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Christian Suhr

Associate professor

Curriculum Vitae

CHRISTIAN SUHR, Curriculum Vitae                                                           

Filmmaker and Associate Professor, PhD

Coordinator of the Eye & Mind MSc Track in Visual Anthropology 

Department of Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Tel: (+45) 31600031, Email: suhr@cas.au.dk, Address: Elmegade 9A, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark

DoB: May 9, 1978 (Odder, Denmark). 3 sons (2001, 2006, 2014).

 

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University [Jan. 2019–].
  • Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University.     [July 2013–Dec. 2018].
  • Research Assistant at the Arab and Islamic Studies Unit, Aarhus University [Jan.–Jun. 2013].
  • PhD-researcher, Moesgaard Museum and School of Culture and Society [Sept. 2008–Dec. 2012].

 

Education

  • PhD in Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University [July 2013].
  • Visiting Student Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, USA [Sept. 2011–Apr. 2012].
  • Visiting Student Scholar, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia [Jan.–Mar. 2010].
  • BA and MA in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University [Jan. 2008].

 

Honors and Awards

  • Elected member of the Young Academy under the under the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters [June 2018–June 2023].
  • Nominated for the Best Teacher Award at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University (June 2017, for supervision, teaching, and coordination at the Eye & Mind MSc Track in Visual Anthropology).
  • The Knowledge Communication Prize, Danish Association of Ethnographers (October 2016, for participation in public debates on Muslims in Europe, and for establishing the Eye & Mind MSc Track in Visual Anthropology, AU).
  • One of three nominees for the Knowledge Communication Prize, Danish Association of Ethnographers (October 2015, for participation in public debates on Muslims in Europe, and for establishing the Eye & Mind MSc Track in Visual Anthropology, AU).
  • Best Documentary Feature, Berlin Independent Film Festival (February 2015, for the film Descending with Angels)
  • The Special Student Film Prize, Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (May 2014, for the film Descending with Angels)
  • The Intangible Culture Film Prize, RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival (London, June 2011, for the film Unity through Culture)
  • The Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography, RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival (London, June 2011, for the film Unity through Culture)
  • Second Prize in ActionAid Denmark and Politiken’s annual video competition about youth culture in developing countries (Copenhagen, 2011, for the film Queen Quest)
  • Prix du Patrimoine Culturel Immatériel, Jean Rouch International Film Festival (Paris, 2008, for the film Ngat is Dead)

Teaching development and coordination

  • Design and coordination of the Eye & Mind MSc Track in Visual Anthropology, Aarhus University. [Sept. 2014 –].
  • Design and coordination of 9 courses, workshops, and summerschools in visual anthropology at BA, MSc, and PhD level [2009–2018].
  • Participation in the design of new structure for the Msc Programme in Anthropology, Aarhus University [2015].
  • Student representative in the Board of Studies at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, including two years as vice-chairman: supervision and approval of teaching plans, evaluation of applications, development of new teaching initiatives, etc. [primo 2000–ultimo 2003].

 

Research organization 

  • Co-editor of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association Network. NAFA-Network is the main newsletter in the subdiscipline of visual anthropology. It is published four times a year and includes articles and reviews along with announcements of conferences, ethnographic film festivals, etc. [2008–2020].
  • Organizer of the “Visual Wednesday Series” at Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum: lectures, debates, and film screenings, including Laura U. Marks, Jennifer Deger, Andrew Irving, Jens Kreinath, Gary Kildea, Andreas Dalsgaard, Berit Madsen, Sine Plambech, DocLounge Aarhus, etc. [September 2013–2018].
  • Development and coordination with professor Ton Otto (research leader) of the joint FKK2 research project “Camera as Cultural Critique”, Department of Anthropology, AU [2013–2017].
  • Convenor of “Grace: Unexpected Moments in Ethnographic Films,” Double panel at the EASA biennial meeting with Florian Walter, Freie Universität Berlin and Christian Vium, AU [Aug. 14-17, 2018].
  • Development of conference programme and practical coordination of the conference “Camera as Cultural Critique: Juxtaposition, Intervention, and Co-Creation,” with Ton Otto and Christian Vium (main organizers), Aarhus University, Moesgaard Museum [May 25-27, 2016].
  • Convenor of “Public Anthropology at the End of Journalism,” roundtable discussion, MEGA seminar, Sandbjerg Estate [Aug. 16-18, 2017].
  • Organizer of the research seminar “Who Radicalizes Whom? Native and Scholarly Uses and Abuses of Radicalization.”Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University [May 16-17, 2017].
  • Panelist and organizer of panel debate on the political consequences of controversial TV documentary with Irene Thyrri (producer, TV2), Martin Kjær Jensen (producer, TV2), Tina Magaard (associate professor, Aarhus University), Vibeke Borberg (head of research, media law, Danish School of Journalism), Asmaa Abdol-Hamid (public debater), and Lisbeth Brocelius Meléndez (radio host, Religionsrapport, DR P1). Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus University [June 9, 2016].
  • Organizer of the conference “Images and Research.” The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Aarhus University, and Moesgaard Museum [Nov. 17–18, 2014].
  • Organizer of the ethnographic film seminar “New Eyes” at Aarhus University [Oct. 2012].
  • Organizer of the “Annual Meeting of the Association of Danish Ethnographers: Visuel Antropologi og det Usynlige” at Aarhus University [April. 2012].
  • Organizer of the international conference “Transcultural Montage” at Moesgaard Museum [Aug. 2009].
  • Convenor of “Possibilities of montage in ethnographic filmmaking,” panel, EASA Conference, Ljubljana [Aug. 2008].
  • Co-organizer and exhibition designer of the ethnographic exhibition: Yumi Bildim Kanu: En Sejlkano fra Papua Ny Guinea,Moesgaard Museum [2003–2004].
  • Co-organizer of the research seminars: “Anthropological Limits,” Aarhus University [Fall 2001] and “Gates to the city,” Aarhus University [Fall 1999].

