Lars Højer

Lars Højer

Affiliate Professor

My research combines a focus on Inner Asia, mainly Mongolia, with a general interest in anthropological theory. I have always been interested in a variety of subjects – exchange/sociality, economic anthropology, postsocialism, magic/witchcraft, gossip, paranoia and political culture – but my research has almost always, in one way or the other, also been concerned with understanding processes of (radical postsocialist) transition. Besides my long-term interest in Mongolia, I have also previously carried out research on issues related to the Uyghurs and Western China.

I am currently Deputy Head of Department, Head of Center for Comparative Culture Studies and PI of a 3-year research project on “Escalations: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Accelerating Change” (funded by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities). In this project, we aim to theorize sudden acceleration change through ethnographic studies in Denmark, Mongolia, India and the Middle East.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Urban Hunters: Dealing and Dreaming in Times of Transition

    Højer, Lars & Pedersen, Morten Axel, 2019, Yale University Press. 288 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The Anti-Social Contract: Injurious Talk and Dangerous Exchanges in Northern Mongolia

    Højer, Lars, 2019, Berghahn. 216 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Ethnographies of Escalation (Special issue)

    Højer, Lars (ed.), 2021, In: History and Anthropology. 32, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    The Power of Example: Anthropological Explorations in Persuasion, Evocation and Imitation

    Bandak, Andreas (ed.) & Højer, Lars (ed.), 2015, In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 21, S1

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Escalations: Theorizing Sudden Accelerating Change

    Højer, Lars, Kublitz, A., Puri, Stine Simonsen & Bandak, Andreas, 2018, In: Anthropological Theory. 18, 1, p. 36-58 22 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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