Daily emeritus life
In November 2016, I retired after more than fifty years in Academia. I’m still doing research, but with a focus on autobiography and memoir writing, i.e., I’m using my current life situation as the point of departure for my current research activities.
I have a formal emeritus contract with the University of Copenhagen. I’m allowed to keep my email account and can store my files on the university server. I have no administrative or teaching duties (and of course no salary). I’m a free-floating intellectual.. I work five-six hours a day in the weekdays. After finishing my daily writing around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, I bring my youngest son home from school and spend the rest of the day with the kids.
My partner Anna and our two children, Johanna (b. 2008) and Jussi (b. 2011) live in a small house on Strindbergsvej in Valby, a few kilometers from the Copenhagen city center. (My oldest daughter from an earlier marriage lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children.) I love our peaceful neighbourhood Författerkvarteret (‘The authors’ neighbourhood’) as we call it because the two main streets are named after the famous 19th century Scandinavian authors Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsson and August Strindberg. We don’t have a car, but use a transport bike instead.