Casper Andersen

Associate professor

Curriculum Vitae

CASPER ANDERSEN

Born 02 July 1977

Home Address

Muslingevej 35

DK-8250 Egaa Denmark

Mobile: +45 26391325

Email: ideca@hum.au.dk

 

Education and Academic Positions

2015 - Associate Professor, Department for Culture and Society, Aarhus University

2013-2015            Assistant Professor, Department for Culture and Society, Aarhus University.

2013-2016:           Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication (FKK), Individual Post-Doctoral Research Grant (DKK: 1.770.287): Project title: Modernization, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Engineering in UNESCO since 1945.

2010-2013:           Assistant Professor, History of Ideas, Aarhus University.

2010-2013:           Carlsberg Foundation Individual Post-Doctoral Research Grant.

(DKK: 864.469). Project title: Global interconnections – British engineering networks 1880-1930.

2009-2010:           Research Assistant, History of Ideas, Aarhus University. 

2009 (June):         PHD Degree Awarded: Thesis title: The Civilisers: British Engineers, Imperialism and

Africa.

2006-2009:           PhD-fellow, History of Ideas, Aarhus University. 

2002-2005:           Master of Arts (Cand Mag), History of Ideas and Science Studies, Aarhus University.

1999-2002:           Bachelor of Arts, History of Ideas, Aarhus University

 

Fellowships 

2011-2012:           Visiting Research Fellow, History Faculty, St Cross College,

University of Oxford.

2008-2009:           Visiting Academic, St Cross College, University of Oxford.

2006-2007            Visiting PhD-student, Department for History and

Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds.

2005:                    Visiting student, University of Oxford/Rhodes House Archive. 

 

Offices:

Member:  AU Horizon 2020 Expert Group for Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy (2012-)

Member, Working Group for Sustainable Heritage Management educational initiative (2012 -)

Member, Research Group: Transnational Modernities, Aarhus University (2012-)

Member, Research Group: Materials, Culture and Heritage, Aarhus University

   (2012-).

Member, International Committee for Railway Studies, University of

                  York/University of Exeter (2012-).

Editor–in-Chief: The Government and Administration of Africa, Pickering &

   Chatto’s Britain and Africa Series. With Dr. Andrew Cohen, University

    of Sheffield(2011- 2013).

External Examiner in the Danish National Corps of Physics (2009-).

Member, Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies, Aarhus University (2007-).

Member, Research Group for Intellectual History, Aarhus University (2009-12).

Main organizer, The Aarhus Network for Science, Technology and Medicine

   Studies (2009-2011) (Member 2007-2009) (www.stm.au.dk).

Member, Climate Panel, Aarhus University (2008-2009).

Member, Network for Material Culture, Aarhus University (2007-2009).

Editorial Board, Slagmark - Tidsskrift for Idehistorie (2006-2009). 

Editor-in-Chief, Semikolon – Tidsskrift for Idehistorie, Semiotik, Filosofi (2002-4).

Peer reviewer: Annals of Science, Slagmark – Tidsskrift for Idehistorie.

 

Research interests, publications, research conferences and presentations

Casper Andersen’s main area of research is the history of science and technology in imperial and global contexts. He has published extensively on British engineers as imperial agents and has edited a five-volume collection on British Governance and Administration in Africa 1880-1939 which is now in press and will be published 1 April 2013. His current research project investigates techno-political expertise and ideas of modernization, heritage conservation and sustainable development with a particular focus on UNESCO. Casper Andersen has also published on the history of evolution, science and religion, history of science popularization, historiography, and the history of science in Denmark.

 

Books and edited volumes

-          The Government and Administration of Africa 1880-1939: 5 Volume Set. Rare Sources on British Administration in Africa with commentary and comprehensive introductions (London:  Pickering & Chatto, In press, April 2013). With Dr. Andrew Cohen (University of the Free State, S.A).

VOL 1: Recruitment and Training

VOL 2: Governance and Law

VOL 3: Taxation and Revenue

VOL 4: Urban and Rural Lands

VOL 5: Health, Labour and Other Issues of Administration

-          ISIS Focus Section: Follow the Money, ISIS: An International Review Devoted to the History of Science and its Cultural Influence, 104:2 (2012), pp. 310-356. With Jakob Bek-Thomsen and Peter C. Kjærgaard.

