Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg

PhD, Postdoc

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Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg

Postdoc

  • Department of Clinical Medicine - Interacting Minds Centre (IMC)
Postal address:
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4
8000
Aarhus C
Denmark

Email: bess@clin.au.dk

Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg

Møllegade 16, 3.th

DK-2200 København Ø

Denmark

Mobile: +45 27 17 15 26

Email: bess@clin.au.dk

 

Qualifications and Education:


2017:     PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark; Center for Research in Faith and Health, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark in affiliation with Center for Research in Existence and Society, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. Thesis title: Coming close to Dying. A Qualitative Study on Christian and Muslim Cancer Patients within Palliative Care.  Supervisors: Prof. Niels Christian Hvidt, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark; Prof. Tine Tjørnhøj Thomsen, National Institute of Public Health; Peter la Cour (PhD), Mental Health Services, Capital Region of Denmark

2008:     MA, Study of Religion, Aarhus University. Thesis title: The Use of Reiki Healing as Religious Coping Strategies by Cancer Patients: An Analysis of Qualitative Interviews from the Perspective of the Study of Religion. Supervisor: Prof. Armin W. Geertz, the Faculty of Theology. 

2006:     Studied Psychology of Religion, Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University. 

2001:     BA, the Study of Religion, with minor in Turkish, Aarhus University. 

2001:     Studied Persian, Carsten Niebuhr Institute, Copenhagen University.

1998:     Studied Turkish, Carsten Niebuhr Institute, Copenhagen University.

1995:     Enrolled at Aarhus University, Institute for the Study of Religion.

1994:     Diploma, Grindsted Gymnasium, majors in English, German and Russian.

 

Periods of leave:

2005:     Maternity leave, Lasse Mingus

2002:     Maternity leave, Elias Elvis

2000:    Maternity leave, Ida Idun (stillborn)


Positions:

2019-2022:     Post doc, Interacting Minds Centre, Institute for Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University. Participating in the project “Borderland of Living” funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.  

2015-2019:     Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Modules taught: “The Sociology of Aging and Dying”, “Sociology of Health”, “Research Design”, “The Sociology of the Body” and “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”.

2014-2015:     Research assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with Prof. Per Sjøgren, the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital of Copenhagen. Project: “Cognitive changes and existential values and experiences among cancer patients during palliative care”. 

2014:               Guest researcher, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College University, London.

2012-2013:    Lecturer in “Existential considerations in palliative care”, Folk University of Aarhus.

2011-2012:     Lecturer in “Psychology of Religion”, the Folk University of Copenhagen.

2007-2009:   Research assistant, Centre for Research in Existence and Society, Copenhagen University. Projects: “The Kinesiological Body” & “Cancer Patients’ Experiences of Reiki Healing”.

 

Research funding: 

2021:     Post doc “Involvement of relatives to patients with severe acquired brain injury” RM fund: 56.800 €

2020:    Part of “Empathy and mindfulness training in palliative care settings”. Velliv: 125.000 €

2019:    Part of “Empathy and mindfulness training”. The Danielsen Foundation: 3.000 €

2017:    Post doc “Cognitive changes and existential values”. The Health Foundation: 26.000 €

2013:    PhD project “Cancer Patients’ Religious Resources”. The Health Foundation: 17.600 €

2012:    PhD project “Cancer Patients’ Religious Resources”. University of Southern Denmark: 68.000 €.

2011:    PhD project “Cancer Patients’ Religious Resources”. The Danish Cancer Society: 57.000 €.

2010:    PhD project “Cancer Patients’ Religious Resources”. The Danish Cancer Society: 66.000 €.

