The people at Krogerup Folk High School
A short presentation of the staff at Krogerup.
We are an eclectic collection of teachers, all academically and personally invested in making your stay positive and productive. Many of us are professionally involved in our area of expertise outside the school – like setting up exhibitions, writing books, producing movies, playing concerts etc. You are welcome to contact the individual teacher, if you have questions about the course and electives.
Head master. Cand. phil. Musicology, singer & choirmaster. Lives at the school.
Rikke has traveled far and wide – among other places to Africa with her former vocal group and her performances have been attended by the likes of the late Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. She is the founder and leader of the vocal group Baobab Sisters, singing South African songs.
Every Monday evening at 8 PM, Rikke directs the choir at Krogerup.
Ulrich F. Quistgaard
Cand. Scient. Soc. with a thesis in Journalism and International Developmental Studies. Teaches main subject Journalism & Media.
Ulrich graduated Journalism at the Roskilde University, has worked for several Danish papers and reported on refugee and migration situations from around the world. He wrote his thesis on refugee and asylum conditions in Denmark. He has also studied ’International Affairs’ at the New School University in New York focusing on studies of refugees, humanitarian intervention and the role of the media in peace keeping missions.
Main subject: Journalism Media
Journalist from the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus. Holds a diploma in strategic communication and studied at the Humanities Department at Roskilde University including a six month exchange stay at Universitá degli studi di Roma, La Sapienza.
Jesper has worked as a journalist for DR (Danish Broadcasting Company) for almost 10 years, delivering news and segments for a wide array of programs. He has also taught and censored the admissions for the Danish School for Media and Journalism in Aarhus for a number of years.
Lives at the school with his wife and four children.
Main subject: Journalism Media
Studied pedagogy, journalism, linguistics, environmental and developmental studies in Qatar, Great Britain, France, and Norway. Lives at the school.
Founded the organization Crossing Borders, that works with intercultural communication, conflict management, and media.
Gives presentations on international conflict management and capacity building which focuses on Africa and the Middle East. Works as a photographer and consultant for Danish NGOs, has written several articles on Africa and international relations. Garba speaks many languages and has lived in Africa, the Middle East, and Scandinavia.
Read Garba’s articles in the Crossing Borders archive.
Main subject: Crossing Borders
Electives: The age of the BRICS
Line Krogh Jensen
(Maja is on maternity leave in E18 and a part of F19)
Architect from the School of Architecture in Aarhus. MA in Psychology and Pedagogy from RUC focusing on illustrating the modern human condition and daily life from a sociological and social-psychological point of view. Line has also taken a 3-year alternative education in social innovation, project- and process management with KaosPiloterne based in Aarhus and is dedicated to working with development put into practice.
Line is a former guest lecturer at the School of Architecture in Aarhus, worked as a interdisciplinary consultant at Rambøll developing sustainable transition in the sector for construction and urban planning and affiliate educations, done area studies for the Danish consulate in Shanghai and worked for the Center for Youth Research.
Line has lived a number of years abroad in USA and China, but now she is happily based at the school with her partner and little daughter.
Main subject: The Puls of the City
Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies. Studied urban sociology at Sabanci University in Istanbul and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University in London. Lives in Copenhagen.
Bjarne is our local movie and airline specialist and has developed many of our study trips, amongst others to China, USA, Marocco and Turkey.
Main subject: Metropolitan Pulse
Sigrid Lauenborg Dahl
MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen focusing on Developmental Studies. Sigrid has lived in Uganda and has organized political study and research trips to the African continent, where groups have visited human rights activists as well as former mass murderers.
For many years, Sigrid has worked on political campaigns and developmental activism, where she has taken an interest in fair trade conditions, climate change, and corporate tax evasion.
Sigrid is also a member of Denmark’s only heavy metal girl guard – ‘Pigegarden fra Helvede’.
Main subject: Burning World
MA in International Developmental Studies and Pedagogy & Education Studies from RUC. Mads has worked six months in Guatemala, hitch hiked through southern Africa, been politically active i various Danish NGOs, done research for a documentary company and participated in lobby campaigns in Brussels.
