Course Schedule Hand-Out

Thursday 18 October
Day 2, 9.15 – 18.00

Location (click to access map):
Room number 7501, level 5
Department of Geography
Dragvoll Campus


9.15 – 10.45 Session 4

Lecture with Q & A discussion

  • Presenter – Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov
  • Title – Ethnographic Conceptualism



Ssorin-Chaikov, Nikolai. “Ethnographic Conceptualism: An Introduction.” Laboratorium5, no. 2 (2013): 4–18.

Foster, H. 1995. The Artist as Ethnographer? In G. Marcus and F. Myers (eds) The Traffic in Culture: Refiguring Art and Anthropology. Berkeley: UC Press. Pp. 203-309.

Rabinow, P. 2011. The Accompaniment: Assembling the Contemporary. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Schneider, A. and C. Wright. 2010. Between Art and Anthropology: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice. Oxford: BergSangren.

Banksy/Exhibition Moscow, ZDKH. 1918.
Phillip’s Ross Videogrid at Decode: Digital Design Sensationsat the V&A, London. 2009.
Arnatt, Keith. 1972. I’m a real artist
Secher, Julia. 1988. Security by Julia


10.45 – 11.00 coffee break



11.00 – 12.10 Session 5

Lecture with Q & A discussion

  • Presenter – Vidar Hepsø
  • Title – Betwixt and Between, Doing Organisational Anthropology as Insider


Almklov, Petter G. and Vidar Hepsø. 2011. Between and Beyond Data: How Analogue Field Experience Informs the Interpretation of Remote Data Sources in Petroleum Reservoir Geology. Social Studies of Science 41(4) 539–561.

Hepsø, V. 2012. Doing Corporate Ethnography as an Insider (employee), in Brigitte Jordan (ed.) Advancing Ethnography in Corporate Environments. Left Coast Press. Pp.151-162.

Hepsø, V. 2014. Mediating Business Process Models with an Anthropological Voice: “Double-level Language” in the Norwegian Oil Industry, in Rita Denny and Patricia Sunderland (eds.) Handbook of Anthropology in Business. Left Coast Press.

Rose, D. 1990. Living the Ethnographic Life. Newbury Park: Sage.​




Lunch 12.10 – 13.30

(12:15 – 13:15 Lunchbag discussion with Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov on his role as incoming editor-in-chief of EASA Journal of Social Anthropology – Department of Social Anthropology Lunch Room)



13.30 – 15.00 Session 6

Lecture with Q & A discussion

  • Presenter – Stefan Leins
  • Title – How to Find Truth in Information: Ways of Knowing among Financial Market Experts 


Knorr Cetina, K. 2010: The Epistemics of Information: A Consumption Model. Journal of Consumer Culture 10 (2): 171-201.

Bear, L. 2015: Capitalist divination: popularist-speculators and technologies of imagination on the Hooghly River. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 35 (3): 408-423.

Caduff, C. 2014.Pandemic Prophecy, or How to Have Faith in Reason. Current Anthropology 55 (3): 296-315.

Hayek, F. 1945: The Use of Knowledge in Society. The American Economic Review 35 (4): 519-530.

Leins, S. 2018. Stories of Capitalism: Inside the Role of Financial Analysts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.



15.00 – 16.30 Session 7

Student presentation and feedback from M. LaFlamme, N. Ssorin-Chaikov, A. Mason

  • Each student is provided a total of 20 minutes for presentation, commentary and discussion. Presentation sequence:
    • Student presentation (5 – 7 minutes each)
    • Designated commentator by Marcel, Nikolai, or Arthur (5 minute response)
    • Open discussion for 7 minutes

Please present main argument(s) and identify epistemological grounds on which reasoned argument takes place. This includes methods employed (genealogical, ethnographic, discursive), temporality and specific contact points emphasized (how do you aestheticize (polemicize) the truth value in your statements).

Student papers:

Aina Backman
Project title: Affects of Litigation: Exploring the Work of Affect in Immigration Policy Implementation
NTNU, Department of social anthropology
Status: PhD pre-fieldwork
Keywords: Immigration law, Affective atmospheres, Deportations

Discussant: Marcel LaFlamme

Mulugeta Awayehu
Project title: Developing Teachers’ Environmental Education Practices through Participatory Action Research: An Ethnographic Study in Ethiopia
Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia), College of Education and Behavioural Sciences
Status: 1st year PhD
Key words: Participatory action research, Ethnography and School practice, Environmental Education

Discussant: Arthur Mason


Karolina Lesniak
Project title: The Entrepreneurial Process of Technology-Based Student Companies in the Context of Engineering Students
NTNU,Faculty of Economics, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management
Status: 2nd year PhD
Keywords: Student entrepreneurship, technology commercialisation, entrepreneurial process

Discussant: Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov


Therese Boje Mortensen
Project title: NGOs as Duty Bearers of Child Rights: A Study of ChildLine India
Lund University, Faculty of Humanities
Status: 1st year PhD
Keywords: Human rights, child rights, NGOs, the Indian state

Discussant: Marcel LaFlamme



16.30 – 17.00 coffee break



17.00 – 18.00 Session 8

Lecture with Q & A discussion

  • Presenter – Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov
  • Title – Hybrid Peace: Ethnographies of War



Hoffman D. 2003. Frontline anthropology: research in a time of war. Anthropol. Today 19(3):9–12.

Talal Asad. 2007. On Suicide Bombing. New York: Columbia U Press.

Coulter C. 2015. Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: Women’s Lives through War and Peace in Sierra Leone. Ithaca, NY: Cornell U Press.

Fawaz M, Bou Akar H. 2012. Practicing (in)security in the City. City Soc. 24(2):105–9.

Goldstein DM. 2010. Toward a critical anthropology of security. Curr. Anthropol. 51(4):487-517.

Lutz CA. 2009. Anthropology in an era of permanent war. Anthropologica 51(2):367–79.

Ochs J. 2011. Security and Suspicion: An Ethnography of Everyday Life in Israel. U Pa. Press

Ssorin-Chaikov, N. “Hybrid Peace: Ethnographies of War.” Annual Reviews in Anthropology 47.

Waterston A, ed. 2008. An Anthropology of War: Views From the Frontline. Berghahn Books