Wherever there is change, there also seems to be disappointment.
‘It is the ugliest town in Australia; I think you should go there.’
China’s economic growth does not always benefit its national minorities. Instead, it strains ethnic relations.
On my 5th day in Subic Bay, we found a dead pig on the shore, buried in sand all the way up to its snout. The stray dogs had not gotten to it yet, and there was no smell, either. Just the sad, solemn sight of this animal that had been caught by the water, carried off into the sea, and then washed ashore on our beach. I could not stop staring at it, wondering about the people it had belonged to before its sudden death by drowning.
A discipline that is obsessed with cultural differences will be nothing but a burden to humanity, says Ronald Stade who is researching human waste and humans as waste in Ghana’s largest slum.
A 3 day workshop at the Finse polar research station, in the northwestern part of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, will discuss papers addressing the ensemble of human activities relating to the operation of scientific field stations in non-temperate geographical areas. The workshop is convened by: Paul Wenzel Geissler, Ann Kelly and John Manton.
Social anthropologists are not only crossing disciplinary boundaries. They have also started studying other species.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is getting ready for fieldwork close to The Great Barrier Reef that may be about to become a victim of Australia’s economic growth.
Our models for learning are inadequate. To solve humanity’s biggest crises we have to learn how to learn together in new ways, says Fred Steier who will be holding the next Overheating seminar.
More specific knowledge is not always the most imporant thing. What we really need is to train our mind to think outside the box. That's the aim of the second Bateson symposium at the University of Oslo, 11-12 september.
Research in the zoo about the origins of human cooperation can be relevant for understanding the economic crisis. Also “the harder sciences” can contribute to less inequality in our world, says Chris Hann, the new Professor II at the Overheating project.
What happens when international companies develop large-scale projects in poor rural areas in Sierra Leone? How do people respond to the changes? Who gains and who loses? That’s what anthropologist Robert Pijpers wants to find out.
Why has water increasingly become a source of trouble and conflict? Why is the driest continent on earth one of the world’s biggest water exporters? – I am interested in the drivers of overheating, says anthropologist Veronica Strang.
They chained themselves to bridges and went on hungerstrike. What people wanted was a road that connects them to the wider world. – Roads are perfect spaces for studying connections and crises, says anthropologist Penny Harvey.
A postdoctoral position in social anthropology is vacant at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. The position forms part of Prof. Thomas Hylland Eriksen's ERC funded research project "Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation". Read more about the vacancy here.
Most of the residents of a small Gambian village are married to a relative. Anthropologist Tone Sommerfelt has written a doctoral thesis on them.
Why are so many people who are fully aware of the climate crisis staying silent and inactive? Sociologist Kari Marie Norgaard travelled from the US to a small town in Western Norway to find the answer.
The Department of Social Anthropology (SAI) has embarked on an exciting and challenging new project. Anthropos and the Material. Challenges to anthropology.is intended to be the driving force in propelling Norwegian social anthropology to the forefront of developments in the academic discipline in the near future.
Prof Richard Ashby Wilson (University of Connecticut, USA) is a leading international scholar in the anthropology of human rights. He has undertaken research in Guatemala, South Africa and at international courts for war crimes. Among his publications are The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa (Cambridge U.P., 2001), Human Rights in the ‘War on Terror’ (Cambridge U. P. 2006), and Writing History in International Criminal Trials (Cambridge U.P., 2011). In an ongoing series in public anthropology funded by the Fritt Ord Foundation, and hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo in partnership with Fafo and Minotenk, Prof Wilson will present findings from recent and ongoing research, and engage in open conversations about his work.
It was one of the worst economic crashes in history: A conversation with anthropologist Gísli Pálsson about the meltdown in Iceland, dubious entanglements between universities and business, racist and sexist neoliberal discourses, and the need for academic activism.
Poor people are most affected by climate change, economic crises and discrimination. Anthropologist Astrid Bredholt Stensrud wants to find out how people go about it.
– We can reduce our energy use only through a radically different vision of what it means to be modern, says anthropologist Harold Langford Wilhite.
Film and photography have always been an important media for anthropologists: for documentation, and as a means of communication and research. The exhibition "Behind the screen" at Galleri Sverdrup will show some of the ways different anthropologists have worked with film, and takes as a point of departure seven anthropologists who have made films themselves, or cooperated with film-makers in Scandinavia during the last 30 years.
Many poor people have been forcibly evicted from their homes in the name of nature conservation. "To protect nature we have to transcend the separation of humans from nature", argues anthropologist Knut G. Nustad.