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Published June 22, 2021 12:52 PM

Container ships are getting ever bigger. Social anthropologists show in a new article that such growth is not financially, ecologically or socially sustainable.

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Published Mar. 26, 2021 6:59 PM

What kind of strategies does a population employ to persist in their territories when surrounded by militia groups, oil companies and drug dealers? Anthropologist Mónica Amador has undertaken field work in the Colombian swamps.

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Published Oct. 5, 2020 9:44 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has caused anthropologists at the University of Oslo to rethink their traditional fieldwork. An initiative presented by NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) could enable Master’s students at the Department of Social Anthropology to conduct research on the users of welfare services.

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Published June 23, 2020 8:50 AM

Martine Greek wanted to find out how neoliberalism is succeeding in making people believe in a better future. After conducting twelve months of field work on an inland island in Chile, she is now defending her thesis about hope, poverty and government-subsidised solar panels.

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Published Apr. 6, 2020 10:30 AM

«In this current time of crisis, it is arguably more important than ever to look at how supply chains function, and what role maritime trade plays in keeping our world spinning,» says Elisabeth Schober. The anthropologist is doing research on shipping and maritime logistics.

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Published Jan. 9, 2020 12:18 PM

Through her position as Professor II at the Department of Social Anthropology, Penny Harvey has tried to put people intellectually in touch with each other.

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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.

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 Oct. 27, 2017 10:08 AM

Overheating is proud to announce the publication of a free e-book: "Knowledge and Power in an Overheated World", edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Elisabeth Schober.

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Published May 5, 2017 2:22 PM

What do you do when a global cooperation pollutes your hometown, while the owners live on a different continent? Who can you complain to when your job is moved to China? The research project Overheating has studied local consequences of globalization.

The closing conference was June 1.

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.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Published Feb. 16, 2017 10:00 AM

- It is all accelerating too violently and too fast and we are lacking restricting mechanisms that would slow us down, says Thomas Hylland Eriksen in an interview with Politiken.