Mikael Aktor

Mikael Aktor

Mikael Aktor

Associate Professor, PhD

Campusvej 55

5230 Odense M

Denmark

Phone: 65503318Mobile: 28307394

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Mikael Aktor, Department of History, Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark

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Job and other positions
2014- Vice Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Indology and South Asia Studies
2013- Member of the Board of Examiners for Indology and South Asia Studies
2008- Associate Professor in History of Religions, University of Southern Denmark.
2008-2011 Editor-in-Chief of Chaos: Skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier (Chaos: Scandinavian Journal of Studies within the History of Religions).
2006- Member of the Board of Examiners for the Study of Religions
2005-2007 Fixed-Term Lecturer in History of Religions, University of Southern Denmark.
2004 Assistant Lecturer in History of Religions, University of Southern Denamark.
1999-2004 Assistant Professor in History of Religions, University of Southern Denamrk.
1999-2000 Assistant Lecturer in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.
1997-1999 Research Assistant, University of Aarhus.
1994-1996 PhD Scholar, University of Copenhagen.
1994-1997 Teacher, People's University, Copenhagen.

Conference Activities
2015 Convenor of three panels "Exploring Aniconism (1-3), XXIst World Congress of IAHR (International Association for the History of Religions), Erfurt 21.-29. August 2015.
2012. Convenor of the panel “Objects of Worship in the Lived Religions of South Asia: Forms, Practices and Meanings”, 22nd European Conference on South Asian Studies, Lisbon, 25.-28. July 2012. An anthology based on this panel and co-edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, Mikael Aktor and Kristina Myrvold has preliminarily been accepted for publication by Routledge.
2010. Convenor of a two-day panel “Goddesses and Women: The Interchange of Divine and Human Aspects of Women in South Asian Religious Traditions”, IAHR’s (International Association for the History of Religions) XXh Quinquennial World Congress, Toronto, Canada.
2000. Convenor of the two-day panel “The Upanishads, focus and perspectives” at IAHR’s (International Association for the History of Religions) XVIIIth Quinquennial World Congress, Durban, South Africa.
1998. Convenor together with Prof. Robert Deliège of the two-day panel "Untouchability - Past and Present" at the 15th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Charles University, Prague.

Fieldwork
September-November 2014, Kathmandu and Muktinath, Nepal; Patna, Srikalahasti, Chennai, Thanjavur, India. Collection of material and information on the Pañcāyatanapūjā and the stones worshipped in that ritual.
December-January 2012, Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India. Collection of material and information on Bāṇa Liṅga production.
January-May 2011. Varanasi, Ballia, Khajuraho and Madurai, India. Collection of material for research on Śiva-Liṅga iconography, practice, and interpretation.
15-24 April, 2006. Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in Japan. In Tokyo: The administrational centre; Soka University with the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and the Soka Education Research Center; Soka schools and cultural institutions. In Osaka area: Kansai Soka School; local Soka centres.
2004-2006. Soka Gakkai International - Denmark. Interviews with members and leaders in Copenhagen.

Scholarly Associations
European Association for South Asian Studies (http://www.easas.eu/) (from 2011)
International Association of Sanskrit Studies (www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucgadkw/iass/) (from 2006)
The Pali Text Society (www.palitext.com/) (from 2006)
Danish Association for the History of Religions (www.dahr.dk/) (from 1994)

Education
2000 Theory of University Education, University of Southern Denmark.
05.05 1998 PhD in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen (dissertation submitted March 1997).
1995-1996 Guest Researcher at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, funded by the Danish Research Academy.
08 1993 MA in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.
1990-1991 Courses in Sanskrit- and Pali studies.
06 1989 BA in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.
1988-1989 Courses in Sanskrit- and Pali studies.
09 1986 Starting studies in History of Religions, University of Copenhagen.