Kathinka Frøystad

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Academic interests

Frøystad's research interests lie at the intersection of the anthropology of religion and political anthropology. At the moment she leads a RCN-funded research project that examines the social and political ripples of ritual participation across religious boundaries, as well as of the legal regulation of religous offense. To what extent do these features contribute to India's relative success as a multireligious mega state? Which additional ripples can these features potentially create?

Earlier Frøystad has also conducted research on the rapid growth of New Age-inspired religious movements amongst urban middle class Hindus since the 1990s, and on the role of social inequality in curbing the strongest anti-Muslim dimensions of Hiindu nationalism.


  • Educated as a social anthropologist (dr.polit.) from the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2000.
  • 2007-2014: Associate professor (professor from 2014), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • 2003-2007: Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
  • 2000-2003: Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
  • 1995-2000: PhD research fellow, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)


In her present Research project Frøystad cooperates with the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, University of Technology, Sydney, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Guwahati). She also maintains close relations With her former employer in Bergen, where the project is administratively managed.

Tags: India, Anthropology, Religion and politics, Cosmopolitanism, Inequality


  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). A fine Balance: Censoring for respect and social harmony, In Arild Engelsen Ruud & Geir Heierstad (ed.),  India's democracies : diversity, co-optation, resistance.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02689-3.  8.  s 183 - 222
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Alter-politics reconsidered: From different worlds to osmotic worlding, In Bjørn Enge Bertelsen & Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen (ed.),  Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-40474-5.  10.  s 229 - 252 Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015). Naturalisering på langs og tvers: Begrepshistorisk refleksjon med storm i kastene. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  26(1), s 22- 39
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). Cosmopolitanism or iatrogenesis? Reflections on religious plurality, censorship and disciplinary orientations, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen; Uwe Skoda & Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger (ed.),  Navigating Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond: Structures, Agents, Practices.  Anthem Press.  ISBN 9780857283221.  Chapter 2.  s 19 - 40
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). Divine Intersections: Hindu Ritual and the Incorporation of Religious Others. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  ISSN 1837-5391.  4(2), s 1- 21
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). The Mediated Guru: Simplicity, Instantaneity and Change in Middle-Class Religious Seeking, In Aya Ikegame (ed.),  The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-51019-6.  9.  s 181 - 201 Show summary
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Anonymous encounters: Class categorisation and social distancing in public places, In Henrike Donner & Geert De Neve (ed.),  The meaning of the local : politics of place in urban India.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-59623-7.  Kapittel 8.  s 159 - 181 Show summary
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). From analogies to narrative entanglement: Invoking scientific authority in Indian New Age Spirituality, In James R Lewis & Olav Hammer (ed.),  Handbook of religion and the authority of science.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-18791-7.  Kapittel.  s 41 - 66
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Roping Outsiders In: Invoking Science in Contemporary Spiritual Movements in India. Nova Religio.  ISSN 1092-6690.  14(4), s 77- 98 . doi: 10.1525/nr.2011.14.4.77
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2010). Balansekunst: mellom ytringsfrihet og harmonibegrunnet (selv)sensur, I: Arild Engelsen Ruud & Geir Heierstad (red.),  Demokrati på indisk.  Unipub forlag.  ISBN 9788274774766.  Kapittel 9.  s 179 - 211
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2010). Relegitimizing caste discrimination in Uttar Pradesh:Towards a Post-Mandal untouchability?, In Mikael Aktor & Robert Deliège (ed.),  From Stigma to Assertion: Untouchability, identity and politics in early and modern India.  Museum Tusculanums Forlag.  ISBN 978-87-635-0775-2.  7.  s 178 - 200
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). Communal riots in India as a transitory form of political violence: Three approaches. Ethnic and Racial Studies.  ISSN 0141-9870.  32(3), s 442- 459 . doi: 10.1080/01419870701722315 Show summary
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). The return path: Anthropology of a western yogi, In Thomas Csordas (ed.),  Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization.  University of California Press.  ISBN 978-0-520-25741-2.  11.  s 279 - 304

