Assistant Professors and Postdoc – University of Copenhagen

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Lotte Buch Segal

Lotte Buch Segal

Associate Professor

Current research

Regional: Occupied Palestinian Territories, torture survivors from the Middle East living in Denmark.

Thematic Orientation: Intimacy, violence, social suffering, subjectivity, affect, methodological challenges in doing ethnography in zones of conflict.

My current research is on family relations and intimacy in the context of ongoing conflict. Empirically my focus is on occupied Palestine. I am particularly concerned with how those not so spectacular figures and relations in a conflict experience violent events as well as live with the uneventfulness of ongoing violence. Concretely I study family members to current and former political detainees in Israeli studies and how they try to steer clear of the social stigma occurring with confinement.

My first bookhas just been published by University of Pennsylvania Press under the title 'No Place for Grief: Martyrs, Prisoners and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine (

Between 2014 and 2017 I am the PI of a comparative study on the Scandinavian Welfare states and how they encounter Middle Eastern survivors of Violence. The project is termed ‘Slippery Suffering’. Emphasis is placed on the affective responses to stories of violence among representatives of the welfare states (funded by NOS-HS). Currently, the team behind the project are working towards publicing the collective output from the project in a special issue of an international, peer-reviewed journal. THe working title is 'Overwhelming Knowlegde-Knowing and Writing Violence in Contemporary Anthropology'.

I am a member of the researcher groups, Conflict, Power and Politic, Health and Life Conditions and Religion and Subjectivity at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.


International Cooperation

Between 2016 and 2018 I have been invited to take part in the French -American research endeavor IPEV- International Panel on Exiting Violence. I am a member of the working group Reconstruction of the Self headed by Professor Richard Rechtmann, EHESS.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 I am part of an international group of anthropologists and philosophers, investigating the relationship between concept and life. The group is led by professor Sandra Laugier (EHESS), research fellows Andrew Brandel (Harvard) and Marco Motta (McGill). The investigation as well as the resulting publication takes its point of departure in the work of ordinary language philosophers like Sandra Laugier, Cora Diamond and Stanley Cavell.

Since 2014 I have served on the editorial board of the international journal Conflict and Society (Advances in Research, Berghahn) and Tidsskrift for Antropologi.

Primary fields of research

Regional Expertise
Occupied Palestinian Territories, torture survivors from the Middle East living in Denmark

Thematic Orientation
Violence, social suffering, subjectivity, mourning, methodological challenges in doing ethnography in zones of conflict.

Selected publications
Segal, L. B. (2015). No Place For Grief: Martyrs, Prisoners and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine. University of Pennsylvania Press. (Ethnography of Political Violence).

Segal, L. B. (2015). The burden of being exemplary: national sentiments, awkward witnessing, and womanhood in occupied PalestineRoyal Anthropological Institute. Journal21( Nr. Supplement S1).

Hansson, L. N., Tellier, S., Buch, L., & Bseiso, M. (2013). Political fertility in the occupied Palestinian territory: an ethnographic studyThe Lancet (North American Edition),382(4), S17. 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62589-1


I teach the history of anthropology, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology and the MA course Anthropological Analyses

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