• Krogstræde 3

    9220 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile

In this research centre, we will specifically examine grief experiences, but also the cultural setting and conception of happiness and distress within which grief is situated in our time. The focus on grief will lead the way for a wider analysis of the human condition in our culture, and the research on grief will simultaneously gain from the reflection on the embedding of grief in the cultural setting.


The ambition is to establish an internationally leading research environment regarding research on grief concerning all of the most substantial psychological, cultural and clinical aspects of grief.


The ambition is to grasp the many facets of grief, both in order to achieve a thorough comprehension of the phenomenon, but also in terms of being able to take a qualified position of the diagnosis and treatment of grief in order to improve community services to people in grief.


According to WHO, a new diagnosis is expected to be added to the list of diagnoses in 2018,  “prolonged grief disorder”. The implementation of this new diagnostic grief category will provide a unique opportunity for studying the ongoing changes in the human conception on grief specifically, and suffering and happiness more generally. How can the current cultural conception of grief be comprehended? What does it mean to introduce a new diagnosis? How will the conception of grief evolve during the following years?



The research centre is expected to be globally significant in the following three fields:

  • Grief research as such
  • Research on the psychological and sociological influence of psychiatric diagnoses specifically regarding the coming grief diagnosis
  • cultural analysis committed to analyses of types of human suffering, where experiences of suffering (notably grief) is used to open up for a comprehension of the cultural situation as such.

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Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Grief Medicine & Life Sciences
grief Social Sciences
Emotions Medicine & Life Sciences
History Medicine & Life Sciences
Acculturation Medicine & Life Sciences
Refugees Medicine & Life Sciences
Episodic Memory Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2002 2019

Inhibition (Psychology)
1 Citation (Scopus)

Between the unbearable weight and lightness of the past: Banal Silence in Spain’s Post-Dictatorship Memory Politics

Brescó, I., Mar 2019, In : Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science. 53, 1, p. 44-56 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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Cultural Psychology: A Two-Way Path between Mind and Culture/Psicología cultural: un camino de ida y vuelta entre la mente y la cultura.

Brescó de Luna, I., Roncancio, M., Uchoa Branco, A. & Mattos, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Estudios de Psicologia.

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Early career award

Brady Wagoner (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Hadsten Højskoles Elevpris 2016

Svend Brinkmann (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Karin Michaëlis Pris 2017

Svend Brinkmann (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Activities 2014 2018

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (Event)

Luca Tateo (Chairman)

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP)

Ester Holte Kofod (Participant)
21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Affective semiosis and affective logic

Luca Tateo (Lecturer)
6 Mar 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

Press / Media

Tabuet om døden er afløst af et ideal om at tale

Svend Brinkmann


2 items of media coverage

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Svend Brinkmann: "Jeg er rædselsslagen for døden"

Svend Brinkmann


1 item of media coverage

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Brinkmann på gymnasiet

Svend Brinkmann


3 items of media coverage

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