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  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2018, 08. mai). Rystes av brutale voldtekter.  Vårt Land.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018). A Kali Temple Inside Out (introduction and preview of ethnographic film).
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018, 13. mai). Asifa (8) ble voldtatt og drept i India. Nå kommer de groteske voldtektssakene til overflaten.  Dagbladet.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018). Contingent moments in Kanpur: On the act of overlooking or claiming religious offence.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018, 16. april). Gnisninger i India (om voldtektsdrapet av Asifa Bano). [Radio].  Studio 2, NRK p2.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018). Indias voldtektsdrap på Twitter. NRK Ytring.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018, 29. april). Intervju om Asifa-saken i India på NRK Ytring. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018, 16. januar). Intervju om den kontroversielle indiske spillefilmen Padmavat (tidligere tittel: Padmavati). [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018). Introduction: Containing religious offence in South Asia.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2018). Problemet med Padmavati. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.  s 14- 15
  • Frøystad, Kathinka & Kvanneid, Aase Jeanette (2018). Waterworn: Climate Change Resonance in the Shivalik Hills of North India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka; Storaas, Frode & Kharel, Dipesh (2018). A Kali Temple Inside Out (etnografisk filmframsyning).
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Boksamtale med Ivo de Figueiredo.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Calibrating "cosmopolitanism": Notes from a multi-faith Indian neighbourhood.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Ivo de Figueiredo: En fremmed ved mitt bord (bokanmeldelse). Fokus India.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). New Age in India: Economy and Religion Revisited.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Når guruer voldtar. religioner.no.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Ritual inclusivity in turbulent times.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017, 18. november). "Shakshiyat": A portrait of Madhumita Ray. [TV].  Rajya Sabha TV (India). Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Three years with Modi (innlegg til paneldebatt).
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2017). Yoga and globalisation: More complex than you think.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Bjermeland, Monica (2017, 21. september). Mørklagte, mystiske India. [Internett].  Klima - et magasin om klimaforskning fra CICERO. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Moss, Konrad Markus (2017). The creation and maintenance of a divided city: The case of Pondicherry.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Sharma, Bharti (2017). Diversity in Unity: Making Interfaith Marriages Work. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Tønnessen, Eva (2017, 26. oktober). #metoo: Har laget navneliste på over 60 indiske akademikere. [Internett].  Khrono.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2017). Guru til besvær. Fokus India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2017). Through the looking glass: Towards an anthropology of Indian cosmopolitanism.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2017). Vi som savner orientalismen.
  • Aukland, Knut; Stausberg, Michael; Keul, Istvan & Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Tours, trade, and temples: Hindu pilgrimage in the age of global tourism.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Denaturalizing religious difference: With Sisyphos in the field.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Grensesprengende gudinner. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016, 18. mars). Motets ansikt.  A-magasinet. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Past, present and future contributions - A personal account.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Ritual crossings in Kanpur: Models, motives and societal ripples.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). Tamil Brahmans: The Making of a Middle-Class Caste by C. J. Fuller and Narasimhan Haripriya. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 288 pp. American Anthropologist.  ISSN 0002-7294.  118(2), s 428- 429
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2016). The affect of the visual: Shiva in the Ka’aba and the smartphone revolution.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015). An offering to Ajmer: Token or transformation?.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015). Denaturalizing naturalization: Conceptual reflections and a new look at the c-word.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015, 09. januar). Hvorfor blir noen krenket?. [Internett].  Forskning.no. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015). Indisk nyreligiøsitet.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015). Nyreligiøs kasteletitimering - dødskramper eller gjenoppstandelse?.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka (2015). Ontological turns and turn-offs in the study of religious hyperdiversity: A preliminary view from a Kali temple.
  • Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Vikse, Amalie Meling (2015). Villain, Victin, Hero or Creep.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2014). Alles øyne på Indias voldtektsmenn. Ytring : NRK.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2014). Hvor er nyansene i fortellingen om Indias fattige?. Aftenposten Viten.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2014, 04. juni). Intervju om voltekt og drap av dalit-kvinner i India og mangelen på toaletter i landsbyområdene. [Radio].  NRK P2 - Ekko.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2014). Naturalisering på langs og tvers: Begrepshistorisk refleksjon med storm i kastene.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). Amvibalent belonging in a "dirty" city: Towards an anthropology of provinciality.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). From Hindu nationalism to ritual cosmopolitanism: Looking back, sideways and ahead.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013, 19. oktober). Må man drepe Gud for å bli kristen?.  Bergen.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). Sacrifice, demands, affirmations, self-development: Seeking inner and outer growth in Shining India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). The deformed god and the spinal snake: divine money-making in Shining India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). The micro-politics of religious diversity: from conflict to cosmopolitanism and back.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013). The ´re-encapsulating´ state: Reflections on the ´Three Hundred Ramanayanas´controversy in India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2013, 04. januar). Viktig masseprotest (om gjengvoldtekt i India).  Klassekampen.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka & Dahl, Nina Bergheim (2013). To cut or not to cut? Female beauty among Sikh Jats in Punjab, India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). De-romanticizing cosmopolitanism: rethinking the core model.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). Divine Intersections: Hindu Ritual and the Incorporation of Religious Others (re-presentation).
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). Divine intersections: Hindu ritual and the incorporation of religious others.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). Hindu work ethic in transition: From divine intervention to spiritual self-management in India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). Marine Carrin og Harald Tambs-Lyche: An encounter of peripheries: Santals, missionaries, and their changing world, 1867-1900. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  3-4, s 325- 327
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2012). Religion, regulation and ritual.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka & Budhathoki, Neeta (2012). Kamalari: Tharu girls in bonded labour (Kamalari) servitude in the era of post socio-cultural and political revolution in Nepal - A case study of Dang District.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka & Tollefsen, Silje Fjærestad (2012). 'It's May Pole time': Public spectacles and Creole People at the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Anmeldelse av Sindre Bangstad: Sekularismens ansikter. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  22(1), s 66- 68
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Between religious cosmopolitanism and class sanitation.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Combatting caste slur in the public sphere.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Cosmopolitanism or Iatrogenesis in India? Reflections on Religious Plurality, Censorship and Disciplinary Orientations.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Demokrati på indisk: suksess eller synkende skip?.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011, 08. juni). Om antikorrupsjonskampanjen til Baba Ramdev i New Delhi. [TV].  TV2-nyhetene.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2011). Polytropic moments and ishtadevta implications in contemporary middle-class Hinduism.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka & Berntsen, Maria Sørlie (2011). Challenging the gaze: the study of a socially conscious photographic initiative based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2010). Balansekunst: Mellom ytringsfrihet og harmonibegrunnet (selv)sensur.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2010). Cosmopolitanism or iatrogenics? Reflections on India's ban on religious provocations.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2010). Krenkelseskrangel på indisk. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.  s 20- 21 Show summary
  • Larsen, Hege Myrlund; Frøystad, Kathinka; Kapferer, Bruce & Bråten, Eldar (2010). Buddhism in Popular Culture: The case of Sri Lankan ‘Tovil dance'. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009, 24. mars). Demokratifest i depresjonens tid.  Adresseavisen.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). Hodet over vannet: spiritualitet i neoliberalismens tidsalder.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009, 22. april). Ikke kasteløs.  Bergens Tidende. Show summary
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009, 15. mars). Indisk demokratifest i depresjonens tid.  Bergens Tidende.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009, 28. mai). Religion i retur.  Hubro nr 2/2009.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). Staying afloat: Indian spirituality in the age of neoliberalism.
  • Hjelde, Aase Jeanette & Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). "everybody Wants to become Modern" Appropriating New Twchnology in Rural Rajasthan, India.
  • Iversen, Wenche & Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). "IT's a Woman's World"En studie av vennskap, valg og inntrykkskontroll blant unge IT-ansatte i indias nye middelklasse.
  • Stevnebø, Anette & Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). "All Progressive, Democratic & Patriotic Students Be United!" Performative aspekter ved studentpolitikk i Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Uldbæk Stephan, Mari-Louise & Frøystad, Kathinka (2009). Mellom einskap og ulikskap. Eit Studium av unge politiske aktive ekailtibetanarar i India.
  • Frøystad, Kathinka (2008). BT og mangfoldsåret. Bergens Tidende.  ISSN 0804-8983.  s 11- 11

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