Vigdis Broch-Due is Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology. She also holds a special Professoriate in International Poverty Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Prof. Broch-Due has held senior teaching and research positions at the universities of Washington, Oslo, Uppsala, Cambridge, and London, and at Rutgers University. Broch-Due also has a long ledger of aid and relief consultancies in East Africa and beyond. Amongst other assignments, she was involved in designing IFAD's future Focus on Rural Poverty, member of a select group of researchers appointed by the Commission for the European Union to assess their poverty alleviation policies, and has served on an Expert groups on global poverty at the UN, New York. Broch-Due is Deputy Leader of the National Council (Nasjonalt fagråd) of Development Studies, and External member on the board of the Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). At the University of Bergen, she serves as member on the University Library Board and the Centre of Women and Gender (SKOK). Broch-Due heads the Poverty Politics research group http://www.uib.no/fg/poverty and she is in charge of the MPHIL programme “the Anthropology of Development” at the Department of Social Anthropology.
Broch-Due’s research experience in Northern Kenya spans almost 3 decades. She has carried out several major studies among different Turkana communities (herders, cultivators, and fishers) and, more recently, in the pastoral borderlands where Turkana intersect with Samburu, Borana, Somali and Pokot. Broch-Due has been involved in several documentary film projects not only in Kenya but also in India and South America, involving extended visits to Native American communities including Kogi of Colombia, Huichol of Mexico, and Maya of Guatemala. Her books include Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: Gendered Symbols and Social Practices (1993), The Poor Are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa (1999), Producing Poverty and Nature in Africa (2000), and Violence and Belonging: The Quest for Identity in Post-Colonial Africa (2005).
She has published numerous articles on gender, embodiment and cosmology; cultural models of the relations between people, animals and nature; the unruly effects of colonialism, commodification, aid interventions and globalization on pastoralist livelihoods in East Africa; and global poverty in a historical and ethnographic perspective. Her current research focuses on the psycho-social effects of endemic violence, identity management, and inter-ethnic relations in East Africa. With colleagues in Bergen she is also developing a new research agenda in Kerala, India on cosmopolitism.
Courses in Social Anthropology
SANT201 / Teori- og faghistorie i sosialantropologi (BA)
SANT220 / Antropologi, intervensjon og utvikling (BA)
GDC08-08 / Global Reconfigurations of Poverty and the Public: Anthropological Perspectives and Ethnographic Challenges (PhD)
GLOB101 / Global utvikling (BA)
SAMPOL310 / The Global Poor: Discourses of Poverty and their Discontents (MA)
- 2009. Understanding Kenya's Postelection Violence. Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature. 53-68.
- 2000. Rich Man, Poor Man, Administrator, Beast: The Politics of Impoverishment in Turkana, Kenya, 1890-1990. Nomadic Peoples.
- 1996. The ‘Poor’ and the ‘Primitive’ - Discursive and Social Transformations. Poverty & prosperity : occasional papers.
- 1995. Poverty and Prosperity in Africa: Local and Global Perspectives". Poverty & prosperity : occasional papers.
- 1995. Poverty Paradoxes: The Economy of Engendered Needs. Poverty & prosperity : occasional papers.
- 1990. Those who Live by Lake and Land - Changing Relations between Fisherfolk, Herders and Cultivators. A Case Study from Turkana, Kenya.
- 2012. "Intimacy, Trust and the Social: Analytical Reflections", paper presented at the conference "The Entangled Tensions of Intimacy, Trust and the Social", Bergen, 18.05-20.05.12 and hosted by Vigdis Broch-Due and Margit Ystanes.
- 2012. "Cosmopolitanism: Critical Refelections", paper presented at the conference "The Meanings and Uses of Cosmopolitanism" organized by Kathinka Frøystad and Vigdis Broch-Due, 24.-26.06.2012, Bergen.
- 2011. "Animal In Mind: People, Cattle and Shared Nature on the African Savannah". Invited article for the website "On the Human" hosted and organized by the National Humanities Center.
- 2010. "Bodies, Pots, Landscapes. Choreographies of Birth and Death in Turkana, Northern Kenya". Paper presented at the conference "Affective Tendencies: Bodies, Pleasures, Sexualities" chaired by Elizabeth Grosz and Suzy Kiefer, 7-9 October 2010, Rutgers University.
- 2008. "The Play of Ethnicity and Poverty in Kenya's Post-election Violence".
- 2007. THE POLITICS OF LANDSCAPE AND BELONGING IN NORTHERN KENYA.
- 2007. Path-making versus Place-making: Conflicting Trajectories?A historical Case-study from Turkanaland.
- 2005. The Public Reconfigured:A historical overview.
- 2004. Narrating violence: the problem of voice.
- 2003. From Corpse to Foetus: Dilemmas of the fertile death. Case study from Turkana, Kenya.
