Department of Social Anthropology

"Anthropology is art" says social anthropologist Andrew Lattas.

"Anthropology is art" says social anthropologist Andrew Lattas. "It is like being a novelist, putting yourself in another character's position and see the world".

The film is a glimpse of Lattas' long standing work in Papua New Guinea. He immaculately describes the kindness and imagination of people who are really poor, and their understanding of poverty in terms of their own experiences of race, class and colonialism. Sensitivity and empathy is important, as well as comedy and humor. “If you don’t have humor it’s really hard".

Study at The Department of Social Anthropology


An Aussie Reflection of a Year in Bergen

- At UiB I felt much more as though I was being treated as belonging with the department I was studying in rather than just a student.

Study at The Faculty of Social Sciences

Semester Startup

Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences! We hope that your stay will be an interesting and rewarding experience. However, as a new student there are many important things to do in the first weeks of the semester in order to get started.


Disputations at the Department of Social Anthropology

In April and June this year two PhD scholars from the Department of Social Anthropology defended their thesis.

annual lecture

The Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture 2016

The next Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture will be held 6 October 2016 by Prof. Thomas H. Eriksen. It is titled "Flows and boundaries in the Creole world".