Staff – University of Copenhagen

Lars Højer

Lars Højer

Associate professor, deputy head of department

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. Accepted/In press

    Urban Hunters: Dealing and Dreaming in Times of Transition

    Højer, L. & Pedersen, M. A. 2019 (Accepted/In press) Yale University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Published

    Escalations: Theorizing Sudden Accelerating Change

    Højer, L., Kublitz, A., Puri, S. S. & Bandak, A. 2018 In : Anthropological Theory. 18, 1, p. 36-58 22 p., 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Introduction: The Power of Example

    Højer, L. & Bandak, A. May 2015 In : Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. p. 1-17 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Selected activities

  1. Escalations

    Højer, L. (Organizer)
    11 Oct 201712 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  2. Antinomies of Vagueness: Exploring obscurity, vacancy and ambiguity as cultural resource

    Højer, L. (Invited speaker)
    21 Apr 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

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