The board consists of two representatives from each Nordic country. The individual countries representatives are elected by the general assembly. The current board members are:


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Franziska Bork Petersen is an assistant professor in Performance Design at Roskilde University. Her current work explores the relation between human bodies and utopianism. Franziska teaches seminars on choreography, fashion and performance at Roskilde University, the Danish National School of Performing Arts, the University of Copenhagen and abroad. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Stockholm University and Freie Universität Berlin.


Lars Dahl Pedersen


Lars Dahl Pedersen is a PhD Fellow at Aarhus University, Danish School of Education, and part of the national research programme Playful Learning Extension. He graduated from University of Copenhagen with a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy with specialisation in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind in 2016, including studies in Philosophy and Theatre at KU Leuven, Belgium. He is also a contemporary dancer and choreographer educated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts 1995-1999 which includes a range of different artistic and pedagogical activities; specifically, a research-related approach in his choreographic work; for instance, exploring the Avant-garde American writer Gertrude Stein in the choreography Always Now Slowly (2010) and the participatory choreographic game Med kroppen på opdagelse – What we do but don’t know (2018).



Mikko Orpana

Mikko Orpana a choreographer and a dancer and currently also a doctoral student at the Performing Arts Research Centre at Theatre Academy in Helsinki. His research is about Choreographic Knowledge and he is approaching the subject by analyzing dancer’s work from a situational point of view (according to Lauri Rauhala) and analyzing the choreographic work by systems theory mainly according to Ilya Prigogine’s thinking.


Karolina Ginman

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Karolina Ginman is a freelance dance artist and pedagogue based in Helsinki. She graduated with a BA 1st Honours degree in Dance Theatre from Laban, London in 2008 and is currently completing her Master’s thesis in psychology within the ArtsEqual – research initiative at Helsinki University. Karolina’s work reflects her interest in the body as a carrier and conveyer of individual and collective history and present; in dance as perceiving inner and outer states and shifts of being. She takes special interest in projects that unfold through collaboration between/on the borders of the fields of dance and psychology.



SesseljaSesselja G. Magnusdottir
Icelandic Treasurer

Sesselja G. Magnusdottir gratuated with BA Honours degree in dance from Deakin University, Australia 1998 after having completed a BA degree in history from the University of Iceland and a BS degree in physical education and dance from the University of Copenhagen. Since graduation in she has been teaching dance history at The Icelandic Balletschool and JSB, Art School of Dance. She has teached subject about the connection between dance practice and writing at the Academy of Arts and tutors BA-thesis. She has taught children in primary schools creative dance, and contributes regularly reviews and articles on the Icelandic dance scene in national newspapers and journals.



ElizabethElizabeth Svarstad

Vice Chair

Elizabeth Svarstad holds a PhD in dance studies from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of music. She defended her dissertation on dance and social education in Norway 1750–1820 in 2018. Her PhD project was a part of the research project “Performing arts between professionalism and dilettantism. Music, theatre and dance in the Norwegian public sphere 1770-1850” supported by the Research Council of Norway. Svarstad holds a Nordic Master of Arts from NTNU (2005) and a Bachelor in dance from the Norwegian College of Dance in Oslo. She is an expert in baroque dance and works as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.


Irene Velten Rothmund

Norwegian treasurer and Nofod treasurer

Irene Velten Rothmund is an assistant professor in contemporary dance at Kristiania University College (Høyskolen Kristiania), institute the Norwegian College of Dance. She holds a PhD in dance studies from Stockholm University, Department of Culture and Aesthetics (2019). She is educated as a dancer and a dance teacher from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO), and the European Dance Development Center(EDDC) in the Netherlands. She holds a MA from NTNU, the NoMAds program (2009).



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I am an associate professor in Art History and Visual Studies in the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg (UGOT). I hold a PhD in Art History and Visual Studies, from UGOT, and is presently the vice chair of the Nordic Forum for Dance Research (NOFOD). My research interests include critical humanities approaches to cultural heritage, centering on dance archives and scenography to uncover unseen labour and hidden histories. During 2013–16 I was PI for the multidisciplinary research project ‘Dream-Playing Across Borders: Accessing the Non-texts of Strindberg’s A Dream Play in Düsseldorf 1915–18 and Beyond’, and I was currently co-I of the ‘Turning Points and Continuity: The Changing Roles of Performance in Society 1880–1925’ project, supported by the Swedish Research Council (see link to publication below). I am on the Leadership committee of the joint UGOT / University College London (UCL) Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS). I have been a visiting researcher at UCL (2015) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (2017). I am currently at work on the participatory and digitally engaged community projects ‘Dance archives and digital participation’ and ‘Gothenburg plays a part: Independent performing art groups history 1960-2000’ and have published extensively on dance archives and scenography internationally.

Recent publication: “Activating dance records: Conceptualizing research into the Swedish, Nordic and global archives pertaining to the Russian dancer Anna Robenne”, Nordic Theatre Studies, special issue, Turning Points and Continuity: Reformulating questions to the archives, vol 29:1, December 2017, 117-137.

Please visit my blog on Dance archives and digital participation (currently in Swedish):
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Annika Notér HooshidarAnnika Notér Hooshidar

Swedish Treasurer

Annika Notér Hooshidar is a senior lecturer in contemporary dance at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, Sweden. She is also a PhD candidate in pedagogy at the University of Stockholm, Department of Education. After many years of teaching contemporary dance technique, Annika is now engaged in teaching dance didactics and theory, tutoring student’s vocational practice and exam work. She is head of contemporary dance within the department of pedagogy. In her research her focus is on dance teaching and learning, using social semiotic multimodal theory of communication as point of departure.