Professors and Associate Professors – University of Copenhagen

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Cecilie Rubow

Cecilie Rubow

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Since 1992 I have been working with the anthropology of rituals, identity and authority in the context of the Danish state church Folkekirken. Fieldwork has been carried out in relation to death rituals and other rites of passage, everyday teology and the education of vicars. The analytical themes are among others social ontology, communication, complexity and the relation between the secular and religious.

In 2005 my research interest have also comprised Christianity in Polynesia and broader topics in the history of anthropology in the Pacific. Based on fieldwork on Rarotonga, the main island in the Cook Islands, focus shifted in 2009 to the local responses to climate change.

Presently, I am reorientating my research interest towards a Danish/Nordic context in the interface between the study of religion and nature ethics. 

Member of the research group Religion and Subjectivity

Selected publications

2016. Eco-theological Responses to Climate Change in Oceania. Worldviews. With Cliff Bird.

2015. Respect and passion in a lagoon in the South Pacific. In Waterworlds. Anthropology in Fluid Environments (eds) Kirsten Hastrup and Frida Hastrup. London: Berghan.

2014. Living with Environmental Change. Waterworlds. (ed. with Kirsten Hastrup) London: Earthscan.

2012. Enacting cyclones: the mixed response to climate change in the Cook Islands, the South Pacific. I: The Social Life of Climate Change Models. Anticipating Nature. Eds. Kirsten Hastrup & Martin Skrydstrup. London: Routledge. 

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