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The Anthropology Research Program

Research and impact

The Anthropology Research Program seeks to develop insight into how the dialectic between empirical research and theoretical reflection can be retooled into new forms of fieldwork-based research that can provide new knowledge on topics which we thought we already understood, topics that range from climate change, cultural epidemiology, poverty, migrationhuman-nonhuman relations, museology, music, post-disaster recovery, ethics, heritage studies, food and public health to creativity in business or the revival of religion in the 21st century.

Our program is one of the largest concentrations of socio-cultural anthropologists in the world. It comprises around twenty-four Professors and Associate Professors, eight Assistant Professors and Postdoctoral Fellows, and on average forty-five PhD students. Our members regularly publish in the very best international journals and university presses such as JRAI, Ethnos, and the University of Chicago Press. We obtain large-externally funded grants from Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Carlsberg Foundation, and the Velux Foundation. And perhaps most importantly, members of the Research Program in Anthropology apply their research results to pressing public problems such as climate change, post-disaster recovery, migration, and public health crises, such as Covid-19.

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Recent publications

Researchers from AU are emphasized:

Christiansen, Charlotte. (2021). Eighteen Postcards and Three Letters. Anthropology and Humanism (online first) http://doi.org/10.1111/anhu.12319

Christiansen, Charlotte. (2020). The merits of context: Unfolding mental vulnerability as category and experience. Ethnography. (online first). https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138120940757

Gade, C. (2021). "Impact assessment of the International Criminal Court's Access to Justice project in Uganda: Preliminary report". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The report is available here

Gade, C. (2020). “Is restorative justice punishment?,” Conflict Resolution Quarterly. The article is available here (open access).

Gade et al. (2020). Forurettedes og gerningspersoners oplevelse af at mødes i konfliktråd: Foreløbige spørgeskemaresultater fra Konfliktråd Impact Project (KIP). Århus: Aarhus Universitet. The report is available here.

Ismail, Abir M. Care in practice: negotiations regarding care for the elderly in multigenerational Arab Muslim families in Denmark. Cont Islam (2021). The article is available here.

Rytter, Mikkel. (2021). "Vejen til paradis: En etnografisk fiktion om familiedynamik, ældreomsorg og antropologisk vidensproduktion". Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. Årgang 32, nr. 1-2021, s. 7–18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.504-2898-2021-01-02

Odgaard, M.R.B. Contagious heartaches: relational selfhood and queer care in Amman, Jordan. Cont Islam (2020). Read the article here.

Schneidermann, N. (2020). Ugandan music stars between political agency, patronage, and market relations: cultural brokerage in times of elections Nordic Journal of African Studies, 29(4), 19-19. The article is available here.

Upcoming events

Departmental Seminars Spring 2021 via Zoom

• Tina Harris from the University of Amsterdam on May 5 from 13-15

• Sarah Muir from the City College of New York on June 2 from 14-16

News and events

News and events are posted in the department's news list and calendar

Departmental Seminars Spring 2020

Research Program Director

Cameron Warner

Associate professor, research programme director