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The Anthropology Conference 2023: Upheavals

We live in upheavals– ongoing and expected, planned and unforeseen. In Norway and around the world, people's lives are affected by landscape changes and climate change, war and conflict, artificial intelligence and new technology, energy transition and economic collapse. These are life upheavals,  social upheavals, changes in surroundings and in the basis of lifestyle, and often several upheavals occur in complex interactions. Many also live in expectation, hope or fear, with uncertainty as a framework for imagining life and the future. In this year's conference, we want to explore anthropology's many contributions to understanding a contemporary era characterized by upheaval.

Upheavals are all about time. They can beabrupt and they can be slow. Upheavals can happen quickly, but they can also be the culmination of long gradual processes. They may look like events, but at the same time can trigger cascades with ripple effects that extend over a long period of time. Many live with the consequences and aftermath of past upheavals, for example from catastrophic cataclysms such as colonialism. And many live in the long shadow of the future, where living conditions and ways of life can feel like they are on the brink of something new and unknown. In upheavals, the new and the persistent are brought to the fore. They can allow us to direct our focus towards contemporary convoluted temporalities. 


Upheavals are aboutconnections and breaks. They rarely happen separately and in isolation, but rather as unpredictable effects that entangle themselves through systems and networks. Upheavals can break connections – between people, between people and place and between people and other species – and they can be impulses for new links and new social formations. In the ambiguous space of upheavals, both can occurcommunity and division. Here differences can come to light, but here people can also come together in difficult situations, create new alliances and new ways of sharing benefits and burdens. As shared historical moments, upheavals extend from the global to the bodily. Upheavals are at the same time close and personal and collective and shared. 


We invite anthropologists from all sectors, including students, to submit contributions inspired by questions that arise around upheaval and what characterizes a world in upheaval. We accept proposals both for openworking groups and working groups that already have participants.


November 29

18:30 - 22:00: Anthropology, technology and art. The event will be held at Litteraturhuset in Trondheim (Address: Sellanraa Bok og Bar, Kongens gt 2)

30 November
08:00 - 09:00: Registration
09:00 - 09:15: Welcome and opening of the conference

09:15 - 10:45: Working groups, session
10:45 - 11:00: Break
11:00 - 12:00: Tian Sørhaug's honorary lecture
12:00 - 13:00: Lunch
13:00 - 14:30: Working groups, session
14:30 - 14:40: Break

14:40 - 16:10: Working groups, session

16:10 - 16:15: Break
16:15 - 17:30: The subject history/archive project
17:30 - 18:00: Jan Brøgger's research and clipping archive

18:00 - 19:00: Book sale, mingling
19:00: Dinner

December 1st

09:00 - 10:30: Annual meeting

10:45 - 11:45: Working groups, session + film 

11:45 - 12:00: Break

12:00 - 13:00: Working groups, session + book discussion

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:50: Upheavals and room for action in research ethics 

15:50 - 16:00: Closing

Important dates and registration

31st of October

Ordinary payment deadline for all participants (with and without posts)

1.-24. November

Last small payment deadline (additional fee + NOK 600)

November 29

Academic and social free event at Litteraturhuset

30 November - 1 December

Conference days

Registration is now open, the deadline for registration is 24 November.

Practical information

The conference is held at Scandic Nidelven, Trondheim

Accommodation: If you are employed in the university sector, we recommend that you call to book accommodation, as the discounts for employees in the university sector are better than the prices we have been able to negotiate with the hotels. For those who are not employed in the HE sector; place an order via one of the links below. The hotels we have established a separate agreement with areScandic Nidelven andThon Nidaros, Trondheim. 

Scandic Nidelven, telephone 73 56 80 00:
Or order via this link

Thon Nidaros, telephone 73 87 01 30:
Or order via this link. The discount code works until 14 October. 

Other hotels near the conference are: Scandic SolsidenRoyal GardenScandic BakklandetClarion Hotel Grand OlavBest Western Bakery.

Feel free to contact us by e-mail: if you have any questions.

Wednesday 29 November, the evening before the first day of the conference, it will be possible to participate in a combined professional and social event. You may want to think about this when you book travel and accommodation. We will provide more information as soon as the conference program is in place.

About the Anthropology conferences

The conference is a unique opportunity for established anthropologists as well as for master's students to present papers. The conference is therefore a brilliant opportunity to present your own research projects and to discuss academic and professional political issues! The NAF conference always has an overarching theme, and different working groups shed light on different aspects within the overarching theme. Each conference opens with an honorary lecture by a renowned anthropologist. The program then alternates between plenary lectures, working groups and debate. NAF's annual meeting is also held during the conference, where all members of the association are welcome to participate with their vote. You can find more information about previous annual meetings and the annual meeting minuteshere

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