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Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

Associate Professor
  • E-mailIselin.Stronen@uib.no
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    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

Social anthropologist focusing on Venezuela, Brazil and Angola. Her research interests include the anthropology of oil and natural resource management, grass root democracy, social movements, state transformation, political conflicts and social struggle, poverty, violence and gender, and the politics of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Strønen is also Researcher II at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen.

She is the author of the monograph "Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela. The Revolutionary Petro-State" (Palgrave McMillan 2017).  The book is available Open Access here.

Strønen is a project member of the Energetics research project at the Department for Social Anthropology, UiB, financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR). The project focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) amongst Norwegian energy companies operating abroad. Strønen's case study is concerned with Equinor's CSR-work in Brazil.

She has been a project member of the the CEIC-CMI Angola Programme (2015-2018) at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, and the project coordinator for the sub-project Gender Relations and Human Rights in Angola.

Strønen has previously served as the project coordinator and editor for the CMI-based project Everyday Manoeuvres: Military-Civilian Relations in Latin-America and the Middle East, throught which she also conducted case studies from Venezuela and Brazil.

She obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen in 2014. In addition, Strønen holds a MA degree in Anthropology of Development from the University of Bergen, and a MA degree in International Journalism from City University, London. 

 

Conference- and workshop participation, guest lectures

  • Recursos naturales, el estado, y pobreza en la era de capitalismo extractivo (Natural resources, the state, and poverty in the era of extractive capitalism). Invited guest lecture at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil, August 6, 2019.
  • In the belly of the beast: rentier capitalism and redistribution of rents as articulated from within the State during the Chávez–years. Paper presented at 2019 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Boston, May 2019
  • Inside/outside the enigma of oil in Venezuela: vernacular horizons of transition and the Western intellectual gaze. Paper presented at Petrocultures, Glasgow, Scotland, August 29-September 2, 2018.
  • State transformation and state stasis in Venezuela: lessons from the Bolivarian project. Paper presented at 2018 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Barcelona, Spain, May 23-26
  • “The New Extractivist Frontier in Venezuela: Popular and indigenous protest to El Arco Minero.” Presentation delivered at the workshop “Cosmologies, Indigeneity and Politics of Extractivism in Latin America: Ethnographic Approaches", Department for Social Anthropology, June 21-22, 2006 
  • “The revolution is in our hearts. Popular aspirations for a Bolivarian future in Chavez' Venezuela.”. Presentation delivered at the workshop “Momentums, Histories, Localities and Futures in the Anthropology of Ruptures and Hope”. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, October 7-8, 2016
  • "Here we kill eachother over a pair of shoes". Consumption, identity and oil culture in Veneuzela. Paper delivered at the 2016 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York, May 26-31, 2016
  • Envisioning a post-petro state? Critical discourses on oil-led development in Bolivarian Venezuela. Paper delivered The 8th Nordic Latin American Research Network Conference, Helsinki, June 1, 2015
  • Searching for Che’s New Man. Rentier Capitalism, Money and Moralities in Bolivarian Venezuela. Paper delivered at Prepared for delivery at the 2015 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 27 - 30, 2015.
  • Co-organizer and co-host, international workshop "Rethinking Inequalities in Latin America", Bergen, Norway, March 5-6, 2015. Also presenting the paper "Chavistas, go eat shit." Political polarization, race and class in Bolivarian Venezuela, as well as acting as chair and discussant.
  • Panel organizer and co-chair, panel entitled Children of Cain? Exploring State and Civil Violence in Latin America, Norwegian Latin America Research Network Conference, Oslo, Norway, November 27-29, 2013
  • Violent crime in Venezuela- a View from Below. Presented at Norwegian Latin America Research Network Conference, Oslo, Norway, November 27-29, 2013
  • The Oil that Didnt't Trickle Down: Reflections on the Politics of (broken) Promises in Venezuela. Presented at Norwegian Latin America Research Network Conference, Bergen, Norway, October 26-27, 2011
  • Chair, panel entitled "The Grassroot and the State", Norwegian Latin America Research Network Conference, Bergen, Norway, October 26-27, 2011
  • Revolutionary identity and cultural and artistic expressions amongst Venezuela's Popular Sectors. Presented at Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference 2010, Toronto,Canada, October 6-9, 2010
  • Money and power to the people (?) Development from below in a Caracas barrio- some preliminary observations. Presented at Flammable Societies Conference, La Paz/Yungas, Bolivia, July 1-5, 2009
  • "Here we organize like this". Constructing and Conceptualizing Local Development Projects in a Caracas barrio. Presented at The Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) Conference, Chr. Michelsens Institute (CMI), Bergen 5-7 November 2007

