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Anders Norge Lauridsen

Doctoral student

Anders Norge Lauridsen
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 4308

Room number: E603a
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 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)


Teaching Experience

  • "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 Presentations


Other Anthropological Projects

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


Latest publications

Gravpæl fra Anororo, Antsihanaka, Madagaskar
Anders Norge Lauridsen
De Etnografiske Samlinger, Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Other 2019

På sporet af fortidens rituelle renselse på Madagaskar
Anders Norge Lauridsen
Det Badende Menneske, nedslag i badets kulturhistorie, København, Baggrund, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

The Narrative Experiment: An Experimental Approach to Malagasy Spirits
Anders Norge Lauridsen
Mayday - Experiments and Experimentality in Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, May 15-16, 2018, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Feraomby – The Polyvalent Legacy of a Stranger King
Anders Norge Lauridsen, Arnaud De Grave
Word of Mouth, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

Inscrutable Spirits and the Concept of Subjunctivity
Anders Norge Lauridsen
Semikolon - Journal of History of Ideas, Philosophy and Semiotics, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Åndernes Agens (The Agency of the Spirits), M.Sc. Thesis in Anthropology at Aarhus University
Anders Norge Lauridsen
M.Sc. in Anthropology at Aarhus University, Aarhus, The Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Other 2016

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