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Ole Johannes Kaland

Affiliate researcher
  • E-mailOle.Kaland@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 7
    HF-bygget
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Ole Johannes Kaland is a social anthropologist with a particular fascination for issues relating to sociocultural hierarchies, mobility, urban development, migration, youth, family dynamics, learning, education, and Chinese regions of Asia. 

He holds a bachelors degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen (2008), and a Master in Migration and Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (2009). Since finishing his phd in anthropology at the University of Sussex (2014), Ole Johannes has worked as an associate professor of Intercultural Studies at NLA University College in Bergen (2014-2022), and as a temporary lecturer of Social Anthropology at Brunel University in London (2015-2016).   

Ole Johannes' PhD research focused on the grounds on which the children of China’s internal migrant workers make existential choices regarding education and work. Based on ethnographic research with migrant youths in Shanghai, Anhui and Henan between 2010-2012 (and several subsequent trips to Shanghai in the years since), he has studied a range of questions regarding the Chinese welfare state, educational governance and pedagogies, civil society, processes of individualisation, youth culture, and aspirations.  

Still working for NLA University College, between 2018/2019 Ole Johannes concentrated on publishing works from his PhD project as a part-time visiting researcher in the anthropology department at the University of Bergen. In 2019, he became an affiliate researcher with the Urban Enclaving Futures research project. Funding from the University of Bergen's Seedmoney for China-related Research was granted for field research to be carried out in the autumn of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic regulations has so far rendered that impossible.

Ole Johannes has instead adapted by travelling to Taiwan and reorienting his research project for the Urban Enclaving Futures project there. Between November 2021 and February 2022 he was funded by a Taiwanese Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to improve his Mandarin at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan. Since March 2022 he has been funded by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as a 10-month Taiwan Fellow to do research on urban development and housing in Tainan city, and how this relates to the industries of the Southern Taiwan Science Park. As a Taiwan Fellow, Ole Johannes is affiliated with the Department of Taiwanese Literature, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, and with the International Center for Cultural Studies (ICCS) at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) in Hsinchu. 

Chaired seminar entitled “Klimaforskning med verdens største forurenser” (‘Climate research with the worlds largest polluter’) hosted by Bergen Global (Christian Michelsens institute and the University of Bergen), 29 April 2019. 

Chaired seminar entitled “Re-education. Surveillance, repression and forced assimilation of minorities in today’s China” hosted by Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and Bergen Resource Center for International Development, 12 November 2018. 

Ole Johannes is happy to receive requests to participate in or chair events for an academic or broader audience. 

Ole Johannes is currently away on fieldwork. 

KALAND, O. J. 2020. “We have many options, but they are all bad options!”: Aspirations among internal migrant youths in Shanghai, China. European Journal of Development Research, 33.

KALAND, O. J. 2020. The cultural production of the ‘quality citizen’: internalisation, appropriation and re-configuration of suzhi discourse among migrant youths in Shanghai, China. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 18, 303-316.

KALAND, O. J. 2016. ‘Awkward Encounters’: Authenticity and Artificiality in Rapport with Young Informants. In: ALLERTON, C. (ed.) Etnographic Encounters: Children. London, New York: Bloomsbury.

KALAND, O. J. 2013. Mette Halskov Hansen og Tune Svarverud (red.) iChina: The rise of the individual in modern Chinese society. Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift, 24, 140-142.

KALAND, O. J. 2012. Researcher or Teacher? Reflections on Negotiated Roles in the Field. Teaching Anthropology, Vol 2.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2020). “We have many options, but they are all bad options!”: Aspirations among internal migrant youths in Shanghai, China. European Journal of Development Research. 1-19.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The cultural production of the ‘quality citizen’: internalisation, appropriation and re-configuration of suzhi discourse among migrant youths in Shanghai, China. Globalisation, Societies and Education.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Researcher or Teacher? Reflections on Negotiated Roles in the Field. Teaching Anthropology (TA). 72-75.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2013). Mette Halskov Hansen og Tune Svarverud (red.) iChina: The rise of the individual in modern Chinese society. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2016). ‘Awkward Encounters’: Authenticity and Artificiality in Rapport with Young Informants. In: ALLERTON, C. (ed.) Etnographic Encounters: Children. London, New York: Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury Academic.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2020). NLA Høgskolens skjulte læreplan. Utdanningsnytt.no.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Bryter Dagen god presseskikk? Dagen.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Ole Johannes is currently affiliate researcher on the Urban Enclaving Futures project, and undertaking anthropological fieldwork in Taiwan.