Akman’s research is primarily directed towards ethnical groups and their situation in Norway. He approaches these issues mainly through qualitative methods and cultural analysis with the aim to map, verify and analyse processes of cultural meetings from an ethnological as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. Akman strives to broaden our understanding of the locutions of exile, existence, identity, integration and cultural territories. Moreover, he is also looking for comparisons between his fields of research and ethnical groups’ socio-cultural and psycho-social situation.
Brautaset’s research interests lies within economic history and business history, thus both fields of history with strong interdisciplinary traditions. She is focussing on the late modern era, with an emphasis on global and transnational history. Her main objectives of research revolve around economic integration processes through trade, transport and communication. Brautaset has just embarked a project with Dr. Stig Tenold (The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration) on Norwegian shipping 1870-1914, with a special emphasis on how and why Norwegian ship-owners entered the South-East Asian shipping markets.
The research of Grieg-Smith revolves around military and war history in the period spanning from 1880 to 2000. He works pays special heed to the development of the Norwegian armed forces. I n recent years, Grieg-Smith has conducted in-depth analysis of the establishing of the military resistance movement and war events taking place on the West-coast of Norway during the second World War. Together with other local scholars, Grieg-Smith is taking part in a collective effort in establishing a research group dealing with the allied bombing of German submarine pens at Laksevåg.
Hoffmann’s research is multifaceted, but with a strong focus on transnational migration, immigration policy, ethnical pluralism and conflicts, xenophobic movements in Europe since 1880, with emphasis on the periods 1880-1920 and 1975-present. His research comprises processes of internationalisation through people’s movement across national borders, but also (nativistic and nationalistic) counter- reactions against internationalisation, such as anti-immigration discourses and politics.
Bjarte Laukeland´s main interest of research is history teaching. In his PhD-project he focuses on how World War II and the Nazi Occupation of Norway is taught and presented by teachers of history in Norwegian school. His emphasis is to what degree and in what ways teachers reflect the transition from patriotic to self-critical memory of the war. An essential part of his project is empirical investigations of teaching practises, and factors governing didactical choices of teachers as well as the ways in which pupils learn in the subject.
Inger Marie Okkenhaug is a historian with research in the areas of colonialism, missions, gender and human welfare. She has undertaken research on women and Anglican education in Palestine during the late Ottoman period and during the British Mandate. She has also studied and written on mission education and masculinity in Palestine and Turkish Armenia. Her ongoing research and publications include themes related to relief and welfare encounters between Nordic female missionaries and peoples in the Ottoman Empire and in post-WW I Armenia, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria.
Harm Schröter is particularly interested in investigating if there is a shared European identity in economic life. This has driven him to research and publish extensively on topics such as the relationship between state and the economy, economic co-operation, multinational versus “European” enterprises, technological innovation, small developed European states, institutional change, and the transfer of economic values, for instance Americanization.
Per Kristian Sebak’s main interest of research is migration from Europe to USA before 1920s (mainly Scandinavian and Russian-Jewish), focussing particularly on the role of the carriers (shipping companies, railway, etc.). His current Ph.D-project is looking at the phenomenon of transmigration (i.e. foreign migrants) through Scandinavia between 1890s and 1924. He has also done extensive research on Jewish immigration to Norway with emphasis on Bergen prior to WWII.
Karina Hestad Skeie’s main fields of research are Norwegian mission, Christianity and local religions in Africa and Madagascar. Lokale og regionale tilpasninger av transnasjonale fenomener som verdens religioner er Adaptations of transnational phenomena like world religions have been important aspects of her work. Drawing upon in-depth knowledge of both Norwegian and Malagasy language and culture, she emphasises contextualising local conditions to further our understanding of 19th and early 20th century Norwegian Lutheran mission in Madagascar. Hestad Skeie is currently working on revivalism, gender and spiritual leadership in Lutheran Christianity in Madagascar.