Ingjerd Hoëm - Curriculum vitae

Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo


Dr. Art. University of Oslo, 1996. (Supervisors Prof. Axel Sommerfelt, Social anthropology and Prof. Even Hovdhaugen, linguistics)

Magistergrad in Social Anthropology (Norwegian Magister Artium Degree), University of Oslo, 1990. (Supervisors Prof. Axel Sommerfelt and Prof. Even Hovdhaugen)

Required “support subjects” (grunnfag) different from main subject: History of Religions (Oslo 1981) and Linguistics (Oslo 1985).

Additional examinations: Intermediate level (mellomfag) History of Religions, Buddhist studies (Oslo 1982). Preliminary examinations in Philosophy (Examen Philosophicum, Oslo 1979).


  • Board leader, TIK, SV faculty.UiO from 2015.
  • Head of department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, from 2011.
  • Scientific leader of Subtheme 1 (Migration, language and identity) of Kultrans, UiO, from 2009 (20% position).
  • Co-editor Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, from 2008.
  • Responsible for the PhD-programme (forskerutdanningen) at SAI, from 2008.
  • Tilsynssensor, Sosialantropologi, Universitetet i Bergen, from 2008.
  • Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2009.
  • Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2008.
  • Projectcoordinator, NFR 2002-2008, “Identity Matters. Movement and Place.”
  • Board member, ESfO (European Society for Oceanists), 2 periods, to date.
  • Board leader, Kon-Tiki Museum, since 2013. (Participant (observer status) at the Board of the Kon–Tiki museum, from 01.01.2002 –31.09.2003. Full board member from 01.08.2008. )
  • Head of Research Department, Kon–Tiki Museum from 01.01.2001 until 31.12. 2007: including:
  • Responsible for the document archives, Kon-Tiki Museum, until 31.12.2007.
  • Preparing three-year strategic plans for the Research Department, Kon-Tiki Museum.
  • Called as 1rst. Curator (subsequently Forsker 1) at the Institute for Pacific Archaeology and Cultural History, The Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo. From 01.11.99.
  • Post doctoral fellow, Faculty of Arts (fakultetsstipendiat), at the University of Oslo, (from 01.11.96-)31.10.99.
  • Research Fellow (universitetsstipendiat) from 09.09.91 to 30.09.95. (A four year position including 14 months of fieldwork in Tokelau, Samoa and New Zealand.)
  • Employed by the University of Oslo (Sept. 90 - August 91) as Research Assistant (Vit.Ass.) responsible for the project “Tokelau Texts”. (The work consisted of supervising the transcription, translation, creating an extensive apparatus of notes together with a wordlist and an index, and being the editor of the volume resulting from this project.)


In 1992 the Oceania-group at the Department of Linguistics, University of Oslo, of which I was one of four members, won the prize for “Excellence in Research” (“fremragende forskning”) for our work in Oceania. The price was awarded by the Research Council for the Humanities.

Fieldwork (last 10 years), New Zealand, January 2010, 2009, 2008;Tokelau and Samoa, October-December 2007; New Zealand and Australia, November-December 2006;Tokelau, Samoa and New Zealand, October –January 2005-06;New Zealand and Samoa, July-August 2003; New Zealand, January-February 2002.




Hoëm, Ingjerd.
Gendered Sides and Ritual Moieties: Tokelau Kinship as Social Practice. I: Living Kinship in the Pacific. Berghahn Books 2015 ISBN 978-1-78238-577-6. s. 87-106



Hoëm, Ingjerd.
Languages of Governance in Conflict. Negotiating democracy in Tokelau. John Benjamins Publishing Company 2015 (ISBN 978 90 272 0296 3) 152 s.




Hoëm, Ingjerd.
Echoes at Fishermen’s Rock: Traditional Tokelau Fishing by Elders from Atafu Atoll. The Contemporary Pacific 2014 ;Volum 26.(1) s. 237-239



Hoëm, Ingjerd.
Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki in New Light. Oslo: The Thor Heyerdahl Institute 2014 (ISBN 978-82-92967-05-8) Kon-Tiki Museum. Occasional Papers(14)



Hoem, Ingjerd.
Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki in new light. Editor's preface. Kon-Tiki Museum. Occasional Papers 2014 ;Volum 14. s. 7-7


Further publications (including 3 monographs and 4 edited volumes).

