Martin Demant Frederiksen

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts Hus 0581 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

My research interests concern questions of disengagement among youth and the role of decay, meaninglessness and the existence of Nothing in social life. Related research interests and areas include nihilism, crime and corruption, urban development and infrastructures, time and materiality. 

I have conducted ethnographic research in the Republic of Georgia since 2006, mainly in the cities of Batumi, Ambrolauri and Tbilisi, and more recently in Bulgaria and Croatia. Currently I am working on a comparative monograph about vacancy and transcience in southeastern Europe.

Courses taught


PhD in Anthropology, Aarhus University


  • Sapere Aude, Young Research Talent. Awarded by the Danish Council for Independent Research, 2013.

Positions held

  • Consultant, Connectio
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen 
  • External Lecturer, Institute of Culture and Society, University of Aarhus



Tags: Urban Studies, Time and Materiality, Organized Crime, Youth and Subcultures, Meaninglessness and Absence, Migration and Tourism, Caucasus and the Balkans
Published Aug. 7, 2018 12:46 PM - Last modified Sep. 20, 2018 9:21 AM