Mads’ passion is campaigning and is very invested in uncovering how we use personal experience and social indignation when facing the world around us. He is interested in new perspectives on how the world changes, but with a special interest in natural resource extraction, corporate tax evasion, and various forms of social organizing into new communities.
Main subject: Burning World
Lotte Fløe Christensen
Photographer and visual artist. Holds an MFA in Photography, schooled at Fatamorgana (2004), Glasgow School of Art (2007) and Valand Akademi in Gothenburg (2012). She has been the driving force behind Spark in Copenhagen, a photo gallery and working community (2007-10) and has taught photography at Krabbesholm Folk High School (2012-13). Lotte is always working on her own projects and she has exhibited in Canada, USA, Austria, France, Russia, China, and Korea. Her works have also been displayed in Denmark – amongst other Arken (2008), Fotografisk Center (2008) and Galleri Image (2011). In 2013 she received a scholarship from The Danish Art Foundation. Lotte lives in Copenhagen.
Check out Lotte’s works at www.lottefloe.com
Main subject: Photography
Kasper Palsnov has a major in Photojournalism from The Danish School of Media & Journalism. He has lived in England and Turkey and worked for the Danish daily Berlingske for 1,5 year. For his work he has been awarded from TIME Magazine, Danish Press Photo of the Year and British Journal of Photography among others. Furthermore he has worked as a photo editor at the Danish magazine Atlas and is a co-founder of the international photo collective MINT.
Next to his job as a Højskole teacher he works on personal projects and do assignments for Danish and International media.
See more of his work at www.kasperpalsnov.dk
Main subject: Photography
Martin Schmidt is a self taught film director and writer. Martin has directed horror, comedies, romance, family-fare and drama, with titles such as The Unit (Rejseholdet), Final Hour, The Golden Horns, Nikolaj and Julie, The Protectors (Livvagterne), Christmas in Valhalla, 2900 Happiness and Kristian. For his work on the tv series The Eagle (Ørnen) and the Swedish series The truth about Marika, Martin has won the International Emmy Award. Martin has also written several books, educationals on filmmaking, books on inspiration and his latest volume is a book together with Danish skin-care guru Ole Henriksen. Martin has extensive training tutoring in highschools, filmschools, and folk highschools.
Main subject: Film!FilmFilm!
Mathias holds an MA in History, Global Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. He is an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen and teaches Middle Eastern minority studies and social media activism.
Mathias works at the International Media Support, an organization supporting freedom of the press and independent journalism in areas of conflict. He is also a co-chair and project coordinator for Rapolitics, strengthening youth through creative and constructive focus on urban artistic expression and raptivism. Mathias is a musician and plays double bass and the bass guitar.
Mathias has been involved in different projects for Save the Children Youth, the Danish Embassy in Turkey, and Danida.
Nico Miskow Friborg
Nico Miskow Friborg holds a master degree in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen and is specialized in political anthropology, social change, norm criticism, gender and sexuality.
Nico has studied, worked and done research in Mexico and has, among other things, worked with youth subcultures in Mexico City and nonbinary genders among indigenous peoples. Besides Krogerup they works as an external lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen and as a consultant in different civil society organizations working to improve the living conditions for queers and trans people, including co-founding TransAktion that amongst other services offers counselling for trans people.
Nico is passionate about using their anger over injustices to push for social and political change and has been a part of starting an anarchist student group, organizing feminist seminars and arranging different actions, weekly soup kitchens, Reclaim the Night protests, queer punk concerts and queer parties.
Elective: Køn, normer og privilegier
A journalist with more than 30 years of experience in print and digital media. Kurt has taught journalism since the 90s, held presentations on media and moderated conferences and debates. He has also authored a number of books on journalism, media, and politics. Kurt is chair of the Cavling Committee under the Danish Union of Journalists and a commentator for Kristeligt Dagblad and member of the paper’s ethics panel. Kurt teaches interview and narrative strategies.
