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Visiting Fellow, 2015 – 2016

Gry Ardal Printzlau

Postdoc Researcher University of Copenhagen


Gry Ardal Printzlau is a postdoc researcher at the University of Copenhagen, working on the research project Self-Understanding and Self-Alienation: Existential Hermeneutics and Psychopathology. Her current work is about the intertwinement of self-alienation and self-understanding in psychopathological and traumatic conditions. It explores how a person’s experiential relationship to the world and intersubjective relatedness is involved in and affected by profound feelings of self-alienation caused by existentially trying situations. Printzlau’s research interests center on the nature of ethical selfhood and the significance of intersubjectivity for the sense of self, drawing on phenomenology and existential hermeneutics (Lévinas, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Jaspers). She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology and an M.Sc. in social science, philosophy, and philosophy of science from Roskilde University and a PhD for the dissertation Trust and Ethical Selfhood from the University of Copenhagen.