- 2003. Forskning og undervisning i utviklingsfeltet: Utfordringer for å skape gode rammebetingelser for begge.
- 2003. Cattle and Coins: Problems of Commodification in Turkanaland, 1880s-1990s.
- 2006. Book review of ” Voices of the Poor in Africa (Isichei). The Journal of Modern African Studies.
- 2006. Book review of ” Rural Resources and Local Livelihoods in Africa (K. Homewood). The Journal of Modern African Studies.
- 2016. Violent Reverberations: Global Modalities of Trauma . Palgrave Macmillan.
- 2016. Trusting and its Tribulations: Interdisciplinary Engagements with Intimacy, Sociality and Trust. Berghahn Books.
- 2005. Violence and Belonging: The quest for Identity in Post-colonial Africa. Routledge.
- 2000. Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.
- 2000. A Proper Cultivation of Peoples: The Colonial Reconfiguration of Pastoral tribes and Places in Kenya. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.
- 1999. The Poor are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa. James Curry & Ohio University Press.
- 1999. Remembered Cattle, Forgotten People: The Morality of Exchange and the Exclusion of the Turkana Poor. James Curry & Ohio University Press.
- 1999. Poverty and the Pastoralist: Deconstructing Myths, Reconstruction Realities. James Curry & Ohio University Press.
- 1990. Producing Poverty and Nature: An Introduction. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.
- 1991. Gender: Symbols and Social Practices. Berg Publishers.
- 2005. First class as a goal. Socialization through food and language in an elite boarding school in Uganda.
- 2014. Multiplicities of Animal-Human. Relations among Bodi (Me'een), South-Western Ethiopia.
- 2014. "Work and Strengthening":Ontological dualism and the ethical treatment of mentally ill patients in Madagascar.
- 2012. Where Blessing and Curse Merge with Life and Death. Local Beliefs in Contemporary Lower Kuttanad.
- 2012. Through Children’s Lenses: An exploration of childhood amongst sedentary Turkana in Isiolo, Kenya.
- 2012. Realizing Identity amongst Irish Traveller Youth: The Construction of Difference and Resiliency.
- 2012. Captivated by Modernity: Aspects of Education and Work in Archer’s Post, Northern Kenya.
- 2010. The Children of Eve. Change and Socialization Among Sedentarized Turkana Children and Youth.
- 2009. Pastoralism in Transformation Conflict and Displacement in Northern Kenya.
- 2008. RITUAL CHANGE IN A TIME OF AIDS. A Study of Cultural Responses to HIV Among the Bamasaba of Uganda.
- 2008. Desperete Co-wives. The illegality of polygamy in the new Mozambican Family Law.
- 2007. Living Houses and Dead Monuments. Cultural Heritage and the Construction of Space and Place in Hampi, India.
- 2007. A Religious NGO with Microfinance Programmes in Embu and Mbeere Kenya An Anthropological Study.
- 2006. “For us this is Utopia coming true”Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and popular movements in a Caracas barrio.
- 2006. The Children of the Sea-Mother. Charity, development and the Economy of Poverty in a Fishing village i Kerala.
- 2006. Profundo en la Jungla. Kulturell praksis i en lokal drum n bass scene i Santiago, Chile.
- 2006. Medisinsk Masala.Om forholdet mellom en urbefolkningsgruppe i Sør-India og de ulike biomedisinske tilbudene de har til rådighet.
- 2006. Grenser mellom liv og død. Organdonasjon i Barcelona.
- 2006. Children in the Interface of the Tsunami and Ethnic Conflict: Interventional Consequensces of Outsider Interpretation.
- 2006. A Question of Trust. Managing Identity as a Tamil Refugee in Tamil Nadu, India.
- 2003. Towards a better understanding of poverty. University of Bergen, International Magazine. 20-22.
- 2017. Samburu Youth Navigating Violent Terrains. Reconfiguring Samburu Masculinity in Northern Kenya.
- 2015. Ways of Being: Ontological Insurrections by Little Selves in Keralam, India. A Study Focusing on Sexual Minority Women's Movements.
- 1991. The Bodies Within The Body: Journeys in Turkana Thought and Practice.
- 2011. "Humans, animals and our fragile earth".
- 2007. En oppskrift paa fattigdom.
- 2006. Trade Not Aid-lettere sagt en gjort?
- 2016. “Introduction: Introducing Ethnographies of Trusting”. 36 pages.
- 2016. Violent Reverberations: An Introduction to Our Trauma Scenarios. 21 pages.
- 2008. Marilyn Strathern. 11 pages.
- 2006. Costruire significati dalla materia: percezioni del seso, del genere e dei corpi tra i Turkana. 35 pages.
- 2005. Violence and Belonging: Analytical reflections. 41 pages.