  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2011). Narratives of Origin. Some Insights from Pacific Ethnography. Occasional papers. No 12.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2010). Language endangerment: situations of loss and gain., In Gunter Senft (ed.), Endangered Austronesian and Australian Aboriginal languages. Essays on language documentation, archiving and revitalization. Pacific Linguistics. Chapter 4. Pp. 53 - 69
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2009). "Getting out from under": Leadership , Conflict resolution and Tokelau Migration., In Helen Lee (ed.), Migration and Transnationalism. Pacific Perspectives. Australian National University e-press. ISBN 9781921536908. Chapter 12. pp 191 - 202
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2009). Ritualized Performances as Total Social Facts. The House of Multiple Spirits in Tokelau, In Gunter Senft & Ellen B. Basso (ed.), Ritual Communication. Berg Publishers. Chapter 8. Pp. 203 - 221
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2009) Review of Huntsman and Kalolo, The future of Tokelau. In The Contemporary Pacific.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2009). Polynesian Conceptions of Sociality: A dynamic field of hierarchical encompassment?, In Olaf H. Smedal & Knut.M. Rio (ed.), Hierarchy. Persistence and Transformation in Social Formations. Berghahn Books.. pp. 245 - 268
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2007) “Ansikt til ansikt. Konfliktrådsmegling mellom gjerningsmann og offer i Voldssaker”, review in Norsk antropologisk Tidsskrift (3/4) pp. 311-12.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2006) Review of Space in Language and Cognititon: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity, by Stephen C. Levinson, in Anthropological Linguistics, 48, No.1.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2006) Australia. Fortellinger fra Drømmetiden. (Introductory Essay, 40p. and selection of Texts). Volume in the series Verdens Hellige Skrifter. Den Norske Bokklubben. (153 pages).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2006) “Er det virkelig bra “å få satt ord på det”? Om tolkningsrammer og resepsjon i et sammenlignende perspektiv”, Rethorica Scandinavica. [Peer review Journal] (20 p.)
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2005) “Stealing the Water of Life. The Historicity of Contemporary Social Relationship Patterns” (23p), in History and Anthropology, eds. E. Hirsch and C. Stewart. [Peer Review Journal.]
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2005) “New Zealand og stillehavsøyer: livet i forhandlingssonen”, in Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift, NAT, vol. 16 nr. 1, pp. 85–96. [Peer Review Journal]
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2004) Polynesia. Myter og legender fra øyverdenen. Volume in the series Verdens Hellige Skrifter. Den Norske Bokklubben. (Introductory Essay, Selection and Translation of Texts. 236 pages).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2004) Theatre and Political Process: Staging Identities in Tokelau and New Zealand. Berghahn, Oxford, New York. (205 pages).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2003) Review of Representing Space in Oceania. Culture in Language and Mind. Ed. G. Bennardo, in Linguistic Anthropology, (American Anthropological Association Journal), Ed. J.A.Erickson.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2003) Oceanic Socialities and Cultural Forms, Ethnographies of Experience, Eds. I. Hoëm and S. Roalkvam. Berghahn: Oxford, New York.
  • a “Introduction” and
  • b “Making Sides. On the Relationship between Contexts and Difference in Tokelau,” in 16.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2003) “Sted i et komparativt perspektiv”, in Kulturstudier, Ed. T. Thuen, Norges forskningsråd, pp 39-58.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2002) KTM Occasional Paper Vol. 7 “Pileni Texts” (Editor. 251 pages).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2001) “Jeg kan ikke få sagt hvor mye du betyr for meg”, om Språk og antropologi”, in Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, Oslo University Press. [Peer Review Journal].
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2001) “Review of Referring to Space, Ed. G. Senft, Oxford University Press”, in Linguistic Anthropology, (AAA Journal), Ed. V. Barletta.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2000) “Aesthetics”, in Essays in Honour of Arne Skjølsvold, The Kon-Tiki Museum Occasional Papers, Vol. 5, Eds. P. Wallin and H.M. Wallin.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2000) “Skapelsesepos fra Oceania”, in Den Norske Bokklubbens serie Hellige Tekster, eds. Tor Åge Bringsverd and Jens Braarvig.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (2000) “Språk, tenkning og sosial praksis”, chapter in Mellom Himmel og Jord. (An Introductory Textbook on Central Theoretical Issues in Anthropology), Eds. O. Smedal and F. S. Nielsen. Fagbokforlaget 2000. (pp. 161-95).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1999) “Våre representasjoner av relasjoner og forskjell”, 17 p. article (part one is by T. Hylland Eriksen), in NAT, Norwegian Anthropological Journal. [Peer Review Journal].
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1999/2001) “Theatre” in Language Matters/Key Terms Ed. A. Duranti, Linguistic Anthropology/Routledge.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1999) “Language and Communication in Tokelau”, in No Barriers, published by the Kon-Tiki Museum, Ed. P. Wallin.
  •  Hoëm, Ingjerd (1999) “Review of S.R. Fisher’s Rongorongo. The Easter Island Script”, in Oceania, Univ. of Sydney.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1999) “Processes of Identification and the Incipient National Level. A Tokelau case”, in Social Anthropology, Vol. 7, No 3, pp 279-95. [Peer Review Journal].
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1998) “Clowns, dignity and desire. On performance, reflexivity and identity”, in Revising Ritual: Performance, Media, Identity, Eds. F. Hughes-Freeland and M. Crain, Routledge: London. (pp. 21-43).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1998) “Staging a Political Challenge: The Story of Tokelau te Ata”, in Common Worlds and Single Lives. Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies, Ed. Verena Keck. Berg: Oxford. (pp.353-76.)
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1996) “The Scientific Endeavour and the Natives”, in Visions of Empire, Ed. D. Miller. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (pp. 305-325).
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1996) “Polynesia”, Chapter in Fjern og Nær. Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på verdens samfunn og kulturer, Eds. S. Howell and Marit Melhuus, Ad. Notam, Gyldendal: Oslo. (With S. Roalkvam and S. Bakker.)
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1995) A Way With Words White Orchid Press, Bangkok/the Institute of Comparative Research in Human Culture, Oslo. 232 pages.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1994) “Maui, the trickster god – a possible role model for living in a fictionalised world; An anthropological reading of novels in the South Pacific”, in E. Archetti (ed) 1994. Exploring the Written. Anthropology and the Multiplicities of Writing. Oslo: Scandinavian University Press/Oxford University Press. pp. 197-230.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1993) “Space and Morality in Tokelau”, in Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association. Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 137-153.
  • Hoëm, Ingjerd (1992). Kupu mai te Tutolu, Oslo University Press/Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Editor).
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