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Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld

Philosophy, Psychology

  • Kroghstræde 3, -

    9220 Aalborg Ø

    Denmark

20182021
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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

20132018

Philosophy, M.A.

20072013

Keywords

  • Psychology
  • Philosophy

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2019 2020

  • 2 Journal article
  • 1 Literature review

An Existential Structure of Love

Sköld, A. T. B., 13 Jan 2020, In : The Humanistic Psychologist.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Book review: Steinbock, A. J. (2018). It’s not about the Gift: from givenness to loving.

Sköld, A. T. B., 26 Dec 2019, In : Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearchpeer-review

Book Review: The Happiness Fantasy

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

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Prizes

Activities 2011 2020

Møter med døden

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Participant)
27 Jan 202028 Jan 2020

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Asymmetry, non-symmetry or nothing at all: Being-with the dead and continuing bonds.

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Lecturer)
15 Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Toward an Asymmetrical Ethics: Power, Relations, and the Diversity of Subjectivities

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Participant)
13 Nov 201915 Nov 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Symposium on cultural, Existential and Phenomenological Dimensions of Bereavement

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Participant)
11 Nov 201912 Nov 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Symposium on cultural, Existential and Phenomenological Dimensions of Bereavement

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld (Participant)
11 Nov 201912 Nov 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation