Daily emeritus life
After more than half a century in Academia, I retired from the University of Copenhagen in November 2016. I’m still doing historical research, but now with a focus on autobiography and memoirs.
I have a formal emeritus contract with the university — I’m allowed to keep my email account, I can store my files on the university server, and I have access to scholarly journals and books at the university library. In return, my publications contribute to the department’s productivity scores. I have no administrative or teaching duties (and of course no salary).
In other words, I’m a free-floating intellectual. I work five-six hours a day in the weekdays, until our kids come home from school (well, now our daughter works from home during the corona pandemic). Weekends I try (read: try) to stay away from work.
I sleep a lot — I need at least eight hour per night to be able to get through the day. But I rarely take a nap.
My family and home
I live with my partner Anna (who works at the Danish IT University) and our two children, Johanna (born 2008) and Jussi (born 2011), in a small house in Valby, a few kilometers from the Copenhagen downtown area. We also have two twin cats, Tiger and Silke.
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 it’s called because the two main streets are named after the famous late 19th century Scandinavian authors Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsson and August Strindberg.
We don’t have a car, but use a transport bike instead.