Cecilia G. Salinas

Postdoctoral fellow
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Cecilia Salinas is a postdoctoral researcher in Private Lives project at the University of Oslo. You can read about her project her on social media and diversity politics here: What kind of possibilities do digital technology offer to diversity politics in the cultural sector?

Cecilia G. Salinas holds a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Oslo in 2017. In connection with her PhD she carried out fieldwork in a biosphere reserve in  the provins of Misiones, Northeastern Argentina. She studied what happens when international environmental and climate change policy is implemented in remote areas and the effects on the forest and the local population it intends to protect.

In her postdoctoral research project, she follows up some topics from her PhD work such as politics, identity and belonging, but this time in a Norwegian digital context.

Salinas is also educated at the art school Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires (Argentina) and has been a student at the Bruchion Art Institute under the direction of Jan Valentin Sæther. She is therefore interested in the intersection of art and anthropology in the research process. During her fieldwork for the postdoctoral research project, she has created a series of digital collages that are part of a traveling exhibition called ARTivism.

The research project Private Lives  is collaborating with the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology (NTM) Norwegian acronym) on an exhibition that will open at the end of 2022. Salinas is the contact person for the exhibition and works closely with curator Henrik Treimo and his team at NTM.

Academic Interests

  • Environment and development
  • Climate policies
  • Diversity
  • Social Media
  • Politics
  • Indigenous people
  • Regionalt: Uruguay - Argentina


Higher education and employment history

  • Head of Studies at the Department for international studies and interpreting, OsloMet 2019.
  • PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo 2017
  • Master in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo 2010
  • Master scholarship LEVE Centre for Development and the Environment 2009-20
  • Bachelor in Culture and Society at the University of Oslo 2007

Best Master Thesis Award

Cecilia Salinas wins NFU's (Norwegian Association for Development Research) Best Master Thesis Award.


In her thesis Salinas investigates everyday life in Fray Bentos, a working town in a rural area where meat packing for a long time was the core industry. The traditional meatpacking industry has been in decline, but for some time a foreign pulp mill appeared to offer new working opportunities. However, in comparison with the old “socially thick” meatpacking industry with dense employment and a huge impact on employment, the new pulp industry was “socially thin”. Salinas’ investigates everyday life in Fray Bentos and how the initial euphoria associated with renewed industrial modernity soured. Yet she also explores short-lasting glimmers of hope and collective agency in relation to a local carnival. Based on a close fieldwork and her anthropological gaze Salinas has developed an innovative approach to the contradictions of neoliberal everyday life.


Tags: Politics, Diversity, Indigenous peoples, Resource management, Climate change, Latin America, Uruguay and Argentina


  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Thinking without a concept. Anthropology News. ISSN 1541-6151. p. 26–28. doi: 10.14506/AN.1540.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2020). The Pedagogy of Detachment and Decolonial Options: Reflections from a ‘minoritized’ Point of View. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (NJCIE). ISSN 2535-4051. 4(1), p. 10–15. doi: 10.7577/njcie.3563. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wilhite, Harold Langford & Salinas, Cecilia G. (2019). Expansive Capitalism, Climate Change and Global Climate Mitigation Regimes: A Triple Burden on Forest Peoples in the Global South. In Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt & Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (Ed.), Climate, Capitalism and Communities: An Anthropology of Environmental Overheating. Pluto Press. ISSN 9780745339566. p. 151–170. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvjnrw0q.13.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2017). Et antropologisk blikk på REDDs mulig grønnere fremtid. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. 28(2), p. 97–117. doi: 10.18261/ISSN.1504-2898-2017-02-03.
  • Ødegård, Ansgar & Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2016). Samfunnsansvar i praksis : et møte mellom fortid og fremtid. Det finske selskapet UPM og lokalsamfunnet Fray Bentos i Uruguay. Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse. ISSN 1500-0788. 19(5), p. 58–66. Full text in Research Archive
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2013). Mellom håp og «hype» - Nyliberal økonomi i Uruguay. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7285. p. 87–99.

