PhD Defence by Peter Clement Lund: Grief as Disorder

PhD Defence by Peter Clement Lund: Grief as Disorder

Peter Clement Lund defends the thesis: Grief as Disorder. On the transformation of grief from existential emotion to pathological entity.


28.01.2022 kl. 15.00 - 18.00


The defense will take place at Aalborg University and online via zoom.

For online participants:


Meeting ID: 658 8192 7413

Passcode: 413398

About the thesis

This PhD-dissertation explores the current culture of grief with a particular focus on the forthcoming diagnostic classification of Prolonged Grief Disorder, while also telling the story of why the initial work concerned with implementing the diagnosis in Denmark broke down. By situating the dissertation within a sociological understanding of death and society as inherently connected, the dissertation attempts to work out what has led us to a point in time where grief now exists as something that may be considered pathological and what this tells us about contemporary society. Read more and download thesis.


  • PhD supervisor: Associate Professor Anders Petersen, Aalborg University
  • Assistant PhD supervisor: Professor Svend Brinkmann, Aalborg University

PhD committee:

  • Associate Professor Sarah Awad (chair), Aalborg University
  • Associate Professor Leeat Granek, York University
  • Associate Professor Mikael Carleheden, University of Copenhagen


Department of Communication and Psychology


Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, auditoriet (lokale 3.107) - and online via Zoom.