-          British Engineers and Africa 1880-1914, Monograph Series: Empires in Perspective, (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011).

-          Slagmark – Tidsskrift for idehistorie, Thematic Volume: Imperialisme, 51, (2008).

-          Slagmark – Tidskrift for idéhistorie, Thematic Volume: Dansk Idehistorie, 50, (2007). With Hans Henrik Hjermitslev.

-          Videnskab og religion i historisk perspektiv: Naturens fortolkere (Aarhus: Systime, 2006). With Anders Munk Jensen.      

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters 

-          ‘The Money Trail: a new historiography for networks, patronage and scientific careers’, ISIS:  An International Review Devoted to the History of Science and its Cultural Influence, 104:2, pp. 310-316. With Jakob Bek-Thomsen and Peter C. Kjærgaard.

-          ‘Explorer-Engineers take the Field: Imperial Engineers, Africa and the Late-Victorian Public’, in Harbsmeier, M., Hvidtfeldt Nielsen, K., Ries, C. J.,: Scientists and Scholars in the Field: Studies in the History of Fieldwork and Expeditions, (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2012), pp. 169-191.

-          ‘Evolution 2.0: The unexpected learning experience of making a digital archive’, Science and Education, 2011, pp. 1-19). With M. Clasen, S. Grumsen, P. C. Kjærgaard, H. H.  Hjermitslev and J. Bek-Thomsen 

-          ‘The Philae Controversy – Muscular Modernization and Paternalistic Preservation in Aswan and London’, History and Anthropology, 22:2 (2011), pp. 203-220.

-         
‘Colonial connections and consulting engineers 1850-1914’, Engineering History and Heritage, 164:4, (2011), pp. 201-209.

-          ‘Vi har aldrig været politiske: Bruno Latours politiske filosofi og non-modernitet’, Slagmark – Tidskrift for idéhistorie, 59, (2010), pp. 117-130. With Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen.          

-          ‘Directing Public Interest: Danish Newspaper Science 1900-1903’, Centaurus – Journal for the European Society for the History of Science, 51:2 (2009), pp. 143-167. With Hans Henrik Hjermitslev

-          ’For arbejderen, universitetet og videnskaben. Gerson Trier og Kristian Erslev i Folkeuniversitetet 1878-1886’, Slagmark – Tidskrift for idéhistorie, Thematic Volume: Dansk Idehistorie, 50, (2007), pp. 66-82

Selected non-peer reviewed articles and book chapters

(For full list see http://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/casper-andersen(a2c79be1-89b1-422a-965d-16c8395839a2)/publications.html)

-          ’Vidensproduktion i forandring’, Gjallerhorn – tidsskrift for professionsuddannelser, 11, (2010), pp. 23-31.

-          ’Charles Darwin – videnskab, religion, politik’, Årsskrift for Undervisere i Handelsgymnasiet, 59, (2009), pp. 29-38.

-          ‘Introduktion til John Stuart Mill ‘Om en fri stats regering af et uafhængigt territorium’, Slagmark – Tidsskrift for idehistorie, Thematic Volume: Imperialisme, 51, (2008), pp. 46-47

-          ’Handelskompagniet British South Africa Company som ikke-statslig voldsaktør’, in Thorup, M & Brænder, M. (eds.), Antiterrorismens idehistorie: Stater og vold i 500 år (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2007), pp. 107-119

-          ’Populærvidenskab og folkeoplysning,’ in Kjærgaard P. C. (ed.), Lys over Landet – Dansk Naturvidenskabshistorie 3, 1850-1920 (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2006), pp. 345-374. With H. H. Hjermitslev and P. C. Kjærgaard.

-          ‘Videnskab på landet’ in Kjærgaard P. C. (ed.), Lys over Landet – Dansk Naturvidenskabshistorie 3, 1850-1920 (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2006), pp. 250-260. With Hans Henrik Hjermitslev.

-          ‘Højskole, naturvidenskab og dannelse 1850-1900’, Semikolon – tidsskrift for idehistorie, semiotik, filosofi, 4, 2002, pp. 16-22.   

 

Selected book reviews

-          Livingstone, D. N., Withers, C. W. (eds.), Geographies of Nineteenth Century Science, British Journal for the History of Science,45:1 (2012), pp. 136-138

-          Edgerton, D., Britain’s War Machine, ICON – Journal for the International Committee for the History of Technology, 15, (2012), pp. 143-44.