 

Research grants 

  • Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University: EDU-IT application: Student Community Webpage on behalf of the Department of Anthropology: DKK 160.000 [approved 2018].
  • Aarhus University Research Foundation: Visiting Researcher Grant: Dr. Christopher Wright, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, October 6 – November 9, 2018. Application written by Christian Suhr and Ton Otto (as the senior scholar Ton Otto was formal applicant, see attached statement): DKK: 88.929 [approved 2017].
  • Aarhus University Research Foundation: Support for the Visual Wednesday Film Screening Series: DKK 55.000 [approved 2017].
  • Interactive Minds Centre: “Ethnographic Film in Experiment,” Katrin Heimann and Christian Suhr, IMC seed fund application for film production and expenditures for experiment in the Cobelab, Aarhus University: DKK 56.972,50[approved 2017].
  • Aarhus University Research Foundation: Visiting Researcher Grant: Dr. Andrew Irving, Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, February – June, 2016. Application written by Christian Suhr and Ton Otto (as the senior scholar Ton Otto was formal applicant, see attached statement): DKK: 189.250 [approved 2015].
  • Aarhus University Research Foundation: Visiting Researcher Grant: Dr. Andrew Irving, Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, March – June, 2016. Application written by Christian Suhr and Ton Otto (as the senior scholar Ton Otto was formal applicant, see attached statement): DKK: 144.000 [approved 2015, see attached statement from Ton Otto for a description of my involvement].
  • Danish Council for Independent Research: Camera as Cultural Critique, FKK2 project developed and applied for together with professor Ton Otto (research leader) including 3 postdoctoral fellowships, 1 PhD, 1 guest professor: DKK 6.479.914 [approved 2013, see attached statement from Ton Otto for a description of my involvement].
  • Danish Council for Independent Research: 24 months postdoctoral fellowship for the project: Illnesses of the Muslim Heart:Contagion, Purification, and Protection among Salafi Muslims in EgyptDKK 1.999.301 [approved 2013].
  • The Center for Cultural Epidemics, Aarhus University: 12 months postdoctoral fellowship for the project: Illnesses of the Muslim Heart: Contagion, Purification, and Protection among Salafi Muslims in EgyptDKK 684.381 [approved 2012].
  • Aarhus University Research Foundation: Publication support for volume on ethnographic montage: DKK 60.000 [approved 2009].
  • Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education: PhD scholarship, DKK 735.000 [approved 2008].
  • Knud Højgaards Fond: Funding of PhD scholarship: DKK 688.540 [approved 2008].
  • Danish Film Institute: Co-funding of the conference “Transcultural Montage”: DKK 20.000 [approved 2008].
  • Aarhus Filmby: Co-funding of the conference “Transcultural Montage”: DKK 10.000 [approved 2008].
  • Ethnographic Collections: Co-funding of the conference “Transcultural Montage”: DKK 20.000 [approved 2008].
  • Danish Research School of Anthropology and Ethnography: Funding of the PhD-seminar at the “Transcultural Montage” conference: DKK 20.000 [approved 2008].
  • DANIDA: Udenrigsministeriets Oplysningsbevilling: DKK 35.000 for the film Want a Camel, Yes? [approved 2004].

