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Tenna Jensen

Tenna Jensen

Associate Professor

Associate professor in historical/ethnological research on health and ageing at the Copenhagen Center for Health Research in the Humanities( is a research center at the SAXO-Institute that unites several projects working with cultural analytical and historical perspectives on health, body and ageing

My position is part of the Center for Healthy Ageing ( and the CALM project (Counteracting age related loss of skeletal muscle-mass in the elderly), one of the University of Copenhagen Programmes of Excellence (

Research interests:

Conditions of ageing, life and health in 20th and 21st century Denmark. My primary work consists of studies of;


  • Skin disease and conditions in old age.
  • Past and present policies on food for elderly and food habits and preferences of elderly in Denmark.
  • Changes and continuities in the national, socio-geographical consumption of food and food quality in Denmark in a Scandinavian context past and present.
  • The inter-relationship between science, -policy and -practice and the importance of this to the formation and importance of social categories/population segments.

Until 1/10 2016 post.doc. on CALM with the project Food for the Elderly in 20th and 21st century Denmark. The project focuses on scientific and political perceptions of food for elderly and past and present municipal and personal food practices. I was project manager on the research project Appetit på maden ( appetit for food). The project is a collaboration with the municipality of Copenhagen concerning apetite among frail older persons in Copenhagen.

I am furthermore affiliated researcher at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford .

My PhD project on food consumption in 20th century Denmark was part of the mulitidiscoplinary research center Danish Obesity Research Center (DanOrc).



  • Cultural history and analysis of health in Denmark (1850- )
  • Percpetions of health and body 1850-
  • Historical and ethnological perspectives on food policy and science
  • Contemporary and historical projects on ageing policies, science and practices

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