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Vigdis Broch-Due is Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology. She also holds a special Professoriate in International Poverty Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Prof. Broch-Due has held senior teaching and research positions at the universities of Washington, Oslo, Uppsala, Cambridge, and London, and at Rutgers University. Broch-Due also has a long ledger of aid and relief consultancies in East Africa and beyond. Amongst other assignments, she was involved in designing IFAD's  future Focus on Rural Poverty, member of a select  group of researchers appointed by the Commission for the European Union to assess their poverty alleviation policies, and has served on an Expert groups on global poverty at the UN, New York. Broch-Due is  Deputy Leader of the National Council (Nasjonalt fagråd) of Development Studies, and External member on the board of the Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). At the University of Bergen, she serves  as member on the University Library Board and the Centre of Women and Gender (SKOK). Broch-Due heads the Poverty Politics research group http://www.uib.no/fg/poverty and she is in charge of the MPHIL programme “the Anthropology of Development” at the Department of Social Anthropology.

Broch-Due’s research experience in Northern Kenya spans almost 3 decades. She has carried out several major studies among different Turkana communities (herders, cultivators, and fishers) and, more recently, in the pastoral borderlands where Turkana intersect with Samburu, Borana, Somali and Pokot.  Broch-Due has been involved in several documentary film projects not only in Kenya but also in India and South America, involving extended visits to Native American communities including Kogi of Colombia, Huichol of Mexico, and Maya of Guatemala. Her books include Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: Gendered Symbols and Social Practices (1993), The Poor Are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa (1999), Producing Poverty and Nature in Africa (2000), and Violence and Belonging: The Quest for Identity in Post-Colonial Africa (2005).

She has published numerous articles on gender, embodiment and cosmology; cultural models of the relations between people, animals and nature; the unruly effects of colonialism, commodification, aid interventions and globalization on pastoralist livelihoods in East Africa; and global poverty in a historical and ethnographic perspective. Her current research focuses on the psycho-social effects of endemic violence, identity management, and inter-ethnic relations in East Africa. With colleagues in Bergen she is also developing a new research agenda in Kerala, India on cosmopolitism.

 

 

Courses in Social Anthropology

SANT304 / Introducing Anthropology and its Subjects: History, Poverty and Social Transformation (MPHIL)

SANT307 / Contested Resources: Ecological Anthropology in Global Perspective (MPHIL)

SANT309 / Conceptualizing Society: Applications of Anthropological Theory (MPHIL)

SANT303 / Project Proposal and Methodology for the Anthropology of Development (MPHIL)

SANT322 / Practical Methodology: Anthropological Fieldwork (MPHIL)

SANT201 / Teori- og faghistorie i sosialantropologi (BA)

SANT220 / Antropologi, intervensjon og utvikling (BA)

Interdisciplinary Courses

GDC08-08 / Global Reconfigurations of Poverty and the Public: Anthropological Perspectives and Ethnographic Challenges (PhD)

GLOB101 / Global utvikling (BA)

SAMPOL310 / The Global Poor: Discourses of Poverty and their Discontents (MA)

 

 

