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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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a slaughtered cow and a pile of yams by the riverside

Introducing the Anthropology of Food

How do different food production systems impact the environment? How do food choices express class difference? What problems exist in the global food systems and what causes them? These are some of the questions raised in the new course theme within the con amore-courses at the Department of Social...

bsas seminar
Carcasses along the oil road
Aug 29

Department seminar: Marianna Betti

The Department of Social Anthropology is happy to announce the upcoming seminar with PhD candidate Marianna Betti (UiB). The title of the lecture is: The “Syncretic Oil Complex” and the Destructive and Generative Powers of Oil: cases from Turkana, Northern Kenya

publications
Frontcover Mozambique on the move

New book: Mozambique on the Move

Professor Bjørn Enge Bertelsen at the Department of Social Anthropology is co-editor on a newly published book. "Mozambique on the move" is a multi-disciplinary exploration of Mozambique’s contemporary and historical dynamics, bringing together scholars from across the globe.

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Tbilisi Old Town

New Cooperation with a Georgian University

New cooperation project with Tbilisi State University will offer anthropology students mobility grants, new anthropology course and summer school on anthropological research methods.

RESEARCH | SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Professor Bjørn Enge Bertelsen and researchers in the Urban Enclaving Futures project doing field work in the streets of Maputo on January 2019.

An urban research project takes on the SDGs

How do enclaves that arise as cities within a city, impact on urban planning and the creation of liveable and sustainable cities for all citizens? This is one of the central themes in the research project Urban Enclaving Futures.