 

Work experience, non-academic

  • Co-founder of the film production company Persona Film, www.personafilm.dk [2002–2018].
  • Teacher of photography at Testrup Højskole [Feb.–Jul. 2004].
  • Teacher at summer courses in photography at Testrup Højskole [2004–2011].
  • Guest Artist at Testrup Højskole, production of two photography exhibitions [2000 and 2001].
  • Editing and book design for the Danish publisher Arena: see e.g. Phrokost, (Hans Otto Jørgensen et.al., 2000); Uglemærker (Eske K. Mathiesen, 2001); Haiku 1959–2001 (Tomas Tranströmer, 2001) [2000–2002].
  • Board member and organizer of the Danish aid agency Operation Dagsværk [1996–1997].

 

Research areas and fieldwork

  • Visual Anthropology: Primary publications deal with the invisible in anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking, ethnographic film montage, as well as the relationship between healing rituals and film. Film productions based on fieldwork in Denmark [18 months; 2009–2012, and additional fieldwork from 2013-6], Papua New Guinea [2009, 2011, and 2016, 4 months fieldwork], and Egypt [2003–2019, 21 months fieldwork and language training].
  • Medical Anthropology and Islamic Studies: Extensive PhD research on experiences of spirit possession and psychosis among Muslims in Denmark. 18 months fieldwork among Arabs, Somalis, and Afghans in Aarhus [2009–2012]. Ongoing postdoctoral fieldwork and film project about the religious transformations among young Sufis in Cairo after the Egyptian revolution [Jan. 2014–2020].
  • Media Anthropology; Political and Religious Mobilization: Extensive participation in public debates about Islam and Muslims in Europe, extremism, and integration. Ongoing fieldwork and film project about “media contagion” and the escalation of political and religious extremism in Denmark and Europe [Feb. 2016–].
  • Tourism studies: Two film projects explore questions of authenticity and cultural exchange in the interfaces between Western tourists and local tourism entrepreneurs in Egypt (2004) as well as Papua New Guinea (2011).

 

Languages

  • Danish (first language), English (fluent), Arabic (conversation), Tok Pisin (conversation), German (reading).

 

Extended parental leave (due to premature birth, third son, born May 28, 2014)

  • May 28, 2014— Nov. 30, 2014, and July 16, 2015—Nov. 28, 2015.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS                                                                     

 

Single-authored book, peer-reviewed

  • Descending with Angels: Jinn Possession, Islamic Exorcism, and Psychiatry, a film monograph. Christian Suhr. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019, 240 p. 

 

Edited volumes, peer-reviewed

  • Transcultural Montage. Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev (Eds). New York: Berghahn Books, 2013, 17 chapters, 300 p.
  • “Camera as Cultural Critique.” Special issue of Journal of Visual Anthropology 31(4-5). Ton Otto, Peter Crawford, and Christian Suhr (Eds.). 2018.
  • “The Politics and Poetics of the Unseen: Ethnographies of Invisibility in Islam.” Special issue of Contemporary Islam 13(1). Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019.

  • Debat: Antropologi og Medier [Debate: Anthropology and Media]. Special issue of Jordens Folk 54(1). Carolina Sanchez Boe and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019.
  • Når medierne sætter dagsordenen [When the media set the agenda]. Vibeke Borberg, Christian Suhr, Niels Valdemar Vinding, Hjarn von Zernichow Borberg (Eds). Copenhagen: DJØF-forlaget. In prod. 15 chapters. Scheduled for publication 2020.

 

Journal articles and book chapters, peer-reviewed

  • Can Film Show the Invisible? The Work of Montage in Ethnographic Filmmaking.” Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev. Current Anthropology 53(3), 2012, p. 282–294. 
  • Reply to commentators.” Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev. Current Anthropology 53(3), 2012, p. 298–301.
  • “Montage as an Amplifier of Invisibility,” “Montage as an Analytic,” “Montage in Writing,” “Montage in Film,” and “Montage in Museum Exhibitions.” Book chapters. Transcultural Montage. Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev (Eds). New York: Berghahn Books, 2013, p. 1–15, 17–19, 97–99, 159–162, 241–242.
  • Brainwashed at School: Deprogramming the Secular among Young Neo-Orthodox Muslims in Denmark.” Christian Suhr.
In Making European Muslims: Religious Socialization Among Young Muslims in Scandinavia and Western Europe. Mark Sedgwick (Ed). New York: Routledge, 2014, p. 249–268.

