Research news and events

Published Oct. 23, 2018 4:54 PM

Decolonial Thinking reading seminar is primarily a space for academic reflection and exchange. We examine the framework “decolonial thinking” and Latin-American thinkers working within this orientation. 

We meet once a month and discuss two-three texts circulated in advance. We have our first meeting in Mai 2017.

The seminars are open to master, phd students, post-docs and researches from SAI and from other spaces engaging with topics on Decolonial Thinking more broadly.

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.

Container Ships being built in Subic, Philippines. Photo: Wonho Lee
Published Apr. 18, 2018 12:40 PM

Most commodities in circulation on this planet are transported on container ships before they end up in stores. But what do we know about the ships? What about the people who build them, work on them, and finally take them apart?

Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Published Feb. 14, 2018 10:16 AM

Ever-increasing rapid changes are creating powerlessness, resentment and opportunities all over the world. Through the Overheating project, Thomas Hylland Eriksen and his colleagues have studied how globalisation is changing our homes, workplaces and plans.

Published Dec. 1, 2017 12:43 PM

Associate Professor Elisabeth Schober has been granted FRIPRO-funding from the Norwegian Research Council as a Young Research Talent.

Published Oct. 31, 2017 12:39 PM

“Why We Post” is a project about the use and consequences of social media. Professor Danny Miller and his team have studied users around the globe, resulting in surprising conclusions. The recording of his lecture at UiO is now available.

Published Oct. 18, 2017 10:53 AM
Published Sep. 29, 2017 2:50 PM

For decades, a lack of safe and efficient treatment meant that rheumatologists and their patients were caught between a devastating disease and harmful medicines, writes Jonas Kure Buer in an article at Sciencenordic.  

Published June 27, 2017 10:02 AM

The exhibition "Bel Suol d’Amore: The Scattered Colonial Body", by artist Leone Contini and curator Arnd Schneider, will be displayed at the Museo delle Civiltà in Rome from June 24 to July 9. 

Researchers in the project Life Science
Published May 3, 2017 11:13 AM

Large application granted. The vision of the convergence environment is to understand how environmental and social processes and their relationships dictate flows and impacts of anthropogenic toxicants from electronic waste.

Burned forest in Argentina.
Published Dec. 21, 2016 11:02 AM

Cecilia Salinas doctoral thesis explores how politics actually counteract and jeopardize adopted policy.

Published Nov. 21, 2016 12:44 PM

The historic UN climate agreement has entered into force. Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, has little confidence in the agreement, and claims that climate change needs to be addressed locally, not globally.

Protests in Pretoria, South Africa.
Published Nov. 2, 2016 2:05 PM

- We need new strategies to understand what is happening and why people are responding in similar ways all over the world, says anthropologist Vito Laterza.

Gaston Gardillo
Published Sep. 29, 2016 2:51 PM

Gastón Gordillo will present this years Eilert Sundt-lecture on October 20th. The anthropologist is analyzing how these violent transformations in the form and texture of terrain affect local people, the trees and animals.

Published Feb. 3, 2016 9:57 AM

The cover of her new book shows an Arab man feeding a baby milk from a bottle. “This is my way of moving Middle Eastern gender studies in a new direction,” says Nefissa Naguib, who has recently joined the Department of Social Anthropology at the University in Oslo.

Published Dec. 2, 2015 8:30 AM

Marianne E. Lien has been interviewed for an article that focuses on salmon's identity crisis in the science magazine Nautilus.

Read the full article Is Farmed Salmon Really Salmon? The staple fish is having an identity crisis.

Published Aug. 20, 2015 11:23 AM

Over the course of just a few years, salmon farming has become one of Norway's most important industries. Yet we know little about the salmon. New research raises the fish to its rightful place as one of Norway’s most important livestock.

Published July 7, 2015 12:10 PM

More temporary contracts, more flexible positions, and many people without paid jobs at all. The way we think about labour can be about to change, according to anthropologists.

Published Nov. 18, 2014 2:27 PM

The majority of Norwegian food production no longer takes place in the field or in the barn.

Published Jan. 30, 2014 7:42 AM

How do you promote creativity in the workplace? The architects at Snøhetta use magic. This is something more companies should aim for, says anthropologist Aina Landsverk Hagen.