Space reserved for being serious is hard to come by in a modern society,
whose chief model of a public space is the mega-store
(which may also be an airport or museum)
I hold an MA in history and philosophy and a PhD in history from University of Copenhagen. My PhD was about industrial work and modernity in the Danish textile industry 1895-1940. It can be downloaded from publications.
My place of work since 2000 is the National Museum of Denmark, where I’m currently holding a position as curator and senior researcher at the department of Danish modern history. My job is to collect, research and present in the areas of labour- and industrial history.
My complete CV can be found here.
In 2015 I’m primarily spending time on a personal research project, with the working title “Between Denmark and Detroit”. My aim is to write the history of Ford Motors Company’s car-plant in Copenhagen 1919-1966, with a special emphasis on industrial relations and the meeting between Fordism and the Danish labour market.
I have published an article on these issues in Labor History.
My main research has been in labour history and the history of industrial work life. I have also written a bit about museology, especially in relation to these issues.
One of my publications are Arbejdernes historie i Danmark 1800-2000 (A history of labour in Denmark 1800-2000), which I have co-written with Søren Kolstrup and Anette E. Hansen. I have also written two contributions to the international anthology: The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650-2000. The rest of my publications figure in my list of publications.
I was part of the team behind Brede Works – Museum of Industrial Culture. Brede Works is the National Museum’s permanent exhibition on Denmark as an industrial society. I am, among other elements, responsible for “the factory”, a gallery on industrial work. Before that, I contributed to the National Museum’s permanent exhibition Stories of Denmark 1660-2000.
I was also one of the curators of the National Museum’s temporary exhibition “Europe meets the World“, which was shown in 2012. For this I the sections on the enlightenment and on industrialization, as well as the interactive elements.
For several years, I had the pleasure of being chairman of the Danish Society for Research in the History of the Labour Movement.
Later, I was president of the national Year of Industrial Culture 2007, a nationwide initiative in which a large number of museums, institutions and associations combined to tell the cultural history of industrial society.
You may also find information about my work at these places:
- academia-edu: if you are interested in my area of research, I welcome you to follow me there. In this way you will be notified about new publications etc.
- PURE: this is the official register of researchers by the Ministry of Culture
My ORCID-id: orcid.org/0000-0001-5909-2534
If you want to contact me in work-related matters, please write to: email@example.com
…the small print
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