 

Memberships:
Nordic Network for Research in Faith and Health; International and national seminars and meetings of researchers studying the relations between faith and health. https://faith-health.org/

Nordic Network for Narratives in Medicine; Interdisciplinary research network exploring relations between medicine and art with a strong focus on narrativity https://www.sdu.dk/en/nnm

Micro-phenomenology Laboratory; International assembly of researchers committed to explore and discuss the micro-phenomenological method. https://www.microphenomenology.com/laboratory

The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) – Spiritual Task Force: International research network focusing on spiritual care. https://www.eapcnet.eu/eapc-groups/reference/spiritual-care

DMCG-Pall Research network; Danish Multidisciplinary Cancer Group - Coordinating Research in Palliative Care. http://www.dmcgpal.dk/799/forskningsnetvrkipalliation

 

Publications: 

Peer-reviewed

Bjerre Jensen, D. & Boelsbjerg H.B. (submitted). ”At røre og at blive berørt - berøringens betydning for relationsdannelse”. [To touch and to be touched - the importance of touch for relationship formation].  Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin.

Kaysen I. & Boelsbjerg H.B. (submitted). ”Taktil stimulering – et tilbud til patienter og pårørende”. [Tactile stimulation - an offer for patients and relatives]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin.

Suhr C., Boelsbjerg H.B. & Heimann K. (submitted). “Hvordan oplever vi kærlighed? Mikrofænomenologi som metode til beskrivelse af subjektive oplevelser”. [How do we Experience Love? Micro-Phenomenology as a Method for Describing Subjective Experiences]. Jordens Folk.

Boelsbjerg H.B., Kurita G.P., Sjøgren P. & Hansen N.V. (submitted). “Does subjective and objective cognitive performance coincide in advanced cancer?”. The Patient.

Glasdam, S., Stjärnsward, S. & Boelsbjerg H.B. (submitted). “Neoliberal framed suffering in professionals and patients in palliative care settings - examples from an anthropological field study in Denmark”. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration.

Heimann K., Boelsbjerg H.B., Allen C., van Beek M., Suhr C., Lübbert A., & Petitmengin C. (submitted). “Attuning our hearts. Micro-Phenomenology applied to itself”. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Hede K. & Boelsbjerg H.B. (2021). ”At tage afsked under COVID-19 – et pårørende-perspektiv”. [Saying farewell during COVID-19. A relative’s perspective]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin, 38(1).

Hvidt N.C., Nielsen K.T., Kørup A.K., Prinds C.L., Hansen D.G., Viftrup D.T., Hvidt E.A., Hammer E.R., Falkø E., Locher F., Boelsbjerg H.B., Wallin J., Thomsen K.F., Schrøder K., Moestrup L., Nissen R.D., Stewart-Ferrer S.S., Stripp T., Steenfeldt V.Ø., & Wæhrens E.E.E. (2020). ”Professional Perspectives on the Concept of Spiritual Care identified through Group Concept Mapping”. BMJ Open, Dec. 2020.

Andersen L.M., Boelsbjerg H.B. & Høybye, M.T. (2020). ”Tracing Uncertainties in New Prognostics of Consciousness”. Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund, 2020; 17(33) p.87-108.

Boelsbjerg H.B. (2020). ”Genfortælling som valideringspraksis”. [Re-telling as a practice of validation]. Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund, 2020; 17(33) p.131-138. 

Boelsbjerg H.B. & Ostenfeld Rosenthal, A. (2020). ”At træne nærvær og medfølelse blandt hospicemedarbejdere.” [Training mindfulness and compassion among hospice staff]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin, 37(4), p. 30-35.

Hede K. & Boelsbjerg H.B. (2020). ”Et udvidet moralsk loboratorium: En (auto-)etnografisk undersøgelse af det danske begravelsesritual, og hvordan dets praksisser genforhandles som følge af COVID-19.” [An extended moral laboratory: An (auto-) ethnographic study of the Danish funeral ritual, and how its practices are renegotiated as a result of COVID-19]. Jordens Folk, 56(2), p.67-74.

