• Moesgård Allé 20, 4235, 222

    8270 Højbjerg



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What does it mean to live a meaningful life in times of change and crisis? How is human thriving bound up with the lives and thriving of others – humans and other beings - in the past, the present, and the future?

These are the questions that is at the heart of my work and which I have explored during extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia – a region which has undergone profound change during recent decades and in which such questions have come up with urgency – as well as through theoretical interventions and the facilitation of, and engagement in, interdisciplinary conversations. 

My research and publications in recent years has centered around the sub-themes possibility, spectrality, care, sharing, finitude and being-with: themes I have explored in relation to religious pluralism, aging and intergenerational relations in Kyrgyzstan.


  • Anthropology and Ethnography
  • Other countries
  • Central Asia
  • Ethics
  • care and being-with
  • Phenomenology
  • possibility
  • temporality
  • Islam
  • Gender
  • Mysticism and spirituality
  • spectrality
  • Religion
  • Qualitative methods
  • imagistic methods
  • Kinship and family
  • aging


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