Tim Flohr Sørensen

Tim Flohr Sørensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

I am a reactionary archaeologist, and I primarily work within contemporary archaeology and archaeological theory. In particular, I am interested in probing deep into the surface, exploring archaeological challenges with a persistent urgency within the discipline. Thus, my research is by no means ground-breaking, innovative, original, progressive, avant-garde or revolutionising. Rather, I seek to hold on to questions that have marked archaeology since its origins in the 19th century: how to deal with the fact that its source material is always characterised by some degree of disappearance, by fragmentation and by vagueness?

 

Since 2005, I have studies cemeteries in Denmark through a contemporary archaeological gaze. In recent years, my work has been complemented by the study of contemporary processes of decay and ruination (see current research)

Other aspects of my research are centred the Early and Middle Neolithic and the study of megalithic burial monuments; on burial mounds and cremation in the Early Bronze Age, in addition to technology and metalwork in the Early Bronze Age, focusing on themes such as prototyping, copying and serial production.

Current research

My current research explores archaeological de/formation processes at cemeteries and in various modern ruins, including decaying domestic architecture, military facilities and industry.

 

Particularly, I focus on neglectable objects that seem to be culture historically insignificant and that are socially impotent or meaningless, but that are present nevertheless; objects that are otherwise disregarded as irrelevant or without context and which do not seem to have any information value. The aim is thus to attempt to describe an archaeology, which may offer a space for the occurrence of accidental objects. To this end, I explore forms of representation that do not aim for systematic, objective documentation, but can accept that the chance observation necessarily must depend on subjective, speculative fabulation.

Teaching

I teach theoretical courses at BA and Master's levels, in addition to themed courses at the Master's level.

  • I am interested in supervising BA projects and Master's dissertations within the following periods and topics:
  • Modernity and the recent past, including contemporary archaeology
  • The Early and Middle Neolithic
  • The Early Bronze Age
  • death and burial
  • materiality studies
  • archaeological theory
  • landscape studies and architecture
  • contemporary archaeology and (critical) heritage studies
  • ruins, ruination and decay
  • emotions, affect, atmosphere, the senses
  • time, temporality and chronology

 

Supervision of MA dissertations

I supervise MA dissertation students continuously and have finalised the supervision of 18 dissertations since 2014.

 

PhD projects

I co-supervise PhD projects for Pernille Desirée Peiter Pantmann (University of Copenhagen), Casper Toftgaard (University of Copenhagen),, Julie de Vos (Aarhus University), Silke Holmqvist (Aarhus University) and Linda Boye (University of Copenhagen). I was co-supervisor for  Anna Severine Beck (Aarhus University) and external advisor for Sebastian Becker (graduated, University of Cambridge)

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