Selected Translations  

-          Rorty, R., ’Filosofiens historiografi: Fire Genrer’, Slagmark – Tidskrift for idéhistorie, Thematic Volume: Dansk Idehistorie, 50, (2007), pp. 129-161

-          Smith A., ’Nationernes Velstand’ in Thorup M., Den skotske oplysning, (Gylling, Slagmark, 2006), pp. 95-143.  

Organized Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Panel Sessions

-          Panel session organizer: Spaces and Geographies of Expertise in Engineering, Society for the History of Technology, Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, 05.10.2012.

-          Panel session co-organizer: Decolonisation, professionals and the geographies of expertise, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Edinburgh, 03.07.2012.     

-          Panel session co-organizer: Technology as an agent of Social and Economic Change in Africa: Connecting historical and contemporary debates, CAS50, Centre for African Studies, Edinburgh, 07.06.2012.

-          Workshop co-organizer: Global perspectives in Intellectual History, Oxford, 08-09.12.2011.

-          Seminar co-organizer: Trust in People and Knowledge, STM Network, Aarhus, 11.02.2011.

-          Seminar co-organizer: Literary Engineering: Cultures of reading and writing in the engineering professions, Aberdeen, 17.03.2010.

-          Exhibition co-organizer: Climate Research at Aarhus University, Artic Venue COP15, Copenhagen, 12-18.12.09. 

-          Conference co-organizer: Evolution today: World leading Experts debating evolution today, Aarhus, 12.11.2009.

-          PhD Workshop organizer: Ideas in Context with Christine Macleod, 08.10.2009.

-          Conference co-organizer: Telling the past now: Historiographies for the twenty-first century, Aarhus 22-24.11.2007.

-          PhD Workshop and Seminar organizer: Imperialism, Technology, Modernity, Ideas in Context, Aarhus, 28.09.2007.

Teaching expertise and experience

Casper Andersen is an experienced university lecturer at BA and MA levels. His e teaching covers history of science and technology, the history and theory of the human sciences, university history and academic standards, theory and sociology of science, historiography and historical methods, and imperial and global history. He has supervised at BA and MA levels including MA dissertations (specialer). He has developed new courses and acquired theoretical and practical skills for student participatory forms of teaching through extensive university pedagogical training.

 

Pedagogical training courses and qualifications

University Pedagogical Training Programme for Assistant Professors, Aarhus University, 2012.

Participatory teaching and workshop designs in Studium Generale 1, History of Ideas, with Center for Undervisningsudvikling, Aarhus University (2010).

1-day Media Training Course with Lars Trudsø, Aarhus University/Danmarks Radio (2010). 

Collegial Supervision, Pedagogical Course, Center for Undervisningsudvikling, Aarhus University (2007).

 

BA Courses taught and organized

Studium Generale 2/Theory of Science (2013, BA course, History of Ideas).

History and Culture of the Natural Sciences (2013, 2010, 2009, 2007, BA course, History of Ideas). 

Studium Generale 1, (2010, BA Course, History of Ideas, with Associate Professor Morten Haugaard Jeppesen).

Theory of the Human Sciences, (2009, BA Course, History of Ideas).

Instructor: Ancient Philosophy (2002: Supplement to BA Course, History of Ideas)       

 

MA Courses taught and organized 

Global Perspectives in the History of Ideas: Colonial Empires (2012, MA course, History of Ideas, with PhD Fellow Mathias H. Jessen).

Methods in the History of Ideas (2010 MA Course, History of Ideas, with Associate Professor Morten Haugaard Jeppesen).

What is Techno-Science, (2010 MA Course, Philosophy/History of Ideas, with Assistant Professor Henning Høgh Laursen). 

Methods in the History of Ideas (2009 MA Course, History of Ideas, with PhD-Fellow Stefan Gaardsmand Jacobsen).   

Victorians: People, Practice, Values in Nineteenth Century Britain (2006 MA course, History of Ideas, with Peter C Kjaergaard.

 

Research communication and outreach activities

Casper Andersen’s extensive research communication and outreach activities include more than 50 public lectures as well as numerous appearances in national television, radio and written media. A key area of focus is research communication aimed at teachers and students in the Danish Upper-Secondary School (Gymnasieskolen)