Dr. Helle Porsdam is the first keynote speaker at the Fulbright Denmark Anniversary Symposium and will be speaking on science diplomacy and the right to science.

Dr. Helle Porsdam is Professor of Law and Humanities at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, since 2008, where she teaches the culture and history of human rights and cultural rights. In addition, she teaches American culture and history at the Faculty of the Humanities, University of Copenhagen, and is a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge in 2021.

She did her Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University, has been a Liberal Arts Fellow at the Harvard Law School twice, and a fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and at the University of Munich. She is also an alumnus of Fulbright Denmark.

She holds a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights and her current research area is “the right to science” – a cultural right according to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She served as the co-editor (w/ Sebastian Porsdam Mann) of The Right to Science: Then and Now, published by Cambridge University Press, 2021, and her monograph Science As a Cultural Right will be published by Pennsylvania Press in 2022.

Dr. Helle Porsdam

The Fulbright symposium, From Soft Diplomacy to Science Diplomacy, will take place on November 4th and can be live-streamed from our Facebook page. Dr. Helle Porsdam will be speaking at the symposium at 2:05 pm CET / 9:05 am EST.