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Published Nov. 21, 2016 12:44 PM

The historic UN climate agreement has entered into force. Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, has little confidence in the agreement, and claims that climate change needs to be addressed locally, not globally.

Protests in Pretoria, South Africa.
Published Nov. 2, 2016 02:05 PM

- We need new strategies to understand what is happening and why people are responding in similar ways all over the world, says anthropologist Vito Laterza.

Gaston Gardillo
Published Sep. 29, 2016 02:51 PM

Gastón Gordillo will present this years Eilert Sundt-lecture on October 20th. The anthropologist is analyzing how these violent transformations in the form and texture of terrain affect local people, the trees and animals.

Published Apr. 20, 2016 03:42 PM

Mgr. Jana Karlová, Ph.D. from the Czech Republic will be on a research stay at the Department of Social Anthropology and to our project from  April 17th to April 30th 2016.

Island Chief Telematua confronts menacing frigate birds while the sea rises. From the climate change stage drama ‘Moana: the Rising of the Sea’:  (Photo: Edvard Hviding)
Published Apr. 20, 2016 12:47 PM

Climate change is not only about extreme weather and rising seas but also about new forms of citizenship, solidarity, and resistance. “We still know too little about the human dimensions of climate change”, says social anthropologist Edvard Hviding of the University of Bergen.

Published Mar. 23, 2016 05:18 PM

The country that host some of the largest numbers of refugees. A natural wonder under threat. A government building in Norway’s capital. And a retreat in the rainforest that “heals the world”. These are the four fieldsites of Overheating’s four new master’s students.

Published Feb. 3, 2016 09:57 AM

The cover of her new book shows an Arab man feeding a baby milk from a bottle. “This is my way of moving Middle Eastern gender studies in a new direction,” says Nefissa Naguib, who has recently joined the Department of Social Anthropology at the University in Oslo.

Published Jan. 22, 2016 09:11 AM

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is currently in the Seychelles. He writes of political tension after recent elections and the historical background to the Seychelles unique political climate.

read the article in African Arguments

Garbage collector at the dump outside of Brasilia. Photo: Steve Evans, flickr
Published Jan. 19, 2016 11:11 PM

How to solve some of the smaller and bigger problems of our time? Anthropologist Michael Thompson believes in the power of creativity from below.

Published Dec. 29, 2015 09:23 AM

The differences between people who fear migrants and those who welcome them are not as clear-cut as commonly assumed. This insight can be a starting point for better discussions about how to live together in times of migration and economic downturn, suggests Cathrine Thorleifsson.

Published Dec. 9, 2015 02:57 PM

Several anthropologists are currently doing fieldwork to collect objects, video clips and sound bites that help us rethink the way we deal with things we no longer need.

Published Dec. 2, 2015 08:30 AM

Marianne E. Lien has been interviewed for an article that focuses on salmon's identity crisis in the science magazine Nautilus.

Read the full article Is Farmed Salmon Really Salmon? The staple fish is having an identity crisis.

Published Nov. 3, 2015 06:07 PM

Why has the largest man-made structure on earth, until recently, been a landfill? Are waste pickers environmental heroes, or is their work first and foremost inhuman? Do we treat some humans the same way we treat waste?

Published Oct. 30, 2015 02:24 PM

Premysl Macha, Ph.D. from the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic will be on a research stay at the Department of Social Anthropology, from 9. -13. of November 2015.​

Sami representative at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in New York
Published Oct. 12, 2015 03:56 PM

Globalisation provides the Sami people with political power as well as valuable networks with indigenous people worldwide. "Globalisation has been really positive for the Sami political struggle," says Maria Hernes, who recently returned from fieldwork in Karasjok, Oslo, and New York.

Kiruna is home to the world's largest underground iron ore mine
Published Sep. 12, 2015 09:14 AM

International media are celebrating the corporate-led relocation of Kiruna. Anthropologist Elisa Maria Lopez thinks it is important to talk about “forced displacement” and “chronic uncertainty” in the northernmost Swedish town instead.

Ritual to obtain blessings from the local deity to ensure health and well-being of the one-year olds
Published Sep. 7, 2015 03:13 PM

Does health constitute another major crisis of globalisation? How does food relate to health, well-being, and social change? Wim Van Daele has talked with healers and doctors in Sri Lanka about the “unhealthy” mix of new and processed foods, stress, the corporate monopolization of food chains, and burning stomachs.

Published Aug. 20, 2015 11:23 AM

Over the course of just a few years, salmon farming has become one of Norway's most important industries. Yet we know little about the salmon. New research raises the fish to its rightful place as one of Norway’s most important livestock.

Published Aug. 13, 2015 04:17 PM

As the number of new ebola cases decreases in Sierra Leone, the west African country can now start looking to the future.

The ebola crisis, which started in March 2014, saw more than 13,000 people infected and left almost 4000 dead in the country. Trade became difficult, household costs rose sharply and many jobs were lost.

Published July 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 July 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 July 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 June 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 June 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.