Encyclopedias

  • Entry editor for "Venezuela" in Store Norske Leksikon (the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia), May 2015-

Selected popular presentations (since 2014)

  • Panel participant in panel debate: Venezuela, is there a peaceful solution? Panel organized by SUM, Norwegian Network for Latin America Research (NorLARNet) and the Nobel Peace Center. Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, September 14, 2017.
  • Panel introducer and panel participant (untitled presentations) at the Globalization-conference, Oslo, October 28-29, 2016. Panels organized by the Norwegian Solidary Committee for Latin America.
  • Parlamentsvalget i Venezuela: mot slutten på Den bolivarianske revolusjonen? (Elections to the National Assembly in Venezuela: towards the end of the Bolivarian Revolution?) Panel debate organized by Norlarnet, Litteraturhuset, Oslo. December 14, 2015
  • Chavismo after Chavez. Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in the Electoral Year 2015. Invited open lecture at the Workers' Educational Association, Stockholm, in collaboration with the University of Stockholm. October 12, 2015
  • Likestilling og kvinnekamp i Venezuela (Gender equality and women's struggle in Venezuela). Public meeting organized by SAIH and LAG, Bergen, April 8, 2014

Selected popular dissemination, open-eds and other (since 2010)

  • Caracas. Vagant. No. 4/2017
  • Promotional video for research on Latin America in Norway, Norlarnet (September 2017),can be watched at http://www.norlarnet.uio.no/research-in-norway/video-presentations/iseli...
  • After the Bolivarian Revolution: What’s in store for Margarita? FOCAAL blog, April 1, 2016.
    Available at: http://www.focaalblog.com/2016/04/01/iselin-asedotter-stronen-after-the-...
  • Promotional video for doctoral education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen (March 2015), can be watched at http://www.uib.no/svf/86749/fra-feltarbeid-til-doktorpromosjon
  • Hva skjer egentlig i Venezuela? Bergens Tidende, January 23, 2015
  • Regjeringen er trengt opp i hjørnet. NRK Ytring, February 22, 2014
  • Interview: Venezuela: Revolusjon og Olje (Venezuela: Revolution and Oil). Tidsskriftet Rødt 3/2014
  • Civil-military relations in Venezuela....by the pool. Blog post for CMI website, January 2015
  • Simón Bolívar- a man of war and a symbol of freedom. - with Nefissa Naguib. Blog post for CMI website, April 2014
  • Venezuela sett fra Norge, Aftenposten, March 15, 2013
  • Arven etter Chavez, Bergens Tidende, March 13, 2013
  • Venezuelas fattige gråter, March 7, 2013
  • Forakt i forkledning (Contempt in disguise). Book review, Klassekampen, January 26, 2013
  • Strønen, I. (2010) Landartikkel- den Bolivarianske Republikken Venezuela i Latin-Amerikaboka 2010: "Gull og Grønne Skoger - Norske Interesser i Latin-Amerika". Oslo: Latin-Amerikagruppene i Norge

Scholarly assessment work:

  • Consultant, book proposal, Cappelen publishing house (2018)
  • Supervisor various master's thesis in Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.
  • Member of evaluation commitees for master thesis commitees at University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Member of assessments- and hiring commitees, University of Bergen.
  • Peer-reviewer for scholarly journals (Critique of Anthropology, Globalizations, Journal of Latin American Studies, American Ethnologist)

 


 

 

 

 

Teaching experiences (since 2015)

Courses taught:

