Summer Research School
Poverty Politics is offering a PhD course on
the first edition of the Bergen Summer Research School on
Global Development Challenges, to be held in Bergen, Norway,
7-17 August, 2008.
The theme for 2008 is Global Poverty, and our course is entitled "Global Reconfigurations of Poverty and the Public:
Anthropological perspectives and ethnographic challenges". The
course is developed by professor Vigdis Broch-Due who has
invited the following course leaders to run the course with her.
- Professor Jean Comaroff , Professor of Anthropology and of
Social Sciences, University of Chicago.
- Professor Akhil Gupta , IDP South Asian Studies Department
of Anthropology and International Institute, UCLA
- Associate Professor Alice O'Connor , Associate Professor,
Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD-students and Junior Researchers from the whole world are
invited to apply. We think this will be an excellent
opportunity to acquire new knowledge and meet with
PhD-candidates and experts in an international unique setting.
For more informattion of the course visit our website.
You will find the application form and more information about
the BSRS on the official website. The deadline
for submitting the application form is April 15, 2008. "
Towards a more nuanced understanding of poverty
- The imperatives and dynamics of the world of poverty are little understood but evermore pressing, says Professor Vigdis Broch-Due. For the past four years, she has been in charge of the research project entitled Poverty Politics: Current Approaches to its Production and Reduction. Read more
Documentary shown at Bergen International Film Festival
Iselin Åsedotter Strønen wrote her master thesis about grass root movement in Venezuela as a part of the Poverty Politics Project. Now she has made a full-length documentary based on her fieldwork experience, entitled The People and the President- a Portrait of the Bolivarian Revolution. The film was recently screened at BIFF 2007. Read more
Conflict and Displacement in Northern Kenya
Thor Erik Sortland carried out his fieldwork in Samburu and Laikipia districts in northern Kenya. Being chased by an elephant, getting sick with malaria and participating in a circumcision ritual as godfather, are some of the many experiences he carries with him back to Norway. Read more
International workshop: "Place versus Path". Reconfiguring nomads to fit the state.
The Poverty Politics project is organizing an international workshop the 7th to the 10th of June 2007. The workshop takes place at Hotel Admiral in Bergen and will gather 17 scholars who are among the leading experts on pastorialism in Africa from various universities and research institutions across the world.
A Religious NGO with Microcredit Programmes in Embu and Mbeere, Kenya
Leah Junge went back to her home country Kenya for fieldwork. There she critically examined how microfinance initiatives affect people at a local level. Being a “native anthropologist” she also encountered particular challenges of representation. Read more
Når bistandspakka ikkje verkar
"Vi ønskjer å sjå på årsakene til at fattigdommen i land i den tredje verda ikkje vert redusert trass i tjukke bunkar med handlingsplanar og politiske vedtak". Det sier Vigdis Broch-Due, Nordens eneste professor i fattigdomsforsking og leder for Poverty Politics-prosjektet. Les mer
Contested use of Guatemalan rainforest
After several years of teaching at the Department of Social Anthropology, Margit Ystanes is now going back to Guatemala where she did fieldwork for her major (hovedfag) in Social Anthropology. This time she will carry out a 9 months fieldwork for her PHd project. Read more
The production of poverty through gifts and charity
Based on her fieldwork in a small Indian fishing village, Kristina Jones shows how development initiatives have created new forms of poverty and inequality between people. Read more
Managing cultural heritage in India
It started with an idea he got at a holiday trip to India. Later, Stian Krog returned to do fieldwork in Hampi, a small village state of Karnataka. Read more