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Police with guns in front of protesting students
Published Dec. 10, 2021 11:19 AM

What is considered to be knowledge, whose knowledge is recognised, and how is it actually taught at the university? The social anthropology academic community discusses the decolonisation of academia.

Containers at the recycling station.
Published Aug. 31, 2021 1:19 PM

Sarah Mahoney is among the few anthropology students who have gone on fieldwork as normal during the pandemic. “The village is quite self-sufficient therefore I did not feel the impact of covid as much as in the city,” she says.

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Published June 22, 2021 12:52 PM

Container ships are getting ever bigger. Social anthropologists show in a new article that such growth is not financially, ecologically or socially sustainable.

Man fishing from small boat.
Published Mar. 26, 2021 6:59 PM

What kind of strategies does a population employ to persist in their territories when surrounded by militia groups, oil companies and drug dealers? Anthropologist Mónica Amador has undertaken field work in the Colombian swamps.

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Published Oct. 5, 2020 9:44 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has caused anthropologists at the University of Oslo to rethink their traditional fieldwork. An initiative presented by NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) could enable Master’s students at the Department of Social Anthropology to conduct research on the users of welfare services.

People at a gate in front of government building
Published June 23, 2020 8:50 AM

Martine Greek wanted to find out how neoliberalism is succeeding in making people believe in a better future. After conducting twelve months of field work on an inland island in Chile, she is now defending her thesis about hope, poverty and government-subsidised solar panels.

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Published Apr. 6, 2020 10:30 AM

«In this current time of crisis, it is arguably more important than ever to look at how supply chains function, and what role maritime trade plays in keeping our world spinning,» says Elisabeth Schober. The anthropologist is doing research on shipping and maritime logistics.

Penny Harvey in front of brick wall
Published Jan. 9, 2020 12:18 PM

Through her position as Professor II at the Department of Social Anthropology, Penny Harvey has tried to put people intellectually in touch with each other.

The Crown Price and his family in bunads. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix
Published May 15, 2018 2:17 PM

Can anyone wear a bunad? Is it a real bunad if it is made in China? Is it a symbol of origin and roots or a nationalistic symbol? Thomas Hylland Eriksen explains the Norwegian obsession with this tradional garment.