  • Our Favorite Film Shocks.” Rane Willerslev and Christian Suhr.
In Experimental Film and Anthropology. Arnd Schneider and Caterina Pasqualino (Eds). London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, p. 79–98.
  • “The Failed Image and the Possessed: Examples of Invisibility in Visual Anthropology and Islam.” Christian Suhr.
Journal of theRoyal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), 21(1), 2015, p. 96–112. 
  • “Camera as Cultural Critique: A Report from the Visual Anthropology Research Group at Aarhus University.” Christian Suhr. Anthropology News 56(10), 2015.
  • “Facts and fiction about Muslims in Danish Media [Fakta og fiktion om muslimer i danske medier].” Christian Suhr and Kirstine Sinclair. Tidskrift for Islamforskning (TIFO), 10(1), 2016, 134-148.
  • “Witnessing and Creating the World Audio-Visually: Aesthetics, Politics, Anthropology.” Karen Waltorp, Christian Suhr, and Christian Vium. Visuel Arkivering 10, 2017, p. 60-65.
  • “Possession and Psychosis: Five Supplications that Guided the Production of the Ethnographic Documentary ‘Descending with Angels’ (DER 2013, 75 min).” Christian Suhr. Visuel Arkivering 10, 2017, p. 39-44.
  • “Is there a Place for Faith in Anthropology? Religion, Reason, and the Ethnographer’s Divine Revelation.” Rane Willerslev and Christian Suhr.
HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory 8(1-2)2018, p. 65-78. 
  • “Faith in Anthropology” Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev.
HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory 8(1-2)2018, p. 92-96. 
  • Montage.” Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Vol. 12: “Anthropology beyond Text.” Rupert Cox (Ed). Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.
  • “Camera Monologue: Cultural Critique beyond Collaboration, Participation, and Dialogue.” Christian Suhr. Journal of Visual Anthropology 31(4-5), special issue entitled “Camera as Cultural Critique.” Crawford, Otto, and Suhr (Eds), 2018, p. 376-393.
  • “Camera, Intervention, and Cultural Critique: Introduction to Special Issue.” Ton Otto, Christian Suhr, Arine Kirstein Høgel, Karen Waltorp, and Christian Vium. Journal of Visual Anthropology 31(4-5), special issue entitled “Camera as Cultural Critique.”Crawford, Otto, and Suhr (Eds), 2018, p. 307-317.
  • “Islamic Exorcism and the Cinema Fist: Analyzing Exorcism Among Danish Muslims through the Prism of Film.” Christian Suhr. Contemporary Islam 13(1), special issue entitled “The Politics and Poetics of the Unseen: Ethnographies of Invisibility in Islam.” Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019, p. 121-137.
  • “A Second Look at Invisibility: Al-Ghayb, Islam, Ethnography.” Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr. Contemporary Islam 13(1), special issue entitled “The Politics and Poetics of the Unseen: Ethnographies of Invisibility in Islam.” Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019, p. 1-16.
  • “Introduktion: Antropologi og Medier.” Carolina Sanchez Boe and Christian Suhr. Jordens Folk 54(1), special issue entitled “Debat: Antropologi og Medier.” Carolina Sanchez Boe and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019, p. 1-3.
  • “Fra offentlige debatter om islam til religiøs erfaring og mikrofænomenologi [From public debates about Islam to religious experience and microphenomenology].” Christian Suhr. Jordens Folk 54(1), special issue entitled “Debat: Antropologi og Medier.” Carolina Sanchez Boe and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019, p. 71-92.
  • “Tal aldrig med pressen: Interview med Nicholas De Genova [Never speak to the press: Interview with Nicholas De Genova]”. Carolina Sanchez Boe and Christian Suhr. Jordens Folk 54(1), special issue entitled “Debat: Antropologi og Medier.” Carolina Sanchez Boe and Christian Suhr (Eds). 2019, p. 4-12.
  • “Comment on Dada Docot's Taking the Long Route: Ethnographic Metacommentary as Method in the Anthropological Film Practice”. Christian Suhr. Current Anthropology 60(6), 2019, p. 791-2.
  • “The Light of the Prophet Muhammad: An Audiovisual and Microphenomenological Journey.” Christian Suhr. Material Religion 16(1), special issue entitled “Light mediations”. Birgit Meyer and Jeremy Stolow (Eds). 2020.
  • “Usædvanlig bred og uafviselig dokumentation: Undersøgende journalistik i danske moskeer [Investigative journalism in Danish Mosques].” Christian Suhr. In: Når medierne sætter dagsordenen. Vibeke Borberg, Christian Suhr, Niels Valdemar Vinding, Hjarn von Zernichow Borberg (Eds). Copenhagen: DJØF-forlaget. In prod. Scheduled for publication 2020.