Main subject: Journalism Media
Pianist and composer living in Copenhagen. Has attended the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, graduated in 2010, and was soon hereafter accepted to ILK. Anders is primarily focused on free improvisation, and the possibilities of combining it with other art forms and new ways of composition. As a composer he is focused on ways of combining improvisation and composition in more holistic ways. His tonal-language is inspired by real sounds as well as modern/avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music. He has written for larger ensembles and small groups as well as music for several films. He has received support from the Danish Art Council and was given the UniDanmark Talent award in 2001.
Elective: Contemporary Music
Soffie has been a dancer ever since she was a little girl, and throughout her life she has developed a great love for dance.
She is a Danish champion and represented Denmark on the international scene in Latin, Standard, and South American Show dance. She holds a current top rank of six at the World Championships and European Championship in ten dances. Soffie owns her own dance studio: Soffie Dance Studio .
Elective: Dance, dance, dance
Ceramist from the Danish Design School. Peter has exhibited at a series of galleries both domestic and international. His items are sold in select shops in Copenhagen and Århus. Check out his work at: www.peterglad.dk
Maja Fjord Madsen
Maja holds a diploma in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen, specializing in occupational and organization psychology and clinical psychology. Maja works as an occupational psychologist, develops management and work environment courses that focuses on narrative methods and theory. She also works with youths with eating disorders at a live-in institution in Copenhagen and is a student adviser for young visual artist. Maja lives in Christianshavn.
Marcus Vincent Frostholm
Marcus is an examined outdoor guide at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports specializing in kayaking. He is a certified ocean kayaking instructor from Dansk Kano og Kajakforbundet. Furthermore, he has great experience with outdoor life from a lifelong passion for being outside and active. Besides Krogerup, he works in the outdoor store in Copenhagen and as a kayaking instructor. He is also a pedagogue.
Elective: Outdoor Life
Amanda Lagoni is a trained sexologist and couples therapist with a degree in Rhythmic Song from the Royal Academy of Music.
Apart from being a musician, Amanda owns a clinic practicing couples therapy and sexology in Copenhagen. She also does workshops focusing on sexuality and sex. She has recorded several albums and her latest came out in May of 2014. She combines concerts, workshops, and lectures and has a physical approach to therapy and teaching. Her main focus is on the female pleasure and sexuality in relationships.
Elective: Sex, love and communication
Project manager for the Digital Ambassadors at the Center for Information and Bubblestudies, University of Copenhagen. With support from TrygFonden he tries to implement digital citizenship in the Danish educational system.
Mikkel is an activist for digital citizenship and education. His main mission is to create a better digital balance in modern society life.
Mikkel is an entrepreneur with experience from being in front of a concert venue, producer at a feature film production and Youth Advisor for several Danish Ministers for Culture. Furthermore, he has travelled around Denmark to assist creative and political youth environments in creating local change through the organization The Network for Youth Councils.
Elective: Det Digitale Menneske
Lisbeth Van Deurs
Lisbeth is an artist with an MA in Drawing with finals in printmaking from the Royal Art Academy in London. She teaches at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and also works on her own projects in photo, painting, and stop-motion movies.
Elective: The Living Line
Mia Toftdahl Olesen
Mia works with a combination between projects, community, yoga and mindfulness. Her background is a degree in Development and International Relations, with continuing education in project management, learning and social change. Mia is particularly interested in cultural exchange, integration of refugees and newcomers, and active citizenship, and she has worked with engaging youth as global citizens to take part in the development of the world around them. Recently, Mia has worked in New York for three years, where she developed and implemented a program for learning and community targeted young immigrants and refugees. Mia teaches both Social entrepreneurship and Yoga, and according to her, the combination of social projects and yoga makes great sense, since she believes that the better we know ourselves and let our body and mind work together – the better we are at creating something amazing together with others. As a yoga teacher, Mia teaches at different places in Copenhagen, as well as a weekly class for a group of refugee women.
Elective: Social entrepreneurship and Yoga
„Hetav is MA in International Security and Law from Syddansk University. While teaching here at Krogerup, he is a research assistant at Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), where he works on foreign policy and political violence in the Middle East and North Africa.
