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Nils Ole Bubandt

PhD, Professor

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:  

  • 2016 -           Professor, Aarhus University
  • 2019-2020     Visting professor II at UiT, The Arctic Univerity of Norway, in Tromsø
  • 2010-2016     Professor (MSO), Aarhus University
  • 1999 -2010    Associate Professor (Lektor) Aarhus University
  • 1995-99         Assistant Professor (Adjunkt), Aarhus University  

 Research and Research Management:  

  • 2013-2016    Director of the Research Programme Contemporary Ethnography at the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University
  • 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.
  • 2010-2015    Research coordinator of the international project SATS: Sufism and Transnational Spirituality. The network is funded by 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.
  • 2010-2011   Head of PhD Program in Anthropological and Archaeological Studies at Aarhus University
  • 2005-2008   Head of Research for the Research Focus Area Globalisation (Faculty of Arts)
  • 2007-2017   Head of the expert panel for anthropology (faggruppe 18) in the Danish Bibliometric System (BFI), established by the Danish Ministry of Research and Innvation.
  • 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:

  • 2020-2021   Carlsberg Foundation Monograph Fellow
  • 2016-2017   Guest professor at Arken. Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.
  • 2005 -         Co-Editor-in-Chief (Ethnos). Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ethnos (with Mark Graham at Stockholm University). Ethnos is an internationally leading journal of anthropology and has an ISI impact factor of 1,560 (2019)
  • 2020-2024   Member of the editorial board of Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)
  • 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
  • 2003-04       President of The Danish Ethnographic Society
  • 1999-2014   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 also peer reviewed articles for numerous academic journals, includig Anthropological Forum, American Ethnologist, Paideuma, Cultural Anthropology, Security DialogueJournal 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 PhDs 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 five years.