  • Fall 2019: Academic writing, methods and theory: Anthropological approaches (SANT150), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Spring 2019: Multicultural understanding and communication (SANT660-continuation course), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Spring 2019: SANT260 Bacheloressay (course co-coordinator, supervisor), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Fall 2018: Invitation to Social Anthropology (SANT100), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Fall 2018: Academic writing, methods and theory: Anthropological approaches (SANT150), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Spring 2018: Multicultural understanding and communication (SANT660-continuation course), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen 
  • Spring 2018: Poverty, Welfare and Marginalisation: An Ethnographic Approach to Modern Urban Life (SANT240), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Fall 2017:Academic writing, methods and theory: Anthropological approaches (SANT150), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Fall 2016: Academic writing, methods and theory: Anthropological approaches (SANT150), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Spring 2016: Anthropology, Intervention and Development (SANT220), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
  • Fall 2015: Invitation to Social Anthropology (SANT100), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
Books
  • Ystanes, Margit; Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2018. The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America: Decades of Change. Palgrave Macmillan. 289 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-61535-6.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2017. Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela. The Revolutionary Petro-State. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-319-59507-8.
Journal articles
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2017. Everyday crafting of the Bolivarian state: lower-level public officials and grass root activism in Venezuela. Latin American perspectives. 44: 159-179. doi: 10.1177/0094582X16666024
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2015. Hva skjer egentlig i Venezuela? Bergens Tidende.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2015. Servants of the nation, defenders of la patria: The bolivarian militia in venezuela. Working Paper - Chr. Michelsen Institute. 2015: 1-21.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2013. En feministisk revolusjon? Kvinner, kvinnekamp og aktivisme i Chavez' Venezuela. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 24: 39-51.
Reports and theses
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter; Nangacovie, Margaret. 2017. Dificuldades Permanentes: Pobreza Feminina em Malanje Rural, Angola. Chr. Michelsen Institutt, Bergen. 4 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter; Nangacovie, Margaret. 2017. Perpetual Hardships: Female Poverty in Rural Malanje, Angola. Chr. Michelsen Institutt, Bergen. 4 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2016. «Nowadays there are shoot-outs all the time». Women, children, and Police Pacification Units (UPPs) in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. Working Paper - Chr. Michelsen Institute. 7. CMI, Bergen. 28 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter; Nangacovie, Margaret. 2016. Violence against women in the context of urban poverty in Angola. CMI Brief. 15: 16. CMI, Bergen. 4 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter; Nangacovie, Margaret; Silva, Osvaldo. 2016. Violência contra a mulher no contexto da pobreza urbana em Angola. CMI Brief. 15: 16. CMI, Bergen. 4 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2015. CMI Working Paper: Servants of the nation, defenders of la patria: The Bolivarian Militia in Venezuela. Chr. Michelsen Institutt, Bergen. 27 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2014. The Revolutionary Petro-State. Change, Continuity and Popular Power in Venezuela. University of Bergen.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2006. “For us this is Utopia coming true”Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and popular movements in a Caracas barrio. 120 pages.
Book sections
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2018. Political Polarisation, Colonial Inequalities and the Crisis of Modernity in Venezuela. Chp. 7. In:
    • Ystanes, Margit; Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2018. The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America: Decades of Change. Palgrave Macmillan. 289 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-61535-6.
  • Ystanes, Margit; Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2018. Introduction. 1, pages 3-34. In:
    • Ystanes, Margit; Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2018. The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America: Decades of Change. Palgrave Macmillan. 289 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-61535-6.
  • Ystanes, Margit; Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter; Gutiérrez Rivera, Lirio. 2018. Coming of Age in the Penal System: Neoliberalism, ‘Mano Dura’ and the Reproduction of ‘Racialised’ Inequality in Honduras. 9, pages 205-228. In:
    • Ystanes, Margit; Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2018. The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America: Decades of Change. Palgrave Macmillan. 289 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-61535-6.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2016. Nicholas Maduro, Venezuelas samtidshistorie. Encyclopedia entry. In:
    • Godal, Anne Marit. 2016. Store norske leksikon (snl.no 2016). 15000 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter; Maria Victoria, Canino. 2015. Oil and environmental injustice in Venezuela: an ethnographic study of Punta Cardón. 5. In:
    • McNeish, John-Andrew; Borchgrevink, Axel; Logan, Owen. 2015. Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America. Zed Books. 324 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78360-093-9.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2013. Venezuela; Venezuelas samtidshistorie, Venezuelas Historie, Hugo Chavez; Nicholas Maduro. Oppslagsverk på nett. In:
    • Godal, Anne Marit. 2013. Store norske leksikon (snl.no). Store norske leksikon AS. 157000 pages.
  • Strønen, Iselin Åsedotter. 2012. Development from below and oil money from above : popular organisation in contemporary Venezuela. Kapittel, pages 133-155. In:
    • McNeish, John-Andrew; Logan, Owen. 2012. Flammable societies - Studies on the Socio-economics of Oil and Gas. Pluto Press. 384 pages. ISBN: 9780745331171.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Selected publications:

Monograph

Edited volumes

  • Strønen, I. and Margit Ystanes (eds) (2017) Decades of Change: The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America. Palgrave McMillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319615356 (Available Open Access)

