Cecilia Guadalupe Salinas

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Cecilia Salinas is a postdoctoral research fellow 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?

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
Published Jan. 21, 2021 9:47 AM - Last modified Feb. 24, 2021 9:16 AM