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Linda Lapiņa

MScA (Psychology) & PhD, PhD, cultural encounters

  • Universitetsvej 1, 42.3

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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I am interested in mutual emergence of bodies, feelings, space and time, approached through feminist theory. My research areas include:

  • Intersectional emergence of whiteness. I have focused on Danishness, Eastern- and Western Europeanness, using autoethnography and memory work. At the moment I am working on an article that explores how Danish citizenship is enacted through affective encounters. I am also interested in examining and challenging how hierarchies of whiteness are (re-)produced in knowledge production, in order to to open ways of doing, being and becoming in academia.


  • Contested urban spaces. My PhD (2014-2017) examined social inclusion and exclusion in Nordvest, a gentrifying neighbourhood in Copenhagen. I explored the mutual emergence and malleability of intersecting markers (race, class, gender...), bodies, spaces and affective circulations, focusing on a resident- driven DIY park, an urban gardening project and construction sites in the district. I am working to further develop my take on affective, embodied methodology with regards to standby temporalities, based on a dance with a billboard on a construction site in Nordvest.


  • Re-membering and materiality. I am working on a paper about landscape memory, based on the life story of my grandfather: his exile to Siberia and return to Soviet Latvia, and his relationship to the river Daugava, which is a river of destiny in Latvian mythology.  My grandfather had a garden by the river and was complicit in subjugation of Daugava through his work as an engineer on a Soviet hydroelectric power plant.


  • Co-creation of learning spaces that foster plurality in knowledge production. At Roskilde University, we are lucky to have students from different backgrounds, with different life experiences. As a teacher and supervisor, I am committed to facilitating spaces where different knowledges are recognised and expressed, taking intersectionality into account in my teaching practice.

My research is interdisciplinary, incorporating perspectives from critical race and whiteness studies, feminist new materialisms, migration studies, cultural geography, gender studies, urban and gentrification research, memory studies, and posthumanities.

Education/Academic qualification

Cultural Encounters, PhD, Department of Communication and Arts

External positions

External lecturer, Centre for Advanced Migration Studies

1 Feb 201831 Jan 2019


  • Cultural encounters, Multi-culturalism
  • Racialization
  • Affectivity
  • Mobility
  • Urban Diversity
  • Gender studies, Ethnicity, Equal rights
  • Intersectionality
  • Passing
  • Embodied methodologies
  • Feminist theory
  • Geography, Geology, Topography
  • Feminist geographies
  • Cultural geography

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

Research Output 2015 2019

'Cultivating Integration'? Migrant Space-making in Urban Gardens

Lapina, L., 2019, Cultural Encounters as Intervention Practices. Routledge

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

Recruited into Danishness? Affective autoethnography of passing as Danish

Lapina, L., 2018, In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 25, 1, p. 56–70 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Affectivity and Race: Studies from Nordic Contexts,

Lapina, L., 7 Feb 2017, In : NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 24, 4, p. 285-288

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2014 2019

  • 26 Organisation and participation in conference
  • 10 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 10 Lecture and oral contribution
  • 1 Peer review of manuscripts

Interrogating urban diversity: guided tour and lecture

Linda Lapiņa (Speaker)
10 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

NORA 2019 Conference - Border Regimes, Territorial Discourses & Feminist Politics

Linda Lapiņa (Speaker)
23 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

Cast Away Souls: Analytical Interventions from Refugee Camps

Linda Lapiņa (Organizer)
23 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

Archives, Memory and Decolonial practice: the US Virgin Islands and Denmark

Linda Lapiņa (Organizer)
16 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

Challenging Nordic Exceptionalisms

Linda Lapiņa (Speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference


Dr.phil. Ragna Rask-Nielsens Grundforskningsfond

Linda Lapiņa (Recipient), 24 Nov 2017

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

EliteForsk travel grant

Linda Lapiņa (Recipient), 24 Feb 2016

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Julie von Müllen Foundation travel grant

Linda Lapiņa (Recipient), 1 Dec 2017

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