Uldall, Frederik

Frederik UldallFrederik Uldall (1972) is the founder and coordinator of the Danish exopolitics initiative. He holds a master's in human geography and a minor in political science from the University of Copenhagen. After his studies he was granted a pre-doc at Copenhagen Business School's Centre for Corporate Values and Responsibility. However, he left the academic career in order to pursue ideas which are "outside the box". Frederik has also worked as a research assistant at London School of Economics, as an assistant desk officer at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as a project manager in a Danish IT-company in India.During his studies he focused mainly on issues related to the developing countries and the global environment. In his master's thesis Frederik investigated how companies construct perceptions of nature through the articulation of "Corporate Social Responsibility". He examined how corporations reproduce the nature/society-dichotomy, where man is separate from his source. He showed how the dualistic view legitimizes the continuing exploitation of "nature"; when one does not see oneself as a part of something one will have a stronger incentive to behave unethically. Social constructivism and discourse analysis constituted the theoretical and methodological framework. In the light of these he illustrated how the production of the dualistic perception of nature has been tied closely to the creation of the modern scientific paradigm. The latter can be seen as something contingent and can be viewed as a result of power struggles. In other words: the scientific paradigm is constantly being reproduced and can be constructed differently. Thus, discourse analysis could also be used to shed light on the antagonisms between the exopolitical discourse and the hegemonic discourse of political science. An analysis could raise the awareness of the fact that the former can be absorbed by the latter. Furthermore, it could illustrate the interests in society which prevent exopolitics from becoming mainstream.

Websites: http://www.exopolitics.dk and http://www.exopolitik.dk.