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I handed in my PhD thesis at Aarhus University in November 2019, about the recent history of brain banking and bioethics in a Danish context. Read more here.
I am on the editorial board of Slagmark, the Danish journal for the history of ideas and science. I would love to hear from you regarding possible collaborations in the histories of medical science and technology, of bioethics, historical epistemology, and STS. I give public talks in Danish and English about collecting and archiving the body, as well as the ethical controversies attendant on such practices. I love writing popular texts (like Baggrunds Kabinet), and haiku/senryu poems. The first I find is a good way to process new knowledge and convince myself that I am making progress. The latter is a hobby to relax my mind and allow myself to think of things not related to my research.
This is a list of my academic and popular writings. Clicking will take you to a free online version or stored preprint-PDF of the text in question.
historian of medical science
2020 February - Present
Editor / akademiskdannelse.dk
I currently edit the online teaching resource akademiskdannelse.dk, while applying for postdoc positions and evaluating my career options.
2015 - Present
Editorial Board Member / Slagmark
I write well-structured, readable texts in Danish and English, attentively directed to the target audience. I am able to improve the structure of most texts and bring forward the key argument. I work to a deadline.
I confidently convey complex topics in an engaging and understandable way to most audiences. When presenting, I make thoughtful use of visual and digital aids, and I always invite and enjoy open discussion.
I have spent considerable time conceiving and administrating my own projects and have a keen sense of the importance of proper planning, oversight, and time management. Through Slagmark and Baggrund I have learnt many valuable lessons on good HR, management, and accountancy.
MA / Intellectual History / Aarhus University, Denmark
MSc / History of Science, Technology and Medicine / University of Manchester, UK
BA / History of Ideas and Comparative Literature / Aarhus University, Denmark
PhD Fellow / Aarhus University
My PhD research revolved around a Danish brain bank holding 9.479 brains from psychiatric patients collected without consent between 1945 and ’82.
You can read my thesis here.
2018 January - March
Visiting Predoctoral Fellow / Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
I joined Lorraine Daston’s Sciences of the Archive Working Group with a view towards a better understanding of how human brain collections can be conceptualized as archives, and what it means to do so, both historiographically, theoretically, and for the implicated historical actors.
Teaching / Aarhus University
I have taught BA and MA courses in history of science & medicine, historiography & methodology, medical ethics, and philosophy of science at Aarhus University. I have taken a number of courses on pedagogy in higher education, and enjoy continuously improving my teaching performance.
2014 - 2018
Editor / Baggrund.com
I have edited and written popular history texts for the Danish online magazine Baggrund.com which aims to broaden popular access to intellectual history, history of science, and the humanities in general.