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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".

A boat on docked a riverside, with a city and a bridge in the background

UEF researchers shortlisted for best article in Urban Studies

Morten Nielsen, Jason Sumich and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen have been shortlisted for 'Urban Studies' best article of 2021

autumn semester 2022
Collage av forskning ved Institutt for sosialantropologi

Study Social Anthropology!

The Department of Social Anthropology offers two exciting courses taught in English autumn semester 2022, and we welcome both international and Norwegian students to participate.

annual lecture

The Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture

Welcome to the annual Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture! The invited lecturer for 2022 will soon be announced. In the meantime, you are welcome to enjoy Professor Marianne Lien memorable Fredrik Barth Memorial Lecture 2021.

Crash course Anthropology

Crash Course in Social Anthropology

We are happy to announce our brand new Crash Course in Social Anthropology! All interested are welcome to take the course.