Boelsbjerg H.B. & Baig N. (2020). ”At dø i fremmede arme. Etniske minoritetspatienters palliative behov under indlæggelse på sygehus” [To die in the arms of a stranger. Ethnic minority patients’ palliative needs during hospitalisation]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin, 37(3) p.61-66.

Andersen, L.M., Boelsbjerg H.B. & Høybye, M.T. (2020). “Disorders of Consciousness: An embedded ethnographic approach to uncovering the specific influence of functional neurodiagnostics of consciousness in surrogate decision making”. Neuroethics, September.

Boelsbjerg H.B. & Glasdam, S. (2020). “Dying Fit or Not – Physical Activity as Antidote to Death?”. Omega. Journal of Death and Dying. April, 2020.   

Glasdam, S., Jacobsen, C.B. & Boelsbjerg H.B. (2020). ”Nurses' rejections of patients' initiatives for involvement - ethical challenges in palliative care”. Nursing Ethics. 2020, July, p.1-13.

Boelsbjerg H.B., Knox, J.S.L. & Plough Hansen, H. (2019). ”Digte om døden – fra forskning til folkelig formidling”. [Poetry about death – from research to public communication]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin.

Boelsbjerg H.B. & Ostenfeld Rosenthal, A. (2019). ”Nærvær omkring døende og dets betydning for (lokal)samfundet. [Presence and its value for the (local) community]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2018): “Tro blandt døende – en psykologisk udfordring?” [Faith among the dying – a psychological challenge?”. Omsorg. Tidsskriftet for nordisk palliation, October, 2018.

Holm, V.W. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2018). “Sociale medier og eksistentiel lindring”. [Social media and existential relief among young terminal cancer patients]. Omsorg. Tidsskriftet for nordisk palliation, April, 2018.
Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2013). ”‘Det Hellige Rum’. Sjælesorg på hospitaler” [Sacred space: Pastoral care in hospitals]. Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund, nr.18, 2013.   

Grünenberg, K., Hillersdal, L. Kjærgaard, H.W., Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2013). ”Doing Wholeness, Producing Subjects. Kinesiological Sensemaking and Energetic Kinship”. Body and Society, March 2013, p.1-28.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. & Baig, N. (2011). ”’Enhver skal smage døden’: Billeder af døden og det evige liv i et muslimsk perspektiv.”[’Every soul shall taste death’. Metaphores on death and eternal life from a Muslim perspective]. Omsorg. Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin, 7(1), s. 25-28.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2010). ”Kræftpatienters brug af Reiki-healing som magisk praksis”. [Cancer patients’ use of reiki-healing as magical practice]. Tidsskriftet Antropologi, særnummer ’Magi’, juni, 2010. 

 

Book chapters

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2021). ”Kulturelle forståelser af krop, sygdom og død”. [Cultural understandings of body, illness and death]. In: Boelsbjerg, H.B. & Hermansen, M. (ed.): Kultur for sundhedsprofessionelle. [Culrure for health care professionals]. København: Gads forlag.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. & Hermansen, M. (2021). ”Forord”. [Preface]. In: Boelsbjerg, H.B. & Hermansen, M. (ed.): Kultur for sundhedsprofessionelle. [Culrure for health care professionals]. København: Gads forlag.

Hermansen, M. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2021). ”Kulturelle kompetencer”. [Cultural competences]. In: Boelsbjerg, H.B. & Hermansen, M. (ed.): Kultur for sundhedsprofessionelle. [Culrure for health care professionals]. København: Gads forlag.

Blom, K, Wasteson, N. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2019). “En smuk sjæl i en sund krop” [A beautiful soul in a healthy body]. In: Glasdam, S. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (ed.): Folkesundhed – bag om intentioner og strategier. [Public health – behind intentions and strategies].  København: Gads forlag.

Hendriksen, M.P. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2019). “De nationale mål for sundhed – en strategi til normalisering af befolkningen?” [The national goals for health – a strategy for normalizing?] In: Glasdam, S. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (ed.):  Folkesundhed – bag om intentioner og strategier. [Public health – behind intentions and strategies]. København: Gads forlag.

