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Annelin Eriksen has worked ethnographically in Vanuatu, in the South West Pacific, since 1995. More recently, she has also gained interest in, and published extensively on, global religious movements. Her main research interests are gender, social and cultural change, future, cosmology and Christianity. Her new research focuses on the anthropology of the future, and since 2019 she has worked ethnographically on transhumanism and immortality movements in the US. She is particularly interested in changing cultural perceptions of what a human being is in contexts of A.I. and robotics. Her overall interest is in understanding how ideas, imaginations and visions of the future have concrete effects on contemporary social practices, from policy-making to formations of religious and ideological movements.

Eriksen has led a project funded by Research Council of Norway on Gender and Pentecostalism with a regional focus on Melanesia (Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea) and Africa (2013-2017) and is currently the PM on a Research Council of Norway project called Technoscientific Immortality: A study of Human Futures. Eriksen has published a monograph from Vanuatu Gender, Christianity and Change (Routledge, 2008) and a co-authored monograph on Pentecostalism, called Going to Pentecost (Berghahn Books, 2019), with Ruy Llera Blanes and Michelle MacCarthy. Eriksen received, with her husband Knut M. Rio, The HumSam prize for outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences (Fylkesakerprisen) from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2017.

SANT 250 / Bachelor Essay

SANT 601 / Distant learning course

SANT 100 / Invitasjon til Sosialantropologi

SANT 114 / Regional Etnografi Oceania

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2017. Going to ‘Pentecost’: how to study Pentecostalism – in Melanesia, for example. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 164-180.
  • Show author(s) 2016. The virtuous woman and the holy nation: Femininity in the context of Pentecostal Christianity in Vanuatu. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 260-275.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Pentecostalism and egalitarianism in Melanesia: A reconsideration of the pentecostal gender paradox. Religion and Society: Advances in Research. 37-50.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Introduction. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 139-148.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Sarah’s sinfulness: Egalitarianism, denied difference, and gender in pentecostal Christianity. Current Anthropology. S262-S270.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Missionaries, healing and sorcery in Melanesia: A Scottish evangelist in Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. History and Anthropology. 398-418.
  • Show author(s) 2012. The pastor and the prophetess: an analysis of gender and Christianity in Vanuatu. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 103-122.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Religiosities toward a Future-in Pursuit of the New Millennium. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. 1-16.
  • Show author(s) 2009. 'New Life': Pentecostalism as social critique in Vanuatu. Ethnos. 175-198.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Understanding cultural change: The return of core anthropological concepts. Reviews in Anthropology. 131-155.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Kjønn som differensieringslogikk. En inntak til å forstå endrng på Ambrym, Vanuatu. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 124-137.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Introduksjon. Om kjønn og antropologi. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 75-89.
  • Show author(s) 2006. On the value of the church: the gendered dynamics of an inverted hierarchy on North Ambrym, Vanuatu. Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Expected and unexpected cultural heroes: Reflections on gender and agency of conjuncture on Ambrym, Vanuatu. Anthropological Theory. 227-249.
  • Show author(s) 2005. The gender of the church: Conflicts and social wholes on Ambrym. Oceania. 284-300.
  • Show author(s) 1999. Kirke og kastom,kvinner og menn: om transformasjoner i kjønnsrelasjoner på Ambrym, Vanuatu. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 200-215.
  • Show author(s) 1999. Kirke og kastom, kvinner og menn: om transformasjoner i kjønnsrelasjoner på Ambrym, Vanuatu. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) 2010. The situation of new churches in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Hvordan antropologer tenker, om samfunn og utvikling, for eksempel.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2012. Extension of scale or shift of scale ? Migrations between the so-called urban and rural in Melanesia.
  • Show author(s) 2010. A cursed past and a prosperous future:A comparison of different conceptions of self and healing.
  • Show author(s) 2001. CONSTRUCTIVE AND DE-CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACHES TO CULTURE: A discussion of Sahlins’ concept of ”structures of conjuncture”.
  • Show author(s) 2000. Framvekst av medgift i Vanuatu.
