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Nils Ole Bubandt


Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth

15 May 1964

Present Position: 



Section of Anthropology

Department of Culture and Society

University of Aarhus, 8270 Hojbjerg Denmark


 +45 871500 (W)             +458716216 (direct)




  • 2016              Dr.scient.anth. Aarhus University
  • 1996              Ph.D. The Australian National University 
  • 1991              M.A. Melbourne University
  • 1989              B.A. University of Aarhus 

Employment Record:  

  • 2010-            Professor
  • 1999 -           Associate Professor (Lektor) University of Aarhus
  • 1995-99        Assistant Professor (Adjunkt), University of Aarhus  

Research and Research Management:      

  • 2013-2018     Local researcher-in-charge for the project Living in the Anthropocene. Exploring the Potential of Unintentional Design on Anthropogenic Landscapes headed by Niels Bohr Professor Anna Tsing.  The project  is an  international, cross-disciplinary investigation by anthropologists, biologists, and philsophers into the way humans and other species co-create often un-anticipated landscapes together.
  • 2013-2016      Director of the Research Programme Contemporary Ethnography at the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University
  • 2010-2015      Research Director of the international research network SATS: Sufism and Transnational Spirituality .  The network is funded the Danish Research Council for the Humanities (FKK).
  • 2006-2010      Coordinator of the international research network Political Reenchantment. Religious Dimensions of Democratization in Asia. The network is funded by the Danish Research Council for Strategic Research.
  • 2005-2008      Head of Research for the Research Focus Area Globalisation (Faculty of Arts)
  • 2003- 2009     Member of the Steering Committee of the Danish Research School of Anthropology
  • 2003-2008      PhD Coordinator (Anthropology, University of Aarhus)
  • 2002              Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia.
  • 1997              Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University. Grant financed from The Danish Research Council and by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik.

Other Research Activities:

  • 2019-2020.  Visiting Professor II at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2016-2017.  Guest professor at Arken. Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.
  • 2005 -         Co-Editor-in-Chief of Etnos (with Mark Graham at Stockholm University). Ethnos is currently ranked 44 (out of 83 anthropology journals) in the Thompson ISI and is one of the top European journals of Anthropology
  • 2015-          Member of the editorial board of Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft
  • 2004-          Member of The American Anthropological  Association
  • 2003-          Member of The European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • 2003-2004   President of The Danish Ethnographic Society
  • 1999-2010   Member of Advisory Council on Development Research, Aarhus University
  • 1997-2004   Co-Editor (FOLK, Journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society)
  • 1994-95       Review Editor (Canberra Anthropology)

I have peer reviewed articles for numerous leading journals, inclundig Anthropological Forum, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Paideuma, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Studies, Ethnos, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society

I am supervising or have supervised more than a dozen PhDs in anthropology, and have co-supervised numerous PhD candidate in adjacent disciplines, including philosophy, history, media studies, agronomy, and science of religion.

Fieldwork Experience:

Since 1991, I have conducted anthropological fieldwork in both urban and rural settings in Indonesia totalling more than four years.