Cecilie Rubow

Cecilie Rubow

Associate Professor



Primary fields of research


Presently, my research interest is oriented towards the interface between nature, ethics, habits, habitats, politics and religion in Danish/Nordic contexts. On-going research projects:

CARNAL: Eco-Ethical Articulations of Body, Meat, and Flesh. (DFF)

HABITS: The crisis of habits and new figurations of food. (VELUX)

OMODE: Oracular modeling: Translation in Climate Forecasts. (DFF)

From 2018 to 2022 I was the principal investigator of the research project Enchanted Ecologies in Scandinavia. (DFF)

From 2009 to 2015 I was part of the Waterworlds (ERC)

Since 2005 my research also comprised Christianity in Polynesia. Based on fieldwork on Rarotonga, the main island in the Cook Islands, focus shifted in 2009 to the local responses to climate change.

Since 1992 I worked in the area of anthropology of religion in the context of the Danish state church Folkekirken. Fieldwork was carried out in relation to death rituals and other rites of passage and everyday teology. The analytical framework were social ontology, communication, complexity and the relation between the secular andthe  religious.


Selected publications

2022. "The indoor People's Enchanted Ecologies". Environmental Humanities.

2021. "Climate Change Never Tavels Alone." I Understanding Climate Change Through Religions Lifeworlds, edited by D Haberman.

2021. "Helene dies again." Antrostorier.

2020. Anthropology Inside out, co-edited with AO Andersen, AL Dalsgård, ML Kusk, M Nielsen og M Rytter.

2018. Woosh—Cyclones as Culturalnatural Whirls. I: Pacific Climate Cultures, edited by T Crook & P Rudiak-Gould. 

2016. Eco-theological Responses to Climate Change in Oceania. Worldviews. With Cliff Bird.

2015. Respect and passion in a lagoon in the South Pacific. In Waterworlds. Anthropology in Fluid Environments, edited by K Hastrup and F Hastrup. 

2014. Living with Environmental Change. Waterworlds, co-edited with with K Hastrup

2012. Enacting cyclones: the mixed response to climate change in the Cook Islands, the South Pacific. I: The Social Life of Climate Change Models. Anticipating Nature, edited by K Hastrup & M Skrydstrup. 

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