About Ethnology

The Ethnology section at the SAXO Institute explores cultural processes in Europe as well as globally, and offers teaching and learning at undergraduate, graduate amd postgraduate levels.

Continuing a long tradition of cultural research, ethnology views culture as practises and processes in which cultural forms emerge, are reproduced and transformed. Ethnology is characterised by a focus on processes, but also by a holistic perspective in which sociality, subjectivity and materiality are inseparable dimensions. Furthermore, the discipline centres on the relations between different worldviews that create variation and complexity inside as well as between societies.


Ethnology views its own history and theory reflectively as an integrated part of the realities it seeks to grasp. At the core of the ethnological endeavour is the investigation of the diverse and shifting ways in which practises of cultural history interact with other forms of practice as well as the ways in which the fields of study, the terms and categories of ethnology itself are formed and transformed. An ethnological culture analysis is therefore inextricably bound up with self-reflection as to its own scholarly practice.

Core research fields:
• the theory of culture and cultural history
• cultural complexity in Danish, European and global perspective
• culture and subjectivity, state form and life mode
• material culture, museology

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