How can we think of solarity through the lens of elemental media?
Troels Troels-Lunden (1840-1921) wrote in his thesis on everyday life in Denmark and Norway in the 1500s that porridge and gruel were the oldest known warm dishes in Scandinavia. Both before and since, porridge has remained key in the lives of many Scandinavians up until very recently. In this talk, Tarjei Brekke, master student at the program Chinese Culture and Society, offers some reflections on this ancient food and his experiences with finding some of its first ingredients in the contemporary world.
In this talk, environmental anthropologist Sara Asu Schroer will introduce us to her ongoing ethnographic research project that investigates the challenges and possibilities of European vulture conservation within landscapes that have become at once increasingly toxic and sanitized.
‘Common prosperity’ is an important goal for the future development of the Chinese economy. This is a response to several decades of increasing inequality during the reform era. Which groups of the Chinese population have so far missed out on the advantages of rapid economic growth? What is their situation?
Three-day PhD-course in cooperation with the Department of Social Anthropology, UiO
This workshop will explore the writing of multispecies worlds. It will consider some of the challenges and possibilities of researching and narrating the ways of life of other species in their entangled, co-forming relationships. This is work that frequently involves moving between ethnographic, ethological, and ecological literatures and approaches in ways that raise difficult questions that are at once epistemological and ethical. The workshop will be led by writer and field philosopher Thom van Dooren.
Antarctica is a famously a continent with no people – or at least, no people who call the continent home – and people are usually regarded as central to any definition of colonialism. In this talk, Peder Roberts, associate professor at the Faculty of Arts and Education at the University of Stavanger, asks whether the way humans engage with the living environment of Antarctica nevertheless can be analyzed in terms of colonialism.
What kind of careful attention to the meaningful lives of other species does film making engender? What sort of perspectives may it open up and/or foreclose? In this talk, filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad and historian of science Ageliki Lefkaditou, draw on three of their documentary projects on climate change and biodiversity loss to discuss how filming may convey the complex relationships that such processes provoke and threaten.
In his talk, poet, writer and language teacher Kenneth Nsah will discuss the role of literature in climate mitigation, environmental protection, and nature conservation in the Congo Basin. He will address how literature can promote and challenge environmental policies and practices.
Over the last decades, ethnographic methods have become common in a number of disciplines outside of anthropology. In Science technology studies (STS), museology, geography, sociology and in religious and area studies. What does it take to be able to call ones methodology ‘participant observation’? What are the advantages and the disadvantages of such approaches? The course outline new ethnographic challenges, when the world of fieldwork no longer take place in small places, where people primarily engaged orally. We show the wide variety of fieldwork sites that can benefit from ethnographic approaches.
This talk by Dr. Rahul Ranjan, political anthropologist at the Oslo Metropolitan University, presents a case study of 'climatic event' in Uttarakhand, India, to demonstrate how aggressive development projects such as dams are increasing the frequency of disaster.
China’s rise to superpower status is the most important geopolitical change of our time. On November 3rd we are excited to host two international experts on this topic, Elizabeth Economy and Shaun Breslin, in discussion with China correspondent for the New York Times, Amy Qin.
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In this talk, reporters Simen Sætre and Kjetil Østli discuss the profitability and severe ecological impacts of salmon fishing in history, and the dangers of speaking out against the industry.
Towards the end of the 19th century, there was a modest but regular export of block ice from Norwegian lakes to Algeria. Why is it worth talking about a commodity that was rapidly melting away in the Mediterranean heat? In this Environmental Lunchtime Discussion, engineer and researcher Sofie Klakegg Surland will explain how studying the marketing and consumption of Nordic ice in a hot colonial market can teach us something about the relationship between humans and things.
We want to invite you to an open mid-term evaluation with our PhD-fellow in Environmental Humanities, Sonja Irene Åman. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities from The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Dr. Michelle Bastian.
We want to invite you to an open mid-term evaluation with our PhD-fellow in the Whales of Power project, Anh Tuan Nguyen. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Professor Oscar Salemink, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
We want to invite you to an open mid-term evaluation with our PhD-fellow in the Whales of Power project, Marius Palz. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, Dr. Chika Watanabe
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of China’s most discussed foreign policy initiatives. What is the BRI? How does it influence other countries? How is the BRI related to other road imaginaries, such as the ancient Silk Roads and Tea Horse Road?
We want to invite you to an open evaluation with our PhD-fellow in China Studies Olivia Liu. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Professor Jørgen Delman from the University of Copenhagen.
Drawing on two years of fieldwork with minority youth who participated in an outdoor education program located in a low-income area of Oslo, anthropologist Tuva Beyer Broch focus how youth balance their own family background, peers, authority figures, Norwegian society and natural surroundings.
In the week 9-11 May 2022 we will organize an Interdisciplinary PhD seminar at Centre Universitaire de Norvège à Paris, CUNP.