Associate professor, research and development
Øster Farimagsgade 5, Opgang E, 1353 København K, CSS - Bygning 16, Opgang i, Building: 16.0.05
Personal born 1948 in Denmark
Academic Degree Mag.Scient, Copenhagen University 1979
Employment Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) since 1998
Main research areas and teaching expertise
Ritual and religion in Brazil; material culture and sociality; the anthropology of performance; politics and activism; museums studies; theory of science in anthropology; anthropological analysis and fieldwork methods.
Thirty-five years of experience in lecturing, supervising, examination and evaluation in social anthropology at Copenhagen University and other research institutions.
Ten years experience in research management at Copenhagen University.
Four years experience in development and human rights work as executive director of IWGIA, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (1994-1998).
Five years of experience in museology as curator and keeper at the Department of Ethnography, The National Museum of Denmark (1981-87).
Two years of experience as independent consultant on museum issues (1987-89).
Three years of experience as Head of the Study Council, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (1999-2002).
Two years as Head of the Ph.D. research school at the Department of Anthropology (2004-2006).
Fifteen years of editorial experience. Reviewer at several international and national journals.
Danish (mother tongue); English (fluent); Portuguese (very well); Spanish, German and French (fair).
2015 Co-organiser of the conference Brazil, Land of the Future in cooperation with Anne Line Dalsgaard, Aarhus University, Lecturer Vinicius de Moraes, Kings College, London, Ph.D. student Marie Kolling, Copenhagen, and Ph.D, student Maria Nielsen, Aarhus University.
2010 to present, member of the Danish Unesco National Commission, spokesperson on culture.
2011-2014 Member of assessment committee for the Norwegian Research Council and The Nordic Research Council.
2002 Chief coordinator of the 7th biennial conference (European Associacion of Social Anthropologists).
1995-1998 Vice-chairperson of the Council for International Development Co-operation, Danish Foreign Ministry.
1995-1998 Member of the Board of the Danish Centre for Human Rights.
1992 to present Censor, external evaluator at the Universities of Aarhus. Evaluator on positions as associate lecturer, assistant lecturer and senior researcher at various universities and research institution.
1994-1998 Chairperson of the corps of external evaluators (censors) at Aarhus University.
1989-1992 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
1980es Head curator on the exhibition Brasil 86; member of project group on museum innovation at The National Museum. Freelance consultant; Visiting fellow at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
2015 Shortlisted for “Etnografisk Forenings Formidlingspris” (The prize of the Danish Ethnographic Association for communication to the public).
2015 Einar Hansens Forskningsfonds Hæderspris.
2013 Lærebogsprisen, Forlaget Samfundslitteratur (the prize for best text book idea).
1987 Karen Liebers Eriksons Scholarship for Danes, stipend at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Research grants and fieldwork
2015 Research grant from The Carlsberg Foundation, two months, project: The Dynamics of Ritual. Fieldwork in Brazil.
2008-2011 Research project: The spectacular disorder. Performance and materiality in global space, supported by The Danish Research Council (FKK).
2005-2010 Research grants, Centre for Housing and Welfare - Realdania Research. Projects: Inheritance and property in Danish single family housing. Housing in time and space.
2003 The Danish Research Council for the Humanities (SHF). Project: Things as actors. An anthropological investigation of knowledge and sociality surrounding ritual objects in a globalisation perspective. Fieldwork in Benin, West Africa and in Brazil.
1999-2002 Research management on project concerning power and political culture at the Danish Parliament, supported by The Danish Democracy and Power Study.
1992 Research Grant, The Danish Research Council for the Humanities (SHF). Project: Sociality and ritual in the Brazilian Candomblé.
1979-1981 Research Grant (SHF) Fieldwork in Bahia, Brazil, project: The social and psychological consequences of participation in a religious cult in a plural ethnic society.
Ph.D. courses, supervision and assessments
Courses: From Analysis to Text, 2014, 2015; From Fieldwork to Analysis 2014; Theory of Science, 2009; Performance and materiality, 2009; Writing anthropology, 2001, 2003, 2004; Policy, rights and politics & culture, 2001
Member of Assessment Committees for Ph.D. dissertations at Copenhagen University, Aarhus University, Göteborg University, Lund University, Oslo University.
Ph.D. supervisions at University of Copenhagen: Six Ph.D. dissertations since 2002, three of these on South America. Co-supervision at Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, Aalborg University.
Recent Teachings Theory of Science for Anthropologists; Tricksters and Marketing (with Karen Lisa Salamon; Anthropological Analysis; Human Rights and Legal Anthropology (with Camilla Ida Ravnbøl); Ritual, performance and materiality; Politics and culture.