University of Copenhagen to offer Beyoncé class

Copenhagen uni students now have the chance to be Crazy in Love, after the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies introduced a class on American superstar Beyoncé Knowles.

University of Copenhagen to offer Beyoncé class
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The class, entitled “Beyoncé, Gender and Race” is now offered by the University of Copenhagen, and 75 students have registered to take it during the upcoming semester, reports TV2.

The professor teaching the class, Erik Steinskog, told the broadcaster that he was looking forward to presenting the RnB megastar’s lyrics, videos and power performance s to his students.

“We will analyse her songs and music videos. There will be a focus on gender, sexuality and race. One of the goals [of the class] is to introduce black feminist thought, which is not well known in Scandinavia. We want to explore the kind of entity feminism is,” University of Copenhagen professor Steinskog told TV2.

Beyoncé will be interpreted using similar methods to those used to study opera or literature in cultural studies, he added.

Although a class focusing on Beyoncé does not sound very academic, the singer and her music represent not just pop culture, but a form of black feminism that is important to understand, Steinskog told TV2.

“Beyoncé is important in understanding the world we live in. Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop artists today, which makes her important in an analysis of contemporary times,” he said.

The professor said that he is a self-confessed fan of Queen B.

“It is hard not to be impressed. She is extremely good at what she does,” he told TV2.

According to the University of Copenhagen’s magazine Uniavisen, the class has been doubled in size and moved to a larger lecture theatre due to overwhelming registration numbers amongst students.

The Bachelor’s level class can be taken as a 15 or 7.5 ECTS-points class – but has now reached maximum registrations.

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Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

Cyclists on Copenhagen's
Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.