Background and activities

I'm an Associate Professor of Anglophone Cultural Studies at the Department of Language and Literature. 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


  • 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.


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