Morten Nielsen

MORTEN NIELSEN is associate professor at Aarhus University. His first major fieldwork project was in Recife, Brazil (2000-2001) among community leaders in poor urban neighbourhoods. Since 2004 he has been working in Mozambique doing ethnographic research in peri-urban areas of Maputo as well as in rural areas of Cabo del Gado, the northernmost region. Based on his fieldwork in Brazil and Mozambique, he has published on issues such as urban aesthetics, time and temporality, materiality, relational ontologies and political cosmologies. In 2013 he commenced a new research project on land rights and ‘collapsed futures’ in Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. He is currently completing a book manuscript with Morten A. Pedersen and Mikkel Bunkenborg, University of Copenhagen, based on a comparative ethnographic research project on Chinese infrastructural interventions in Mozambique and Mongolia. His monograph ’Bricks of Time. Inverse Governmentality Through Informal House-building Projects in Maputo, Mozambique’ is forthcoming with Berghahn.