Per Ditlef Fredriksen
Head of Research and Deputy Head of Department at IAKH in the period 2021-24.
My research interests include contemporary archaeology and historical archaeology in southern Africa, and the Iron Age and critical heritage studies in the Nordic region. Common research foci are memory studies, technology and craft creativity, knowledge networks, relocation and translocality, and development of theory and methodology.
My work in contemporary archaeology extends into critical heritage studies and the relationship between anthropology and archaeology. The focus is on meetings between knowledge systems and ontologies, human/thing relations, and how the material world is engaged in death, burial and ancestor relations. In addition to excavations and archaeological analyses in Norway, South Africa and Zimbabwe I have conducted several anthropological field studies in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
2019- The ‘hinterland’ and the coast: Commodities production and circulation in southern Africa, AD 700–1800 with colleagues at the universities of Cape Town, Cambridge and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique
2019-21 Reinvigorating Scandinavian Research in African Archaeology, with colleagues at the universities of Uppsala, Copenhagen and Cambridge
2019- The Heritage Experience Initiative (HEI),UiO
2019- Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH), UiO
2014-2017 Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region in Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, with colleagues at the University of Cape Town
2014- Technology beyond History. A Comparative Study of Iron Age Innovation and Collapse, with Elna Siv Kristoffersen, University of Stavanger
2019- Life Member, Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge
2018-19 Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge
2017 Head of Research and Deputy Head of Department, IAKH
2016- Professor, IAKH
2013-16 Head of Archaeology, IAKH
2011- Research Associate, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2010-16 Associate Professor in Archaeology, IAKH
2009-10 Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, IAKH
2009 PhD in Archaeology, University of Bergen
2008 Lecturer in Archaeology, IAKH
2002 Cand. Philol. in Archaeology, University of Bergen