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Published Mar 19, 2014 09:03 AM

Allow a short prelude. Early in my Australian fieldwork, I had the opportunity to sit in on a public consultation concerning the Queensland Government's plans for the Great Barrier Reef. Being considered a matter of national importance, the Federal government (Canberra) is also involved in these plans.

Published Mar 12, 2014 03:29 PM

From dry desert to prospering boomtown: Welcome to El Pedregral

Published Mar 10, 2014 03:47 PM

What are the side effects of extracting oil in the Canadian tar sands areas? – Before I came to Canada, I thought the environmental crisis was the most urgent. But I cannot say this anymore, says anthropologist Lena Gross.

Published Feb 10, 2014 04:38 PM

In retrospect, it is easy to see that the opening of the Stuart Shale Oil plant was the beginning of the end for Targinnie as a living rural community.

Published Feb 10, 2014 01:27 PM

Tensions are high in Subic Bay in the Philippines. The costs of Labour are among the lowest in Southeast Asia – something more and more foreign investors have come to exploit, says Elisabeth Schober, who is currently on fieldwork there.

Published Jan 30, 2014 07:42 AM

How do you promote creativity in the workplace? The architects at Snøhetta use magic. This is something more companies should aim for, says anthropologist Aina Landsverk Hagen.

Published Jan 27, 2014 10:31 AM

In Sierra Leone, as well as in many developing and resource rich countries in the world, there is an increasingly important debate regarding local content: the use of local products and services by foreign investors.

Published Jan 22, 2014 12:30 PM

The only way to leave Lac La Biche other than by private car are the overland buses. On some days they don’t show up, on some they are way too early, on most days they are late.

Published Jan 21, 2014 02:57 PM

People in Colca Valley are organizing forums to discuss climate change, food security and a controversial dam and irrigation project, says Astrid Bredholt Stensrud, currently on fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes.

Published Jan 21, 2014 11:46 AM

If we want to move towards ecological sustainability, we cannot ignore the life-worlds of people who make their living in the fossil fuel industry, says Thomas Hylland Eriksen, currently on fieldwork in the industrial town of Gladstone in Australia.

Published Jan 16, 2014 09:11 AM

It has taken us several hundred million years to produce this compressed sunlight, and it has been the driving force of modern civilization for two hundred years. It cannot be eliminated without further ado, writes Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

Published Jan 8, 2014 04:25 PM

Elephants clashing with human beings on their paddy fields, people dying from kidney failure, climatic uncertainty, increased jealousy leading to sorcery attacks, and the nearing end of small-scale farming: Results of a global crisis of desire?

Published Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM

A little while ago, I caught fifty slimy amphibians with my bare hands, put them into a sack and promptly delivered them to be killed in an industrial-sized freezer. My usually peaceful and animal-friendly self felt surprisingly pleased with itself for carrying out this act, which was intended to protect the lives of other animals.

Published Dec 19, 2013 01:54 PM

Many things have changed in Chivay, but at the same time, it feels like it have just been a couple of days since I left.

Published Dec 13, 2013 11:40 AM

Wherever there is change, there also seems to be disappointment.

Published Dec 5, 2013 01:29 PM

‘It is the ugliest town in Australia; I think you should go there.’

Published Nov 21, 2013 03:26 PM

China’s economic growth does not always benefit its national minorities. Instead, it strains ethnic relations.

Published Oct 23, 2013 02:25 PM

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.

Published Oct 15, 2013 08:30 PM

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.

Published Oct 9, 2013 01:04 PM

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.

Published Sep 25, 2013 10:50 AM

Social anthropologists are not only crossing disciplinary boundaries. They have also started studying other species.

Published Sep 16, 2013 12:30 AM

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.

Published Sep 9, 2013 02:08 AM

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.

Published Sep 4, 2013 01:34 PM

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.

Published Aug 21, 2013 04:30 PM

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.