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Ole Johannes Kaland

Gjest, Affiliate researcher
  • E-mailOle.Kaland@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

Ole Johannes Kaland is a social anthropologist with a particular fascination for issues relating to sociocultural hierarchies, mobility, urban development, youth, migration, learning, education, and China. 

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, 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, 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.  

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. He is currently developing a research plan to study enclaving in the suburbs of Shanghai, and you may read more about this here. 

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. 

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2012. Researcher or Teacher? Reflections on Negotiated Roles in the Field. Teaching Anthropology. 72-75.
Book review
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2020. NLA Høgskolens skjulte læreplan. Utdanningsnytt.no.
  • 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.