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Anders Ib Michelsen

Anders Ib Michelsen


Current publications

INVITED BOOK CHAPTER: Materialism, hyperobjects and artifacts: an ontology for the anthropocene ... (in writing)
in Architecture and Postphenomenology World Literature: Postcolonial Perspectives,
Eds: Lars Botin & Inger Berling Hyams
New York: Lexington Books 2020

INVITED TALK/PAPER: Critical Crowding – Raya Sarkar's name and shame-list - in honor of #MeToo … (in press)
in World Literature: Postcolonial Perspectives,
University of Delhi 2018, 15-18 March 2018
New Delhi, India…/cfp-world-literature-postcolon…
INVITED KEYNOTE: What is liveable design? In connection with the Birth Centenary of legendary architect Padmashree Laurie Baker 
Department of Architecture
College of Engineering
Trivandrum, India
INVITED KEYNOTE/PAPER: Transvisuality: on Matters of Topology in Visual Culture (in press)
in Estudos Visuais e a Literatura
XIV Semiário Internacional de Estudos de Literatura
PUC-RIO 2017

Recent Books

NEW BOOK: Transvisuality: The Cultural Dimension of Visuality (Volume 3): Purposive Action: Design and Branding (in press 2019)

NEW BOOK: Verner Panton. Environments, Colors, Systems, Patterns (International version: Phaidon, London) (published 2018)

NEW BOOK: Architecture, Drawing Topology (Published 2017) 

Brief Bio

Anders Michelsen is Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2007 - ; Coordinator of the first master program in Visual Culture Studies in Scandinavia 2002-2009; Consultant for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation 2002 - ; Head of Studies, Chairman of Study Board, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies 2007-2011; Chairman of PeaceWare Somaliland, 2009 - 2012; member of steering committee, Centre for Advanced Migration Research (AMIS), University of Copenhagen ( 2012 - ; adjunct professor with a focus on creativity and ITMedia, Arts and Creative Media, James Cook University, Australia (, 2014 - 2016.

Interests and research areas

His research interests focus on culture and globalization with three areas of work:

1. Theories of culture, creativity, the imagination, and the visual 

2. Design, architecture and technology

3. Social entrepreneurship and impact-oriented research

He is currently writing a book (dr.phil) on, 'Trans visual - an Argument’, on the relation between dynamic contemporary culture and creative forms of the visual, to be published at Brill in 2017. The projects surveys postwar theory-debates on culture increasingly influenced by visual phenomena, and couples these debates with notions of non-representation, materialism, and the imaginary. It develops and complements the three volume collection Transvisuality. The cultural Dimension of Visuality which he is co-editing for Liverpool University Press, 2013-2019 (, and the volume Socioaesthetics. Ambience. Imaginary ( which he co-edited and contributed to, for Social and Critical Theory, Brill in 2015. The Transvisuality collection is focused on how visual culture works in globalization as creative forms of the new, assembling compossible forms of the social. It involves forty contributors from all over the world and topics from a wide array of visual phenomena. 

Social entrepreneurship and impact-oriented research

He was chairman of the Danish-Somali association and NGO, PeaceWare-Somaliland which designed the first telepsychiatric system in Africa, today part of the portfolio of SHIFAT, Hargeisa (, 2009-2012. He has worked in number of contexts with Somali civil society activists and organised the first interntional research conference on Somali culture, Practising Art as Politics, at UCPH in 2013. 2018- he is planning a social entreneurship initiative for urban action and development of the build habitat in the Somali Peninsula in collaboration with Frederik Seehusen, Said Abdirahman Hussein og Abdifatah Aden Farah and Abaarso Tech University, Hargeisa, see 

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