Lecturers

Programme Coordinator

Christian B. N. Gade, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Courses: Core Concepts Contextualised, Conflict Dynamics and Management
  • Research interests: Nation-building, cultural heritage, transitional justice, restorative justice and conflict mediation in South Africa, Uganda, and Denmark (gade@cas.au.dk)

The coordinator manages the programme in close collaboration with Michael Eilenberg, the previous programme coordinator.

Lecturer Team

Anders Sybrandt Hansen, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Course: Core Concepts Contextualised
  • Research interests: Authoritarianism, education, ethics, ethnography, migration, and morality in China (etnoash@cas.au.dk)
Christian Axboe Nielsen, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Courses: Core Concepts Contextualised, Conflict Dynamics and Management
  • Research interests: Balkan and Eastern European history, European integration, nationalism and ethnic conflict, international organisations, international criminal justice, transitional justice (christian.a.nielsen@cas.au.dk)
Christian Vium, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Course: Core Concepts Contextualised
  • Research interests: Art and science, postcolonial theory, aesthetic practice, discourse and culture analysis, migration, urban anthropology, experimental anthropology, experimental methods, ethnographic film, photographic methods, re-enactment, collaborative knowledge production, and nomadism in Mauritania, Mali, Australia, Brazil, Siberia, South Africa, and France (cvium@cas.au.dk)
Jørgen Aagaard Axelsen, PhD, Senior Researcher
  • Course: Agro-ecology, Food Systems and Food Security
  • Research interests: Understanding and combating desertification to mitigate its impact on ecosystem services, degradation and restoration of soils and habitats in West Africa (jaa@bios.au.dk)
Heather Anne Swanson, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Course: Research Methods
  • Research interests: Environmental anthropology, cultural geography, environmental history, animal studies, science and technology studies, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, American West, modern Japan (ikshswanson@cas.au.dk)
Henrik Balslev, PhD, Professor
  • Courses: Tropical Ecosystem Management & Human Security
  • Research interests: Neotropical botany with main emphasis on taxonomy of Juncaceae and Palmae, phytosociology of tropical rainforests and páramos, economic botany of Palmae, and ethnobotany of Amazonian Indians (henrik.balslev@bios.au.dk)
Lotte Meinert, PhD, Professor with Special Responsibilities
  • Courses: Core Concepts Contextualised
  • Research interests: Uganda and Eastern Africa, critical phenomenology, medical anthropology, education, everyday life, epidemics, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, social contagion, human security, post-conflict, development, land issues, morality, trust, forgiveness, time and life phases (lotte.meinert@cas.au.dk)
Michael Eilenberg, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Courses: Core Concepts Contextualised
  • Research interests: State formation, sovereignty, autonomy, citizenship, agrarian expansion, and climate politics in frontier regions of Southeast Asia and Africa (etnome@cas.au.dk)
Mette Vaarst, PhD, Senior Researcher
  • Course: Agro-ecology, Food Systems and Food Security
  • Research interests: Organic and agro-ecological livestock farming approaches, diversity in farming conditions, challenges related to standard development and different approaches to the principles and values in organic farming, animal health and welfare planning, and action research (mette.vaarst@anis.au.dk)
Mikael Gravers, Associate Professor Emeritus
  • Course: Core Concepts Contextualised
  • Research interests: Ethnicity, globalisation, identity, conflict, power and politics, minorities, nationalism, natural resource management, religious movements, rituals, and development cooperation in Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar (etnomg@cas.au.dk)
Mikel Venhovens, MA, PhD Fellow
  • Course: Conflict Dynamics and Management
  • Research interests: Governmentality, biopolitics, nationalism, identity, ethnicity, nation-building, state-building, Georgia, Abkhazia (mjh.venhovens@cas.au.dk)
Theresa Ammann, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Course: Research Methods
  • Research interests: critical security studies, feminist security studies, Ebola, peacebuilding, posthumanism, gender and restorative justice in Liberia and Denmark (tammann@cas.au.dk)

External Lecturers

Bjarne Friis Pedersen
  • Course: Conflict Dynamics and Management
  • Expertise: Victim-offender mediation for the Danish Police and restorative justice. Bjarne is one of the most experienced conflict management trainers in Denmark, and he is responsible for the mediation training of the Danish National Police  (friis@pedersen.mail.dk)
Gonzalo Vargas
  • Course: Conflict Dynamics and Management
  • Expertise: Lectures about human rights violations, torture and forgiveness. As a former concentration camp prisoner during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile, Gonzalo brings unique personal perspectives (vargasgonza1941@hotmail.com)
Henrik Borgtoft Pedersen
  • Course: Tropical Ecosystem Management & Human Security
  • Expertise: Development engagements in Latin America and Africa within environment, natural resources management and climate change. Senior consultant and project manager at NIRAS (hbp@niras.dk)
Kurt Mosgaard 
  • Course: Core Concepts Contextualised
  • Expertise: Extensive knowledge of peace and security from a long military career. He is a former Major General and has held several influential positions, including the position as Force Commander for the UN mission  in Western Sahara (km@mosgaardconsulting.com)