- 2004. Creation and the Multiple Female Body: Turkana Perspectives on Gender and Cosmos. 25 pages.
- 2001. The Fertility of Houses and Herds. Producing Kinship and Gender among Turkana Pastoralists. 21 pages.
- 2000. The other side of "nature" : expanding tourism, changing landscapes, and problems of privacy in urban Zanzibar. 22 pages.
- 2000. Conservation in the Sahel: Policies and people in Mali (1900-1998). 15 pages.
- 1990. Taking The Body Apart: Gender as Symbolic and Social Transformer In Turkana Thought. (In press).
- 1990. Security Management and Systems of Redistribution: A Case Study From Turkana. (In press).
- 1990. Cattle are Companions, Goats are Gifts - Animals and People in Turkana Thought.
- 2005. The Porous Skin: Personhood, Death and Exchange in Turkanaland.
- 2005. THE CHOREOGRAPHY OF DYING Bodies, objects and landscapes of Turkana.
- 2005. POWER AND POSSESSION:Ecstatic Christianity, Gender and the Search for Commodities in Turkana Kenya.
- 2005. Landscapes as mediators of ideology, identity and feeling:Case studies in land reform, conservation and development.
- 2004. Poverty and Structural Violence.
- 2011. Forenklet fortelling om fattigdom. Hubro. Magasin for Universitetet i Bergen. 36-37.
1993 Broch-Due, V. Rudie, I. and Bleie, T (eds.) Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: Gendered Symbols and Social Practices. Oxford & Providence: Berg Press.
1999 Anderson, D. and Broch-Due, V. The Poor Are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa. Oxford & Athens: James Curry & Ohio University Press.
2000 Broch-Due, V. and Schroeder, R. Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa. Uppsala & Rutgers: The Nordic Africa Institute Press & Transaction Press
2005 Broch-Due, V. Violence and Belonging: The Quest for Identity in Post Colonial Africa. London & New York: Routledge
(ii) Forthcoming Books 2012-2014
Broch-Due, V (ed.) Place Versus Path: Reconfiguring Nomads to Fit the State.
Broch-Due, V. Dislocation and Destitution in Colonial and Post-Colonial Kenya. The Case of the Isiolo Turkana.
Broch-Due, V. The Social Burden of Beasts: The Progress and Regress of Commodification in Turkanaland.1890-1990s
Broch-Due, V. Bodyscape and Landscape: Pathways through Turkana Life-worlds.
(iii) Selected Articles in Journals and Anthologies
2009 Broch-Due, V; Coffman, J; Little, P; Ntarangwi, M; Prazak, M; & Shipton, P. “Insights into Kenya’s Post election Violence” in Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature. VOL 1 Biannual
2008 Broch-Due, V; “Marilyn Strathern”, in Kjønnsteori, Mortensen, E.; Egeland, C.; Gressgård, R.; Holst, C.; Jegerstedt, K.; Rosland, S.; Sampson, K. (eds)
2006 Broch-Due, V; Costruire significati dalla materia: percezioni del seso, del genere e dei corpi tra i Turkana, in Antropologia, Genere, Riproduzione: La construzione culturale della femminilita, Silvia Forni, Cecilia Pennacini, & Chiara Pussetti (eds.). Rome: Carocci editore.
2005 Broch-Due, V. “Violence and Belonging: Ananlytical Reflections” (Ibid)
2004 Broch-Due, V. "Creation and the Multiple Female Body: Turkana Perspectives on Gender and Cosmos". Chapter in Moore, H, Kaare & Sanders (eds.) Those Who Play with Fire: Gender, Fertility and Transformation in East and Southern Africa. London: Athlone Press
2000 Broch-Due, V. "The Fertility of Houses and Herds. Producing Kinship and Gender among Turkana Pastoralists" in Hodgson, D. (ed.) Rethinking Pastoralism: Gender, History and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. Oxford & Athens: James Curry and Ohio University Press
2000 Broch-Due, V."A Proper Cultivation of Peoples: The Colonial Reconfiguration of Pastoral tribes and Places in Kenya." In, Broch-Due, V. and Schroeder, R.Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa. Uppsala & Rutgers: The Nordic Africa Institute Press & Transaction Press
2000, Broch-Due, V. "Producing Poverty and Nature: An Introduction" (Ibid.)
1999 Broch-Due, V. and Sanders, T. "Rich Man, Poor Man, Administrator, Beast: The Politics of Impoverishment in Turkana, Kenya, 1890-1990". In Nomadic Peoples, Special edition: Social Change in Eastern Africa (Fratkin, E. and McCabe, T, eds.)
1999 Broch-Due, V. "Remembered Cattle, Forgotten People: The Morality of Exchange and the Exclusion of the Turkana Poor" in Anderson, D. & Broch-Due, V.The Poor are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa.Oxford & Athens: James Curry & Ohio University Press.
