The Corona Crisis of Culture

Idun Bredahl Genborg

Student thesis: Master thesis


On March 11th, 2020, the Danish government went on national television to prepare the nation to go into a state of lockdown due to the coronavirus. The first of two lockdowns that would take place within the first year of corona. The consequences of these lockdowns would have an impact on multiple aspects of the nation's reality, and one of the most noticeable effects was in the way we debate and view culture as a part of our society. An outburst in the debate on culture’s placement in society occurred in the national papers, and the crisis of which corona led clearly influences the way we viewed culture as an importance, and a need as a nation. In this thesis, it is explored how this public debate on culture’s validation, importance and placement in general society construct different perspectives and political values to how culture is part of our society in the corona crisis. It is taken in question, how the debate on culture’s placement in society in the first year of corona occurs in differentiated realities of contribution related to how the crisis and society is viewed in general. This debate viewed as a discursive field of articulation results in seven differentiated views on culture’s placement in society within the themes of economics, security and national community, and the matter of the crisis will transpire in a diagnostic on a society in crisis and how culture is constructed as a cure on the constitutive consequences thereof. It is discussed whether there has been a change in the construction of the necessity of culture in society during a crisis and how this rearticulation of the placement of culture in our society can become a tool in readjusting the political structure around culture as a profession.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2021
Number of pages73
SupervisorsDorthe Pedersen