 

Ethnographic film work

  • Light upon Light [Nurun ‘ala Nur]. Forthcoming. Christian Suhr. Film in progress as part of postdoctoral fieldwork in collaboration with Egyptian filmmakers about religious experiences among young Sufis in Cairo. Preliminary version screened at the EASA conference (Stockholm, August 2018), and at the NAFA conference and film festival (Cluj, September 2018). 
  • Epoche. 2020. Christian Suhr and Claire Petitmengin, 58 min. Ethnographic film about meditative experience and microphenomenology. Preliminary version presented at the Mind & Life Contemplative Science Symposium, November 2019. Mind & Life Europe and Persona Film.
  • Life after Death. ForthcomingTon Otto, Christian Suhr, and Gary Kildea. Ethnographic film about the impact of the dead on the lives of the living, Baluan Island, Papua New Guinea. Recorded January–February 2016, currently being edited.
  • Plague over Denmark. Forthcoming. Christian Suhr. Film in progress as part of postdoctoral fieldwork about radicalization, contagion, and healing with a community of Muslims in Denmark. Preliminary versions screened at the AAA conference (Minneapolis, November 2016), the LUCIS Annual Conference (University of Leiden December 2017), and the NAFA conference and film festival (Cluj, September 2018).
  • Descending with Angels. 2013. Christian Suhr, 75 min. Award-winning ethnographic film screened at 25 international film festivals and conferences. Broadcast twice on the Austrian TV channel Okto. Special panel debates were held on the film at the American Academy of Religion (San Diego 2014), Psychology and the Other Conference (Cambridge, MA, 2015), Religions in Diaspora: Global Symposium (Los Angeles 2015), and Media and Ethics in Times of Crisis: International Colloquium (Halle University 2015). Special screenings and debates at 16 universities in the United States and Europe. 
  • Unity through Culture. 2011. Christian Suhr and Ton Otto, 59 min. Award-winning ethnographic film screened at 15 international film festivals and conferences. Broadcast twice on TITV, Taiwan. Watertown: Documentary Educational Resources; London: Royal Anthropological Institute. 
  • Queen Quest. 2011. Christian Suhr and Steffen Dalsgaard, 5 min. Moesgaard Film. Short film awarded Second Prize in ActionAid Denmark and Politiken’s annual video competition on the theme of youth culture in developing countries (Copenhagen, 2011).
  • Ngat is Dead. 2009. Christian Suhr and Ton Otto, 58 min. Award-winning ethnographic film screened at 22 international film festivals and conferences. Broadcast many times on the national TV channel EMTV, Papua New Guinea. Watertown: Documentary Educational Resources; London: Royal Anthropological Institute. 
  • Want a Camel, Yes? 2004. Christian Suhr and Mette Bahnsen, 36 min. Aarhus: Persona Film.

 

Exhibitions

  • 35 films and multimedia content for ethnographic and archeological exhibitions including Nilen: Ægyptens Gave (2003), Yumi bildim kanu (2004), Vikingernes Aros (2005), Illerup Ådal (2005), Én Verden: Tusind Historier (2007), Pileflet (2007), Polarrejsen (2009), and Social Smitte (2017) at Moesgaard Museum. Recording/editing/postproduction. 2003–2017.
  • Coordinator of student exhibitions as part of the BA course in “Anthropological Communication.” 2008 and 2009. Additional work with the students exhibitions in the visual anthropology workshop. 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2016. Moesgaard Museum.
  • Yumi Bildim Kanu: En Sejlkano fra Papua Ny Guinea [A Sailing Canoe from Papua New Guinea]. 2004. Museum exhibition, co-organizer and exhibition designer. Moesgaard Museum.
  • Taisuru. 2000-2002. Photo exhibition about the Muslim village Taisuru in the Indian Himalayas, exhibited at galleries in Aarhus and Holstebro.
  • Metro. 1999-2000. Photo exhibition with photographs from Prague, exhibited at galleries in Aarhus and Holstebro.

 

