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This article written by Rune Flikke and Trine Kvitberg is based on research conducted under the Arctic indigenous peoples adaptation to contaminant problems and climate change at the University of Tromsø.
Signe Howell shows in her chapter in Animism in Southeast Asia how the Chewong (hunters and gatherers of Peninsular Malaysia), are prototypical animists in the conventional definition of ontologies which assign agency and personhood to human and non-human beings alike.
In this collection of chapters on the little know societies of aboriginal people of Peninsular Malaysia, Signe Howell shows in her chapter “Continuity through Change: Three decades of engaging with Chewong: Some issues raised by multitemporal fieldwork” how Chewong way of life have changed dramatically from the time of her first fieldwork until today. She argues that despite huge influences emanating from the external world they are still maintaining their egalitarian ethos and practices.
Jon H. Z. Remme demonstrates in his Chapter in Animism in Southeast Asia that Ifugao animism contains an inherent ontological dynamic. Remme argues that we can best understand how Ifugao animism operates by approaching it as a form of onto-praxis – i.e. through its practices which, in turn, are interpreted as actualizations of the potentiality of shared sociality between humans and non-humans. Remme concludes that the practices of Ifugao animism are fundamentally concerned with the management of this potential for shared sociality between humans and non-humans.
In this paper Arnd Schneider draws a distinction between an anthropology of the sea and an anthropology as sea travel (epitomized by Malinowski's and Lévi-Strauss's onboard journals)
This article by Ferdinand Moyi Okwaro (who will be soon be a post-doc at the Department, funded by the Norwegian research Council) and Paul Wenzel Geissler examines collaboration in transnational medical research from the viewpoint of African scientists working in partnerships with northern counterparts.
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In this article, published in Inflammopharmacology - Experimental and Therapeutic Studies, Jonas Kure Buer outlines a history of the drug category, from the emergence in the 1970s of the idea of drugs with decisive long-term effects on bone-erosion in rheumatoid arthritis, through the consolidation and popularisation of the term DMARD 1980s and 1990s.
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In this essay Arnd Schneider comments on recent photographic and film works by artist and visual anthropologist, Cyrill Lachauer – shot in the ‘waste lands’ of urban and suburban Las Vegas, and in Paiute settlements.
Anthropos and the material is both a research project and a strategic plan for a research network targeting the thematic area People, Nature and Environments.Department of Social Anthropology is represented with article contributions from Rune Flikke, Knut Gunnar Nustad and Jon Rasmus Nyquist.
Read the articles in: Aura