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Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen

Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen


Primary fields of research

  • Culture, cultural history and cultural heritage
  • Ethnography, archaeology and museums
  • Gender, kinship and polygamy
  • Medical anthropology and breast cancer

Current research

Current research projects:

1) Cultural barriers to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in Asia. Collaborative project with Professor Cynthia Chou, in partnership with National University Hospital Singapore (NUHS). My sub-project explores the potential cultural barriers that may lead women in Malaysia to delay presentation and diagnosis with breast cancer. Focus is on breast cancer symptom recogniton processes particularly among Malay women, who have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in multi-ethnic Malaysia, but have the highest mortality from breast cancer.

2) Prince Peter and the Third Danish Expedition to Central Asia. Collaborative research project with Associate Professor Trine Brox and the National Museum of Denmark. The focus of this project is Prince Peter’s ethnographic knowledge production during the seven years he spent collecting material and immaterial cultural heritage in the north-east Indian Himalayan town of Kalimpong during 1950-1957. Here, he was part of and later leader of the Third Danish Expedition to Central Asia. The aim of the project is to trace the biographies of Prince Peter and his Tibetan collaborators and the biographies of the Tibetan artefacts, accounts and anthropometry he collected.

Ongoing research:

  • Mormon negotiation of right to practice polygamy in Canada and America, focusing on gender, religion and legal cultures
  • Muslim polygamy in Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Singapore

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