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  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2011). Añorada Esperanza. Respuestas Locales a las políticas neoliberales: Uruguay y la industria de la celulosa. Antropofagia. ISBN 978-987-1238-79-8. 126 p.

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  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). Om latinamerikanske dekoloniale feminismer . SAMORA. ISSN 0801-6992. 3(44), p. 22–25.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). Conocimiento indígena en tiempos de decolonización.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). La pedagogía del desapego.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTivisme, en vandreustilling.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTivisme, en vandreustilling.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTivisme, en vandreutstilling.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2022). If Mustafa isn't Norwegian, what the hell am I then? Exploring the conceptualisation of digital activism.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2022). La cartografía emocional de lo no representable.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2022). ARTIVISME a traveling exhibition and the use of artistic digital images in anthropological research .
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. & Garbo, Gro Lien (2022). Kort Møte. [Internet]. SV-Nytt.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). INSPIRE Seminar Series: The Use of an Art-Based Approach in the Exploration of Trauma and Resilience.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). Decolonizing creative praxis and the future of knowledge .
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2022). Den erfaringsnære kunnskapen til urfolk, bønder og fiskere blir ikke tatt nok i bruk. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. & Horst, Cindy (2022). May month's Artist Spotlight. [Internet]. https://inspire.gallery/news-events/artist-spotlight-cecilia.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2022). Hva skjer når kunst og sosialantropologi møtes som likeverdige partnere? .
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTIvisme: Utvalg av bilder og tekster (roll up).
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). Kunnskapsmangfold: en forutsetning for beskyttelse og forvaltning av biologisk diversitet .
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTivisme: Multimodal format.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTivisme.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. & Faris, Nadia (2022). Om Artivisme, en vandrende utstilling.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2022). ARTivisme: En vandrende utstilling.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2022). ARTivisme: Når kunst og antropologi møtes som to likeverdige parter, hva skjer da?
  • Erik, Engblad & Salinas, Cecilia G. (2021). Kampen om kunnskapen. [Internet]. Sosialantropologisk institutt nettsider.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2021). Latinamerikanske tradisjoner i norsk kontekst. Utrop.no.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2021). Uoppfylte løfter. Dagsavisen. ISSN 1503-2892. 44(136), p. 6–6.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2021). De-colonising higher education.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2021). Kan posting føre til endringer i samfunn?
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2021). Privatlivets grenser på Teknisk museum.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2021). Munch sett med nye øyne. Utrop.no.
  • Flikke, Rune; Ciancio, Javier & Salinas, Cecilia G. (2021). Argentina forbyr lakseoppdrett: Følger Norge med i timen? Bladet Vesterålen. ISSN 1891-6147. p. 15–15.
  • Flikke, Rune; Salinas, Cecilia & Ciancio, Javier (2021). Argentina forbyr lakseoppdrett. Følger Norge med i timen? Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Salinas, Cecilia; Guzman-Gallegos, Maria A.; Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt & Amador Jimenez, Monica Yobana (2021). Å være for selvbestemt abort og avkolonisering er ingen motsetning. Bistandsaktuelt. ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Salinas, Cecilia; Guzman-Gallegos, Maria A. & Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt (2021). Overforenklende Premisser. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839. 91(uke 16 årgang 53), p. 22–22.
  • Salinas, Cecilia & Salinas, Veronica (2020). Bokbransjens samfunnsansvar og kunstneriske nytenkning. Utrop.no.
  • Guzman-Gallegos, Maria A.; Salinas, Cecilia; Stensrud, Astrid Bredholt & Amador Jimenez, Monica Yobana (2020). Avkolonisering vil gi en mer robust vitenskap. Khrono.no. ISSN 1894-8995.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Når folkemord blir kulturmøte. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Verdensdagen for psykiske helse: Norge avpolitisere budskapet. Utrop.no.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Nyliberalisme er meg. Khrono.no. ISSN 1894-8995.
  • Vidnes, Aksel Kjær & Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Et bedre liv utenfor universitetet. Forskerforum. ISSN 0800-1715.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Et omriss av en fantasi. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Kunst som rettighetskamp. Utrop.no.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Merk, Ikke riv. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Bærekraftige fremtider i plantasjeocen. Forfatternes Klimaaksjon §112 Nettside..