  • Show author(s) 2000. Ambrym women on the move; effekts of female migration and wagelabour.
Editorial
  • Show author(s) 2012. Redaksjonelt (nr.2,2012). Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Redaksjonelt. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 212-213.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) 2017. Vurderer verden med Vestens verdier. Dagens næringsliv. 30-30.
Book review
  • Show author(s) 2017. The value of anthropology : Comment on van der Veer, Peter. 2016. The value of comparison. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 523-528.
  • Show author(s) 2013. What Kind of God? HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 375-380.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) 2010. Contemporary religiosities. Emergent socialites and the post-nation state. Berghahn Books.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) 2008. Gender, Christianity and Change in Vanuatu An Analysis of Social Movements in North Ambrym.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) 2019. Sexuality Among Youth on Maracuyá Island: Navigating the Complex Crossroad of Latin American and Caribbean Social Life.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Wanem ia jenda? (What is gender?) Translations and (Mis)Understandings between Development Discourse & Everyday Life Experiences in Port Vila, Vanuatu .
  • Show author(s) 2015. "Uttrykket endrer seg, men budskapet er det samme". En studie av en generasjonsmenighet i endring.
  • Show author(s) 2014. "Everything is double-double". A study of charismatic faith practice in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Show author(s) 2013. The Perfect Christian. An Analysis of Paradoxical Aspects of Charismatic Christianity In the U.S.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Heal, Pray, Prosper: Practice and Discourse within a Local Pentecostal Church in Vanuatu.
  • Show author(s) 2011. "For meg er polyamori å elske mer enn én person, evnen til å elske flere" - En antropologisk studie av polyamorøse i Norge.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Rituelle og ikke-rituelle praksiser i Céu do Patriarca Sâo José.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) 2005. Silent movement. Transformations of gendered social structures in North Ambrym, Vanuatu.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2019. On feminist critique and how the ontological turn is queering anthropology. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Demons, Devils, and Witches in Pentecostal Port Vila: On Changing Cosmologies of Evil in Melanesia. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Rivers and the study of kinship on Ambrym, Vanuatu: Mother right and father right revisited. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2014. A New Man: The Cosmological Horizons of Development, Curses and Personhood in Vanuatu. 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Christian Politics in Vanuatu: Lay Priests and New State Forms. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Introduction. Religiosities toward a future. In pursuit of the new millennium. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Healing the Nation: In search of Unity through the Holy Spirit in Vanuatu. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2010. De la valeur de l'Eglise: dynamique sexuée d'une hiérarchie inversée au Nord-Ambrym, Vanuatu. 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Gender and value: Conceptualizing social forms on Ambrym, Vanatu. 23 pages.
Popular scientific book
  • Show author(s) 2002. Stillehavsfolk i Melannesien. International work group for indigenous affairs.
Chapter
  • Show author(s) 2014. A Cursed Past and a Prosperous Future in Vanuatu. A Comparison of Different Conceptions of Self and Healing. 133-151. In:
    • Show author(s) 2014. Pacific Futures: Projects, Politics and Interests. Berghahn Books.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Forthcoming

 

"Going to Pentecost. How to study Global Pentecostalsism" , co-authored monograph with Ruy Blanes and Michelle MacCarthy, under review for Berghahn series “Experiments in Ethnography" (under review)

"Gong to Pentecost, How to study Pentecostalism, in Melanesia for example", Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute , 2018:1

"Arguing with Christianity", co-authored with Ruy Blanes, in Simon Coleman and Joel Robbins (eds) Oxford Handbook of the Anthropology of Religion, , Oxford University Press

"Why the Ontological turn is Queer",co-authered with Christine Jacobsen in Paul Boyce, EJ Gonzalez-Polledo and Silvia Posocco – (Eds.) Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments after Marilyn Strathern , Routledge

 

2017

Demons, Devils, and Witches in Pentecostal Port Vila: On Changing Cosmologies of Evil in Melanesia, In Pentecostalism and witchcraft, ed Rio, Blanes and MacCarthy, Springer

 

2016   

“Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism, The Gender paradox revisited”. Journal Religion and Society 7(1): 37-50. (Berghahn). * * * Invited paper

 

Older:

2014 “Sarah’s Sinfulness: Egalitarianism, denied difference, and gender in Pentecostal Christianity”. Current Anthropology 55 (S10):262-270.

2014  “A New Man: The Cosmological Horizons of Development, Curses and Personhood in Vanuatu” co-authroed with Knut M. Rio, In Framing Cosmologies: The Anthropology of Worlds. eds. A. Abramson & M. Holbraad. Manchester University Press.

 

2008. Gender, Christianity and Change in Vanuatu. An analysis of Social Movements in North Ambrym. Ashgate.


Edited volumes

2010. [with Bruce Kapferer and Kari Telle] Contemporary religiosities. Emergent socialites and the post-nation state. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

2009. [with Bruce Kapferer and Kari Telle] Religious Movements and Emerging socialites. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

2007. [with Anette Fagertun and Cecilie Ødegård] Special Issue of ‘Norsk antropologisk Tidsskrift on gender ('Kjønn'), 18 (2).


Articles in refereed journals
2012 The pastor and the prophetess: An analysis of gender and Christianity in Vanuatu. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18(1): 103-122.

2009. New Life: Pentecostalism as social critique in Vanuatu, Ethnos, 74: 175-198. [Available freely -- download by following the link]

2009. Healing the Nation: In search of Unity through the Holy Spirit in Vanuatu. Social Analysis, 53: 67-81.

2007. Understanding cultural change; the return of core anthropological concepts. Reviews in anthropology, 36: 131-154.

2006. On the value of the church: the gendered dynamics of an inverted hierarchy on North Ambrym, Vanuatu. Paideuma, 52: 91-106.

2006. Expected and Unexpected Cultural Heroes. Reflections on gender and agency of conjuncture on Ambrym, Vanuatu. Anthropological Theory, 6: 227-247.

2005. The gender of the church: conflicts and social wholes on Ambrym, Vanuatu. Oceania, 75: 284-300.

2007. Kjønn som differensieringslogikk. Et inntak til å forstå endring på Ambrym, Vanuatu. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, 18: 124-137.

2007. [with Anette Fagertun and Cecilie Ødegård] Introduksjon. Om kjønn og antropologi. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, 18:75-90.

1999. Kirke og Kastom, Kvinner og Menn: Om transformasjoner i kjønnsrelasjoner på Ambrym Vanuatu. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, 10:200-215.


Book chapters
[2010 in press] Sobre el valor de la Iglesia: La dinámica de género de una jerarquía invertida en el norte de Ambrym, Vanuatu. In El Cristianismo en Perspectiva Global:Impacto y presencia en Asia, Oceanía y las Americas, Carlos Mondragón (ed.).

2010 De la valeur de l'Eglise. Dynamique sexuée d'une hiérarchie inversée au Nord-Ambrym, Vanuatu, in Gabriele Weichart and Francoise Douaire-Marsaudon (eds) Les Dynamiques religieuses dans le Pacifique. Marseille: Credo, pp. 193-213.

2008. Gender and value: conceptualising social forms on Ambrym, in K. Rio & O. Smedal (eds.) Hierarchy. Persistence and transformations in social forms. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

2010 Healing the Nation. In search of unity through the Holy Spirit in Vanuatu, in Bruce Kapferer, Kari Telle and Annelin Eriksen (eds.) Contemporary religiosities. Emergent socialites and the post-nation state. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 67-82.

2010. [with Bruce Kapferer and Kari Telle] Introduction. Religiosities toward a future. In pursuit of the new millennium, in Bruce Kapferer, Kari Telle and Annelin Eriksen (eds) Contemporary religiosities. Emergent socialites and the post-nation state. Oxford og New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 1-16.

 

 

Regional focus: Oceania

Thematic focus: Gender, kinship, Christianity, social and cultural change