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Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld

Philosophy, Psychology

  • Kroghstræde 3, -

    9220 Aalborg Ø


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Personal profile

Research profile

My Ph.D.-project is part if the research center The Culture of Grief and is being supervised by Svend Brinkmann and Anders Petersen. 

The study rests on the overall assumptions that our self is relational down to its very core and that finitude functions as an irreducible horizon for our lives. From an existential-phenomenological perspective, grief can be seen as a point of intersection between these relational and existential aspects of life. We grievebecause we losethe ones we love. Losing a life partner encompasses a ‘limit situation’ where the life hitherto lived is short-circuited. Grief confronts us with some of life’s most fundamental questions, and this study investigates how the existential aspects of a shared life can be scrutinized through the perspective of the bereaved.

The project is designed as a longitudinal qualitative interview-study. Recently bereaved partners in three different generations (four in their 30s, six in their 50s and five in their 70s) are interviewed in their homes at three occasions with half-year intervals. The in-depth interviews aim to provide vivid testimonies to the existential realities and changes in the lifeworldsof the participants. Even thought the project has a generic focus, notable differences between the groups will be pinpointed in the final analysis.

In contrast to the bulk of grief research that focuses on narrative aspects, meaning construction, questions of identity and post-traumatic growth, this study attempts to illuminate the irresolvable aspects of grief; the aporias internal to a relational and finite life and how this is experienced in contemporary late modern western culture.

Teaching profile

Bachelor: I teach introductory courses in Problem Based Learning (PBL) on first semester and advanced Social Psychology and Personality Psychology on second semester.

Master: I'm cordinating the elective courses: Culture og Grief and The Psychology of Love on 9th semester.  

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Clinical Psychologist


Philosophy, M.A.



  • Psychology
  • Philosophy

Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2019 2019

  • 1 Journal article

Book Review: The Happiness Fantasy

Sköld, A. T. B., 17 May 2019, In : Acta Sociologica.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication


Activities 2011 2019

  • 6 Conference organisation or participation
  • 6 Conference presentations
  • 2 Membership of research networks or expert groups
  • 1 Talks and presentations in private or public companies

(Un)thinking Death: Grief and the limits of death awareness

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Lecturer)
7 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

14th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Participant)
3 Sep 20197 Sep 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Where is Tykhe? Brining the 'hap' back into Happiness

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Lecturer)
20 Aug 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Measured Lives: Theoretical Psychology in an Era of Acceleration

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Participant)
19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

‘Losing part of oneself’ – The ontological dimensions of bereavement

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Lecturer)
4 Jul 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations