Victoria Tissot - New PhD student at the Department of Archeaology and Heritage Studies
Victoria Tissot is enrolled as a PhD student from February 1st. She will be working on a project titled: Beastly Afterlives: exhibited animals as an expression of scientific, emotional and geopolitical ideologies in Early Modern Denmark.
My name is Victoria. From February 1st, I will be enrolled as a 5+3 PhD student at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies.
In 2021, I completed my Master’s degree in Archaeology with specialisation in historic archaeology from Aarhus University with my thesis on human-equine relationships at the Early Modern Danish court. I have since had the chance to work within various archaeological subjects as a project employee at Aarhus University, the National Museum and Museum of Southwest Jutland.
My academic interests lie heavily within the human-animal research field. I am therefore thrilled to begin the research for my project titled: Beastly Afterlives: exhibited animals as an expression of scientific, emotional and geopolitical ideologies in Early Modern Denmark in which I will investigate the many-faceted roles played by exhibited animals in King Frederik III’s Cabinet of Curiosities. By exploring the reasons for acquiring, preserving, altering and organising animal bodies for exhibition purposes, I hope to contribute to a general understanding of the nature of human-animal relationships among the elite in the Early Modern period, while enabling an inquiry into the agency of this specific group of artefacts. The question of agency becomes particularly relevant when examining the processes of animals being “immortalised” through preservation and thus becoming artefacts that express human ideologies and ambitions.