Søren Thue Thuesen

Søren Thue Thuesen

Associate Professor

Current research

Early Colonial Encounters in Greenland: Investigations of processes of institutionalization within the Lutheran Mission especially practice concerning naming/baptism, marriage and funeral in 18th and 19th century Greenland.

Relations between Greenlanders and the Danish monarchy - power, ceremonies and emotions: A historical examination of Greenlanders' encounters with and perceptions of monarchy and power.

Primary fields of research

My research focuses in general on cultural and social processes in the Arctic and particularly Greenland. I have field work experiences mainly from West Greenland, where I have also worked as a museum curator.

My research is in the field between history, anthropology and cultural analysis:

  • History of colonisation and decolonisation in Greenland (history of mission, trade and education; cultural identity and ethnicity; indigenous catechists and literacy; local communities, organisations and associations; urbanisation; World War II)
  • Museology and ethnohistory (material culture; clothing and fashion; art and handicraft; representation)
  • Research history of Eskimology


  • Cultural and social analysis
  • Colonial history, colonialism and decolonisation in the Arctc
  • Cultural and social issues in the Arctic in the pre-colonial and modern period (e.g. cultural and religious encounters, processes of selfdetermination, cultural identy and ethnicity)
  • Political and social processes in Greenland
  • Theories, methods and research history of Eskimology

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Erfaringer, ekspansion og konsolidering 1721-82

    Thuesen, Søren Thue, Gulløv, H. C., Seiding, I. & Toft, P. A., 2017, Grønland : Den arktiske koloni. Gulløv, H. C. (ed.). København: Gad, Vol. 1:5. p. 46-107 62 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The Formation of Danish Eskimology: From William Thalbitzer to the Greenland Home Rule Era

    Thuesen, Søren Thue, Jan 2016, Early Inuit Studies: Themes and Transitions, 1850s - 1980s. Krupnik, I. (ed.). Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 245-264 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Greenland and the World: The Impact of World War II on Danish-Greenlandic Relations

    Thuesen, Søren Thue & Boel, J., 2010, Cultural and social research in Greenland: Selected essays 1992-2010. Langgård, K., Nielsen, F., Pedersen, B. K., Pedersen, K. & Ryggaard, J. (eds.). Nuuk: Forlaget Atuagkat/Ilisimatusarfik, p. 9-35 27 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  4. Published

    Fremmed blandt landsmænd: Grønlandske kateketer i kolonitiden

    Thuesen, Søren Thue, 2007, Nuuk: Forlaget Atuagkat/Ilisimatusarfik. 394 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

  5. Published

    Dressing Up in Greenland: a Discussion of Change and World Fashion in Early-colonial West Greenlandic Dress

    Thuesen, Søren Thue, 2005, Arctic Clothing. King, J., Pauksztat, B. & Storrie, R. (eds.). London: British Museum Press, p. 100-103

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

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