Peter Bjerregaard

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Phone +47-22845779
Visiting address Frederiksgate 2
Postal address Postboks 6762 St. Olavs plass 0130 OSLO

Academic Interests

I’m interested in the museum as an institution and its role towards a larger public. I’ve worked both theoretically and practically with this theme through my research and through a number of larger or smaller exhibition projects.

Most recently I have focused on the museum as an experimental site. For decades the museum has been conceived as a place where academic knowledge could be disseminated to a larger public, or – more recently –as a place where different interest groups could be given a public voice. But the development of theory on materiality and the emergence of new kinds of research collaborations, including non-academics more profoundly in the research process, have opened up for a new potential for the museum. As public space the museum can be turned into a powerhouse, where different kinds of knowledges and practices may meet and create a particular ’museal’ perspective on the world.

Current teaching

Higher education and employment history

Educational background

  • 2010: PhD, University of Aarhus and Moesgård Museum
  • 2001: MA in Antropologi and Ethnography, University of Aarhus
  • 1998: MA Anthropology of Art, University College London

Research background

  • 2011-13: Postdoctorasl research on designexperiments, as a part of the research project  Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time, KHM.
  • 2005-2009: PhD-research on contemporary ethnographic exhibitions. This research consisted of a number of shorter visits to ethnographic museums around Europe and North America as well as longer fieldworks at Museum für Völkerkunde in Vienna and Moesgård Museum in Aarhus, Denmark.
  • 1999-2000: Fieldwork on the chhau masked dance in Seraikella, Jharhkand, India.

Academic work background

  • 2010-11: Head of the UNESCO school collections, Moesgård Museum
  • 2007-9: Teacher and coordinator on bachelor-course on anthropological communication, Section of Anthropology and Ethnography, University of Aarhus.
  • 2007: Exhibition curator on ’One world – a thousand stories’, Moesgård Museum.
  • 2009-11: Apart from this I have collected objects on everyday life and rituals in Seraikella, India; revised collections; planned exhibitions and museum activities, produced educational material etc. at Moesgård Museum.


  • 2007-10: Boardmember and newsletter editor at the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography, ICME.


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