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Main Research Fields

Thematic fields of expertise: 1) The formative roles of religious narratives, 2) religion and media, 3) the aesthetics / sensory / emotional dimensions of religion, 4) the fantastic and monstrous in the history of religions, 5) religion and the environment, wilderness mythologies and religion/’nature’-intersections, 6) forms of radical religion and total devotion.

Empirical fields of expertise: 1) Religion in ancient Mesopotamia, 2) The Hebrew Bible and 2nd Temple Judaisms, 3) ancient forms of Christianity, and 4) religion and contemporary popular culture, fantasy, and the contemporary spiritual landscape.


  • PhD, The Study of Religion, Aarhus University: October 30, 2009.
  • Cand.mag. (MA), Assyriology, University of Copenhagen: April 19, 2004.


  • 12/2023 - : Professor of the Study of Religion, Dept. of Culture and Languages, University of Southern Denmark
  • 12/2012 – 11/2023: Associate Professor, The Study of Religion, Dept. of History, University of Southern Denmark.
  • 10/2010-11/2012: Assistant Professor, History of Religion, Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Incl. “Adjunktpædagogikum” (university teacher training), on a DFF-post-doc grant.
  • 09/2009- 08/2010: Post-doc, The Centre for Canon and Identity Formation in the Earliest Literate Societies, University of Copenhagen.
  • 08/2009: A one-month post-doc grant from Aarhus University.

Maternity leaves

  • 1) May 2005 - April 2006
  • 2) Nov 2007 – Nov. 2008.

Philological qualifications

Philological competences: Research proficiency: Ancient languages: Sumerian, Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew, Greek (koine), Latin. Modern languages: English, German, French. Some proficiency: Modern: Ivrit (modern Hebrew, rama bet). Ancient: Arabic (Examen Arabicum), Phoenician.

Research areas

  • Judaism
  • Myths
  • Christianity
  • Popular Culture
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Narrativity/Storytelling


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