  • Salinas, Cecilia (2020). Intervenciones temporales y la política de la tierra en la reserva de biosfera Yabotí. Etnografías Contemporáneas. ISSN 2451-8050. 6(11).
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2020). SÅR.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2019). Krenkefrie fantasier. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839. p. 36–36.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2019). Historien vår må fortelles i flertall. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839. 51(106), p. 21–21.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2019). What is decolonization and why do we need to decolonize?
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. & Myhrer, Nicole (2018). Debatt om avkolonisering. [Radio]. Slemdalsveien 15.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2018). Decolonising Academia.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2018). Alternativ Kunnskap. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Nilsen, Torbjørn Tumyr & Salinas, Cecilia G. (2018). Den avgjørende Praksis. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2018). Challenges for and pathways to alternative sustainabilities. Roundtable: Exploring alternative sustainabilities from multiple socionatural assemblages. .
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2018). Identitetspolitikk i Landet uten Ondskap.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2018). Grensesnitt mellom litteraturformidling, litteraturformidlere og flerkulturell forståelse.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2017). «Klimapolitikkens underskog: om globalt skogvern som klimatiltak» .
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2017). Someone Has Been There Before You - Inspirational Talk about the PhD Process .
  • Ødegård, Ansgar & Salinas, Cecilia G. (2017). Being good versus appearing good – CSR within different approaches.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2017). REDD+ processes and politics in Argentina and beyond: Anthropological perspectives on new constructions of tropical forests.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2017). Hva kan feltarbeid i et naturreservat i Nord-Argentina fortelle om mulighetene for dagens og fremtidens klimainnsats?
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2017). Et etnografisk studie av tobakksproduksjon i Argentina.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2016). «Elusive Appearances:Policy, politics and the State in the Argentinian northeastern province of Misiones .
  • Ødegård, Ansgar & Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2016). “The matter of time when a Multinational Company meets a local community – A temporal perspective on interactions between The Finnish Multinational Company, UPM, and the hosting local community of Fray Bentos, Uruguay”.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2015). The Art of Writing Feel-Thinking Anthropology.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2015). Politics from the hinterland.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2014). "Er det vigtigt at gjøre feltarbejde ute eller kan man også gjøre det hjemme?" .
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2014). Painting and Anthropology. An Account of an Encounter. In Ofteland, Hanne Storm & Saether, Solveig Naomi Socolnikov (Ed.), Collisions and Transitions. Festschrift in Honour of Jan Valentin Saether on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday on March 18 2014. Hand to Mouth Publishing. ISSN 978-82-92313-11-4. p. 237–245.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2014). Vi røyker opp skogen. Nytid. p. 24–25.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2013). Frokost seminar for bachelor studenter: Kunnskap og Forståelse .
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2013). Forståelse og kunnskap: En sanselig reise i skog og mark i Nord Argentina.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2013). Erfaringer fra Feltarbeid.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2013). Smoking the forest: Tobacco production and forest conservation in Argentina.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2013). They want to privatise our air. Mediators and Intermediaries, Mistranslations and Knowledge production in the UN-REDD process in Argentina.
  • Sandved Nordli, Ingrid & Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2013). Annerledespresidenten. [Newspaper]. A-Magasinet.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2011). Enclosing People, Nature, and Capital: Nature Conservation in the Argentinean Northeast Province of Misiones and the UN-REDD Process.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2004). Spirende Håp. [Newspaper]. Gjeldsbrevet: Aksjon Slett U- Landsgjelda .
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2016). Elusive Appearances: How Politics Fail in the Argentinian Paraná Atlantic Forest. University of Oslo.
  • Salinas, Cecilia Guadalupe (2010). Wistful Hope: Local responses to neo-liberal politics. Uruguay and the pulp industry. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Salinas, Cecilia G. (2010). Narrative Report Module 1. Transparency and Accountability in Extractive Industries Programme (TRACE) . Publish What you Pay.

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