Ole Johannes Kaland is a social anthropologist with a particular fascination for issues relating to sociocultural hierarchies, mobility, youth, learning and education, migration and China.
Ole Johannes 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, and as a temporary lecturer of Social Anthropology at Brunel University in London.
Ole Johannes’ research has thus far 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 and field trips to Anhui and Henan between 2010-2012, Ole Johannes has studied a range of questions regarding the Chinese welfare state, educational governance and pedagogies, civil society, processes of individualisation, youth culture, and aspirations.
In the academic year of 2018/2019 he has reduced his position at NLA University College in order to work half-time as a visiting researcher in the anthropology department at the University of Bergen. Here, he is excited to focus on publishing his phd thesis, and to develop a postdoctoral research project.
On 08 November, Ole Johannes will present a paper in the departmental seminar titled: 'Cultivating Quality with Chalk: Increasing Differences in the Chinese Educational System'.
Journal article under review, ‘Back to the Future: Educational Choices of Migrant Youths Across Spatial and Temporal Imaginaries' submitted for the journal ‘Anthropology and Education Quarterly’.
Book chapter, ‘Awkward Encounters’: Authenticity and Artificiality in Rapport with Young Informants’ in Allerton, Catherine (ed.) ‘Ethnographic Encounters: Children’. Bloomsbury. (2016).
Published book review, 'Halskov Mette Hansen og Tone Svarverud (ed.) iChina: The rise of the individual in modern Chinese society' in 'Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift'Vol 24, issue 2 (2013)
Published article, 'Researcher or Teacher? Reflections on Negotiated Roles in the Field 'published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Teaching Anthropology’ in Vol 2, No 2 (2012) Special Issue: Teaching in the Field, the University of Oxford.