Naja Bjørnsson

Naja Bjørnsson

Doctoral student

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I studied Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Copenhagen and specialized in new Syrian war poetry written after 2011. Between 2017-2020, I taught Arabic language and literature at the University of Copenhagen.

As PhD-student I examine everyday war experiences with a special focus on checkpoints. I examine the functions of the checkpoints present in Syrian novels written on, and in, the war years. The project aims to contribute to international research on (body-oriented) war literature, spatiality, and modern Syrian literature.

I am the editor and initiator (2021) of a webpage for Arabic literature in Danish translation:

I translate Arabic literature into Danish and participate in literary events, as translator, speaker, and organizer. In 2020 the poetry collection "Livet er roligt i vitrineskabet" (الحياة هادئة في الفيترين) by the Syrian poet Hanadi Zarka was published in Copenhagen (Forlaget Harpyie).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Free keywords

  • Literature
  • Cultural productions
  • Checkpoints
  • Syria
  • War Studies
  • Everyday life
  • Border Studies


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