Research group

Short bios


Frederik StjernfeltFrederik Stjernfelt (b. 1957) Professor at the Dept. for Communication, Aalborg University. His research interests cover cognitive semiotics, philosophy of science, history of ideas, theory of literature, political philosophy. His post doc habilitation thesis Diagrammatology. An Investigation on the Borderlines of Phenomenology, Ontology, and Semiotics (2007) undertakes a reconstruction and actualization of the doctrine of diagrammatical reasoning in Charles Peirce’s semiotics, arguing that the general notion of diagram is fit to cover cognitive science concepts like frame, script, schema, etc. Together with Jens-Martin Eriksen, he has written several books, including The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism (2012:, also in French and Danish). In 2014, he published Natural Propositions: The Actuality of Peirce's Doctrine of Dicisigns. With Peer Bundgaard, he has edited the 4-vol. Semiotics - Critical Concepts with classic and new semiotics papers (2010). He co-edited the 2500-pages history of ideas Tankens Magt (The Power of Thought, 2006). With David Budtz, he was the PI of the "Humanomics" project 2011-15 and co-editor of the Danish books "Kampen om disciplinerne" (The Struggle over Disciplines, 2015) and "Kortlægning af dansk humanistisk forskning" (Mapping Danish Humanities Research, 2016). In the pipeline is "MEN - ytringsfrihedens historie i Danmark" (BUT - the history of free speech in Denmark, with Jacob Mchangama).

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Phone (direct): +45 87 16 31 95
E-mail: stjern@hum.aau.dk


David Budtz-PedersenDavid Budtz Pedersen (b. 1980) is Professor & Head of Research at Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen. He is Principal Investigator for the projet Mapping the Public Value of Humanities (2016-2019) supported by the Velux Foundation (Grant no. 12997). He holds PhD, MA and BA degrees in philosophy of science and science policy studies from University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna. In 2009, he was Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, New York University. His work focuses on science and innovation policy and management, and on developing new methods and practices for strengthening the impact of research in society. His most recent articles include “The Political Epistemology of Science-Based Policy-Making” (2015), “Integrating Humanities and Social Science in Interdisciplinary Research” (2016), and “Open Human Science” (2017). He is the co-editor of several books including “Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities” (2017), “Mapping the Humanities” (2016, DA), "The Struggle of Disciplines" (2015, DA), and "How to Manage the Knowledge Society" (2012, DA). Prof. Pedersen is the recipient of several research grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research (2008-2011), The Velux Foundation (2012-2015 & 2016-2019), The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (2016-2017) and Horizon 2020 (2016-2019). David Budtz has about 75 entries on his list of publications ranging from research papers, research monographs, edited volumes, policy reports, op-ed columns, newspaper articles, etc. He has given 100+ academic talks and invited lectures in 20+ countries.

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Phone (direct): +45 30 29 29 74
E-mail:davidp@hum.aau.dk


Claus EmmecheClaus Emmeche (b. 1956) is Associate Professor at the Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen, with an educational background in biology and the history, philosophy and social studies of science (also called "theory of science": videnskabsteori). His current research interests focus on the philosophy of interdisciplinarity, with friendship studies as a case. He has previously published on the construction of semiotic models of living systems (biosemiotics), the emergence of levels of embodiment in evolution (ontology, cognitive science), and modes of research in post-academic settings (sociology of science). He participated in public debates about academic freedom at universities in Denmark before the total penetration of top-down NPM forms of governance. Papers from the friendship studies project include “Robotic friendship: Can a robot be a friend?”, “Semiotic scaffolding of the social self in reflexivity and friendship”, “The borderology of friendship in academia” and “Thinking with friends: Embodied cognition and relational attention in friendship”. In the Humanomics context he will investigate how research on friendship extends across topics such as creativity, identity, cross-cultural communication, health, personal development, learning, civil society, public/private borders, social cohesion, network dynamics and community building; and how this is studied across different styles of research in the human and social sciences. 

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Phone (direct): +45 51 32 91 49
Phone (secretariat): +45 35 32 03 94
E-mail: cemmeche@ind.ku.dk


Claus EmmecheAnne Marie Mai (b. 1953) is Professor at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. Her research interests are the social dimensions literature, interdisciplinary welfare studies, comparative literary history, nordic women’s literature. Her Pd.D thesis, Danske kvindelige forfattere, vol. I-II, analyses the history of Danish women’s literature (Gyldendal, 1983). She has published several books and essays on Danish and Nordic literature and edited Danske digtere i det 20. Århundrede, vol I-III (Gads forlag, 2000-2001). Galleri 66, a history on contemporary Danish literature (Gyldendal), was published 2016 along with Danish literature of the 20th and early 21 century (Syddansk UNiversitetsforlag). She is the research manager of The Danish Research Foundation’s program, „Uses of literature“ (2016-2021). She has received the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Research-Communication Award (2014), The Research Dissemination Prize of SDU (2011) and The Danish Art Council’s Prize (2010).

