Department of Social Anthropology

"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".

The famous Shanghai skyline seen from behind.

Urban Enclaving: Grant enables comparative research project in China

The research project “Urban Enclaving Futures” has received a new grant to establish a comparative research component in China.

Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons
Portrait of Axel Rudi
Dec 04

Trial lecture and public defense: Axel Rudi

Axel Rudi, Department of Social Anthropology will defend his PhD thesis "Death as Victory, Victory as Death: Violence, Martyrdom and the Cosmology of Revolution in the Kurdish Freedom Movement". The defense and trial lecture is open to the public.

Bergen Anthropology Day 2019

Anthropologists about the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals was a central theme for this year's Bergen Anthropology Day. New students and alumni, academics and researchers gathered for an enlightening afternoon at Kvarteret.

bsas seminar
Book cover of the future of immortality
Nov 29

Department seminar: Anya Bernstein

The Department of Social Anthropology is happy to announce the upcoming seminar with Associate Professor Anya Bernstein (Harvard University). The title of the lecture is: The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia