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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.

Eriksen has led a Research Council  of Norway -funded project on Gender and Pentecostalism with a regional focus on Melanesia (Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea) and Africa (2013-2017). One of the key foci of this project was religious and cultural change, particularly changing conceptualizations of personhood. In this project, Eriksen also explored new comparative methodologies for anthropology to sharpen analytics of religious imaginations across regions.

Her new research focuses on the anthropology of the future.  She is particularly interested in changing cultural perceptions of what a human being is, where she compares radical cultural change in perceptions of personhood in Pentecostal contexts in Melanesia to changing conceptions 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. As part of her work with the Research Group on Human Futures, she is investigating the analytical effects of the concept "future-practices", and she is exploring different transhumanist project, particularly projects on "mind-transfer" as specific future-practices.

 

SANT 250 / Bachelor Essay

SANT 601 / Distant learning course

SANT 100 / Invitasjon til Sosialantropologi

SANT 114 / Regional Etnografi Oceania

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