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Anja Marie Bornø Jensen

Anja Marie Bornø Jensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Qualitative methods and research ethics. Medical anthropology and medical technology. Organ donation and organ transplantation. Science and Technology Studies. Perceptions of the body and death, as well as the problems surrounding the brain death criteria. Sense-making strategies, grieving processes, hope, heroism, identity, narratives, gift exchange, commodification and kinship and relatedness.

Current research

I work as assistant professor in the project "Body and Person in 21st Century Biomedicine" focusing on the body and its parts.

My project sets out to explore the symbolic and emotional characteristics that are attached to donated organs, and what these characteristics mean in regards to donating or receiving an organ or just part of an organ.  

Investigating the donation of the heart, the lungs and the eyes and their corneas, this project focuses on understanding why some organs are donated more often than others, why parts of the body are embedded in extremely different meanings, and how the body parts are handled and experienced in the course of their exchange. I also focus on the professional challenges for health professionals involved with transplantation.

I also have a research project on no to organ donation funded by the Danish Heart Foundation. The project focuses on families who refused to donate, reasons for refusing to donate the heart, and on the doctors and nurses working with donation conversations.

My main research interest is organ donation and transplantation. September 2011 I defended my Ph.D. dissertation on organ donor families in Denmark. I love communcating my research and participate in Danish media debates on transplantion and as teacher and lecturer in Scendinavian transplantation contexts

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Orchestrating an Exceptional Death: Donor Family Experiences and Organ Donation in Denmark

    Jensen, A. M. B. 22 Sep 2011 Kbh.: Institut for Antropologi.

    Research output: ResearchPh.D. thesis

  2. Published

    Searching for Meaningful Aftermaths: Donor Family Experiences and Expressions in New York and Denmark

    Jensen, A. M. B. 1 Sep 2011 In : Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies. 8, 1, p. 129-148 19 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    A Sense of Absence: The Staging of Heroic Deaths and Ongoing Lives among American Organ Donor Families

    Jensen, A. M. B. 2010 An Anthropology of Absence: Materialisations of Transcendence and Loss. Hastrup, F., Bille, M. & Flohr Sørensen, T. (eds.). London: Springer Publishing Company, p. 63-81

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  4. Published

    Transgressive ethics: Professional work ethics as a perspective on 'aggressive organ harvesting'

    Hoeyer, K. & Jensen, A. M. B. 2013 In : Social Studies of Science. 43/4, DOI: 10.1177/0306312712460341, p. 598-618 21 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Transplantation as an abstract good: practising deliberate ignorance in deceased organ donation in Denmark

    Hoeyer, K., Jensen, A. M. B. & Olejaz, M. May 2015 In : Sociology of Health and Illness. 37, 4, p. 578-593 15 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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