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Phone (direct): + 45 24276357
E-mail: ammai@sdu.dk


Claus EmmecheHans Siggaard Jensen (b.1947)
Professor in philosophy at The Danish University of Education & Head of Department at Learning Lab Denmark, visiting Professor at Kingston University/Kingston University Business School in London, Professor II at North Trøndelag College of Higher Education in Norway, Chairman of the European Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management (EUDOKMA), Honorary President of the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), Chairman of the Research Committee on Creativity, Innovation, New Forms of Production and the Experience Economy under the Danish Strategic Research Council, Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Chairman of the Board, Prolog Development Center Chairman of the Board, Suhr’s University College, member of the Committee for the Internationalization of the Danish Educational System

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E-mail: hsj@edu.au.dk



Simo KøppeSimo Køppe (b. 1951) exam.art. in psycholinguistic, mag.art. in psychology, ph.d. in biologi, dr.med. Professor.mso at Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University. His research interest covers philosophy of science, emergens and reductionism, production of subjectivity, relations between modalities, motor intentionality. Psykologiens opståen og udvikling i Danmark, together with Ole Andkjær Olsen: Freuds Psychoanalysis and Psykoanalysen efter Freud I-II, edited and partly translated nine volumes of S. Freuds work. Ph.d.: Virkelighedens niveauer, dr.med.: Neurosens opståen og udvikling i 1800tallet. PI in projects from the Danish Council for Independent Research. Culture and communication and from LEGO. Member of The Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters.

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Phone (direct): +45 35 32 48 72
Phone (secretariat):+45 35 32 48 00
E-mail: simo.koeppe@psy.ku.dk

 


Lasse Gøhler JohanssonLasse Gøhler Johansson (1987-) Lasse Gøhler Johansson (1987-) is a research assistant at the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University and PhD student at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. He holds a BA in philosophy from Aarhus University and a MSc in sociology from the University of Copenhagen. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Harvard University. His work focuses on knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Lasse's work is historical and draws on a wide range of empirical sources, including library and archival material, survey data and bibliometric data. He has contributed to Kampen om disciplinerne (2015), Kortlægning af dansk humanistisk forskning (2016) and Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities (2017).

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Phone (direct): +45 2737 4168
E-mail: lassegj@gmail.com


Jonas GrønvadJonas Grønvad (b. 1984) has joined the Humanomics Research Center on a PhD scholarship supported by the Velux Foundation (Grant no. 12997). He is part of the core research team in Mapping the Public Value of Humanities (2016-2019). Before joining Humanomics, he was a graduate student in sociology at University of Copenhagen. Jonas’ research focuses on knowledge production, elite studies and the role of science and expertise in public policies and governance. His work at the Humanomics Research Centre explores the Danish system of corporatism in which formal policy networks can be seen as an integral way in which research inform and influence political decision-making. Among his research questions, Jonas explores what types of scientific expertise are included in policy processes and which types scientific knowledge are favoured. These research questions are addressed through an empirical analysis drawing on data from Danish Expert Commissions and Committees in the period 2003-2014.

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E-mail: Jonas@groenvad.dk


Thomas Trøst HansenThomas Trøst Hansen (b. 1983) is an industrial PhD student sponsored by Wonderful Copenhagen and Innovation Fund Denmark. He is affiliated researcher at the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen. He holds a BA and MSc in political science from the University of Copenhagen and a MA in Discourse Analysis and Ideology from the University of Essex, UK. His work focuses on how scientific conferences underpin the knowledge economy and is particularly interested in effects related to networks and visibility. He has previously worked in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and in the Danish National Research Foundation as an advisor on national and international science policy.

