Karen Fog Olwig

Karen Fog Olwig

Professor, emeritus

Educational background

B.A., anthropology,  George Washington University, 1970

M.A. and Ph.D., anthropology, University of Minnesota, 1972, 1977


Research Fellow and adjunct lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, 1976-1989

Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, 1989-2004

Professor II, Norwegian Centre for Child Research and Institute of Anthropology, University of Trondheim, 2000-2002

Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, 2004-

Major Publications in English

Cultural Adaptation and Resistance on St. John: Three Centuries of Afro-Caribbean Life.  Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1985.

Global Culture, Island Identity: Continuity and Change in the Afro-Caribbean Community of Nevis. Studies in Anthropology and History. Reading: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1993.

"The Land is the Heritage". Land and Community on St. John. Crux Bay, Virgin Islands: St. John Oral History Association Monograph No. 1, 1994.

Small Islands, Large Questions. Society, Culture and Resistance in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean, editor. Cass Series: Studies in Slave and Post-Slave Societies and Cultures. London: Frank Cass, 1995.

Siting Culture. The Shifting Anthropological Object, edited with Kirsten Hastrup. London: Routledge. 1997.

Work and Migration. Life and livelihoods in a globalizing world, edited with Ninna Nyberg Sørensen. London: Routledge, 2002.

Children's Places: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, edited with Eva Gulløv. London: Routledge, 2003.

"To Make My Parents Happy". Anthropological Perspectives on Children in Vietnam, edited with Tine Gammeltoft. Hanoi: Statistical Publishing House, 2005.

Caribbean Narratives of Belonging: Fields of Relations, Sites of Identity. London: Macmillan, 2005, edited with Jean Besson.

Caribbean Journeys: An Ethnography of Migration and Home in Three Family Networks. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

The Question of Integration: Immigration, Exclusion and the Danish Welfare State, edited with Karsten Paerregaard. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls. Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World, edited with Mikkel Rytter. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011.

Changes of Place: Interrogating the Continuities and Disjunctures of Movement, Thematic Section of Anthropologica, 53(1), edited with Vered Amit, 2011.

Migration, Family and the Welfare State. Integrating Immigrants and Refugees in Scandinavia, edited with B. R. Larsen and M. Rytter. London: Routledge, 2012.

Climate Change and Human Mobility: Global Challenges to the Social Sciences, edited with Kirsten Hastrup. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Mobility, education and life trajectories: New and old migratory pathways. Special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, edited with Karen Valentin, 22(3) 2015.

Major Publications in Danish

Kulturel kompleksitet. Kulturel mangfoldighed i Danmark, redigeret med John Liep. København: Akademisk Forlag, 1994.

Lokale liv, fjerne forbindelser. Studier af børn, unge og migration. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag, redigeret med Laura Gilliam and Karen Valentin, 2005.

Integration: Antropologiske perspektiver. København: Museum Tusculanum, redigeret med Karsten Pærregaard, 2007.

Familie og slægtskab: Antropologiske perspektiver, redigeret med Hanne Overgaard Mogensen. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur, 2013.

Mobilitet og tilknytning: Migrantliv i et globaliseret Danmark, redigeret med Karen Valentin. Antropologiske Studier vol. 3, Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2015.

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