Peter Bjerregaard

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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.


Tags: Exhibitions, Material Culture, Social anthropology, Visual Culture, Museology, Anthropology of Art, Design


  • Bjerregaard, Peter; Rasmussen, Anders Emil & Sørensen, Tim Flohr (2016). Introducing Materialities of Passing, In Peter Bjerregaard; Anders Emil Rasmussen & Tim Flohr Sørensen (ed.),  Materialities of Passing: Explorations in transformation, transition and transience.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781472441973.  Introduction.  s 1 - 23
  • Bjerregaard, Peter & Willerslev, Rane (2016). Assembling the 'Spark of Life', In Peter Bjerregaard; Anders Emil Rasmussen & Tim Flohr Sørensen (ed.),  Materialities of Passing: Explorations in transformation, transition and transience.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781472441973.  Kapittel 11.  s 221 - 238
  • Bille, Mikkel; Bjerregaard, Peter & Flohr Sørensen, Tim (2015). Staging atmospheres: Materiality, culture, and the texture of the in-between. Emotion, Space and Society.  ISSN 1755-4586.  15, s 31- 38 . doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2014.11.002
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). At samle verden på ny: En vision for museet, fra museet, I: Ulf Johansson Dahre & Thomas Fibiger (red.),  Etnografi på museum: Visioner og udfordringer for etnografiske museer i NOrden.  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 9788771243918.  Kapitel 7.  s 137 - 152
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). Disconnecting relations: Exhibitions and objects as resistance, In Øivind Fuglerud & Leon Wainwright (ed.),  OBJECTS AND IMAGINATION Perspectives on Materialization and Meaning.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78238-568-4.  Chapter 2.  s 45 - 63
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). Dissolving objects: Museums, atmosphere and the creation of presence. Emotion, Space and Society.  ISSN 1755-4586.  15, s 74- 81 . doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2014.05.002
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). A House for Untamed Thinking: Re-connecting research and display at the Museum of Cultural History, In Francesca Lanz & Elena Montanari (ed.),  Advancing Museum Practices.  Umberto Allemandi & C..  ISBN 978-88-422-2313-9.  Kapittel 11.  s 115 - 123
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2013). Assembling potentials, mounting effects : ethnographic exhibitions beyond correspondemce, In Christian Suhr & Rane Willerslev (ed.),  Transcultural montage.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-0-85745-964-0.  Chapter 14.  s 243 - 261

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  • Bjerregaard, Peter; Rasmussen, Anders Emil & Sørensen, Tim Flohr (ed.) (2016). Materialities of Passing: Explorations in Transformation, Transition and Transience. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-4724-5791-2.  256 s.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter; Rasmussen, Anders Emil & Sørensen, Tim Flohr (ed.) (2016). Materialities of Passing: Explorations in transformation, transition and transience. Routledge.  ISBN 9781472441973.  256 s.

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  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Bjerregaard, Peter & Schüssler, Alexandra (2017). On Letting Go / Om å gi slipp.
  • Kverndokk, Kyrre & Bjerregaard, Peter (2017). Collapse – human beings in an unpredictable world.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2016). Emerging Objects of COLLAPSE.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2016). Exhibition as research, curator as....
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). Kollaps: The New Permanent exhibition at the MCH.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015, 03. desember). Kulturnytt. [Radio].  NRK.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). Museet som forskningsrom.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). The Danish Invasion. Show summary
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). The Museum as Third Space. Show summary
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2015). Universitetsmuseene som forskningsformidlere. Show summary
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). Et hus for vilde tanker. DaNSKE MUSEER.  27(2), s 15- 17
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). Fra "et naturligt hele" til "Kollaps": om museet som forskningrum.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). KOLLAPS. Show summary
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). Kan udstillinger skabe ny viden?.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). Simon J. Knell, Peter Aronsson & Arne Amundsen (eds): National Museums: New Studies from around the World. Norwegian Archaeological Review.  ISSN 0029-3652.  47(1), s 112- 114
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2014). 'Tverrfaglighet', seminar i Trondheim 21.-22. juni 2014.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2013). Videnskabens grænseland: at være irrelevant på en relevant måde. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Bjerregaard, Peter (2013). Videnskabens grænseland: museet som videnskabeligt eksperiment.

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Published Sep. 11, 2012 2:23 PM - Last modified Oct. 13, 2015 10:19 AM