Born 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen
Gunhild Riske is the initiator of KVINFO's (The Danish Centre for Information on Women and Gender) mentor network for refugee- and immigrant women, where she now holds a key position and is responsible for press. She graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1987, and holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen (2003), with guest studies at San Francisco State University, USA, from 1993-95 on a Fulbright scholarship. Spent five years in London, United Kingdom, from 1988-93 as the London correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken, and the years in California has resulted in a great curiosity for understanding the interplay between race, ethnicity, gender, and identity. Her anthropological thesis examines how Danish immigrants in Los Angeles are assimilated into, and negotiate, very different racial categories, which other people uninvitedly allott them in their new country. From 1997-2004, Riske was co-editor of KVINFO's web journal FORUM for gender and culture – the first paper journal in Denmark that chose to skip paper and exist exclusively on the Internet. Here, she has worked with gender as a field of knowledge and communicated gender research to a broad public. Riske has since 1994 written the guidebook Turen går til London for Politikens Forlag and co-edited, with Annette Nielsen, the book Grib magten on women and leadership (Politikens Forlag, 2004).
Contribution: Participates in the women's hearing “Take Off Your Veils, We Have Chosen Our Silicone Implants Ourselves!” on Saturday, October 16, 2004, from 3 – 7 pm in Station 1: The Equestrian Hall, Aarhus.