Oscar Salemink is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Religion, Politics and Society of the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). Between 2001 and 2011 he worked at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, from 2005 as Professor of Social Anthropology. From 1996 through 2001 he was responsible for Ford Foundation grant portfolios in social sciences and arts and culture in Thailand and Vietnam. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam, based on research on Vietnam’s Central Highlands. He is currently working on global projects on heritage and contemporary arts. He published two monographs, ten edited volumes and six themed issues of journals. His book Global Art in Local Artworlds: De-centering and re-centering Europe in the global hierarchy of value is forthcoming with the Materializing Culture series of Bloomsbury, edited by Paul Gilroy and Danny Miller.
As part of the HERILIGION project Oscar is interested in the intersection, interaction, overlap and sometimes tension between religious and (secular) heritage perspectives, regulations and uses of three religious World Heritage sites in Denmark, namely Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church, Roskilde Cathedral, and Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement.”