Ph.d.-stipendiater – Københavns Universitet

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Thomas Randrup Pedersen

Thomas Randrup Pedersen

Ph.d.-studerende

Primære forskningsområder

Regions: Europe (Britain ¤ Denmark ¤ Ireland ¤ Northern Ireland) ¤ South Asia (Afghanistan)

Themes: Being and becoming ¤ civil-military entanglements ¤ contemporary soldiering and counterinsurgency war ¤ dwelling and occupation ¤ ethics and moralities ¤ identity and violence ¤ man and machine ¤ nationalism and civil religion ¤ transformations and transgressions ¤ violently divided societies ¤ visual research

Aktuel forskning

PhD project (working title): What Doesn’t Kill You: An Anthropological Exploration of Denmark’s New Warrior Generation.

The project scrutinises how Danish soldiers, through military training and war-zone deployment, are (trans)formed in part as professional practitioners and in part as human beings. The project sheds light in particular upon how Danish troops, in talkings and in doings, associate such (trans)formations with notions of ‘strength’ and ‘enrichment’. That is, rather than elaborating one-sidedly on the human costs of war-zone deployment, the purpose of the project is to illuminate how twentieth-first century soldiering seemingly involves the risk of a price to pay that is somehow intimately connected with the chance of a prize to win, and, how, by implication, this ‘gambling’ affects Danish soldiers and their civil-military entanglements, be that at home or on the front.

The project is based on ethnographic fieldwork inside Danish combat units before, during and after deployment (to Afghanistan). The project constitutes one of three subprojects within the collaborative research project Soldier and Society: Anthropological Perspectives. The project is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities and is scheduled to run from September 2012 to August 2015. The project is supervised by Birgitte Refslund Sørensen, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

Political Anthropology, fall 2014/spring 2015, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

Civil-military Relations in War and Peace: Anthropological Perspectives, fall 2013, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

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