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Is the difference the same? -acknowledging modernity as a uniform way of writing academic

You can almost hear the professor: “…in the old days students were much more interested in knowledge…”, or you may have met the even more concerned academic figure: “…back then the university produced real thinkers…”. Well, the that might be true. But it might also stand out as an alternative fact, and I have settled to give you an answer to that question through the work of my dissertation. Here is my introducing thoughts on the subject of academic writing, taxonomy, steering and much more to come in the next 3 years.


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Researcher – X Factor for ugly people?

Skilled and specialized within your field of research or splendid communicator, facilitator with the ability to make your results and points seem important while talking on direct flow-TV?

Are the best researchers in today’s society the ones that are capable of being it all?

As almost done with my PhD thesis I am fascinated with the discourse that are being used about what being a scientist in, what Bauman would call, The fluent modernity, is all about. Are the best and most qualified researchers the ones, which shouts the loudest and who understands how to promote their personal profile through several kinds of social media platforms? Should we as researchers accept being part of, what the Danish minister, Søren Pind would call; X factor for ugly people?

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We become our projects

I personally do not have the answer but my findings after doing several years of organizational fieldwork in the Danish public sector shows, that postmodern organizations have the tendency to leave classical organizational structures to decentral in what Danish philosopher Fogh Jensen calls: A project society.

Employees are becoming small, decentered satellites within the organization – their own complete organization within the organization. The individual are now responsible for creating an interesting career profile, a sustainable and interesting personal network, meaningful work relations – it becomes increasingly important that you as an individual understands how to promote and brand yourself, your work and potential findings on various social platforms.

Organizational consequences

My field study consists of working 3 years as project manager in the public sector and my findings shows an organizational vulnerability within the public sectors tendency to move towards a project society where there yet exists no sustainable game plan. When people become their projects then the projects travel and in a certain way belong to the individual. The employees that understands that becomes the ones with the upper hand and the public sector are not quite sure what to do with all the knowledge, the network and the resources that constantly are leaving the institutions and departments. Studies shows that Danish managers looks for future employees, that changes job functions or organization approximately every fifth year but the organizations, here the public sector, are not yet qualified to ensure that important knowledge and contacts stays in the departments when people leave to create stronger and more impressive career profiles.

How universalization enabled institutionalization of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance in the UN – at the expense of impact

20160412_185046‘I am here to bear witness to the truth about the horrifying effect of nuclear weapons. None of you have ever in reality seen the destruction of the world or the annihilation of mankind. We from Nagasaki have seen it with our own eyes.’ – Nagasaki mayor Motoshima at the UN General Assembly Hall, 30 June 1982.

My project seeks to investigate how local officials from Hiroshima and Nagasaki have promoted remembrance of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the United Nations up until today.

Stealing Fire from the Gods – Appreciating EU-Funding

Knowledge always comes with a price. It cost Odin an eye, Adam his accommodation and Prometheus, repeatedly, his liver. In our case, it is covered by European tax payers and administered by the Oracles of Bruxelles. This is a guide on how to access the ever burning, ever consuming fire of academia. And a warning of the eternal punishment.

The first thing you need to know about the path to wisdom is how to obtain the grace of the Oracles. The Oracles are not the wielders of divine influence but they act as our only means of communication with the Gods. Their language is mysterious and abstract, an entire reality of words disconnected from sensual impressions and practical experience. You must learn this language, and they will attribute meaning to absurdities and contradictions that go far beyond the bounderies of scholarly decency. If you succeed in this step, and your prayers are delivered, there is a fair chance that the Gods will provide.

Now begins the rain of gifts, and you find yourself drowning in the generosity of the Gods. What appear mere droplets to these mighty beings, are to mortals like oceans crashing into the land, swallowing entire cities and crushing the fragile structures made by man (viz. Humanity – a simple poetic choice, no intentions of male dominance). The blessed receiver is humbled by the immensity at first, but soon corrupted by the power of employing these infinite resources. The gift becomes a curse. Like the first woman.(literary reference, on no account am I accountable for such a notion)

The destructive power of money attracts the hyenas of academia. This is an ancient race, but ever evolving and ever greedy. To the untrained eye, these are often dificult to tell from the bold and philanthropic explorers of honest, and to the unconcerned and detached Oracles completely indistinguishable.

The Silence(d) Schoolmaster

Somewhere in the archives of the Danish Royal Library exist fourteen books, all that is left of a five-volume print run of Enevold Ewald’s sermons. There are no digital copies of the material, nor is there any detailed research on his words. Yet for twenty-seven years, Ewald was the priest and daily leader of Det Kongelige Vajsenhus- an organization that ran the orphanage in Copenhagen and which eventually became the printer of both the authorized Danish Bible and the official hymnal of the Church of Denmark. Purely in terms of printing output, the organization’s work touched all the far reaches of the Danish Empire during the 18th century. Still, despite this legacy of leadership, Ewald’s philosophy of education and his theological thought have remained relatively undisturbed. He exists as a poisonous figure for the historical theology research world in Denmark, tainted forever by his association with Moravians and Separatists. While his fellow Pietists, Hans Adolph Brorson and Erik Pontoppidan, have literary legacies that stretch well past their deaths, Ewald’s name no longer is connected to his vast and varied literary output. His work exists on the brink of burial in the vaults of books too old to be touched or read.

Enevold_Ewald_1696-1754My research is a project of historical theology that sees to resurrect the writings of Ewald through the lens of theological anthropology and spiritual development. The specter of polemic historiography has shunned this figure, but I will treat him as a pathway into a deeper cultural understanding of eighteenth-century religious practice and belief. Continue reading