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Christian Suhr

Associate professor

Curriculum Vitae

CHRISTIAN SUHR, Curriculum Vitae                                                          

 

Filmmaker and assistant professor, PhD, Department of Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Coordinator of the Eye & Mind Master’s Program in Visual Anthropology at Aarhus University

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

 

 

Awards

  • Best Documentary Feature, Berlin Independent Film Festival (February 2015, for the film Descending with Angels)
  • The Knowledge Communication Prize, Danish Association of Ethnographers (October 2016, for participation in public debates on Muslims in Europe).
  • One of three nominees for the Knowledge Communication Prize, Danish Association of Ethnographers (October 2015, for participation in public debates and establishing the Eye & Mind Master’s Program in Visual Anthropology, AU).
  • 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)
  • Prix du Patrimoine Culturel Immatériel, Jean Rouch International Film Festival (Paris, 2008, for the film Ngat is Dead)
  • Second Prize in ActionAid Denmark and Politiken’s annual video competition about youth culture in developing countries (Copenhagen, 2011, for the film Queen Quest)

 

Edited volumes, peer-reviewed

  • Transcultural Montage. Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev (Eds).
New York: Berghahn Books, 2013, 300 p.
  • “The Politics and Poetics of the Unseen: Ethnographies of Invisibility in Islam.” Special issue of Contemporary Islam. Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr (eds). 2017.

  • “Camera as Cultural Critique.” Special issue of Journal of Visual Anthropology. Ton Otto, Peter Crawford, and Christian Suhr (eds.). In press. Scheduled for publication in 2018.

 

Selected publications, 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. 284–301.
  • “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.). Routledge, 2014, p. 249–268.

  • “The Failed Image and the Possessed: Examples of Invisibility in Visual Anthropology and Islam.” Christian Suhr.
Journal of the Royal 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.
  • “Our Favorite Film Shocks.” Rane Willerslev and Christian Suhr.
In Experimental Film and Anthropology. Schneider and Pasqualino (eds). Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, p. 79–98.
  • “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.
  • “Montage.” In press. Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Anthropology Beyond Text. Wiley-Blackwell. 2016.
  • “Facts and fiction about Muslims in Danish Media [Fakta og fiktion om muslimer i danske medier].” Christian Suhr and Kirstine Sinclair. TIFO. 2016.
  • “Camera Monologue.” Christian Suhr. Journal of Visual Anthropology, special issue entitled“Camera as Cultural Critique.”Crawford, Otto, and Suhr (eds). In press. Scheduled for publication in 2018.
  • “Islamic Exorcism and the Cinema Fist: Analyzing Exorcism Among Danish Muslims through the Prism of Film.” Christian Suhr. Contemporary Islam, special issue entitled “The Politics and Poetics of the Unseen: Ethnographies of Invisibility in Islam.” Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr (eds). 2017.

  • “A Second Look at Invisibility: Al-Ghayb, Islam, Ethnography.” Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr. Contemporary Islam, special issue entitled “The Politics and Poetics of the Unseen: Ethnographies of Invisibility in Islam.” Nils Bubandt, Mikkel Rytter, and Christian Suhr (eds). 2017.

  • “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, in review.

 

Ethnographic film work

  • Media Contagion: Muslim Responses to Western Media. Forthcoming. Christian Suhr. Film in progress as part of postdoctoral fieldwork on practices of protection among Muslims in Denmark.
  • Life after Death. Forthcoming. Christian Suhr and Ton Otto. Ethnographic film about the impact of the dead on the lives of the living on Baluan Island, Papua New Guinea. Recorded January–February 2016, currently being edited.
  • Descending with Angels. 2013. Christian Suhr, 75 min. Ethnographic film screened at 25 international film festivals and conferences. Broadcast twice on 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. Watertown: Documentary Educational Resources; London: Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • Want a Camel, Yes? 2004. Christian Suhr and Mette Bahnsen, 36 min. Aarhus: Persona Film.
  • 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.

 

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 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.

 

Appointments

  • Assistant Professor and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. [Sept. 2014–Aug. 2019].
  • Coordinator of the Eye & Mind Master’s Program in Visual Anthropology, Aarhus University [Sept. 2014–Aug. 2019].
  • Research Assistant at the Arab and Islamic Studies Unit, Aarhus University [Jan.–Jun. 2013].
  • External Lecturer: Organizing and teaching the courses “Anthropological Communication” and “Anthropology with a Video Camera” at the Department of Culture and Society, AU. [2008–2013].
  • Co-editor of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association Network. NAFA-Network is published four times a year and includes articles, film and book reviews along with announcements of conferences, ethnographic film festivals, etc. [2008–2016].
  • Organizer of the international summer school “Thinking with a Video Camera” at Aarhus University. In collaboration with Judith and David MacDougall, Australian National University [Aug. 2010].
  • Teacher of photography at Testrup Højskole [Feb.–Jul. 2004]. Teacher at summer courses in photography [2004–2011].
  • Co-organizer and exhibition designer of the exhibition: Yumi Bildim Kanu: En Sejlkano fra Papua Ny Guinea, Moesgaard Museum [2003–2004].

 

Organizational experience

  • 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].
  • Development and coordination of MA Program in Visual Anthropology, Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum [Sept. 2014–].
  • 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 [September 2013–].
  • 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].
  • Launch and operation of the film production company Persona Film [2002–2013].
  • 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].
  • Student representative in the Board of Studies at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, including two years as vice-chairman [2000–2004].
  • Production of photo exhibition about the Muslim village Taisuru in the Indian Himalayas, exhibited at galleries in Aarhus and Holstebro [2000–2002].
  • Production of photo exhibition Metro in Prague, exhibited at galleries in Aarhus and Holstebro [1999–2000].
  • 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].
  • Guest Artist at Testrup Højskole [2000 and 2001].
  • Co-organizer of the research seminars: “Anthropological Limits,” Aarhus University [Fall 2001] and “Gates to the city,” Aarhus University [Fall 1999].
  • Board member and organizer of the Danish aid agency Operation Dagsværk [1996–1997].

 

 

Selected research grants

  • Aarhus University Research Foundation: Support for the Visual Wednesday Film Screening Series: DKK 55.000 [approved 2017].
  • Danish Council for Independent Research: 10 months postdoctoral fellowship as part of the project: Camera as Cultural Critique with Professor Ton Otto [approved 2014].
  • 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 Egypt [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 Egypt [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].

 

Selected research presentations

  • “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.
  • “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, Nov. 10, 2017.
  • “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.
  • “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 Dialog.” 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,” 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 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.
  • 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.

 

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], Papua New Guinea [2009, 2011, and 2016, 4 months fieldwork], and Egypt [2003–2014, 7 months fieldwork and additional 8 months 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 “Cures of the heart” in Cairo, Egypt [Jan. 2014–Aug. 2019].
  • Media Anthropology; Political and Religious Mobilization: Extensive participation in public debates about Islam and Muslims in Europe, extremism, and integration. New 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).

 

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].
  • B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University [Jan. 2008].

 

Languages

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