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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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Atingting

Atingting holds the fort

At a locked-down University of Bergen, staff and students are not able to access university campus. Teaching, science and administrative tasks are taking place online. In our absence the iconic drum Atingting from Ambrym island in Vanuatu stands lonely guard at the Department.

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Agbogbloshie, Accra

Urban Enclaving delves into Accra’s urban spaces

The interdisciplinary research project Urban Enclaving Futures explored during its second workshop how enclaving is found in various forms around Accra’s urban spaces – from population dense informal settlements, to grand but empty gated cities, to the green and quiet University campus.

NAF conference 2020
Logo NAF conference 2020

Norwegian Anthropological Association Annual Conference

Welcome to Bergen 3-4 September 2020 for the annual NAF conference, arranged by the Norwegian Anthropological Association.

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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.

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Energethics debatt

How do Norwegian energy companies handle responsibility abroad?

Social anthropologists highlight how Norwegian energy companies handle their responsibility abroad.