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E-mail: tth@woco.dk


Finn CollinFinn Collin (b. 1949) is adjunct professor at Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University and professor emeritus at University of Copenhagen. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a dr.phil. degree from the University of Copenhagen, both in philosophy. His area of research comprises philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science with special focus on the humanities and social science. His dr. phil. dissertation from the University of Copenhagen, Theory and Understanding (Basil Blackwell,1985) assessed the prospects of developing a genuinely theoretical understanding of human action in social science and humanities while staying within the intentional framework of explanation. In Social Reality (Routledge, 1997), he presented a critical examination of a broad spectrum of constructivist theories with respect to social reality, while Science Studies as Naturalized Philosophy (Springer, 2011) offered a parallel study of epistemic and ontological constructivism with respect to the natural sciences. Collin has also published a number of introductory textbooks in Danish on constructivism and philosophy of science, among them Konstruktivisme (1993, German translation 2008) and Hvad er humaniora (2012), and also on the philosophy of language (Sprogfilosofi 1998, with Finn Guldmann, Swedish translation 2000, English translation 2004). He has edited and contributed to anthologies on philosophy of the humanities (Humanistisk videnskabsteori, with Simo Køppe, 3rd edition 2014) and on philosophy of social science (Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate, with Julie Zahle, Springer 2014).
Collin has contributed numerous articles to Danish and international philosophy journals as well as chapters in international encyclopedias and handbooks.
He directed the research project “Humanistisk videnskab og dens rolle i videnssamfundet”, (“The Human Sciences and their role in knowledge society”) sponsored by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities, 2008-2011.
Collin is Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters since 2003.

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Phone (direct): +45 2423 0079
E-mail: collin@hum.ku.dk


Runa V. HøjgaardRúna V. Højgaard (b.1989) is a Masters student in Religious Roots of Europe at the University of Copenhagen, with a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Religion. Her special research areas have been examining whether the Danish theology-programme can be seen as a vocational education, and also the religious landscape of the Faroe Islands. Rúna has previously been working as a Research Assistant at Datalytic and Legatbogen in Copenhagen, and the Databank (Statbank) in the Faroe Islands. She is currently working at the Humanomics Research Centre as a Programme Organizer Assistant.

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Phone (direct): (+45) 4271 7870
E-mail: runa@hum.aau.dk


Andrea HyldigAndrea Hyldig is studying psychology at the University of Copenhagen, where she is currently also teaching BA students in the philosophy of science. She has joined the group as a scholarstipendiat under professor Simo Køppe.

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Phone (direct): +45 5092 6499
E-mail: andreajoehyldig@gmail.com


Andrea HyldigAndreas Brøgger Jensen (b. 1990) is a research assistant at the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen. Andreas earned his masters degree in psychology (cand.psych) at the University of Copenhagen. He wrote his thesis on employee participation in co-production processes in the public sector in collaboration with the danish National Research Center for The Working Environment (NRCWE). He is co-author on a systematic meta-review on the effects of organizational interventions on psychosocial work environment conducted at the NRCWE. At the Humanomics Research Center he is currently working on a systemic literature review mapping the field of policy impact and science advice supported by the Velux Foundation (Grant no. 12997).

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Phone (direct): (+45) 2926 4462
E-mail: brogger@hum.aau.dk


Uffe ØstergaardUffe Østergård (f. 1945). Emeritus Professor in European and Danish History, Department for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, honorary professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Aarhus
Born 1945; graduated from Collège d’Europe, Bruges in 1970 (sciences politiques) and University of Aarhus in 1972 (history). From 1970 various departments at the University of Aarhus; Vice-dean Faculty of Arts 1981-83; 1987-1992 senior research fellow at the Centre for Cultural Research, UA. 1996-2000 Jean Monnet Professor in European Civilization and Integration. 1999-2000 Head of department, Center for European Cultural Studies AU. 2000 to 2006 Head of Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Danish Institute for International Studies. January 2007- October 2014 Professor in European and Danish History, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School; emeritus October 31, 2014; adjunct professor Department of History, Aarhus University August 1, 2015-2020.
Research at the European University Institute, Firenze 1978-90; Center for European Studies, Harvard University 1984-85; Froðskapasetur Føroya 1988-89; Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University 1990; lectures at many universities all over the world. Numerous articles in Danish, Italian, German, French, Spanish, English and other languages. Books on national identity, national political cultures and nation-states in Europe: Den materialistiske historieopfattelse i Danmark 1973; Historieopfattelse og samfundsudvikling, (with J. C. Manniche and P. Torntoft) 1978; Tradition, opbrud og formidling (with N. Christensen and J. C. Manniche) 1979; Fascismen i Italien. Brud og kontinuitet i Italiens historie efter 1800 (with T. B. Olesen and N. A. Sørensen) 1984 (2. ed. 1986); Akropolis – Persepolis tur/retur 1991; Europas ansigter 1992 (2. ed. 1998, 3. ed. 2001); Dansk identitet? 1992; Den globala nationalismen (in Swedish with B. Hettne og S. Sörlin) 1998 (2. revised ed. 2006); Europa. Identitet og identitetspolitik 1998 (2. ed. 2000). Se lige ud! Værnepligten til debat (with H. C. Bjerg og H. Engell) 1999. Main areas covered, Italy 1861-1986; France 1789-1986; Germany 1815-1988; Austria-Hungary; American Political Culture; Great Britain 1688-1990; the Ottoman Empire and Turkey; the Balkans; World War I and II; Conscription and Nationalism; Ancient History; Methodology and Theory of History; Marxist Theory; Denmark and the Nordic Counties; the Danish Commonwealth; Comparative studies of Nazism and Fascism; Cultural History; National Identity and Nationalism; European Civilization and Integration; International Relations; Geopolitics; Regions in Europe; Holocaust in European history; Memory Culture; Political Cultures and Traditions in EUrope; Welfare States in Comparative Perspective; Historical Sociology; Political Theories; Nationalism and Religions in Europe 4 vol. (under publication).
Foreign policy commentator, Information 1992-2002, Jyllands-Posten 1995-2001; Danish Radio and Television (P1; DR2) and TV2 since 1990; columnist Kristeligt Dagblad from 2015

