Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 10-4-10
My research focuses on Christianity as a lived religion. I have been particularly interested in Christianity in settings where it has not been the majority religion, but where it has had to occupy a different and less dominant position. I have studied figures of sainthood and the diverse relationships people hold towards religious authorities, and the interplay between orthodox and popular religion. Specialised in anthropological studies of Christianity, I have focused on the way religious practices have been working in an otherwise overtly secular Syrian state. Related to this focus on Christianity I have studied the new situation for Christians and Christianity in the Levant in light of the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, where I have worked on how prayer has been taken up as a way of coping or addressing the changed landscape of the Middle East. Currently, I explore this changing landscape in relation to Syrians ways to deal with the past and attempts to enact the future in the research project Archiving the Future: Re-collections of Syria in War and Peace, which I am heading. The research project is funded by the Independent Research Council Denmark's Sapere Aude Starting Grant scheme.
My work has been funded by grants from The Danish Council for Independent Research in the Humanities | Culture and Communication and from The Velux Foundation.
Christianity, Sainthood, Minority relations, Syria, Lebanon, The Middle East, Secularism, Prayer, Power of Example, Qualitative Analysis, Temporality, Waiting, Future, History, Migration, Escalations
I teach in the following subjects:
- Migration, politics and social change
-History, Myth and Narration
- Negotiating Culture
- Qualitative Methods
- Theories of Culture and Society
- Theory of Science
Member of the Young Academy under the Danish Royal Academy of Science and Letters
Ethnographies of Waiting. Doubt, Hope and Uncertainty. London: Bloomsbury (2018, paperback 2019, with Manpreet K. Janeja).
Arjun Appadurai writes:
"This book is certainly worth the wait, since it offers a beautifully introduced anthropological collection that shows that waiting is no less than a general feature of the human condition. [...] It will be of great interest to anthropologists as well as humanists more generally."
Joel Robbins writes:
"Inasmuch as every good anthropologist cares about time, all of them stand to learn a great deal from this volume."