Professor Michael D. Jackson receives Honorary Doctoral Degree at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen

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18 November 2016

Professor Michael D. Jackson receives Honorary Doctoral Degree at the University of Copenhagen

Former Professor at the Department of Anthropology Michael D. Jackson will receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree at the University of Copenhagen for his long, innovative and significant contribution to on Anthropology

Distinguished Professor of World Religions, Harvard University and former professor at the Department of Anthropology will receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree at the University of Copenhagen. Professor Jackson will be awarded the title during the Annual Commemoration of the University of Copenhagen on the 18th of November. Professor Jackson receives the Honorary Doctoral Degree for his his long, innovative and significant contribution to Anthropology.

- Professor Jackson’s fieldwork insights have been used to further Anthropology in significant ways. He was one of the first to explore the fields of violence and suffering within the discipline, and has published a number of influential books on issues of religion, migration, inter-subjectivity and existentialism. He has written about social being in innovative and ground-breaking ways and has been a primary figure in the development of a phenomenological approach within Anthropology. He is a prolific writer and one of the most influential anthropologists of his generation, says Professor Henrik Vigh, Department of Anthropology, who has nominated Professor Jackson for the Honorary Doctoral Degree.

An inspiration to innumerous Danish anthropologists

In the years 1999-2005 Professor Jackson serve as Professor at the Department of Anthropology. Here he inspired a whole generation of anthropologists and his insights can be found in a number of PhD dissertations and publications published from the Department.

Professor Jackson holds a degree in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington and University of Auckland, New Zealand. Furthermore he holds a PhD from Cambridge University, England. Professor Jackson has taught at several universities in both Europe, America and Australia. Currently he is Professor of World Religions at Harvard University.