History began with the first humans, never ends, and includes all of us and everything we do. As an academic discipline, history is all-encompassing, from the minuscule to the expansive, from specific detail to abstract theory. In practice, however, we can only ever learn about a small part of the historical process.


The University of Copenhagen has a distinctively unorthodox and innovative international profile in Antiquity research. The two areas it prioritises are empires and non-governmental organisations.















The Vikings and the Middle Ages

Research into the Vikings and the Middle Ages at the Saxo Institute deals with the history of Denmark and Europe 500–1500 CE, as seen in culture, scholarship, education, economics, politics, institutions, the climate, etc.









Modern history

The Saxo Institute conducts research into a broad spectrum of topics in the period c. 1500 to the present, including radical processes of renewal, industrialisation, population growth, Europeanisation, globalisation, ways of understanding the world and much more.









Contemporary history – the 20th and 21st centuries

The Saxo Institute’s teaching and research in contemporary history are based on diverse and wide-ranging research traditions such as political history, economic history, and cultural and social history.

Contemporary historians share an interest in historiographical, theoretical/methodological and empirical approaches to understanding the past approx. 100 years of history. They also work along with their fellow historians and other academics at the Institute, in particular the ethnologists.








































Theory and history

All historians at the Saxo Institute are engaged in theoretical questions linked to their research areas, while some specialise in science theory, including the history of science, historiography and the history of ideas.




Researchers and lecturers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Bak, Sofie Lene Associate Professor +4535329460 E-mail
Bang, Peter Fibiger Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4551299104 E-mail
Engelhardt, Juliane Associate Professor +4551299459 E-mail
Eriksen, Sidsel Associate Professor +4551299556 E-mail
Fink-Jensen, Morten Associate Professor +4523219209 E-mail
Fritzbøger, Bo Associate Professor +4551299759 E-mail
Ikonomou, Haakon Andreas Associate Professor +4535335625 E-mail
Jahnke, Carsten Associate Professor +4551299737 E-mail
Langen, Ulrik Professor +4527443416 E-mail
Langkjær, Michael Alexander Part-time Lecturer   E-mail
Lind, Gunner Professor +4551299328 E-mail
Løkke, Anne Professor +4551299604 E-mail
Mariager, Rasmus Mølgaard Professor +4551299606 E-mail
Møller, Jes Fabricius Associate Professor +4535335336 E-mail
Nosch, Marie Louise Bech Professor +4523828021 E-mail
Olden-Jørgensen, Sebastian Associate Professor +4551299653 E-mail
Olsen, Niklas Professor +4551299676 E-mail
Pedersen, Jan Associate Professor +4551299615 E-mail
Pelt, Mogens Associate Professor +4551299521 E-mail
Rasmussen, Anders Holm Associate Professor +4535335769 E-mail
Rasmussen, Morten Associate Professor +4529620550 E-mail
Rud, Søren Associate Professor +4551299605 E-mail
Schmidt, Regin Associate Professor +4551299534 E-mail
Shamir, Avner Associate Professor +4521179329 E-mail
Simonsen, Gunvor Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4551299335 E-mail
Sonne, Lasse Christian Arboe Associate Professor +4535326957 E-mail