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Anders Engberg-Pedersen

Chair of Humanities
Department of Language and Culture


Anders Engberg-Pedersen is professor of Comparative Literature in the Department for the Study of Culture and an affiliate of the Center for War Studies at SDU where he directs the war and culture research group.

In 2012, he obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and in Neuere Deutsche Literatur from Humboldt Universität (summa cum laude). Before coming to SDU in 2013, he had a postdoc in Copenhagen and received the Sapere Aude Young Elite Research Prize. From 2017-2021 he was a Carlsberg Distinguished Associate Professor, and in 2019 he was promoted to full professor. In 2021, he received the Elite Research Prize from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

His research centres on the cultural forms of warfare from the 17th century until today. They include the fields of literature (German, French, Russian, Scandinavian), aesthetics, the history of knowledge, and technology and media. Among several volumes, his books on war and knowledge, war and aesthetics, and war and literary studies are published by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, and Cambridge University Press. He serves as editor of the book series ‘Prisms: Humanities and War’ with MIT Press.

Current research includes a project on the rise of a martial philosophy in France in the 1970s and 1980s and a project on compromised authors (from Céline to Handke). He also has a long-standing interest in debates about the role and value of the humanities in society.

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Anders Engberg-Pedersen