Major opinion articles in Danish newspapers

  • “TV2 skylder stadig tv-seerne svar om Cavling-nomineret dokumentar [TV2 still needs to answer for Cavling-nominated documentary].” Christian Suhr, Hjarn von Zernichow Borberg, Kirstine Sinclair, Niels Valdemar Vinding. January 7, 2017, Politiken [opinion article in national Danish newspaper].
  • “Cavling-nomineret tv-dokumentar er unuanceret og meningsforvridende [Cavling-nominated tv-documentary is one-sided and misleading].” Christian Suhr, Hjarn von Zernichow Borberg, Kirstine Sinclair, Niels Valdemar Vinding. January 5, 2017, kronik, Politiken [opinion article in national Danish newspaper]. 
  • “Kriminalisering af sharia løser ingenting [Criminalizing sharia doesn’t help].” Christian Suhr. May 21, 2016, kronik, Berlingske[opinion article in national Danish newspaper].
  • “Dialog er det stærkeste våben mod voldelige ekstremisme [Dialog is the strongest weapon against violent extremism].” Christian Suhr. March 24, 2016, Politiken [opinion article in national Danish newspaper].
  • “Livet i moskeerne er langt mere, end hvad vi ser i TV [Life in the mosques is more than we see on TV].” Christian Suhr. March 10, 2016, kronik, Politiken [opinion article in national Danish newspaper]. 
  • “Hjernevask og Radikalisering i Grimhøjmoskeen [Brainwashing and radicalization in the Grimhøj-Mosque].” Christian Suhr. Jan. 16, 2015, kronik, Politiken [opinion article in national Danish newspaper].

 

