Research groups

The research at the Department of Social Anthropology comprises several subjects. Many of our researchers are interested in related topics and we currently have seven research groups. More information will come on this web page.

Waste from coal mining in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Foto: Paul Wenzel Geissler

Human-made toxic threats have become a central theme in Social Anthropology. This research group, which links the Department of Social Anthropology (SAI), the Institute for Health and Society (HELSAM), the Centre for Technology and Innovation (TIK), and the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH) approaches toxicity from various perspectives, to better understand attendant threats to human and non-human life, and to rethink our ways of knowing, writing, and doing anthropology.

Men in suits on a busy street.

This group seeks to ethnographically explore the performative effect of ascribing ‘dependence’ to others as a means of politically shaping the world we live in.

Photography of photography, originally taken by Dr. Bagster-Wilson in Tanzania in the 1950s. The black and white picture displays a fisherman on a lake in the woods. Photo: Wenzel Geissler

An attempt to foster experimentation with the form of ethnographic work, including but not limited to writing, photo and film, exhibitions, book design, drawing, performance, conceptual art, dance, collaborative practice, across our department and involving colleagues from elsewhere.

Container ship at sea

The group wants to explore the ways in which the ocean figures in social lives and processes around the world.

Aerial view of spoil site

A network for researchers interested in engaging with questions that relate to resource politics.

The reading group brings together members of the research projects PORTS (funded by the ERC) and “Life Cycle of Container Ships” (funded by the NFR) to engage with social scientific work on maritime logistics.