Kupferberg, Feiwel 1946-

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KUPFERBERG, Feiwel 1946-

PERSONAL: Born September 3, 1946, in Landshut, Germany; son of Szloma (a barber) and Valentina (a seamstress; maiden name, Krivosheyeva; later surname, Persson) Kupferberg; married Anita Andersson, 1973 (marriage ended, 1978); married Angela Düffer (a teacher), May 29, 1982; children: Camilla, Daniel, Jakob. Education: University of Stockholm, M.A., 1971; University of Ålborg, Ph.D., 1995. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—Österportsgatum 2, Malmö 21128, Sweden. Offıce—Danish University of Education, Embrupvej 101, 2406 Copenhagen, Denmark. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: University of Ålborg, Ålborg, Denmark, assistant professor, 1975-76, associate professor at Center for International Studies, 1976-2002; Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, professor of sociology, 2002—.

MEMBER: International Sociological Association, European Sociological Association, Swedish Sociological Association, Danish Sociological Association.

AWARDS, HONORS: Torgny S. Segershedt Prize, Swedish Sociological Association, 1995, for journal article.


Creative Chaos in Project Work, Ålborg University Press (Ålborg, Denmark), 1996.

The Breakup of Communism in East Germany andEastern Europe, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1999.

Calling or Profession: Becoming a Nurse, Nyt Nordick Forlag Arnold Burgh, 1999.

The Rise and Fall of the German Democratic Republic, Transaction Books (New Brunswick, NJ), 2002.

Contributor to sociology journals.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Existential Forms of Creativity; Artistic Careers; research on creative industries, entrepreneurship, and creativity in education.

SIDELIGHTS: Feiwel Kupferberg told CA: "Although my career has been inside academia, most of my books have developed out of personal experiences, which I have tried to make sense of. My work methods as well as writing style border upon the artistic/literary approach. The subjective/biographical point of view means much to me. How do people cope with overpowering changes in their lives such as changing a career, entering a new profession, going from one type of society to another, or learning from traumatic experiences of a private and/or historical nature?

"Increasingly I have also become interested in researching the artistic approach to life and work. What motivates artists, writers, filmmakers, et cetera? How do they work? In what sense is artistic creativity different from academic creativity, and why? These questions are at the focus of my present research interests."



History: Review of New Books, winter, 2003, Marion Deshmukh, review of The Rise and Fall of the German Democratic Republic, p. 70.