Glasdam, S. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2019). “Introduktion” [Introduction]. In: Glasdam, S. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (ed.):  Folkesundhed – bag om intentioner og strategier. [Public health – behind intentions and strategies]. København: Gads forlag.

Dyhr, L. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2015). ”Palliation hos patienter med anden etnisk baggrund” [Palliative care of patients of different ethnic backgrounds]. In: Larsen, H. & Neergaard, M.A. (ed.) Palliativ medicin – en lærebog [Palliative Medicine - A Textbook]. København: Munksgaard.

Jacobsen, B. & Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2011). “Døden i eksistenspsykologisk belysning”. [Death from an existential psychological view]. Humanistisk palliation: Teori, metode, etik og praksis [Humanistic Palliation. Theory, method and practice]. København: Hans Reitzel, 2011. s. 93-106. 

 

Non-peer-reviewed

Boelsbjerg H.B. & Ostenfeld Rosenthal, A. (2020). “Kan tro (og spiritualitet) flytte bjerge?”. [Can faith (and spirituality) move mountains?]. Prana – Det bevidste bogasin. 34, Dec. 2020.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2018). “At mærke andre – omskæring som identitetsmarkør”. [Touching others. Circumcision as identity marker]. “1. Omtanke. Større end kroppen – omskæring”, Tænketanken Eksistensen, Nov. 2018.

Boelsbjerg, H.B., Frølund, H. Hoffmann-Petersen, I.T. & Thomsen, K. (2018). ”Hvilket menneske giver vi plads i vores sundhedsvæsen?”. [What kind of human do we give room in our health care system?]. “1. Omtanke. Større end kroppen – omskæring”, Tænketanken Eksistensen, Nov. 2018.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2014). “Tro som støtte under livstruende sygdom”. [Faith as support during life threatening illness]. Psykologisk Set, 94, 2014.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2013). Book review of ‘Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices: Anthropological Reflections’. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, vol.78, 2013.

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2013). ”Hvorfor fortrænger vi døden? Teoretiske refleksioner om angsten for at dø”[Why do we deny death? Theoretical reflections on the fear of dying]. Fokus på Kræft og Sygepleje, nr. 1, 2013.

Boelsbjerg, H.B., Grünenberg, K., Hillersdal, L & Walker, H.K. (2011). ”Kroppen som orakel”. [The body as oracle]. Weekendavisen, 9.12.2011. 

Boelsbjerg, H.B. (2010). “Samtaler om døden i et eksistenspsykologisk perspektiv” [Conversations on death in an existential psychology perspective]. Fokus på Kræft og Sygepleje, 2010, vol 30, nr. 3, s. 14-17.

 

Not-published

Boelsbjerg H.B. (2017). At nærme sig døden – menneskeligt og metodisk. En kvalitativ undersøgelse af kristne og muslimske kræftpatienter i palliative forløb. [Coming close to dying. A qualitative study on Christian and Muslim cancer patients within palliative care]. PhD thesis, Institute of Health Faculty, University of Southern Denmark, p.450.

Boelsbjerg H.B., Speck, P, Hvidt, N.C., Gysels, M., Higginson, I.J., Selman, L. (under revision): “Contextual and cultural influences on spiritual concerns and providers’ practices in palliative care: A qualitative study in South Africa, Uganda and Denmark”. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.


Selected conference presentations:

Oral
2021:    “Visualizing the invisible in neuro-critical care “. NNMHR The Northern Network for Medical Humanities 4th Annual Congress “Medical Humanities: (In)Visibility”, April, online. 

2021:    “Evaluating mindfulness and compassion training as prevention of compassion fatigue among hospice workers”. ICM International Conference on Mindfulness: “"Diversity and equality - leaving no one behind." July 5-9, Denmark, online.

