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Tomas Salem

PhD Candidate
  • E-mailTomas.Salem@uib.no
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    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

I hold a Master degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, and a Master degree in Samfunnssikkerhet (Societal Safety/Security) from the University of Tromsø. I have previously worked in the field of urban security, and have studied the process of reforming the military police in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

My PhD-project focuses on the affective and aspirational dimensions of mountaineering in western Norway, and examines how people try to create happinness and well-being for themselves through regular immersions in the mountains.

Among my main areas of interests are masculinity and gender studies, political anthropology, state formation, affect theory and human-nature relations.

2018 "I am not a cop": Doing fieldwork with the police in Rio's favelas. Presentation in panel Ethnography and Conflict in Latin America, NOLAN Conference. Oslo Metropolitan University, 25th October.

2018 Gender, Race and Urban (in)Securities. Co-organizer of international workshop with Margit Ystanes. University of Bergen, 16th-17th October.

2018 The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil. Moderator in conversation with Erika Robb Larkins. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, 16th October. 

2018 Warfare, mountaineering and the gendered dynamics of danger. Presentation in panel “Ethnography in/of Danger”. Bergen Anthropology Day 2018. Bergen.

2018 Kjønnsperspektiv i forskningen. Presentation at the Department of Geography, UoB, 8th mars.

2018 How to integrate gender perspectives in research towards the SDGs. Presentation at workshop on Critical approaches to gender, sustainability and futurity, at the SDG 2018 Conference in Bergen, 9th February.

2018 Scale and police reform in Rio de Janeiro. Paper presented at workshop Gendered and Racialized Urban Transformations in Security Politics. Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, Bergen, 24th January.

2018 Emergent police states and necropolitics in the Olympic city. Paper presented at workshop The Olympic City: Politics, Processes, Transformations. University of Bergen, 23rd January.

2018 The Olympic City: Politics, Processes, Transformations. Co-organizer of international workshop with Margit Ystanes. University of Bergen, 23rd January.

2018 From Armed Peace to Urban War: The Failure of Rio’s Pacification Project. Breakfast forum at Bergen Resource Centre in collaboration with Margit Ystanes and Sebastian Saborio. Bergen, 23rd January.

2018 SKOK-debatten 2018: #MeTooAkademia. Co-moderator with Mari Korsbrekke at public debate on sexual harassment in academia. Litteraturhuset i Bergen 18th January.

2017 Night Snack with SAIH: Olympic Evictions in Rio de Janeiro. Q&A with Margit Ystanes at public screening of Dirty Games: Olympic Evictions in Rio by Janeiro José Alejandro Huidobro Goya and Margit Ystanes. Kvarteret, Bergen 15. november.

2017 Dirty Games: Olympic Evictions in Rio de Janeiro. Panel participant in debate with Margit Ystanes, José Alejandro Huidobro Goya, and Christopher Gaffney. Saná Café, Bergen 7th September.

Fall 2018: Guest lecturer in SANT150: Academic writing, methods and theory: Anthropological approaches at the Department of Social Anthropology, UoB.

Fall 2017: Seminar-leader and guest lecturer in KVIK 102: Equality and diversity at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research, UoB.

Journal articles and online contents:

2017 Diplomats or Warriors? The Failure of Rio's Pacification Project. NACLA Report on the Americas, 49(3), 298-302.

2017 The guerrilleros of the State: Pacification, Violence, Policing, and Predatory forms of Accumulation. Report, "Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons", Univerisity of Bergen.

2016 Avsetjinga bør fordømmast. Kronikk, Klassekampen, 3. September 2016.

2015 Seven months of war in the favelas. Report, CMI Fieldnotes, Chr. Michelsens Institutt, Bergen.

2015 Policing the favelas: Reform, Rank, and Resistance. Report, CMI Fieldnotes, Chr. Michelsens Institutt, Bergen.

Dissertations:

2016 Security and Policing in Rio de Janeiro: An ethnography of the Pacifying Police Units. M.A. thesis, Department of engeneering and security, University of Tromsø.

2016 Taming the War Machine: Police, Pacification, and Power in Rio de Janeiro. M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Bergen.

Men and the Mountain: Finding Happiness in Nature (2018-2022)

PhD-project at the Department of Anthropology, University of Bergen

My PhD-project focuses on the affective and aspirational dimensions of mountaineering in western Norway, and examines how people try to create happinness and well-being for themselves through regular immersions in the mountains. I am particularly concerned with the gendered dynamics of these activities, in their importance in the symbolic construction of norwegian national identity, and in their relation to changing understandings of happiness and the good life at a moment in time characterized by dysopian imaginaries of a future of ecological and social collapse.

Gender, Race and Urban (in)Securities in Rio de Janeiro (2018-2019)

Co-cordinator w/Margit Ystanes

This research project explores the gendered and racialized dimensions of urban (in)security in Rio de Janeiro, and their relations to the growth of right-wing authoritarianism in Brazil. The empirical scope of the contributions centers on the processes leading up to the organization of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio.