Kristina Grünenberg

Kristina Grünenberg

Associate Professor, !!Gæst

Regional focus: Denmark, Bosnia, Guatemala, and more recently South Korea.


Primary fields of research

Health and illness, ageing (medical anthropology)

Assistive technologies, biometric technologies (anthroplogy of technology, "more than Human")

Belonging, home, processes of identification, borders (migration/mobility research)

Urbanity, diversity, social cohesion, community (Urban anthropology)

Current research

Since June 2019 together with my colleague Line Hillersdal, I have been engaged in the project ‘Sensing Old Age’ which examines the embedded assumptions, imagined potentials and concrete practices related to the use of technologies that target an ageing population.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in Denmark and Korea, our research explores how assistive living technologies are developed, introduced and used in encounters between the elderly, health professionals and tech industry in these two different contexts. Furthermore, the project examines how such technologies travel and come to mediate the sensory body and care relationships across cultural and institutional contexts, as well as how they configure age, aging and the elderly in the process.

Since August 2021 I have furthermore been involved in the collaborative project: Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration (MaHoMe). A project that examines how migrants make and make sense of home amidst the complex and divergent politics of integration in three host societies: UK, Denmark and Sweden. The project furthermore explores how aesthetic-artistic forms of expression on the topics of home and belonging may provide alternative understandings and new avenues for thinking these themes. The project is undertaken in in collaboration with Kingston University(UK), University of Lund (SE) and VIA university College (DK). See also  



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