Books
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge. 2016. Violent Reverberations: Global Modalities of Trauma. Palgrave Macmillan. 267 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-39048-2.
  • Ystanes, Margit; Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2016. Trusting and its Tribulations: Interdisciplinary Engagements with Intimacy, Sociality and Trust. Berghahn Books. 294 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78533-099-5.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2005. Violence and Belonging: The quest for Identity in Post-colonial Africa. Routledge. 261 pages. ISBN: 0-415-29006-6.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2000. A Proper Cultivation of Peoples: The Colonial Reconfiguration of Pastoral tribes and Places in Kenya. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. 39 pages. ISBN: 91-7106-452-4.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Schroeder, Richard A. 2000. Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. 350 pages. ISBN: 91-7106-452-4.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1999. Remembered Cattle, Forgotten People: The Morality of Exchange and the Exclusion of the Turkana Poor. 39 pages. ISBN: 0-8214-1313-9.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Anderson, David M. 1999. Poverty and the Pastoralist: Deconstructing Myths, Reconstruction Realities. 17 pages. ISBN: 0-8214-1313-9.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Anderson, David M. 1999. The Poor are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa. 276 pages. ISBN: 0-8214-1313-9.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Bleie, T.; Rudie, I. 1991. Gender: Symbols and Social Practices. Berg Publishers.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1990. Producing Poverty and Nature: An Introduction. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. 52 pages. ISBN: 91-7106-452-4.
Journal articles
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2011. Forenklet fortelling om fattigdom. Hubro. Magasin for Universitetet i Bergen. 2. 36-37.
  • Coffman, Jennifer E; Broch-Due, Vigdis; Little, Peter; Prazak, Miroslava; Shipton, Parker. 2009. Understanding Kenya's Postelection Violence. Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature. 1: 53-68. doi: 10.1891/1942-0617.1.1.53
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2006. Book review of ” Rural Resources and Local Livelihoods in Africa (K. Homewood). Journal of Modern African Studies.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2006. Book review of ” Voices of the Poor in Africa (Isichei). Journal of Modern African Studies.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2003. Towards a better understanding of poverty. University of Bergen, International Magazine. 1. 20-22.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Sanders, Todd. 2000. Rich Man, Poor Man, Administrator, Beast: The Politics of Impoverishment in Turkana, Kenya, 1890-1990. Nomadic Peoples.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1996. The ‘Poor’ and the ‘Primitive’ - Discursive and Social Transformations. Poverty & prosperity : occasional papers.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1995. Poverty and Prosperity in Africa: Local and Global Perspectives". Poverty & prosperity : occasional papers.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1995. Poverty Paradoxes: The Economy of Engendered Needs. Poverty & prosperity : occasional papers.
Reports and theses
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1991. The Bodies Within The Body: Journeys in Turkana Thought and Practice. UiB, Bergen. 640 pages.
Book sections
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge. 2016. Violent Reverberations: An Introduction to Our Trauma Scenarios. Kapittel, pages 1-21. In:
    • Broch-Due, Vigdis; Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge. 2016. Violent Reverberations: Global Modalities of Trauma. Palgrave Macmillan. 267 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-39048-2.
  • Ystanes, Margit; Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2016. “Introduction: Introducing Ethnographies of Trusting”. Introduction, pages 1-36. In:
    • Ystanes, Margit; Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2016. Trusting and its Tribulations: Interdisciplinary Engagements with Intimacy, Sociality and Trust. Berghahn Books. 294 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78533-099-5.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2008. Marilyn Strathern. kapitel, Del 2, pages 213-224. In:
    • Mortensen, Ellen; Egeland, Cathrine; Gressgård, Randi; Holst, Cathrine; Jegerstedt, Kari; Rosland, Sissel; Sampson, Kristin. 2008. Kjønnsteori. Gyldendal Akademisk. 349 pages. ISBN: 978-82-05-372177.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2006. Costruire significati dalla materia: percezioni del seso, del genere e dei corpi tra i Turkana. Kapittel, pages . In:
    • Forni, Silvia; Pennacini, Cecilia; Pussetti, Chiara. 2006. Antropologia, Genere, Riproduzione: La construzione culturale della femminilita. 225 pages. ISBN: 88-430-3849-4.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2005. Violence and Belonging: Analytical reflections. Chapter i, pages 1-41. In:
    • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2005. Violence and Belonging: The quest for Identity in Post-colonial Africa. Routledge. 261 pages. ISBN: 0-415-29006-6.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2004. Creation and the Multiple Female Body: Turkana Perspectives on Gender and Cosmos. 4, pages . In:
    • Moore, Henrietta L; Kaare, Bwire; Sanders, Todd. 2004. Those Who Play with Fire: Gender, Fertility and Transformation in East and Southern Africa. Berg Publishers. 320 pages. ISBN: 0826463673.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2001. The Fertility of Houses and Herds. Producing Kinship and Gender among Turkana Pastoralists. 7, pages . In:
    • Hodgson, Dorothy. 2001. Rethinking Pastoralism: Gender, History and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. 284 pages. ISBN: 0821413708.
  • Benjaminsen, Tor A.; Broch-Due, Vigdis; Schroeder, Rick. 2000. Conservation in the Sahel: Policies and people in Mali (1900-1998). 94-108. In:
    • 2000. Producing nature and poverty in Africa. 15 pages.
  • Larsen, Kjersti; Broch-Due, Vigdis; Schroeder, Richard A. 2000. The other side of "nature" : expanding tourism, changing landscapes, and problems of privacy in urban Zanzibar. 198-219. In:
    • 2000. Producing nature and poverty in Africa. 22 pages.
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1990. Cattle are Companions, Goats are Gifts - Animals and People in Turkana Thought. In:
    • [Mangler etternavn], [Mangler fornavn]. 1990. In: From Water to World Making: African Models and Arid Lands. (Reds.: Palson, G.).
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1990. Security Management and Systems of Redistribution: A Case Study From Turkana. (In press). In:
    • [Mangler etternavn], [Mangler fornavn]. 1990. Security In African Drylands. (Reds.: Hjort and Salih).
  • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1990. Taking The Body Apart: Gender as Symbolic and Social Transformer In Turkana Thought. (In press). In:
    • [Mangler etternavn], [Mangler fornavn]. 1990. Gender: Symbols and Social Practices. (Reds.: Broch-Due, V., Bleie and Rudie). Berg Publishers.

