Ola Gunhildrud Berta

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Mobile phone +47 95970180
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk A 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

Thematic: Social change, Christianity, culture, craft, politics, labour

Regional: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Oceania

Courses taught



  • Master of Arts, Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2013
  • Craft certificate, Mason, 2007


2016. Textbook price from Universitetsforlaget for Folkeferd - En innføring i sosialantropologi, with Tone Høgblad.

2019. Fellowship from Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).

2020. Fellowship from Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).

2020. Project grant from the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association.

2021. Fellowship from Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).


Tags: Globalization, Power, Religion, Material culture, Oceania, identity, Political Anthropology


Conference presentations:

2015. "Producing Waste while Wasting Time: Unemployment, Waste, and Consumerism in the Urban Marshall Islands." For the Overheating workshop "Waste and the Superfluous." University of Oslo.

2015. "'We Don't Ask our Sexual Partners about Clan Membership Anymore': On the Muddles in Marshallese Matrilineal Belonging." Conference for European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), for the panel, "Muddled Models." Brussels, Belgium.

2015. "Making Sense of the Past in a Marshallese Atoll Society." Conference for ESfO, for the panel, "Making Peace with the Past." Brussels, Belgium.

2015. "Leadership, Power, and Changing Authorities on the Epoon Atoll." Yearly conference for the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO), for the panel "Chiefs Today." Santa Fe, USA.

  • Berta, Ola Gunhildrud (2021). From Arrival Stories to Origin Mythmaking: Missionaries in the Marshall Islands. Ethnohistory. ISSN 0014-1801. 68(1), p. 53–75. doi: 10.1215/00141801-8702342
  • Berta, Ola Gunhildrud; Berman, Elise & Latior, Albious (2020). COVID-19 and the Marshallese. Oceania. ISSN 0029-8077. 90, p. 53–59. doi: 10.1002/ocea.5266
  • Berta, Ola Gunhildrud (2019). Pastor, politician, entrepreneur, chief: Power and leadership on epoon atoll today. Anthropologica. ISSN 0003-5459. 61(2), p. 240–250. doi: 10.3138/anth.2018-0015
  • Berta, Ola Gunhildrud (2017). Arbeidets verdier: En sammenlignende analyse av arbeid på urbane og utenforliggende atoller på Marshalløyene. Jordens Folk. ISSN 0021-7484. 52(1-2), p. 26–37.
  • Berta, Ola Gunhildrud (2015). Underkjølt krise på Epoon-atollen, Marshalløyene. Betwixt & Between. ISSN 1504-2618. 24, p. 198–212.

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Published Jan. 11, 2016 7:54 AM - Last modified Feb. 17, 2021 1:01 PM