Halfway through his university education, Hetav decided to take a break from his education to work as a freelance journalist in Iraq. Since then he has been based in places like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Bahrain, reporting on subjects such as the fight against Islamic State group, refugee and migration issues, and foreign policy. Therefore, Hetav is often invited into Danish and international media to analyze current affairs in the Middle East. Hetav is fluent in both Kurdish and Turkish, which enables him to uncover new leads, stories and sources on his travels to the region.
Alongside his work, Hetav is a constitutive part of the association Responsible Press, which seeks to create transparency around journalistic practices and source representation in Danish media.”
Follow Hetav on Twitter her for the latest news on politics in the Middle East.
Elective: People and politics
Ordkrejler & tekstjonglør. Uddannet Multimediedesigner AK & lærer. Frank har rejst i det meste af verden, hvor han har lavet workshops om og med performativ poesi. Han har deltaget i konkurrencer som fx verdensmesterskaberne i poetry slam og som kultur-NGO i primært Afrika i arbejdet med gadens poesi som identitetsskabende udtryksform. Har eget firma, der udbyder alle former for ord- & skrivekurser. Den største rejseoplevelse var regionen Tuva i det sydligste Rusland, hvor programmet i 17-dage stod på kogt ged (som jeg aldrig spiser igen) og strubesang. Jeg holder meget af verdensmusik, især Ørkenblues fra Mali. Elsker fynsk brunsviger, men er knap så meget til fisk. http://franklangmack.dk/
Elective: Poetry Slam – the fight club of poetry
My relationship with bikes started as a child when I learned to make, build, repair and design bicycles from my dad. Since then I have fallen in love with old racing bikes from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. In my Nordvest workshop, I’ve built a small business with Jonas to build and repair old bikes that people have given up on. Usually I find or buy old bikes, separate all the parts and start building the bike completely from the bottom. There is a childish LEGO-pleasure in first separating all the old parts and then reviving the bike and bringing it back to its grandeur. In addition to making bicycles, I am educated as a photographer from Fatamorgana, Bachelor of Performance Design and hold a masters degree in Visual Culture. I work as a freelance exhibition designer, producer, fundraiser and photo book publisher. Making bikes is a break in a busy weekday with many hours in front of the computer. Therefore, I often need to end the day with an hour in the workshop, thinking of nothing else than what’s in front of me.
Elective: Recycle / Bicycle
I am a photo journalist based in Copenhagen, working with video production, and documentary style still photography. My passion for bikes started when I was a kid. Back when Indurain was unbeatable in The Tour and boys had bloody knees. I raced everywhere and still today have proud scars from the times. My first bike was a Kildemoes. Already back then my father taught me to patch my own bike. Today my skills has surpassed his by lengths, but he can probably still beat me to the grocery store. What I love about fixing bikes, is making bike wheels spin again and getting them back on the street. It takes so little to make that bike, that has been left to rust in the street, work again. I love it when you can see that a bike is homemade, and has a personal touch. Recycle – Bicycle!
Elective: Recycle / Bicycle
Mikkel holds a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from Aarhus University. He worked at offices in front of computers for ten years, before he decided to turn his passion for woodworking and maritime crafts into his full time job. He was a boatbuilding apprentice from 2015-16, and since then he has run his own boatbuilding business.
Elective: Building a wooden boat
Mille Breyen Hauschildt
Hvis man vil vide, hvad forbindelsen mellem akaciefrø og myrer er, og hvorfor vi må forstå relationer af ledsagende arter for at forstå os selv og vores forhold til hinanden og naturen, så er det Mille, man skal spørge. Mille er generelt meget optaget af queer- og feministisk teori, marginaliserede positioner og nære litteraturanalyser, og det går alt sammen op i en højere enhed i faget Heksekreds, som arbejder med litteratur, kroppe, natur, blod, træer, ritualer og venskabet. Mille er ved at færdiggøre en kandidat i Litteraturvidenskab, hvorfra hun også har fået sit crush på feministiske tænkere som Judith Butler, Sarah Ahmed og Donna Haraway. Mille har desuden et blødt hjerte for den barske natur på den nordjysk vestkyst og drømmer om at smadre patriarkatet i tusind stykker.