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E-mail: uoe.dbp@cbs.dk
Postal address: Department for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 24A, DK 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark.


Joachim S. WiewiuraJoachim S. Wiewiura (b. 1987) is PhD Student in Philosophy at the Center for Information and Bubble Studies, University of Copenhagen, and holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen with electives in economics and economic history from Uppsala University, Sweden. He has also been educated at European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin, and has taught Philosophy of Science at the Niels Bohr Institute as well as Philosophy of Technology at IT University of Denmark. He has published internationally as book-editor and peer-reviewed writer as well as contributed to newspapers, science magazines and radio. He is interested in political philosophy and public spaces.

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Phone (direct): (+45) 2230 7330
E-mail: j.wiewiura@hum.ku.dk


Marie-Elisabeth Lei HolmMarie-Elisabeth Lei Holm (b. 1988) is a PhD-fellow at The University of Southern Denmark and works as a part of the research group 'Social Dimensions of Literature' led by Niels Bohr professor Rita Felski. Marie-Elisabeth investigates the interplay between literature, culture and society - and is particularly interested in what happens when new literary tendencies influence the public debate and make room for new forms of societal recognition and understanding. Marie-Elisabeth earned her master degree in Comparative Literature from University of Copenhagen and wrote her thesis about literary interpretations of war and conflict, focusing on how literary narratives and stories serve as psychological survival mechanisms for individuals dealing with the trauma of war (awarded the Academic Silver Medal at the university's annual celebratory ceremony). During her studies, Marie-Elisabeth received a scholarship to go New York and study philosophy and political science at Columbia University and Barnard College taught by, among others, professors Akeel Bilgrami and Lydia Goehr. She has contributed with numerous articles and debate pieces covering everything from educational policies to feminism for magazines and newspapers like Ræson, Information, Politiken and Universitetsavisen. Apart from that, she has worked as an independent communications advisor for private and public clients.

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Phone (direct): (+45) 4161 4141
E-mail: meholm13@hotmail.com


Rolf HvidtfeldtRolf Hvidtfeldt (b. 1974) is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Obel Family Foundation project Responsible Impact (ReAct). He is associated scholar in Humanomics Research Centre. He holds BA and MA degrees in philosophy from the university of Copenhagen and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Southern Denmark.Hvidtfeldt's research interests include philosophy of science in general with special focus on interdisciplinarity, the humanities, psychiatry, psychology, and everything related to methodology and the evaluation hereof. His further (and even more special) interests include issues such as philosophy of language and concepts, taxonomy, categorization, definition, idealization, modelling, scientific representation, and diagnostics. In 2015 Dr. Hvidtfeldt was a visiting scholar at the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. Hvidtfeldt has mainly published on philosophy of science, philosophy of interdisciplinary science, and on the need for raising awareness of how careless use of specialized conceptual tools (such as definitions) may have considerable regrettable consequences.”

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Phone (direct): (+45) 4162 2614
Email: rolfh@hum.aau.dk


Rebecca Sparre WandallRebecca Sparre Wandall (b. 1992) is studying psychology at the University of Copenhagen, where she is currently also teaching BA students in the philosophy of science. She has joined the group as a scholarstipendiat under professor Simo Køppe.

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Email: rebecca.hej@gmail.com