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This article written by Rune Flikke and Trine Kvitberg is based on research conducted under the Arctic indigenous peoples adaptation to contaminant problems and climate change at the University of Tromsø.
Signe Howell shows in her chapter in Animism in Southeast Asia how the Chewong (hunters and gatherers of Peninsular Malaysia), are prototypical animists in the conventional definition of ontologies which assign agency and personhood to human and non-human beings alike.
In this collection of chapters on the little know societies of aboriginal people of Peninsular Malaysia, Signe Howell shows in her chapter “Continuity through Change: Three decades of engaging with Chewong: Some issues raised by multitemporal fieldwork” how Chewong way of life have changed dramatically from the time of her first fieldwork until today. She argues that despite huge influences emanating from the external world they are still maintaining their egalitarian ethos and practices.
In one form or another, water participates in the making and unmaking of people’s lives, practices, and stories. Astrid Stensrud has contributed "Chapter 3. Raining in the Andes: Disrupted Seasonal and Hydrological Cycles" in this new volume of detailed ethnographic work analyzing the union and mutual shaping of water and social lives.
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Jon H. Z. Remme demonstrates in his Chapter in Animism in Southeast Asia that Ifugao animism contains an inherent ontological dynamic. Remme argues that we can best understand how Ifugao animism operates by approaching it as a form of onto-praxis – i.e. through its practices which, in turn, are interpreted as actualizations of the potentiality of shared sociality between humans and non-humans. Remme concludes that the practices of Ifugao animism are fundamentally concerned with the management of this potential for shared sociality between humans and non-humans.
Dispelling the illusion that Middle Eastern men can be fully understood through the lenses of domination and patriarchy, Nefissa Naguib looks at contemporary Egyptian foodways to better understand how men enact masculinity in displays of caregiving and love through Food.
In this paper Arnd Schneider draws a distinction between an anthropology of the sea and an anthropology as sea travel (epitomized by Malinowski's and Lévi-Strauss's onboard journals)
Marianne Elisabeth Lien and John Law have written the Chapter "What You Need to Know to Be a Fish Farmer in West Norway" in this new playful and accessible book, which looks at different types of work around the world and delivers a wealth of information and advice about a wide array of jobs and professions.
More information at cornellpress.cornell.edu
This article by Ferdinand Moyi Okwaro (who will be soon be a post-doc at the Department, funded by the Norwegian research Council) and Paul Wenzel Geissler examines collaboration in transnational medical research from the viewpoint of African scientists working in partnerships with northern counterparts.
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In this article, published in Inflammopharmacology - Experimental and Therapeutic Studies, Jonas Kure Buer outlines a history of the drug category, from the emergence in the 1970s of the idea of drugs with decisive long-term effects on bone-erosion in rheumatoid arthritis, through the consolidation and popularisation of the term DMARD 1980s and 1990s.
More information is on the journal website
This is the first ethnographic account of salmon aquaculture, the most recent turn in the human history of animal domestication. Marianne Elisabeth Lien explores how the growth of marine domestication has blurred traditional distinctions between fish and animals, recasting farmed fish as sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and subject to animal-welfare legislation.
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In this essay Arnd Schneider comments on recent photographic and film works by artist and visual anthropologist, Cyrill Lachauer – shot in the ‘waste lands’ of urban and suburban Las Vegas, and in Paiute settlements.
Anthropos and the material is both a research project and a strategic plan for a research network targeting the thematic area People, Nature and Environments.Department of Social Anthropology is represented with article contributions from Rune Flikke, Knut Gunnar Nustad and Jon Rasmus Nyquist.
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With Ingjerd Hoëms article in Living Kinship in the Pacific she shows how kinship and gender,and political and other aspects of existence, are orchestrated through ritual practices.
Through an ethnographically based study of local communicative practices in the Pacific atoll society of Tokelau, Ingjerd Hoëm adds to our understanding of how systems of governance are constituted by minute acts of social interaction, and are informed by our conceptions of the nature of sociality.
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In Para-States and Medical Science, P. Wenzel Geissler and the contributors examine how medicine and public health in Africa have been transformed as a result of economic and political liberalization and globalization, intertwined with epidemiological and technological changes.
This article written by Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme, argues further that contemporary anthropological theories inspired by ANT, material semiotics and the philosophy of Deleuze operate with an implicit notion of causality and that a notion of dispositional causality can be used to explicate the causal assumptions of these theories.
Signe Howell gives a contribution with her article 'No RIGHTS-No REDD': Some implications of a Turn Towards Co-Benefits in the last special issue of Forum for Development Studies. Rune Flikke is represented with his article On the Fractured, Fragmented and Disrupted Landscapes of Conservation.
By means of ‘connective analysis’, this article by Knut Christian Myhre explores the multiple meanings of moongo among the Chagga-speaking people of Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region, which resemble neglected meanings of the vernacular terms translated as ‘lineage’ elsewhere.
This special issue of Social Analysis explores the value and limitation of concepts and approaches developed from Melanesia for the investigation of ethnography from different parts of contemporary Africa.
Based on Signe Howells ongoing comparative research project on the high profile global REDD+ initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) in developing countries, Signe Howell presents some findings from studies in the Amazon, Tanzania and Indonesia that show how a project, initially perceived by the financiers (UN, World Bank, Norwegian government etc.) as a straight-forward 'nature' (in this case forest) project, with technocratic solutions, has turned into a highly complex 'society' project.
Signe Howell begins by telling an abbreviated version of Chewong myth about frog people, as part of the anthology The handbook of contemporary animism. Chewong is a small group of hunter-gatherers and shifting cultivators who, at the time of Howells first fieldwork in the late 1970s, lived deep inside the Malaysian tropical rainforest.