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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".

bsas seminar
Demonstrant i Tyrkia
May 11

Department seminar: Theodoros Rakopoulos

The Department of Social Anthropology is happy to announce the upcoming seminar with Theodoros Rakopoulos (University of Oslo). The title of the lecture is "One homeland, two 'Republics': Thinking about the vernacular state in the (Cypriot) postcolony".

NAF conference
Logo NAF conference 2021

Norwegian Anthropological Association Annual Conference

The NAF conference will be arranged November 25-26 2021 in Bergen.

The S4D4C plenary on Strengthening Science Diplomacy Transboundary Institutions on Thursday 18 March2021 brilliantly summed up  in this illustration.

Bringing science and knowledge to diplomacy

“Science is not negotiable, but it can be ignored,” said Professor Edvard Hviding in a debate on transboundary institutions at the S4D4C final networking meeting.

spring semester 2021
Feltarbeid sosant

Study Social Anthropology!

The Department of Social Anthropology offers two exciting courses taught in English spring semester 2021. No previous requirements are needed and we welcome both international and Norwegian students to participate.


Insiders and outsiders of Accra’s gated communities

For years Edwige Yekple used to walk past the area where she is now doing research. One day, however, the gated community in the middle of the village caught her attention. Asking herself “why is there a gated community inside the village?” Edwige started developing her research project. Gradually,...