Mikael Aktor

PhD

  • Campusvej 55

    5230 Odense M

    Denmark

1990 …2019
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Personal profile

Curriculum

Job and other postitions
2018- Vice chairman in the corps of external examiners for Global Language- and Area Studies with chairman responsibility for Indology, Modern South Asia Studies, Tibetology and South East Asia Studies (Indonesian and Thai)
2014-18 Vice chairman in the corps of external examiners for Indology and South Asia studies
2013 Member of the corps of external examiners for Indology and South Asia studies
2008- Associate Professor of study of religions, University of Southern Denmark
2006- Member of the corps of examiners for Study of Religions
2005-07 Assistent Lecturer of Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark
1999-2004 Assistent Professor of Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark

Conference organization
2015 Convenor of three panels "Exploring Aniconism (1-3)" at the IAHR (International Association for the History of Religion) XXIst World Congress, Erfurt, 23-29 August 2015; co-convened by Milette Gaifman, Yale University.
2012 Convenor of the panel “Objects of Worship in the Lived Religions of South Asia: Forms, Practices and Meanings”, at 22nd European Conference on South Asian Studies, Lisbon, 25.-28. July 2012; co-convened by Knut A. Jacobsen and Kristina Myrvold.
2010 Convenor of the panel “Goddesses and Women: The Interchange of Divine and Human Aspects of Women in South Asian Religious Traditions”, IAHR’s (International Association for the History of Religions) XXh Quinquennial World Congress, Toronto, Canada.
2000 Convenor of the two-day panel “The Upaniṣads, Focus and Perspectives” at IAHR’s (International Association for the History of Religions) XVIIIth Quinquennial World Congress, Durban, South Africa.
1998 Convenor of the two-day panel "Untouchability - past and present" at 15th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Charles University, Prague.

Field work
September-November 2014, Kathmandu and Muktinath, Nepal; Patna, Srikalahasti, Chennai, Thanjavur, India. Collection of material on the Pañcāyatanapūjā and four of the five stones worshipped in this.
December-January 2012-13, Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India. Collection of material and information on Bāṇaliṅga production.
January-May 2011. Varanasi, Ballia, Khajuraho and Madurai, India. Collection of material for research on Śivaliṅga iconography, practice, and interpretation.
15.-24. april, 2006. Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Tokyo and Osaka.
2004-2006. Soka Gakkai Denmark.

Education
1998 PhD in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.
1995-1996 Guest researcher at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
1993 MA in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.
1989 BA in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.
1988-91 Courses and exams in Sanskrit and Pali, University of Copenhagen.

Research areas

Hinduism
Ritual, Ritual objects, Iconography, Classical Hindu Law (dharmaśāstra).

In generel
Ritual Studies, Material Religion.

Other interests
Buddhism, Jainism, East Asian Religions. Contemporary India. Religions of Brazil.

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religious behavior Social Sciences
South Asia Social Sciences
India Social Sciences
god Social Sciences
Religion Arts & Humanities
popularization Social Sciences
ritual Social Sciences
Deity Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 1990 2019

Aniconicity and Aniconism

Aktor, M., 2019, The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Cultural and Cognitive Aesthetics of Religion. Koch, A. & Wilkens, K. (eds.). London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 97-106

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Prototype
Fluidity
Manifestation
Iconic
Vocabulary

‘Respect Pollution’: Urenhed og renselse i hinduismens rituelle personhierarki

Translated title of the contribution: ‘Respect Pollution’Aktor, M., 2019, In : Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift. 69, p. 120-134 7.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Pollution
Purification
Person
Impurities
Sandals

A Tradition in Need of How-To Books: The Revitalization of Traditional Rituals and Lifestyle among Smārta Brahmins of South India

Aktor, M., 2018, Reframing Authority: The Role of Media and Materiality. Feldt, L. & Høgel, C. (eds.). Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, p. 229-254 26 p. (Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts, Vol. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

religious behavior
India
popularization
South Asia
leader

Impurity and Purification: āśauca, śauca

Aktor, M., 2018, Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra. Olivelle, P. & Davis, Jr., D. R. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 220-235 (The Oxford History of Hinduism, Vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Brahmin
Impurities
Purification
Purity
Vocabulary

Louis Dumont: Verdensforsagelse, hierarki og renhed

Aktor, M., 2018, In : Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift. 67, p. 20-31 12 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2008 2015

  • 22 Talks and presentations in private or public companies
  • 4 Conference organisation or participation
  • 1 Editor of research journal
  • 1 Membership of commitees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

Hinduer og Sikher: Familie, kaste og køn

Mikael Aktor (Lecturer)
1. Dec 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

The Hindu Pañcāyatanapūjā in the Aniconism Spectrum

Mikael Aktor (Speaker)
25. Aug 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Exploring Aniconism: Terminology, Historiography, Mediality

Mikael Aktor (Participant)
24. Aug 201525. Aug 2015

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

21st World Congress of the International Association for the Hisoty of Religions

Mikael Aktor (Participant)
23. Aug 201529. Aug 2015

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Rituel drengeomskæring: Historiske rødder og aktuel debat om menneskerettigheder

Mikael Aktor (Lecturer)
10. Apr 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Press / Media

Støtteerklæring til ikkevoldelig civil ulydighed i Danmark

Mikael Aktor

24/05/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kvindelige guruer vinder frem

Mikael Aktor

14/11/2018

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kvindelige guruer vinder frem

Mikael Aktor

13/11/2018

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media