Lene Asp

short CV and bio

I am a published writer of fiction, translator and editor. In 2017 I developed the digital humanities project Mapping a Colony with funding from Europeana, and in continuation of this work I am now undertaking PhD research at the University of Linköping about colonial environments as nature-culture archives from a media-archaeological and ecological theoretical perspective.

2018 –

PhD student, University of Linköping 

2006 – 2007

Master of Arts in Radio, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2000 – 2002

Forfatterskolen (the Academy of Creative Writing), Copenhagen

1999 – 2006

BA in Literature and Modern Culture with courses in Sociology and Language Psychology, University of Copenhagen


Colonial (dis-)appearances through reconstructed sites and sound

History as composition

In this audio paper we bring together, in the shape of a montage, conversations taking place at two cultural heritage sites pertaining to the global, networked space of colonialism: the Danish West-Indian warehouse in Denmark and the rebuilt Frederiksgave Plantation in Ghana. We weave together narratives from these two geographically distant yet intimately linked locations in order to explore how relationality to sites of historical significance unfolds not just as a detached relation to textually documented historiography but as a sensual and affective meeting, on site and in sound, through the body.

Resounding the colonial archive with impressions from a field trip to Ghana

Colonial media ecologies

In this mixed-media essay I document a field trip to Ghana where I, so to say, travel in the footsteps of the Danish colonizers to the Gold Coast in a bid to dialogically challenge the genre of the monologizing colonial travelogue. My methodological retracing of the slave route is inspired by Danish author Thorkild Hansen’s book trilogy Coast of Slaves, Ships of Slaves and Islands of Slaves from the 1960s in which he visits the former Danish West Indies and the Gold Coast (in the, at the time of his visit, still very young Ghanaian nation, which had gained its independence from Great Britain in 1957). Hansen was one of the first Danish authors to voice a strong critique of the Danish colonial past and of a neglectful historiography through his docu-fiction. I was curious to explore in a parallel movement to Hansen’s the landscape as prism and archive today. Hence, the ‘reenactment’ of the travelogue in this essay functions as an attempt to recast and refracture colonial  narratives of past and present. My own documentary audio recordings from the field trip are presented here along with methodological reflections on how to voice dialogical narratives about colonialism in new digital media.