Background and activities

I'm an Associate Professor of Anglophone Cultural Studies at the Department of Language and Literature. My research examines memory culture at the end of the British Empire with a particular focus on memoirs from Zimbabwe, Australia and the Caribbean, and post-imperial memory politics in contemporary Britain. I hold a master and a PhD in English from the University of Copenhagen. In addition, I have studied at Monash University, Melbourne and been a visiting doctoral fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. I am a co-chair of the Nordic regional group of the Memory Studies Association.

I teach the courses ENG1404 (Britain and the World after 1945) and ENG2455 (Memory Politics After Empire). In addition, I am happy to supervise masters theses within the areas of society and culture of the English-speaking world, postcolonial studies, imperial history, and modern literature, in particular life writing and postcolonial literature.

Professional interests

  • Memory politics
  • Decolonisation
  • British, Australian, Caribbean and Zimbabwean history and society
  • Autobiography
  • Nostalgia
  • Online memory culture

Research projects

Editorial work

  • Editor of the anthology Embers of Empire in Brexit Britain (with Stuart Ward, 2019)
  • Editor of special issue of Life Writing (2016)
  • Guest editor of Kvinden&Samfundet (Woman and Society) (2009)

Scholarly and professional work

I provide expert commentary on British and Zimbabwean affairs on Danish national television and radio. 
Together with colleagues and students, I have helped set up platforms for Scandinavian students and researchers concerned about climate change. I have written op-eds on the narrative challenges of tackling climate change.

PhD students

Anna Bil-Jaruzelska: Emotion and Identity Politics on Social Media

Tóra Djurhuus: The Legacy of the Past in Brexit Britain (primary supervisor: Sara Dybris McQuaid)

Kristine Graneng: Migration sentiments and attitudes towards European integration: Migration discourses in EU referenda (primary supervisor: Pieter de Wilde)

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Ward, Stuart; Rasch, Astrid. (2019) Embers of Empire in Brexit Britain. Bloomsbury Academic. 2019. ISBN 9781350113794.
  • Rasch, Astrid. (2017) Life Writing After Empire. Routledge. 2017. ISBN 978-1-138-22321-9.

Part of book/report

  • Ward, Stuart; Rasch, Astrid. (2019) Introduction: Greater Britain, Global Britain. Embers of Empire in Brexit Britain.

Report/dissertation

  • Rasch, Astrid. (2016) Autobiography After Empire: Individual and Collective Memory in Dialogue. 2016.