthetic theory and situated knowledges from Haraway, Barad to Massumi and Manning. Also contemporary art, performance art, installation and sound art inform my thinking on what is situated learning.


* ecologies and processes in the anthropocene between nature-cultures, related to for instance how urban cultures and rural cultures affect one another. Also how mental social and environmental ecologies related in affective processes. In particular I am interested in how the human body, though sensopry and embodied forms of knowing learn and affect established orders and industrialised practices. Here I draw on theories from eco-feminism, theories of the anthropocene and the more-than human.


* citizen studies and performative citizenship, in particualr how "ghettos", favelas and other minor urban territories hold a capacity for transversality and change of for instance national or municipal power structures. Here i draw on citizen studies and notions of performativity in spatial and poltical theory.



I am currently an associate professor at Department for Communication and Arts, and have been employed at Roskilde University since 2011. I have been teaching at in topics such as aesthetic theory, situated methods and design and performative urbanism. I am travelling researcher and currently I collaborate with people in Chile, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Sweden, US, UK and DK.


From 2007-2010 I did my Ph.D.project on Performative Aesthetics in Urban Space - a cross- and transdisciplinary project situated between an architectural practice (JFA) and the urban studies and planning at Roskilde University. 


In 2009, I was a visiting scholar at Columbia University at the Department for Architecture and Planning. 


From 2004-2007 I was mostly officially unemployed but did at the same time several valuable things such as starting up a film magazine, writing and editing articles on art, aesthetics and film, participating in art biennials and film festivals, creating my own conceptual enterprise, playing and thinking. 


From 2001-2004 I studied Modern Culture At Copenhagen University with an emergent interest in transdisciplinary knowledge and trans-aesthetic nomadism. 


In 2001, I studied at Sorbonne in Paris. 


From 1997-2001 I studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy at University of Southern Denmark and Copenhagen University. 


Besides my jobs in academia I have been working as a tour guide, a freelancer, a ready-made performer, a consultant, a bartender, a copy-editor, an editorial assistant, an industrial cleaner, a tourist hostess.


I live in Nørrebro, Copenhagen with my two kids and enjoy to be part of a vibrant glocal community. I am easily inspired, and research is all I can do.


  • Physical planning, Urban studies
  • urban studies
  • landscape ecology
  • anthropocene
  • informal urbanism
  • temporary urban spaces
  • urban activism
  • Environmental planning
  • urban encounters
  • urban design
  • art in public space
  • art and planning
  • co-design
  • Landscape design
  • critical urban theory
  • segregation
  • architecture and urban design
  • spatial planning
  • cultural planning
  • ecologies
  • evental urbanism
  • urban planning
  • multispecies
  • spatial practice
  • spatial change
  • Cultural encounters, Multi-culturalism
  • informal settlements
  • migration
  • urbanization
  • civic engagement
  • civic rights
  • social inclusion
  • citizen studies
  • Citizenship and belonging
  • ghettos
  • favelas
  • citizen participation
  • cultural citizenship
  • performative citizenship
  • segregation
  • Theory of science, History and sociology of science, knowledge and technology, Research policy
  • material studies
  • process philosophy
  • affirmative ethics
  • event philosophy
  • research creation
  • arts-based research
  • affect theory
  • pragmatism
  • situated knowledge
  • transversality
  • transdisciplinary research
  • feminist theory
  • new materialism
  • embodiment
  • Literature, Art, Music, Aestheticism
  • Aesthetic theory
  • environmental art
  • architecture
  • art in public
  • social aesthetics
  • installation art
  • performance art
  • immersive art
  • sound art
  • aesthetics of participation
  • art biennials
  • sound art in public space
  • identity politics in art
  • post-dramatic theatre
  • performance and performativity
  • the social turn
  • art exhibitions
  • relational art
  • endurance performance
  • dance and choreography
  • found scenographies
  • body politics
  • spatial performativity
  • affectivity
  • media art
  • Communication, Journalism, Media
  • spatial communication
  • visual communication
  • place-making
  • media and activism
  • interface culture
  • Embodied methodologies
  • visual methods
  • mediation
  • environmental media
  • social movements and media
  • visual ethnography
  • meditization
  • public ethnography

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output

Events and the ecologies of design activism - from downtown São Paulo to the peripheries.

Samson, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Design as Dissent. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Following non-human sonorous bodies - creating alternative urban futures

Samson, K. & Gommesen, N., 1 Jun 2020, (Submitted) In : Unlikely Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Learning territories: Situating, embodying and metamodelling problems

Samson, K. & Juhlin, C. L. Z., 2020, (In preparation) In : Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Pandemic Encounters

Mouritzen, L. & Samson, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) JER - Journal of Embodied Research.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Performative Urbanism: Mapping embodied vision

Samson, K. & Juhlin, C. L. Z., 2020, (Submitted) Performing Institutions.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Acts of Citizenship

Haldrup, M. & Samson, K.


Project: Research

UP-UN: Urban Participation - Urban Non-participation

Samson, K.


Project: Research


Listening in Movement

Kristine Samson (Organizer), Linda Lapiņa (Organizer) & Eduardo Abrantes (Organizer)

29 Jul 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Performative Urbanism - Lab for Spatial, Social, and Scenographic Experimentation

Kristine Samson (Visiting researcher)

1 Nov 201927 Dec 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Ecologies of Design Activism From downtown São Paulo to the peripheries and back

Kristine Samson (Speaker)

13 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Migracao é geograficas mentais de Frontera

Kristine Samson (Speaker)

31 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Arquitetura Para Autonomia - Territorios Educadores

Kristine Samson (Participant)

29 Mar 201931 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Festivaldeltagere ønsker rolige og rene boforhold

Kristine Samson


1 item of Media coverage

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Festivalgæster tæmmer Roskildes vildskab

Kristine Samson


1 item of Media coverage

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Gæster tæmmer Roskildes vildskab

Kristine Samson


1 item of Media coverage

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Festivalgæster tæmmer Roskildes vildskab

Kristine Samson


1 item of Media coverage

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