2021:    ”Determining socially relevant responses in patients with an ambiguous state of consciousness” MAAH conference: XI Medical Anthropology at Home conference ”Transfigurations of Uncertainty in Health and Medicine” October, Vianna, Austria.

2020:     “This is just an ‘island of consciousness’. Constituting personhood in patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome”. 16th EASA Biennial Conference: ”New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe”. European Association of Social Anthropologists, July 21-24. Online. 

2020:     “Teaching (as) activism. How to practice what you preach”. Co-presenting with Sociologist Lina Katan at 16th EASA Biennial Conference: ”New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe”. European Association of Social Anthropologists, July 21-24. Online.

2020:     ”Cognitive dysfunction in patients with advanced cancer: impact on existential values, meaning, and interpersonal relations”. EAPC conference “10th World Research Congress”. European Association of Palliative Care. October 8-10. Online. 

2019:     “’Hvordan var det nu, det var?’ Genfortælling som valideringspraksis”. [How was it actually? Re-telling as a practice of validation]. Nordic Network for the Narratives in Medicine. February 27-28, Oslo, Norway.   

2019:     “Death as God’s Shadow. Images of God and Death among Christian and Muslim Cancer Patients”. IAPR Conference “New Trends and Neglected Themes”. International Association of Psychology of Religion; August 31-September 3, Gdansk, Polen.

2018:    “Thinking through narratives. Informing clinical staff about spiritual needs through life stories”. Nordic Network for Narratives in Medicine, March 20-21, University of Lund, Sweden. 

2018:    “Muslim and Christian cancer patients’ need for existential and spiritual care in a secular society”. ECRSH; “Forgiveness in Health, Medicine and Social Sciences”. European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health. May 17th-19th, Coventry, England.

2018:    “Spiritual Concerns among Muslim Cancer Patients in a Secular Society”. EAPC conference “10th World Research Congress”. European Association of Palliative Care; May 22-24, Bern, Switzerland.

2018:    “Investigating death through art and science – initiatives to improve health care for the terminally ill and dying”. Nordic Arts & Health Research Conference; November 7th, Turku, Finland.

2017:    “Creating Sacred Space. On Chaplaincy on Danish Hospitals”. IAPR Conference “Culture, Context and Existential Challenges”.  International Association of Psychology of Religion; Hamar, Norway. 

2015:    “Understanding cultural dimensions of spiritual care: A qualitative study of spiritual care providers in South Africa, Uganda and Denmark”. EAPC conference “Building Bridges”, European Association of Palliative Care; Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Posters

2021:    “Evaluating mindfulness and compassion training as prevention of compassion fatigue among hospice workers”. Boelsbjerg HB, Holland Hansen N, Fjorback L. European Association of Palliative Care, EAPC, 17th World Congress”; Oct. 6-8, online.

2019:    “Existential well-being and cognitive dysfunction”. Boelsbjerg HB, Kurita GP, Hansen NV, Sjøgren P. European Association of Palliative Care, EAPC, Berlin, Germany. 

2017:     “Existential suffering and cognitive changes in patients with advanced cancer”. Boelsbjerg HB, Kurita GP, Hansen NV, Sandvad M, Sjøgren P. ESRI Mind & Life Summer Research Seminar; Chimsee am Prien, Germany.

2014:     ”The provision of spiritual care as a universal and cultural practice”. Boelsbjerg, HB, Selman, L, Speck P, Harding R, Higginson IJH, Gysels M. Seminar “Spiritual care in palliative care: recent European research and future developments”, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College, London.  

 

Public engagement:

2021: ”The influence of spiritual practice on the process of dying” online presentation at Karma Dechen Choling, Warszawa, Poland.

2021: ”Forskning på behandlingens præmisser”. Contributing with an interview to article in Nyt Aspekt describing relevant methods for research in complementary and alternative therapies. 