Selected research presentations

  • “Medier og meningsdannere som aktive medspillere i forebyggelse af ekstremisme og radikalisering [Media and opinion formers as partners in prevention of extremism and radicalization].” PET, Danish Security and Intelligence Service, Copenhagen, Oct. 3, 2018.
  • “Possession and Psychosis.” Presentation at the panel: “Problematizing Humanity: Creative Bodies, and Spirits,” ASA Conference, Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, Sept. 20, 2018.
  • “Light upon Lights” and “Plague over Denmark.” Invited talk and screening of two ongoing film projects at masterclass, NAFA Film Festival and Conference, Cluj, Sept. 11, 2018.
  • “The Night of Destiny.” Presentation of preliminary film at the “Grace: Unexpected Moments in Ethnographic Films,” double panel at the EASA biennial meeting, Stockholm, Aug. 15, 2018.
  • “Ethical Dilemmas.” Invited talk at PhD-course “Tricky Data: Tackling Dilemmas in Data Communication,” Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, May 4, 2018.  
  • “Camera Monologue: Visual Anthropology beyond Collaboration, Participation, and Dialogue.” Presentation of film experiment on the basis of forthcoming article at the panel ”Technologies Matter: Exploring Emergent Visual Technologies and Participatory Methods in Anthropology,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, Dec. 2, 2017.
  • “Plague over Denmark: Radicalization, Contagion, and Healing among Danish Muslims at the Grimhøj-mosque.” Keynote presentation at “Islamic Visualities and Invisibilities: Reimagining Public Citizenship,” LUCIS Annual Conference, University of Leiden, 13-15 December 2017.
  • ”Free choice and respectful coercion: Experiences of being treated for jinn possession and psychosis in Danish psychiatry.” Invited presentation at the Anthropology of Confinement Network Meeting, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Nov. 13, 2017.
  • “Medier og meningsdannere som aktive medspillere i forebyggelse af ekstremisme og radikalisering [Media and opinion formers as partners in prevention of extremism and radicalization].” PET, Danish Security and Intelligence Service, Copenhagen, Nov. 10, 2017.
  • “The Representation of Muslims in Danish Media.” Participation in panel debate with Sherin Khankan (female imam and sociologist); Marie Skovgaard (film director); Tina Magaard (Assoc. Prof., Aarhus University); Martin Jensen (producer of The Mosques behind the Veil); and Thomas Breinholdt (Program manager TV2). Hovedbiblioteket, Copenhagen, March 22, 2017.
  • “Prevention of Radicalization and Discrimination.” Participation in panel debate and evaluation of the Aarhus Model for preventing radicalization and extremism, Aarhus Police Department, March 15, 2017.
  • “Plague over Denmark: Radicalization, Contagion, and Healing among Danish Muslims at the Grimhøj-mosque. Presentation of preliminary film, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Nov. 17, 2016.
  • “The Gaze and the Image.” David MacDougall and Christian Suhr, workshop, film presentation, and debate, convened by Professor Frank Heidemann. University of Munich, June 20, 2016.
  • “Eyes of Certitude: A Film project about Muslims in Denmark and Egypt who Learn to See by Listening to the Quran.” Presentation at “Sight meets Sound” Conference, University of Munich and Harvard University, June 17–19, 2016.
  • “Mechanical Ethics: Collaborative and Non-collaborative Films about Muslims in Denmark.” Presentation at “Camera as Cultural Critique: Juxtaposition, Intervention and Co-creation.” Conference at Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum, May 25–27, 2016.
  • “Brainwashing and deradicalization: Perspectives from the Mosques.” Presentation for the Police Department in Aarhus, May 13, 2016.
  • “Ethical Efficacy and the Cinema Fist: Reflections on the Ethics of Using Visual Media in a Study of Spirit Possession among Muslim Refugees in Denmark.” Keynote presentation, film screening, and debate at the “Media and Ethics in Times of Crisis: Approaches from Film Studies, Photography and Ethnology.” Symposium, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, Oct. 28, 2015.
  • Panel debate about the film Descending with Angels with Stefania Pandolfo (UC Berkeley), Abou Farman (New School for Social Research, NY), Jim Raznavi (American Psychosomatic Society), and Mayanthi Fernando (UC Santa Cruz) at the Religions in Diaspora Global Symposium, Los Angeles, Oct. 24, 2015.
  • Panel debate on the film Descending with Angels with Martha Reineke (University of Northern Iowa), Pamela Cooper-White (Union Theological Seminary, NY), and Lance D. Laird (Boston University) at the “Psychology and the Other” Conference, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 9, 2015.
  • Screening and debate on Descending with Angels at the Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, Oct. 6, 2015.
  • “Beyond Participation, Collaboration, and Dialogue.” Opening speech, keynote, screening, and debate about visual anthropology and Descending with Angels at the Ethnocineca Film Festival, Vienna, May 4, 2015.
  • “Possession, Exorcism, and Psychiatry on Film.” Panel debate on Descending with Angels convened by Jens Kreinath, Wichita State University. American Academy of Religion Annual Conference (AAR), San Diego, Nov. 22, 2014.
  • “Islamic Exorcism and the Invisible,” presentation at the Society for Visual Anthropology Conference, April 2014.
  • “Sacrificing Visibility: An Ethnographic Film Project about Islamic Exorcisms and Psychiatric Healthcare in Denmark,”presentation at the IUAES conference, University of Manchester, Aug. 8, 2013.
  • “Healing through Sacrifice,” invited lecture and screening, Center for Ritual Dynamics, University of Heidelberg, May 6, 2013.
  • “Descending with Angels: Islamic Exorcism and Psychiatric Healthcare in Denmark,” Invited lecture and film screening, University of Leuven, Dec. 10, 2012.
  • Film screening and participation in panel debate about Descending with Angels organized by Atlas (Stad Antwerpen), MANA vzw, and Free Hands, Belgium, Dec. 10, 2012.
  • Presentation and film screening, American Anthropological Association Meeting, San Francisco, Nov. 14–18, 2012.
  • Presentation and film screening, EASA, European Association for Social Anthropologists Meeting. Paris, July 2012.
  • Presentation on Islam, Muslims, and Middle Eastern studies, University of Gothenburg, June 11–12, 2012.
  • Film screening and presentation, staff seminar, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, March 23, 2012.
  • “No Healing Here,” Invited lecture at the Ethnographic Engagement Workshop, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, Feb. 23, 2012.
  • Four presentations of papers and ethnographic film material for staff and PhD researchers at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Sept. 29, 2011–March 31, 2012.
  • Invited presentation at the conference “The Power of Example,” University of Copenhagen, Sept. 8–9, 2011.
  • Presentation about ethnographic film at Moesgaard Museum’s 150th anniversary, Feb. 27, 2011.
  • “Antropologerne Kommer,” presentation at the Danish Film Institute’s Annual Seminar: “DOC-DAG,” April 11, 2011.
  • Presentation about healing in Islam, Clinic for Traumatized Refugees, Aarhus University Hospital, May 27, 2011.
  • Moderator, NAFA, Nordic Anthropological Film Association Conference, Moesgård, Aug. 28–Sept. 1, 2010.
  • Presentation on Visual Anthropology for the Central Administration at Aarhus University, June 10, 2010.
  • “Photography and the Invisible,” presentation at the Danish School of Design, June 9, 2010.
  • “Healing and Illness in Islam,” presentation for research seminar, Aarhus University Hospital in Risskov, Nov. 24, 2010.
  • “Unity through Culture,” presentation and screening of film at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, April 7, 2010.
  • “Unity through Culture,” presentation and film screening, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, March 24 and March 26, 2010.
  • Presentation at Staff Seminar at the University College London, “Can film show the invisible: The work of montage in ethnographic filmmaking.” Nov. 12, 2008.

