Inaugural lecture: spatial anthropologies: The realm of welfare, home and haunting

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Spatial Anthropologies. The Realm of Welfare, Home and Haunting is my professorial inaugural lecture held at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) 6.2.2020. It deals with anthropological perspectives on spaces, such as welfare spaces, haunted houses and homes. Besides, this lecture is about the significance of lacking, absence, displacement, blind spots, dead ends, and sloaps. The non-sites of welfare, one might say. In the research project Spaces of Danish Welfare, welfare and space are understood as the premise of each other; the research is conducted by architects, art historians and anthropologists. In the subproject From Province to Periphery, the focus is on daily life between the present welfare spaces and the welfare spaces that have become absent, with the borrow Tønder as the case. Slowly, something severe is going on in Tønder in these years. Silent and in the unpredictable manner of small, insignificant, seemingly undirected steps, the city is under transformation. The changes of Tønder are related to changes in Danish welfare systems. In Tønder, many of the welfare institutions have been moved to other cities, turning Tønder into an abundant welfare city of yesterday, a reduced welfare city of today and a possible wellness city of tomorrow, since the city is planned to become part of a touristic experience of the Tønder marshes. This focus on welfare spaces will be supplemented by other anthropological space investigations, such as explorations of homes, and haunted houses. Furthermore, the insights and blind spots of an anthropological gaze at lacks, absence and displacement in a spatial context will be discussed.
Translated title of the contributionTiltrædelsesforelæsning: Rumantropologier: I velfærdens, hjemmenes og hjemsøgelsernes verden
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • spatial anthropology
  • welfare
  • home
  • haunting
  • periphery
  • architecture
  • design

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