Vi gratulerer Sif Emilie Lauritsen med tildelingen av Signe Howells feltarbeidsstipend 2021

Sif har blitt tildelt kr 20,000.00 i feltarbedisstipend som vil bidra til gjennomføringen av hennes feltarbeid i Cuba!



Vi hadde i år flere engelsk-talende søkere, og komiteen som i år besto av Kenneth Bo Nielsen (UiO) og Trude Lerfald (NAV) har skrevet begrunnelse på engelsk.


Signe Howell’s feltarbeidsstipend for 2021 is awarded to Sif Emilie Lauritsen

from The Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, for her

MA-thesis project on organic small-scale farming in Cuba.


Cuba’s small-scale farming sector has grown rapidly since the beginning of the

1990s with sustained state support. Against this background, Lauritsen’s thesis

project seeks to investigate the everyday life of organic small-scale farming in

Cuba, as well as the kind of relations between people, state and landscape that

are being ‘cultivated’ through such new farming practices.


The project proceeds from an intimate understanding of the broader literature on

Cuba’s small-scale organic farming sector, including from disciplines such as

food and resource economics, agro-ecology, environmental science and

agronomy. Within this broad and diverse literature, Lauritsen convincingly

carves out a distinct methodological and analytical space for anthropology.

Anthropology, Lauritsen argues, can offer valuable insights into everyday

agricultural practices and their local meanings, as well as how state, people,

economy, and community come together in and through small-scale farming. In

addition to thus potentially offering a valuable contribution to the anthropology

of agrarian change in the global south, the thesis project also displays a keen

awareness of Cuba’s peculiar in-between position as an ethnographic region,

and of the country’s longer agrarian history.


The project is both theoretically and methodologically sophisticated. It is firmly

grounded in the classical anthropological tradition of long-term fieldwork

centred on participant observation and an active engagement with the everyday

and seasonal farm-life of the community under study.