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Nils Ole Bubandt


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:  

  • 2010-            Professor
  • 1999 -           Associate Professor (Lektor) University of Aarhus
  • 1995-99        Assistant Professor (Adjunkt), University of Aarhus  

Research and Research Management:      

  • 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.
  • 2013-2016      Director of the Research Programme Contemporary Ethnography at the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University
  • 2010-2015      Research Director of the international research network SATS: Sufism and Transnational Spirituality .  The network is funded 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 for Strategic Research.
  • 2005-2008      Head of Research for the Research Focus Area Globalisation (Faculty of Arts)
  • 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
  • 2019-2020.  Visiting Professor II at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2016-2017.  Guest professor at Arken. Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.
  • 2005 -         Co-Editor-in-Chief of Etnos (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
  • 2003-2004   President of The Danish Ethnographic Society
  • 1999-2010   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 peer reviewed articles for numerous leading journals, inclundig Anthropological Forum, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Paideuma, Journal 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 PhD candidate 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.