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"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".

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Celebrating this year's Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture

Students and staff from the Department of Social Anthropology, and invited guests attended the Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture 2017 given by Dr. Madeleine Reeves from the University of Manchester.

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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.

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Disputation at the Department of Social Anthropology

On 26 October 2017 Mads Solberg from the Department of Social Anthropology defended his thesis.

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Engaged Anthropologists at Bergen Anthropology Day

Ongoing research, a new journal and engaged academics were central themes when The Department of Social Anthropology and the anthropologists at Chr. Michelsen Institute hosted the very first Bergen Anthropology Day.

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Grassroots politics in Chávez' Venezuela

Associate Professor Iselin Åsedotter Strønen's new monograph "Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture. The Revolutionary Petro-State" offers an in-depth understanding of grassroots struggles, state transformations and social change during the Chávez-years in Venezuela.