Tess Skadegård Thorsen

Tess Skadegård Thorsen


Tess Skadegård Thorsen, PhD (she/her/hers), is a researcher, educator, and consultant, specialized in representation in tech, media, and film practices. A founding editor of the Danish decolonial journal, Marronage, and former managing editor of the Danish journal for gender research, Tess was awarded the 2022 Kraka Award for Danish gender research. Her research has been published internationally including in 'Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice & Power' and 'Black Film British Cinema II'. Read more at www.tessskadegardthorsen.com.

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Acts, Arti(facts), and Politics of Representation
March 31, 2023 | 9:00 AM

Racialization, or, how we make sense of, define, and produce human difference through logics founded in the social construction of ‘race’, continually shapes social interactions even decades after the theory of human ‘races’ has been disproven. This is particularly potent in the creative industries, and in particular the film-industry, both as a latent expression of shared meaning-making, and as a vehicle for (re)production of racial logics.

In this talk, Tess Skadegård Thorsen, PhD, explores the diversity initiatives initiated by the Danish Film Institute (DFI), examining how they maintain asymmetric racialized dynamics and uphold the marginalization of minoritized film professionals in Denmark. The talk presents an analytical framework for understanding representation which divides Politics of Representation, Acts of Representation and (Arti)Facts of Representation. This framework allows for an analytical shift from product to process, by emphasizing representation simultaneously as something that is and something one does. Racialization, then, is understood as a process actively maintained and reproduced throughout the various representational politics, acts, and artifacts of film.

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