Associate professor, deputy head of department
Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 10-4-39
Professional social media presence
Blog Object Lessons: https://objectlessonsfromtibetblog.wordpress.com/
Co-editor of the Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies
Primary fields of research
Current research projects include:
(1) Buddhism, Business and Believers. The project enquires into contemporary relations between economy and Buddhism. The aim is to gain novel insights into the manner that Buddhism becomes an agent mediating distinctions between virtue and value, spirituality and materiality, gifts and commodities – and therefore also subscribes meaning to objects, actions and human relations. The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (Feb. 2016 - Aug. 2021) funds this international, collaborative and interdisciplinary research project. Additionally, the Carlsberg Foundation has granted funding towards a post.doc. position that is organised under the BBB-umbrella and two years of expenses (Sept. 2015 - Feb. 2018). The project brings together scholars from various fields, such as language-based area studies, religious studies, anthropology and economics, in order to ensure disciplinary diversity and expertise covering a range of Buddhist traditions and geographies. The project has also enabled the establishment of Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies – located in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. You can find us here:
(2) WASTE: Consumption and Buddhism in the age of garbage: The project aims to draw attention to the global waste crisis by investigating the waste output attendant to a religion that is often portrayed as anti-materialist: Buddhism. Operating with the working definition of Buddhist waste as waste produced through Buddhist practice to which Buddhists ascribe affective qualities, moral connections, or religious significance, the project investigates Buddhist consumption practices, waste imaginaries, and waste trajectories. By exploring this new research field, Buddhist waste, as an exemplary object through which to forge collaborative knowledge production, the project bridges religious studies, anthropology, language-based area studies, and discard studies. It argues that the perceptions and practices concerned with consumption and its varied afterlives as waste are crucial for understanding contemporary Buddhism. More broadly, the project aims to understand the importance and role of religion in the generation and interpretation of waste. Veluxfonden is funding the project and a research team of six-members for four years, starting from September 2021.
(3) Displaced Knowledge: Prince Peter and the Third Danish Expedition to Central Asia. Collaborative research project with Dr. Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen, the National Museum of Denmark. Research in the Danish archives since July 2014 and in Kalimpong March 2015. The focus of this project is Prince Peter’s ethnographic knowledge production during the seven years he spent in the northeast 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 as well as the biographies of the Tibetan artefacts, accounts and anthropometry he collected in order to advance our understanding about displacement of people and knowledge. Our project about Displaced Knowledge is part of the research community Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas.
Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas: I am one of four founders and leaders of the research network Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas that aims at a comparative investigation into the roles of visual and material culture in the co-production, loss and recovery of colonial knowledge. Together with Dr Emma Martin (Lecturer in Museology, University of Manchester, UK) Dr Diana Lange (Research Associate in Central Asian Seminar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany), and my partner in research Dr. Miriam Zeitzen Kogtvedgaard (curator, National Museum of Denmark) we have a blog and arrange various academic activities, including collaborative research towards developing a Tibetan museology.
Find our blog here: https://objectlessonsfromtibetblog.wordpress.com/
Tibetans in exile
Minorities in China
Academic writing and argumentation
Methods and research design in Asia Studies