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Linda Lapiņa

MScA (Psychology) & PhD, PhD, cultural encounters

  • Universitetsvej 1, 42.3

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Linda Lapiņa, cand.psych. (University of Copenhagen, 2006-2012), PhD (Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, 2014- 2017)

I am interested in embodiment, affectivity, space and time, approached through the lens of feminist theory. My research areas include:

  • Racialisation, whiteness, intersectionality and everyday bordering. I have written on Danishness, differentiated whiteness and Europeanness, drawing on autoethnography and memory work. At the moment, I am working on a book chapter on affective citizenship and an article about Eastern- and Western Europeanness for a journal special issue on post-Soviet and post-colonial dynamics of race, gender and sexuality.
  • Contested urban spaces. My PhD was a study of encounters with difference, social inclusion and exclusion in Nordvest, a gentrifying district of Copenhagen. I examined how urban change was perceived and enacted by residents in everyday practices and spaces, including a resident-driven park and an urban gardening association. Currently I am working on an article about temporalities of standby, playing out on dormant construction sites put to temporary uses.
  • Feminist new materialisms and embodied, more-than-human memory. I am working on a paper about emplaced re-membering, taking point of departure in the life story of my grandfather: his exile to Siberia, and subsequent return to Latvia to work on a power plant on the river Daugava. I explore how the re-membering done by the river can inform conceptualisations of memory, agency and temporality.
  • Intersectionality applied to teaching and knowledge production. Working at Cultural Encounters, I strive to co-create and facilitate learning environments that facilitate plurality in knowledge production. It is important for me to facilitate the emergence, recognition and dialogue between different perspectives arising from various backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Affective and arts-based methodologies. Apart from more “traditional” qualitative methods (mostly fieldwork and interviews) I have worked with autoethnography and memory work, as well as arts-based, sensory methods like dance, photos and sensory ethnography. I am interested in exploring what these methods offer when (re-)considering feelings and embodiment in knowledge production.

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

Projects 2019 2021


Schmidt, G., Groes, C. & Lapiņa , L.


Project: Research

Activities 2014 2019

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

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

Third Annual Memory Studies Conference

Linda Lapiņa (Speaker)
26 Jun 2019

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

Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference

Linda Lapiņa (Speaker)
28 Nov 201930 Nov 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

Press / Media

København mangler kant - den er forsvundet i dyre boliger

Linda Lapiņa


1 item of Media coverage

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Forsker: Tilflyttere vil forandre Gellerup

Linda Lapina


1 item of Media coverage

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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

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions