Hanne Overgaard Mogensen

Hanne Overgaard Mogensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Anthropology of health, health care systems, AIDS and antiretroviral treatment, anthropology as a social practice.

Region: Africa (Uganda, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania)

Member of the researcher groups Business and Organisation, and Health and Life Conditions.

I have carried out research on health care seeking behaviour, health care systems, child health, reproductive health, AIDS and antiretroviral treatment, primarily in Zambia and Uganda but also in other parts of Africa. My research on the social consequences of antiretroviral treatment has included HIV positive Africans in Denmark and entailed questions of integration and gender and sociality in both Denmark and Africa.

Recently I have become involved in research on human security, peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda where two decades of insurgency has come to an end and internally displaced people are returning home.

Through research collaborations between Danish, Uganda and Vietnamese universities I have over the years participated in numerous inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural research projects in international health. As a consequence I have become interested epistemological questions concerning teaching and the practice of anthropology.

I am the author of AIDS is a Kind of Kahungo that Kills on AIDS in Zambia, co-editor of an edited volume in Danish on anthropological perspectives on family and social relations, and have contributed to Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda on the first generation of people on antiretroviral treatment in Uganda. I have furthermore written a literary ethnography on women in Uganda which will be published in 2016.

Current research

The practice of Anthropology: People and Ideas in Action

In recent years there has been an increasing demand for anthropologists both inside and outside of academia. In this project we ask what anthropologists actually do in the various kinds of collaborations they become part of. The project studies the practices of anthropologists in four professional arenas: health care, science and technology research, business and management in order to identify the tacit competences that characterise work practices of anthropologists and to pave some of the way for a new understanding of the role of the humanities in society. The purpose is to move beyond the increasingly obsolete distinction between knowledge and its application by changing focus from anthropology as research to anthropology as a social practice inside and outside academia.

Governing Transition in Northern Uganda: Trust and Land

Collaborative project between Gulu University in Northern Uganda and Danish universities examining links between land, trust/mistrust and governance with emphasis on gender and generation.


Medical anthropology, general anthropology, field methods, Africa

Responsible for the Masters Programme on Anthropology of Health.


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Familie og Slægtskab: Antropologiske Perspektiver

    Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard (ed.) & Olwig, Karen Fog (ed.), 2013, Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur. 214 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Speaking Forgiveness in Northern Uganda: From Armed Conflicts to Land Conflicts

    Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard & Obika, J., 2013, In: Journal of Peace and Security Studies. 1, p. 8-16 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Ugandan Women on the Move to Stay Connected: The Concurrency of Fixation and Liberation

    Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard, 2011, In: Anthropologica. 53, 1, p. 103-116 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Caught in the Grid of Difference and Gratitude: HIV Positive Africans Facing the Challenges of Danish Sociality

    Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard, 2011, The Question of Integration: Immigration, Exclusion and the Danish Welfare State. Olwig, K. F. & Pærregaard, K. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, p. 207-229 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Published


    Whyte, Susan Reynolds, Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard & Meinert, L., 2014, Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte, S. R. (ed.). Durham og London: Duke University Press, p. 268-283 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Tests for life chances: CD4 miracles and obstacles in Uganda

    Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard, Meinert, L. & Twebaze, J., 2009, In: Anthropology & Medicine. 16, 2, p. 195-209

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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