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Anders Norge Lauridsen

Doctoral Student

School of Global
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Anders Norge Lauridsen

  • PhD student in Social Anthropology, University of Gothenburg, 2017-
  • Visiting PhD student, Aarhus University, 2018
  • MSc in Anthropology, Aarhus University, 2014-2016
  • BA in History of Ideas and Anthropology, Aarhus University and Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2010-2014

PhD Project: Pivoting Sihanaka Spirituality

Spirits of various kinds inform life among the Sihanaka of Madagascar; ancestors, dead kings, apparitions, and spirits of the wild influence everyday life through taboos, dream visions, possession rituals, etcetera. Through ethnographic fieldwork, experimental methods, and archival research I investigate how spirituality in the Sihanaka village of Anororo gemmates and alters over time. Moreover, I am developing a new method called 'pivotation' to probe into how the Sihanaka experience spirits, how they relate to them, and how they conceive of them. In short, the method is about using read aloud stories as narrative pivots to bring about discussions among Sihanaka informants about the doings, capabilities, and intentions of spirits.

Supervised by: Jörgen Hellman (University of Gothenburg), Anders Burman (University of Gothenburg), and Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University)

Research Interests

Thematic: experimental anthropology, spirituality, doubt, uncertainty, ethnographic theory, rituals, narrativity, agency, empirical philosophy, ontology, epistemology, ethnicity, cultural translation

Regional: Madagascar, the Austronesian world

Fieldwork Experience

  • Anororo, Madagascar (four months in 2015, two months in 2016, two months in 2017, two weeks in 2018, five weeks in 2019)

Teaching Experience

  • Lectures and seminars in the courses “Anthropological Theory”, “The Global Politics of Heritage”, and “Global Studies: Key Concepts”, University of Gothenburg, 2019-2020
  • "Qualitative Methods", BA Minor in Sociology, Aarhus University, April 3-13, 2018
  • "Ethnographic Methodology and Field Preparation", MA in Anthropology, Aarhus University, Guest Lecture on Experimental Approaches, March 5, 2018

Conference and Seminar Presentations

Other Anthropological Projects

  • Ethnographic objects collected for Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus: two mohara amulets, a lambahoany cloth, a fototra tomb pole and a complete spirit medium garb
  • Visualising Anthropological Imaginations: An experiment in which illustrators turn anthropological concepts into works of art. Link to the VAI experiment