2021: “At tro på et liv efter døden”. Public online talk arranged by ‘Being with Dying’ led by anthropologist Ann Ostenfeld-Rosenthal.

2020: “Sund livsstil bygger ikke kun på lægevidenskab”. Reply in the newspaper Berlingske, https://www.berlingske.dk/kommentarer/sund-livsstil-bygger-ikke-kun-paa-laegevidenskab

2020: ”Læger bør bidrage til en lødig debat om alternativ behandling, ikke lave skræmmekampagner”. Reply in the newspaper Information, https://www.information.dk/debat/2020/01/laeger-boer-bidrage-loedig-debat-alternativ-behandling-lave-skraemmekampagner

2019: ”Kvaksalvere på YouTube”. [Charlatans on YouTube]. Participating in the program ’Sygt nok’ P1, DR (the Danish Broadcasting Corporation) in a panel consisting of PhD Maja Thiele and PhD Anders Neergaard. https://www.dr.dk/radio/p1/sygt-nok/sygt-nok-35

2019: ”Alternative behandling eller dyr placebo?” [Alternative Treatment or Expensive Placebo?]. Participating in the program ’Sygt nok’ P1, DR (the Danish Broadcasting Corporation) in a panel consisting of PhD Maja Thiele, Prof. Lene Vase and Dr. Andreas Rudkøbing. https://www.dr.dk/radio/p1/sygt-nok/sygt-nok-36

2018: “Kunsten at nærme sig døden”. [The Art to Approach Death]. Planning and participating in the Festivale Resonans for three days with presentations and performances related to the culture and death and dying. Nov., 2018, Copenhagen. http://resonansfestival.dk

2018: Excerpts from the program: Death talks – culture, faith and illness. Presented in collaboration with prof. Morten Sodemann, photographer Klaus Bo, hospital chaplain Lotte Mørk. 

2018: Poems of death. Poetry as a scientific practice. Presented in collaboration with prof. Helle Plough Hansen and PhD, philosopher Jeanette Knox.

2018: Weigth of life: Workshop for dancers and performers held by Dorte Bjerre Jensen and prof. Joe Dumit.

 

Reviewer:

•    Supportive Care in Cancer
•    Journal of Oncology
•    Mortality
•    Palliative Medicine
•    British Journal of Sociology
•    European Journal of Cancer Care
•    International Mindfulness Conference 2021


Languages:

•    Danish: mother tongue 
•    English and German: fluent
•    Turkish, Farsi and Russian: elementary

 

 

Qualifications

Humanistica Helath Research, PhD, Forskerskolen i Humanistisk Sundhedsforskning, Syddansk Universitet

22 Mar 201022 Jun 2017

Award Date: 22 Jun 2017

Study of religion, MA, Aarhus University

1 Sep 19951 Aug 2008

Award Date: 1 Aug 2008

Employment

Postdoc

Department of Clinical Medicine - Interacting Minds Centre (IMC)

Aarhus University

Aarhus C, Denmark

5 Mar 2019 → present

Forskningskonsulent

Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed

1 Jul 202130 Sep 2021

External Lecturer

Sociologisk Institut Københavns Universitet

Denmark

20151 Sep 2020

Research assistent

Sociologisk Institut Københavns Universitet

Denmark

20142015

Lecturer

Folkeuniversitet, Aarhus

20122013

Lecturer

Københavns Folkeuniversitet

20112012

Research Assistent

Sociologisk Institut Københavns Universitet

Denmark

20072009

Projects

Nærvær, empati og compassion - træning til sundhedsprofessionelle, der arbejder med døende

Boelsbjerg, H. B., Ostenfeld-Rosenthal, A., Fjorback, L. & Hansen, N. H.

01/09/202031/08/2021

Borderlands of living. Tracing states of (un-)consciousness between the irreversible and the potential

Høybye, M. T., Boelsbjerg, H. B. & Andersen, L. M.

Carlsbergfondet

01/04/2019 → …