Advisory Board

Matthew Engelke

Matthew Engelke is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. He has conducted research on Christianity in Zimbabwe and in England. His book A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church (University of California Press, 2007) won the 2008 Clifford Geertz Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and the 2009 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. He is the editor of Prickly Paradigm Press and the editor designate of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Engelke has conducted extensive fieldwork on African Churches in Zimbabwe in the 1990s. More recently, he has been conducting research on Christianity in England, with particular attention to Christianity in the public sphere.
Dr Engelke also has an interest in human rights and has served as an expert witness in dozens of asylum appeals by Zimbabweans in the UK.

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Joel Robbins

Joel Robbins is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Much of his work has focused on the anthropology of Christianity and on other topics in the anthropology of religion. He is the author of Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society (University of California Press, 2004). Trained in symbolic, semiotic and structural anthropology, Robbins has carried out research focused on Christianity and cultural change among the Urapmin of Papua New Guinea. Building on this background, for the last several years Robbins has been conducting research on the social and cultural processes that have shaped the rapid globalization of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity. Alongside of and in dialogue with these two projects, he has also helped to lay the theoretical groundwork for the developing field of the anthropology of Christianity and has been working to advance our theoretical understanding of cultural change, and particularly of processes of radical cultural change that have rarely been adequately theorized within anthropology. Robbins is currently co-editor of the journal Anthropological Theory and editor of the University of California Press book series “The Anthropology of Christianity.”

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Bjørn Inge Bertelsen

Bjørn Bertelsen is a social anthropologist working at the University of Bergen. His research interests include the issues of violence, state, memory and tradition within political anthropology in Southern Africa and Mozambique. His current postdoctoral research project is entitled “Social imaginaries of death, suffering and accumulation. Urban spaces of insecurity and poverty in Mozambique and Zimbabwe”. Bertelsen has published an anthology together with Bruce Kapferer entitled “Crisis of the state. War and social upheavel” (Berghahn Books, 2009).

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Knut Rio

Knut Rio is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Bergen Museum, University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu in the western Pacific, and his research themes relate to ideas about social ontology, production, and ceremonial, and the relation between the monetary economy and sorcery in Vanuatu. His monograph, The Power of Perspective: Social Ontology and Agency in Ambrym island, Vanuatu, was published in 2007.

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Edvard Hviding

Edvard Hviding is Professor of Social Anthropology and head of department at the University of Bergen, Norway. Since 1986, Hviding has been engaged in long-term anthropological research in Solomon Islands, where he has carried out more than three years of fieldwork mainly in the Marovo Lagoon area of Western Province, from bases in the villages of Chea (on Marovo Island) and Tamaneke (in northern Marovo). Hviding’s enduring research interests cover a range of interrelated topics such as fishing, agroforestry and the customary tenure of sea and land; kinship and social organization; cultural history and languages of New Georgia; indigenous environmental knowledge and epistemology; leadership and customary law; and the local manifestations and consequences of globalization. Hviding leads the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group based at his university.

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Vigdis Broch-Due

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. Broch-Due is Deputy Leader of the National Council (Nasjonalt fagråd) of Development Studies, and 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 and she is in charge of the MPHIL programme “the Anthropology of Development” at the Department of Social Anthropology.

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