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Selected Publications

(i)              Books

1993 Broch-Due, V.  Rudie, I. and Bleie, T (eds.) Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: Gendered Symbols and Social Practices. Oxford & Providence: Berg Press.

1999 Anderson, D. and Broch-Due, V. The Poor Are Not Us: Poverty  and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa. Oxford & Athens: James Curry & Ohio University Press. 

2000 Broch-Due, V. and Schroeder, R. Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa. Uppsala & Rutgers: The Nordic Africa Institute Press & Transaction Press

2005 Broch-Due, V. Violence and Belonging: The Quest for Identity in Post Colonial Africa. London & New York: Routledge

 

(ii)             Forthcoming Books 2012-2014

Broch-Due, V (ed.) Place Versus Path: Reconfiguring Nomads to Fit the State.

Broch-Due, V. Dislocation and Destitution in Colonial and Post-Colonial Kenya. The Case of the Isiolo Turkana.

Broch-Due, V. The Social Burden of Beasts: The Progress and Regress of Commodification in Turkanaland.1890-1990s

Broch-Due, V. Bodyscape and Landscape: Pathways through  Turkana Life-worlds.

 

            (iii)            Selected Articles in Journals and Anthologies

 

2009 Broch-Due, V; Coffman, J; Little, P;  Ntarangwi, M; Prazak, M;  & Shipton, P.  “Insights into Kenya’s Post election Violence” in Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature. VOL 1 Biannual

2008 Broch-Due, V; “Marilyn Strathern”, in Kjønnsteori, Mortensen, E.; Egeland, C.; Gressgård, R.; Holst, C.; Jegerstedt, K.; Rosland, S.; Sampson, K. (eds)

2006 Broch-Due, V; Costruire significati dalla materia: percezioni del seso, del genere e dei corpi tra i Turkana, in Antropologia, Genere, Riproduzione: La construzione culturale della femminilita, Silvia Forni, Cecilia Pennacini, & Chiara Pussetti (eds.). Rome: Carocci editore.

2005 Broch-Due, V. “Violence and Belonging: Ananlytical Reflections”  (Ibid)

2004  Broch-Due, V. "Creation and the Multiple Female Body: Turkana Perspectives on Gender and Cosmos". Chapter in Moore, H,  Kaare & Sanders (eds.) Those Who Play with Fire: Gender, Fertility and Transformation in East and Southern Africa. London: Athlone Press

2000 Broch-Due, V. "The Fertility of Houses and Herds. Producing Kinship and Gender among Turkana Pastoralists" in Hodgson, D. (ed.) Rethinking Pastoralism: Gender, History and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. Oxford & Athens: James Curry and Ohio University Press

2000 Broch-Due, V."A Proper Cultivation of  Peoples: The Colonial Reconfiguration of Pastoral tribes and Places in Kenya." In, Broch-Due, V. and Schroeder, R.Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa. Uppsala & Rutgers: The Nordic Africa Institute Press & Transaction Press

 

2000, Broch-Due, V. "Producing Poverty and Nature: An Introduction" (Ibid.)

 

1999 Broch-Due, V. and Sanders, T. "Rich Man, Poor Man, Administrator, Beast: The Politics of Impoverishment in Turkana, Kenya, 1890-1990". In Nomadic Peoples, Special edition: Social Change in Eastern Africa (Fratkin, E. and McCabe, T, eds.)

1999 Broch-Due, V. "Remembered Cattle, Forgotten People: The Morality of Exchange and the Exclusion  of the Turkana Poor" in Anderson, D. & Broch-Due, V.The Poor are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa.Oxford & Athens: James Curry & Ohio University Press.           

1999 Broch-Due, V. &  Anderson, D.  "Poverty and the Pastoralist: Deconstructing Myths, Reconstruction Realities"  (Ibid.)