Actor and Transformation Communicator.
Qualified actor from the Acting School at Århus Theatre. Certified Council Guide Teacher with Black Lodge at the Ehama Institute, New Mexico, USA. Birgitte has been in a number of plays, musicals, TV and movies and recieved the Danish Bodil Award for ‘Midt om natten’ and ‘Riget’. She also teaches meditation and mindfulness, communication and inner leadership. Gives presentations, organizes events and arranges ceremonial training in Indian life philosophy.
Esben has many years of experience working with fiction films, documentaries, tv and commercial production. He has gone to film school in India and Denmark and made films in Cuba, India, Mexico, South Africa and other countries. He combines his practical experience with a keen analytical eye for the way films expressions create impressions with viewers and in society. He has a BA in English literature as well as an BA and MA in Film Sciences from the University of Copenhagen, where he has also been teaching for 2 years. Esben has also taught practical filmmaking to youths in Nordsjælland for several years.
In recent years, he has worked intensely with digital platforms, in particular in his commercial work at Mayday Film. At the moment, he is working on a feature documentary.
Elective: Video on the move
Henny holds a MSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Copenhagen Business School, focusing on the role of art, culture and design in business.
Hailing from the north of Norway, living and creating projects in countries as different as Nicaragua, South Africa & Denmark, Henny is not only educated in – but also practically performing – her intercultural competences and entrepreneurial skills. She is a cultural catalyst and has worked with numerous cultural festivals ranging from music to literature to visual art. She is the founder of Reverse: Copenhagen International Poetry Festival. These past years she developed and led a renewed cultural venue in the heart of Copenhagen (LiteraturHaus), which housed events targeting topics such as activism & art, the anthropocene, ecocriticism, small press and performative criticism.
Elective: Social Entrepreneurship
Lorena holds a MSc in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University Copenhagen, with specialization on Refugee Studies.
With roots in Ecuador, Lorena is a human rights activist and a cultural catalyst, which is seen in various engagements around the world. From working with children and the arts in the Andean Cloud forests, engaging with youth and new media in the Middle East, to engaging critically with art to voice political & societal challenges in Denmark. She is a project manager, photographer, visual communicator and a polyglot. She has been involved with several NGO’s, among others, with Norwegian People’s Aid, CAMP/Centre for Arts on Migration Politics and Crossing Borders. Lorena has also worked with the Ministry of Education in Ecuador.
Last but not least, Lorena engages with Women Refugee Route and the Handletank MOVE, advocating for the rights of women in vulnerable situations
Elective: Social Entrepreneurship
The kitchen team makes healthy and delicious food for our students and course participants based on four simple principles:
1) The food is nourishing and adheres to dietary guidelines.
2) All vegetables are fresh and bought at the local market.
3) We aim to buy organic as often as possible.
4) Less is more. That way there is room for quality before quantity.
Jill Eid Larsen
Louisa Pihl Kristensen
Anna Carina Mullins
The office takes care of any and all inquiries from future and current students and course participants. This is the central nerve of the Folk High School: Students, course participants, janitors, and teachers are regular visitors. The office also functions as a postal office, phone central, book keeping and accounting office.
Krogerups communications department is responsible for the ongoing development and updating of the College’s website, social media, media relations, newsletters, graphic work, advertising and much more.
Chief of Communications
Tlf.: 61 33 09 18
Anne Steen Himmelstrup
Graphic Designer and Communications assistant
Our caretakers are capable of just about anything, and are trained and experienced in a variety of skills. These are the people you will want to contact when you need to build a set, set up a network of computers, or get decorative items for an event. They are also responsible for lawn mowing, painting, light bulb changing, everyday maintenance, and all in all making sure that the school functions.
Just Thomas Schouboe
Janne Bill Hansen
Matron and handywoman
Thomas Park Jepsen
Rolf Fønss Christensen