New PhD Student

Anders Gammelholm Wieland is new PhD student from September 1, 2019.

2019.09.09 | Birgit Kanstrup

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My name is Anders Wieland, and I am a new PhD student at the department. I have recently finished my master’s degree in political science from University of Copenhagen.


In my PhD project, I explore the historical causes and consequences of early democracy outside of Europe.


The common narrative of democracy is that it was an institution that first arose in Europe and then later on spread to the rest of the world. However, we know from other historians and anthologists that democracy was not a European invention. In fact, many pre-modern societies outside of Europe had proto-democratic institutions where public matters could be deliberated, and leaders were elected. We still know very little about what caused these early democracies and the possible legacy they might have left behind on the present-day. My project attempts to remedy these shortcomings.


My project will be supervised by Jørgen Møller and Anne Mette Kjær.

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