1996 Broch-Due, V.“The ‘Poor’ and the ‘Primitive’ - Discursive and Social Transformations” Occasional Paper Series, No 5, Poverty & Prosperity Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute

1995 Broch-Due, V. Feminisering av Fattigdom" Seminar Proceedings, UNESCO & CROP.

1995 Broch-Due, V. "Poverty and Prosperity in Africa: Local and Global Perspectives". Occasional Paper Series, No.1, Poverty & Prosperity. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute

1995 Broch-Due, V. "Domestication Reconsidered: Towards a New Dialogue between WID  and Feminist Research" Occasional  Paper Series, No.3, Poverty & Prosperity, Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute

1995 Broch-Due, V"Poverty Paradoxes: The Economy of Engendered Needs".Occasional Paper Series, No.4, Poverty & Prosperity,Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute

1993 Broch-Due, V. "Making Meaning Out  of Matter: Perceptions of Sex, Gender and Bodies among the Turkana" in Broch-Due, V., Rudie, I.,  and Bleie, T. (eds.), Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: Gendered Symbols and Social Practices. Oxford & Providence: Berg Press

1993 Broch-Due, V. & Rudie, I."Carved Flesh - Cast Selves: An Introduction”. (Ibid).

1991 Broch-Due, V. “Cattle are Companions, Goats are Gifts: Animal and People in Turkana Thought” in Paulsen, G. (ed.) From Water to World Making: Arid Lands and African Accounts. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute Press.

1990 Broch-Due, V. “Livestock Speak Louder than Sweet Words: Changing Property and Gender Relations among the Turkana”. In,  Baxter, P.T.W, and Hogg, R. (eds.) Property, Poverty and People: Changing Rights in Property and The Problems of Pastoral Development Manchester: Manchester University Press

1989 Broch-Due, V. “From Sameness to Difference in Women’s Lives. Some Suggestions for Improving the Relations between Women Oriented Aid and Feminist Research”. In Proceedings from Nordic Women’s Forum. Oslo.

1985 Broch-Due, V, “The Social Impact of the Turkana Fishery Project” in I. Bryceson (ed.) Fisheries Development. DUH,  Norway.

1985 Ask, K. Bleie, T., and Broch-Due, V. "Forskning på Kvinner eller Kjønnsrelasjoner?". In, Nytt om Kinneforskning. Oslo

1981 Broch-Due, V., Garfield, E., and Langton, P. "Women and Pastoral Development: Some Research Priorities for the Social Sciences". In Galaty, J.,Aronson,D., & Salzman,P (eds.)  The Future of Pastoral Peoples. Ottawa: International Development Research Center.

            (iv)            Thesis and Monographs

 

1990 Broch-Due, V. The Bodies within the Body: Journeys in Turkana Thought and Practice. Dr. Philos. Dissertation, University of Bergen, Norway.

1985 Broch-Due, V. From Herds to Fish and from Fish to Food Aid: the Impact of Development on the Fishing Population along the Western Shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. NORAD, Norway.

1983 Broch-Due, V. Women at the Backstage of Development: the Negative impact on Project Realization by Neglecting the Crucial Roles of Women as Producers and Providers. FAO, Rome, Italy.

1983 Broch-Due, V., and Storås, F.'The Fields of the Foe'. Factors Constraining Agricultural Outputs and Farmers' Capacity for Participation. A Socio-Anthropological Case Study Of Household Economy among the Inhabitants on Katilu Irrigation Scheme. NORAD, Norway

 

Thematic:

·      Gender and Embodiment

·      Symbolism, Ritual and Cosmology

·      Material Culture and Sensorium

·      Cultural Productions of the relations between People, Animals and Nature

·      Colonialism, Commodification, Aid interventions and Globalization

·      Violence, Trauma and Trust

·      East African Pastoralism

·      Postcolonial Theory

·      The Anthropology of Art and Literature

·      Global Poverty and its diverse Configurations

 

Regional:

East Africa, Europe and South India

 

Research Grants and Projects

010110-300613 “The Effects of Impoverishment and Violence on Psychosocial Health Among Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya”

010111-300612: (with Kathinka Frøystad) Cosmopolitanism and its Paradoxes

010109-311212: (with Ellen Mortensen) Thought as Action: Gender, Democracy, Freedom

010104-311208: “Poverty Politics”.

010100-311202: “Cattle, Commodification and Unruly Change: The Reconfiguration of Livestock Trajectories and Social Identities in Turkanaland, 1880s-1990s.”

010196-311299: “Poverty, Conflict and Gender: The Politics of Reconstruction and Redistribution

010694-311299: “Poverty and Prosperity in Africa: Local and Global Perspectives