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Maja Hojer Bruun

Maja Hojer Bruun is an associate professor in the Department of Learning and Philosophy. She participates in the Techno-Anthropology research group as well as the Energy, Environment and Sustainable Future-Making's group. Her main research interests are in science and technology, political economy, welfare societal institutions and organisations, culture and learning processes, urban studies and legal anthropology. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Denmark, Russia and Germany. In her current research projects, she explores technological communities and questions of sociality, democracy, ethics and societal interests in relation to emergent technologies such as robots, drones, smart energy technologies and telecommunication devices. She teaches anthropological theory and methods, STS and philosophy of science in the Techno-Anthropology BSc and MSc programmes and in the MSc programme in Learning and Innovative Change (LFP). She supervises students from BA to PhD level. She is also the semester coordinator of the 3rd semester in the BA programme in Techno-Anthropology. She is the convenor of the Research Network for the Anthropology of Technology: Future Technologies, Culture and Human Practices: http://www.antech.aau.dk

Current research projects

In the SECURE project (Secure Estimation and Control Using Recursion and Encryption) I work together with automation and control engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and other anthropologists to explore ethics and issues of trust and security in new ICT platforms, algorithms and secure computation technologies. See more here.

My new research project on "Living Labs: An Interventionist Ethnographic Approach to Technologies of the Future" starts on August 1, 2018.

Read more about the project on the Independent Research Fund Denmark's website.

Selected publications

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    Antropologer: Vi skal tænke på teknologi på nye måder

    Teknologi handler om meget mere end den nyeste elbil, smartphone eller iPad. Et nyt netværk af antropologer forklarer her, hvordan blandt andet ingeniørfugle og familierobotter kan være med til at ændre vores syn på teknologi.

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    Political Economy Comes Home: On the Moral Economies of Housing

    Struggles over housing are one of the most pressing social, economic and political issues of our time. Yet questions over access to, plus the redistribution and maintenance of secure housing have only recently begun to be considered anthropologically. Drawing on E.P. Thompson’s concept of moral economy, this special issue addresses these questions and considers how contemporary moral economies of housing play out. Citizens try to make their demands for adequate and safe housing heard, but such aspirations are often undermined by, political rhetoric, state officials, loan terms and the law. People claim allegiances to particular moral communities, thus (re)constituting themselves as deserving of secure tenure and proper homes, often in the face of stigma, laws or policies that construct them as the very reverse. By placing fine-grained ethnographic analysis in conversation with the political economy of housing, we redefine housing as an essentially contested domain where competing understandings of citizenship are constructed, fought over and acted out.

    Co-authors: Catherine Alexander and Insa Koch.

    find the publication here

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    The financialization of Danish cooperatives and the debasement of a collective housing good

    The article tells the story of Danish cooperative housing’s radical transformation from a collective housing good and commons to a financialized asset during the 2000s when neoliberal housing reforms were introduced and the mortgage finance market was deregulated. Processes of financialization of collectively owned housing have to be understood not only in relation to the dynamics of the surrounding housing market and political-economic changes but also to the communities and social relations that they presuppose and feed off, often in contradictory ways, as people are motivated by both solidarity and private interests. Housing cooperatives have existed as a form of collective housing throughout the 20th century, balanced, on the one hand, between the reproduction of kin, family and local communities and the common good and, on the other, between the market and the reproduction of the base for both families, local communities and the larger public sharing the housing commons. During the 2000s, processes of financialization brought the market and the cooperatives’ base so close together, primarily through new mortgaging opportunities, that families and communi- ties have lost their savings and the base has been undermined, both in a material and an immaterial sense.

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Associated organisations

 

The Techno-Anthropology Research Group

The Techno-Anthropology (TANT) group researches key processes of social and technical innovation that are critical to the challenges facing contemporary and future societies. Complicated societal issues are unlikely to be solved by technical fixes. We therefore believe that workable solutions and a responsible development of technology must build on the active consideration of social relations, the engagement of users, and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of technology-in-use.

Ethnographic Future Making: Datafication, ENvironment and Infrastructures

This group conducts techno-anthropological and ethnographic research in the diverse fields of infrastructures, data systems and environmental studies, and develops techno-anthropological perspectives on urban development, datafication, climate change and sustainability.

Department of Learning and Philosophy

The Department of Learning and Philosophy operates on an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty basis. The mission of the Department is to do research, development and teaching in the areas of education, learning and philosophy, within the educational system as well as in public and private organisations.

The Faculty of Humanities 

Aalborg University Copenhagen

Contact

Department 10 (VIP Hum)
Kroghstræde 3
Room: 4-249
9220 Aalborg Ø, DK


Phone: 9940 3423
mhb@learning.aau.dk