1999 Broch-Due, V. & Anderson, D. "Poverty and the Pastoralist: Deconstructing Myths, Reconstruction Realities" (Ibid.)
1996 Broch-Due, V.“The ‘Poor’ and the ‘Primitive’ - Discursive and Social Transformations” Occasional Paper Series, No 5, Poverty & Prosperity Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute
1995 Broch-Due, V. Feminisering av Fattigdom" Seminar Proceedings, UNESCO & CROP.
1995 Broch-Due, V. "Poverty and Prosperity in Africa: Local and Global Perspectives". Occasional Paper Series, No.1, Poverty & Prosperity. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute
1995 Broch-Due, V. "Domestication Reconsidered: Towards a New Dialogue between WID and Feminist Research" Occasional Paper Series, No.3, Poverty & Prosperity, Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute
1995 Broch-Due, V"Poverty Paradoxes: The Economy of Engendered Needs".Occasional Paper Series, No.4, Poverty & Prosperity,Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute
1993 Broch-Due, V. "Making Meaning Out of Matter: Perceptions of Sex, Gender and Bodies among the Turkana" in Broch-Due, V., Rudie, I., and Bleie, T. (eds.), Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: Gendered Symbols and Social Practices. Oxford & Providence: Berg Press
1993 Broch-Due, V. & Rudie, I."Carved Flesh - Cast Selves: An Introduction”. (Ibid).
1991 Broch-Due, V. “Cattle are Companions, Goats are Gifts: Animal and People in Turkana Thought” in Paulsen, G. (ed.) From Water to World Making: Arid Lands and African Accounts. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute Press.
1990 Broch-Due, V. “Livestock Speak Louder than Sweet Words: Changing Property and Gender Relations among the Turkana”. In, Baxter, P.T.W, and Hogg, R. (eds.) Property, Poverty and People: Changing Rights in Property and The Problems of Pastoral Development Manchester: Manchester University Press
1989 Broch-Due, V. “From Sameness to Difference in Women’s Lives. Some Suggestions for Improving the Relations between Women Oriented Aid and Feminist Research”. In Proceedings from Nordic Women’s Forum. Oslo.
1985 Broch-Due, V, “The Social Impact of the Turkana Fishery Project” in I. Bryceson (ed.) Fisheries Development. DUH, Norway.
1985 Ask, K. Bleie, T., and Broch-Due, V. "Forskning på Kvinner eller Kjønnsrelasjoner?". In, Nytt om Kinneforskning. Oslo
1981 Broch-Due, V., Garfield, E., and Langton, P. "Women and Pastoral Development: Some Research Priorities for the Social Sciences". In Galaty, J.,Aronson,D., & Salzman,P (eds.) The Future of Pastoral Peoples. Ottawa: International Development Research Center.
(iv) Thesis and Monographs
1990 Broch-Due, V. The Bodies within the Body: Journeys in Turkana Thought and Practice. Dr. Philos. Dissertation, University of Bergen, Norway.
1985 Broch-Due, V. From Herds to Fish and from Fish to Food Aid: the Impact of Development on the Fishing Population along the Western Shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. NORAD, Norway.
1983 Broch-Due, V. Women at the Backstage of Development: the Negative impact on Project Realization by Neglecting the Crucial Roles of Women as Producers and Providers. FAO, Rome, Italy.
1983 Broch-Due, V., and Storås, F.'The Fields of the Foe'. Factors Constraining Agricultural Outputs and Farmers' Capacity for Participation. A Socio-Anthropological Case Study Of Household Economy among the Inhabitants on Katilu Irrigation Scheme. NORAD, Norway
· Gender and Embodiment
· Symbolism, Ritual and Cosmology
· Material Culture and Sensorium
· Cultural Productions of the relations between People, Animals and Nature
· Colonialism, Commodification, Aid interventions and Globalization
· Violence, Trauma and Trust
· East African Pastoralism
· Postcolonial Theory
· The Anthropology of Art and Literature
· Global Poverty and its diverse Configurations
East Africa, Europe and South India
Research Grants and Projects
010110-300613 “The Effects of Impoverishment and Violence on Psychosocial Health Among Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya”
010111-300612: (with Kathinka Frøystad) Cosmopolitanism and its Paradoxes
010109-311212: (with Ellen Mortensen) Thought as Action: Gender, Democracy, Freedom
010104-311208: “Poverty Politics”.
010100-311202: “Cattle, Commodification and Unruly Change: The Reconfiguration of Livestock Trajectories and Social Identities in Turkanaland, 1880s-1990s.”
010196-311299: “Poverty, Conflict and Gender: The Politics of Reconstruction and Redistribution”
010694-311299: “Poverty and Prosperity in Africa: Local and Global Perspectives”