My regional specialisation is Southeast Asia and Europe. Thematically, my specialisation is on religion; religious revivalism; consumer/material culture in a religious perspective; middle class; the transformation of modern forms of capitalism; food cultures; cultural globalisation and migration.
After completing my master’s degree in 1997 I taught in the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, from 1998 to 1999. In 2000 I started my PhD training at International Development Studies (IDS), RUC. I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at both the National University of Singapore and Goldsmiths College, University of London.
In my current position as Associate Professor at IDS I am also teaching at Social Science Basic Studies and Global Studies. In 2007, I completed the professional postgraduate teacher training courses in project supervision and course teaching [adjunkt pædagogikum] at RUC. Since my first experiences with fieldwork-based research in 1994, I have conducted fieldwork for a period of over three years in Africa (South Africa) and Europe (Britain) and Asia (India, Malaysia and Singapore). In connection with periods of fieldwork I have been attached to universities in Malaysia, Britain and Singapore.
I am the author of Proper Islamic Consumption: Shopping Among the Malays in Modern Malaysia, and The Halal Frontier: Muslim Consumers in a Globalized Market (http://us.macmillan.com/thehalalfrontier/JohanFischer), as well as numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. Currently, I am working on a book with the provisional title Global Halal Zones: Islam, States and Markets.