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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".

News

What do the rocks say?

A new film category at the department opens with a paper by Professor Olaf H. Smedal given at the AAA Conference in 2014. With the help of anthropological film producers and colleagues Rolf Scott and Frode Storaas, the paper is now available as a screen version.

PUBLICATIONS

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.

News

The Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture 2016

Students, anthropologists and other invited guests had found their way to the University of Bergen for this year’s Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture held by Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

DISPUTATION

Disputation at the Department of Social Anthropology

On 9 December Espen Helgesen from the Department of Social Anthropology defended his thesis.

RESEARCH IN FRONT

Identifying new class inequalities

Professor Don Kalb will establish a research group to do research on the escalating contradictions of the new global capitalism in China, the global South and Europe.