Peer reviewed articles

  • Strønen, I (2016) Everyday Crafting of the Bolivarian State: Lower-level public officials and grass root activism in Venezuela. Latin American Perspectives (LAP)-Special Issue on the Legacy of Hugo Chavez 44(1):159-179
  • Strønen, I (2013) En Feministisk Revolusjon? Kvinner, kvinnekamp og aktivisme i Chávez' Venezuela (A Feminist Revolution? Women, Women's Struggle and Activism in Chávez's Venezuela), i Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift (NAT) 1/2013

Book chapters

  • Strønen I, and Ystanes M. (2017) Introduction, in Ystanes, M. and Strønen, I (eds.) Decades of Change: The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America. Palgrave McMillan 
  • Strønen, I. (2017) Political polarization, colonial inequalities and the crisis of modernity in Venezuela, in Ystanes, M. and Strønen, I (eds.) Decades of Change: The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America. Palgrave McMillan .  
  • - with Gutierrez, Lirio, R. and Margit Ystanes (2017) Coming of Age in the Penal System: Neoliberalism, ‘mano dura’ and the reproduction of ‘racialized’ inequalities in Honduras. In Ystanes, M. and Strønen, I (eds.) Decades of Change: The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America. Palgrave McMillan 
  • Strønen, I, and Canino, M.V (2015). Oil and Environmental Injustice in Venezuela: An Ethnograpic Study of Punta Cardón, in McNeish, J.A, Borchgrevnik, A, and Logan, O, (eds.) Contested Powers:the politics of energy and development in Latin America, Zed Books
  • Strønen, I. (2011). Development from Below and Oil Money from Above. Popular Organization in Contemporary Venezuela, in McNeish, J.A & Logan, O (eds.) Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio Economics of Oil and Gas, Pluto Press, London

Non-peer reviewed articles 

  • Strønen, I. and Nagacovie, M. (2018) The Gendering of Poverty and Inequality in Rural Malanje, Angola. CMI Report no. 10/2018. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Strønen, I. et al. (2017) Perpetual Hardships: Female Poverty in Rural Malanje, Angola. CMI Brief. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Strønen, I. et al (2017) Dificuldades Permanentes: Pobreza Feminina em Malanje Rural, Angola. CMI Brief. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Strønen, I. and Margaret Nangacovie (2016) Violence against women in the context of urban poverty in Angola. CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 16. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute 
  • Strønen, I. et al (2016) Violência contra a mulher no contexto da pobreza urbana em Angola. CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 16. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Strønen, I (2016) «Nowadays there are shoot-outs all the time». Women, children, and Police Pacification Units (UPPs) in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. CMI Working Paper 2016:7. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Strønen, I (2016) "A Civil-Military Alliance": The Venezuelan Armed Forces before and during the Chavez-era. CMI Working Paper 2016:4. Bergen. Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Strønen, I (2015) Servants of the nation, defenders of la patria: The Bolivarian Militia in Venezuela. CMI Working Paper 2015:13. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute

PhD dissertation

  • Strønen, I (2014) A Revolutionary Petro-State. Change, Continuity and Popular Power in Venezuela. PhD-dissertation, University of Bergen

Reports

  • Real-time evaluation of Norway's international climate and forest initiative. Contributions to a global REDD+ regime 2007-2010. Richard Tipper, Johan Helland, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen et al (2011) Oslo: Norad (Evaluation report no. 12/2010) 82 p.

Mother tounge: Norwegian

Fluent: English and Spanish

Intermediary: Portugese 

 

Current projects:

2015-2019. ENERGETICS. Norwegian energy companies abroad. Expanding the anthropological understanding of corporate social responsibility. 
Financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR). 
Project role: project member, responsible for case study of Equinor Brazil's Social Sustainability-policy. 

Completed projects:

2015-2018. Angola CEIC/CMI: Gender Relations and Human Rights in Angola. 
Funder: The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Angola
Project role: project member, Angola case studies; sub-project coordinator, Gender and Human Rights.

2013-2016: Everyday Manouvers: Military - Civilian Relations in Latin-America and the Middle East.
Funder: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD).
Project role: project member, Venezuela and Brazil case studies; project editor; project coordinator. 

2008-2010: The Role of the Oil and Gas Industry in the Promotion of Poverty Reduction and Social Volatility
Funder: Norwegian Research Council (NFR)
Project role: PhD candidate

2010-2013: Contested Powers: Towards a Political Anthropology of Energy in Latin-America
Funder: Norwegian Research Council
Project role: project member, Venezuela case study. 

2010: REDD - Norad job no 2-2010 Project member (CMI)

 

 

Research groups