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Published Jul 27, 2015 07:58 PM

Pollution, violence, forced displacement: What to do against harmful side effects of mining? A big disaster on a small island helped anthropologist Catherine Coumans to find an answer.

Mosque in Buenos Aires
Published Jul 9, 2015 01:06 AM

“In Europe, we too quickly link the idea of converting to Islam with radicalization. Such discourses are much less common here. There is much less fear of Islam than in many European countries,” says Tiffany Linn Utvær Gasser, currently on fieldwork in Buenos Aires.

Published Jul 7, 2015 12:10 PM

More temporary contracts, more flexible positions, and many people without paid jobs at all. The way we think about labour can be about to change, according to anthropologists.

Published Jun 24, 2015 11:12 AM

Wim van Daele is in Sri Lanka, and has been using Ayurvedic learning to understand how a complex interplay of hot foods, stress, fertilizers, inactivity, changed temporalities, and acceleration of life is leading to gastritis and other digestive problems - in short, an Overheating of the human body.

Published Jun 9, 2015 10:28 AM

What can explain the success of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) that with it´s hard Eurosceptic and anti-immigration message has emerged as the most significant political force in post-war Britain? To find out, Postdoc Cathrine Moe Thorleifsson has travelled to Doncaster town in South Yorkshire, a UKIP hotspot. 

Published May 22, 2015 07:09 PM

​Coal for power, iron ore for steel girders, minerals for our smart phones: the mining business is booming. More and more anthropologists are uncovering effects of this development that would otherwise risk falling under the radar.

Iceland has cheap and environmentally friendly power because the volcanic activity that formed the island 50 million years ago still provides an important natural resource. Photo: Gunnuhver geothermal area, by Carsten ten Brink, flickr
Published May 13, 2015 04:59 PM

Why has Iceland, a country that is famous for its abundant renewable energy, started to engage in oil exploitation? Other countries are moving away from fossil fuels. Why is this volcanic island choosing the opposite path and will it be worth it, master student Pernille Ihme wonders, currently on fieldwork in northeastern Iceland.

How do borders affect people's lives? Photo: Sara Prestianni, Noborders Network, flickr
Published Apr 24, 2015 03:26 AM

News about sinking boats carrying African migrants as they attempt to reach Europe is shaking the public. Similar dramas are unfolding regularly in Melilla, where Gard Ringen Høibjerg is currently on fieldwork.

Published Apr 7, 2015 08:15 PM

Economic crises can lead to a rise in xenophobia. But the opposite can also be true. At the next Overheating seminar, anthropologist Theodoros Rakopoulos will talk about the thriving solidarity economy in Greece.

Published Mar 29, 2015 03:26 AM

Instead of reviewing laws and policies in their offices, bureaucrats tour the country, hold public meetings and communicate with citizens via social media. An initiative in Tanzania can serve as example for other countries wishing to revive local democracy and expand their political and legal repertoire, believes anthropologist Knut Christian Myhre, who is currently writing a book on the topic.

Published Mar 22, 2015 02:32 PM

Would you like to influence policies on climate change, oil drilling, war, and peace? More and more corporations and foreign governments are convinced that creating a think tank is the way to go. But the power of think tanks is more fragile than is generally assumed, as anthropologist Christina Garsten learned during her fieldwork.

Why all those dying fish? Because of a recent flooding or industrial activities? Photo: Greens MPs, flickr
Published Mar 9, 2015 04:30 PM

"Who pays for your research? Who benefits from a particular version of reality? These questions should be raised time and again to get a better vantage-point for acting upon an overheated world,” says Thomas Hylland Eriksen after having studied an environmental scandal in Australia.

Published Feb 24, 2015 09:32 AM

Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Henrik Sinding-Larsen from Overheating have received funding from the Norwegian Research Council to organise a conference on sustainability.

Published Feb 19, 2015 09:02 AM

Zdenka Sokolíčková Ph.D. M.A. from the Czech Republic will be on a research stay at the Department of Social Anthropology, from 23 February – 8 March 2015.​

Published Feb 13, 2015 10:27 AM

How does global capitalism influence our relations with other people and our perceptions of who we are? How do people cope with rapid changes in their surroundings? Which roles can researchers play in times of change and conflict?

Published Feb 13, 2015 09:34 AM

A Superman cartoon was able to bring some movement to the polarized immigration debate. What can social scientists learn from this?

Screenshot from Andrea Wise's art project Returned with pictures of deported migrants in Cape Verde
Published Jan 20, 2015 10:40 PM

When Jacky was deported from the USA to Cape Verde, his life came to a sudden standstill. Within a short time his face grew deep wrinkles; it looked resigned, exhausted, and drained. Merely at his age of 45, Jacky looked like an old man.

Logo of Pride Parade: a moustache
Published Jan 19, 2015 11:52 AM

When the first Pride Parade in Montenegro’s capital turned into a battlefield, early ethnographic accounts about traditional manliness may have had a part to play in the tensions, according to anthropologist Branko Banovic.

Published Dec 19, 2014 09:52 AM

In October 2011, while I was conducting ethnographic research on water and climate change in southern Peru’s Colca Valley, I was invited to join the villagers of Pinchollo on a hike up to the point at the foot of a glacier where meltwater starts flowing down towards the village.

Demonstration by far-right party Jobbik, June 2012 in Budapest
Published Dec 11, 2014 06:49 PM

Is the recent rise in xenophobia and right-wing populism in Europe linked to the economic crisis? Anthropologist Cathrine Moe Thorleifsson is about to embark on fieldwork in England, Hungary and Norway in order to find out.

Published Nov 29, 2014 05:57 PM

“Anthropologists tend to exaggerate differences and to downplay commonalities. It is our moral duty to correct this distorted picture,” said Jeremy MacClancy at the first international workshop of the Overheating project.

Published Nov 25, 2014 10:27 AM

The recent Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea has spurred a range of responses from all over the world. Some of these responses exemplify the ongoing stereotyping of Africa and Africans. Public discourse, unfortunately, still has the tendency of addressing Africa as a country, a war ridden space full of sadness and its inhabitants as savage and helpless. But stereotypes are not limited to these images of misery.

Published Nov 18, 2014 02:27 PM

The majority of Norwegian food production no longer takes place in the field or in the barn.

Flip-flops are the first step many people take from being barefoot
Published Nov 1, 2014 02:37 PM

Following the life of the worlds' simplest shoe provides encounters with the biggest migration streams in history, flip-flop smugglers in fast cars or on camels, and anxious company owners who don't want researchers nosing around.

Published Oct 10, 2014 06:13 PM

Economic theories are not enough to understand economic processes. At the next Overheating seminar, Nina Boy will show that literary studies can provide important insights into the world of finance.