 

Selected contributions to debates in public media

  • “Kommuner: TV2-dokumentar holder ikke [Municipalities: the TV2-documentary doesn’t ring true].” Interview for national radio and online media with critique of TV documentary about Danish mosques. Radio 24syv, June 22, 2016, http://www.radio24syv.dk/udvalgte-nyhedshistorier/kommuner-tv2-dokumentar-holder-ikke/
  • “Vi har ansvar for selve TV-dokumentaren, men ikke dens politiske følger [We are responsible for the TV documentary but not for its political consequences].” Interview with critique of TV documentary about Danish mosques for feature article with TV producers. Kristeligt Dagblad, June 11, 2016.
  • “Unge har behov for at tale om det kvindesyn, der blev vist [Young people need to talk about the view of women shown].” Interview for local newspaper. Jyllandsposten, Apr. 29, 2016.
  • “Folk valfarter til moské [People are flocking to the mosque].” Interview for local newspaper. Jyllandsposten, Apr. 28, 2016.
  • “Læg dog råbåndene frem [Release the unedited tapes].” Presselogen, TV2 News. TV debate on TV2’s “The Mosques Behind the Veil” with editors-in-chief of Ekstrabladet, Kristeligt Dagblad, Information and TV2 News. March 13, 2016.
  • “Har TV2 manipuleret med moské program? [Did TV2 manipulate mosque documentary?].” Interview for national radio and online media. Radio 24syv, March 11, 2016.
  • Lydfil rejser debat om udeladte oplysninger i TV2’s moské-dokumentar [Sound recording produces debate about excluded information in TV2’s mosque documentary].” Berlingske, March 11, 2016.
  • “Dokumentar giver forvrænget billede af livet i danske moskeer [Documentary displays distorted image of life in Danish mosques].” Interview for national radio. P1 Orientering. March 10, 2016.
  • “Glaube oder Biomedizin? [Faith or biomedicine].” 25 min. interview for Austrian TV broadcasted with Descending with Angels.Okto, Nov. 1, 2015, http://www.okto.tv/oktoskop/15226/20151101
  • “Nu cred ca ne putem descotorosi asa usor de Diavol [We can’t get rid of the devil].” Interview for Romanian online magazine. Altlasi, Oct. 7, 2015, http://www.altiasi.ro/film/nu-cred-ca-ne-putem-descotorosi-asa-usor-de-diavol-interviu-cu-christian-suhr
  • “Kvindelige muslimske ledere i Marokko [Female Muslim leaders in Morocco].” Interview for national radio. P1, Religionsrapport.Aug. 18, 2015, http://www.dr.dk/p1/religionsrapport/religionsrapport-2015–08–18/
  • “Terrorfrygten har slået rod i Danmark [Fear of terror has taken root in Denmark].” Interview for national TV. DR1, TV-Avisen.Apr. 29, 2015.
  • “Skoletegninger udløste terrormistanke [School drawings provoked terror fears]. Interview for DR.dk. Apr. 24, 2015.
  • “Ekspert: Terror-anklager kan radikalisere unge [Expert: Terror accusations can contribute to radicalization].” Interview for national newspaper about false accusations of a group of international students. Jydske Vestkysten. Apr. 24, 2015.
  • “Terroranklager er moderne heksejagt [Terror accusations are a modern witch hunt].” Interview for national newspaper. Jydske Vestkysten. Apr. 23, 2015.
  • “Antropolog: Mange unge føler, de bliver set som en sygdom [Anthropologist: Young people feel they are seen as a disease].” Interview for national newspaper, Berlingske, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • “Unge føler, de bliver set som en sygdom [Young people feel they are seen as a disease].” Interview for national newspaper, BT,Feb. 16, 2015 (simultaneously published by Jydske Vestkysten, Aarhus Stiftstidende, Bornholms Tidende).
  • “Antiradikalisering på skoleskemaet [Anti-radicalization on the school schedule].” Interview for national TV, TV2 NEWS, Feb. 6, 2015.
  • “Ekspert: Religiøse tabuer skal brydes [Expert: Religious taboos need to be broken].” Interview for online media, TV2 NEWS,Feb. 6, 2015.
  • “Aarhusianske børn skal lære om radikalisering [Aarhus children need to learn about radicalization].” Interview for national radio. DR P3 nyhederne. Feb. 6, 2015.
  • “Forsker kritiserer at imamer ikke inddrages: Ekstremisme lever og vokser gennem eksklusion [Researcher criticizes the rejection of imams: extremism grows through exclusion].” Interview for newspaper, Dagbladet Arbejderen, Jan. 29, 2015.
  • “Udelukkelse af imamer fra anti-radikaliseringsplan [Imams excluded from anti-radicalization plan].” Interview for national TV, DR2 Morgen, Jan. 28, 2015.
  • “Antropolog: Dialog med imamer er nødvendig [Anthropologist: dialog with imams is necessary].” Interview for national radio, P1 Morgen, Jan. 28, 2015.
  • “Udelukkelse af imamer gavner ikke [Excluding imams doesn’t help].” Interview for national radio, P4, Jan. 28, 2015