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".


How to live next to the world's most active volcano

How do people live in a place where the question is not if the disaster will happen, but when?


Professor Gunnar Håland 80 years - a personal greeting from Khartoum

The first doctorate of UiB’s Faculty of Social Sciences was awarded to Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed at the Department of Social Anthropology. His relationship with Professor Gunnar Håland started when he accommodated this "European" who was looking for a place to stay during a Sudan visit in the...


Mare Nullius: Professor Edvard Hviding awarded Toppforsk grant

Social anthropologist Edvard Hviding is one of three University of Bergen researchers to receive five years of major funding from the prestigious Toppforsk programme, awarded by the Research Council of Norway, for his project Mare Nullius.

spring semester 2018

Study Social Anthropology!

The Department of Social Anthropology offers three exciting courses taught in English spring semester 2018, and we welcome both international and Norwegian students to participate.


Book launch at the Department of Social Anthropology

Several staff members from the Department of Social Anthropology have edited and written chapters in new books. The latest release is "The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America", edited by Iselin Å. Strønen and Margit Ystanes.