I never made a career plan. In fact, for the past 20 years I have mainly been guided by people and places who may appear ordinary at first sight but who specialise in extra-ordinary. It would also not be wrong to say that I am easily attracted to the table with the loudest crowd, the shelves in the duka with the most colourful kangas, protests in the making, vibrant street art and the roads where the tarmac have already ended.
I have worked across the fields of media, civil society, development, politics, culture and activism in Denmark, the Balkans and Africa. I have lived for longer periods of time in refugee-hosting areas, in post-conflict and developing countries - in Bosnia, Serbia, Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania. I believe in going into depths rather than spreading myself too thin. I believe in returning.
In 2017, I completed an MA in African Studies from University of Copenhagen based on a thesis and field work in Kigoma in Tanzania. On 1 November 2019, I started a PhD which aims at unpacking local discourse on humanitarianism expressed in everyday life in a refugee camp in Tanzania. The project relies on a methodological mix of digital ethnography and fieldwork for analyses of the understanding of humanitarianism in local discourse. The PhD connects with the research project Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania, which refers to an expanded series of practices in everyday lives of citizens engaging in humanitarianism outside of formal structures.
I draw on a mix of practical experience from life and work in places which typically demand effort and ability to improvise – over working with politicians, journalists, activists and artists – to balancing independent assignments with complex collaborations between people with very different interests. Sometimes conflicting. I have a diverse understanding of and network within East Africa. I have demonstrated capability within journalism, communication and academic research as well as in training and teaching.
I have made an effort in applying experience from Africa and the Balkans such as challenging narratives of perceptions of the global South when working with public debates, learning sessions and dissimination of information. Most recently as Project Coordinator at Main Library of Copenhagen with the Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih and International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) (2018), and by co-curating a photo exhibition at the Museum of African Art in Belgrade in Serbia – providing a platform for young African photographers’ nuancing of everyday lives in East Africa (2019).