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Welcome to 16 new fellows at AIAS

From 1 September, 16 new fellows start at AIAS through 5 fellowship programmes. For the first time AIAS hosts both individual and theme-based group fellowships that will bring interdisciplinary perspectives to societal challenges.

The Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Summer of 2023. Credit: Lise Balsby.

With the start of the 16 new fellows, AIAS will now be hosting fellows that work both in individual fellowships and in theme-based groups. Three theme-based groups will start at AIAS with the aim of investigating a joint theme from interdisciplinary and different perspectives. The three groups are a result of collaborations between AIAS and three interdisciplinary research centres at Aarhus University: Shaping Digital Citizenship (SHAPE), Platform for Inequality Research at Aarhus University (PIREAU) and Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE).

Interdisciplinary Approach to Inequality in Health

One of these theme-based groups, the AIAS-PIREAU group, will address the pressing issue of ‘Inequality in Health.' Among these are Professor Ciara Kierans who joins AIAS from the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems, University of Liverpool. In her project at AIAS, she will bring a social anthropological perspective to investigate environmental contamination and its costs, and how this presents significant challenges to mitigating health inequalities.

Researcher Jes Bak Sørensen from DEFACTO, a Central Denmark Region research unit, also joins as an AIAS-PIREAU fellow. He will map pathways to increased social equality in health, bringing a public health perspective with an ultimate objective to develop scalable and widely disseminated interventions.

Monograph Writing – Focus in an Eye-opening Environment

Another type of AIAS fellowship is the individual Carlsberg Monograph fellowships. Fellows are funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and can choose to carry out their one-year book project at AIAS. Associate Professor Iben Have from Media Studies at Aarhus University is a forthcoming Carlsberg Monograph fellow. She will work on a book on the aural and oral turn in digital communication and media culture:

"My AIAS Monograph fellowship is crucial for me and allows me to step aside from the everyday business of a university employee with many administrative obligations. I expect that the international interdisciplinary research environment at AIAS will bring new and eye-opening perspectives on my book subject, and then I’m just looking forward to the positive energy that new colleagues and a new office environment provide.”

Meet the new fellows and associates

On 7 September at 2.00pm, all the new AIAS fellows and Associate fellows will give short 4-minute speed-talks on their research topic at the ‘AIAS Seminar: Introduction Research Presentations.’ All are welcome to join this energetic and interdisciplinary afternoon with 24 speed-talks in total. Participants are also welcome to jump in and out of the seminar to listen to selected talks.

The new fellows commencing at AIAS on 1 September are:

AIAS-PIREAU Fellows (Theme-based within 'Inequality in Health')

  • Andrew James Latham, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University
    Project at AIAS: Understanding our concepts of health and disease (UHD)
  • Ciara Kierans, Department of Public Health, Policy & Systems, University of Liverpool
    Project at AIAS: Interlinking Filtrations: Rethinking disease aetiology, inequality and care in uncertain ecosystems
  • Jes Bak Sørensen, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, and Region Midtjylland
    Project at AIAS: Pathways to increased social equality in health
  • Somogy Varga, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University
    Project at AIAS: Health Inequality and Medical dehumanization 


AIAS-SHAPE Fellows (Theme-based within 'Democracy and Digital Citizenship')

  • Cecilie Eriksen, Department of Society and Ethics, Network and Strategy, Danish National Center for Ethics 
    Project at AIAS: Mapping Movements in the Moral Landscape of Danish Democracy: A philosophical investigation of the use of algorithms in public administration
  • Janet Frances Rafner, Department of Management, Aarhus University
    Project at AIAS: Human-AI co-creativity to engage policy makers, general public and researchers in societal issues
  • Lene Aarøe, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
    Project at AIAS: Social Media Exemplars and Democratic Citizenship
  • Lindsay Weinberg, Clinical assistant professor at John Martinson Honors College, and Director of the Tech Justice Lab at Purdue University
    Project at AIAS: From Smart Campuses to Smart Cities: Democracy, Digital Citizenship, and Higher Education
  • Nicholas Semi Haas, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
    Project at AIAS: Using AI to Test Effects of Inclusive Narratives on Notions of Citizenship and Support for Democracy


  • Chao Sun, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) & Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Neurobiology, Aarhus University 
  • Taro Kitazawa, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) & Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Neurobiology, Aarhus University 
  • Thomas Dong Won Kim, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) & Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University 

Carlsberg Monograph Fellows

  • Iben Have, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication & Culture, Aarhus University
  • Maria Louw, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Culture & Society, Aarhus University 

AIAS Research Fellow

Visiting Fellow

  • Louise Young, Professor, History and Japan Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Lotte Holm, Head of Secretariat, vice-director, acting director
E-mail: lho@aias.au.dk
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