Halfdan Siiger and Danish Central Asian Research

This conference is held to commemorate Halfdan Siiger - marking the 100th anniversary of his birth - and to celebrate Danish Central Asian Research. 

As a member of Henning Haslund-Christensen's 3rd Danish Expedition to Central Asia 1947-1950, Siiger collected artefacts for the National Museum while pursuing his ethnographic fieldwork. Upon his return in 1950, Siiger was employed as Museum Inspector at the Ethnographic Collection of the National Museum until 1960 when he founded the Institute for the History of Religions at Aarhus University. He remained a professor here until his retirement in 1979.

The conference takes place at the University of Copenhagen and the National Museum and is organized by Aarhus University (Study of Religion; Anthropology and Ethnography), University of Copenhagen (Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies), the Ethnographic Collection at the National Museum, and the Ethnografic collections at Moesgård Museum.