Visiting speakers

In colloboration with the Department of Anthropology, Arctic Domus sponsored several seminars by distinguished speakers or by members of the project on research themes related to the project. The talks were held on Thursdays in room F61 Edward Wright Building from 15.00-17.00 unless otherwise noted.

5th February 2015 - Marianne Lien



Marianne Lien is a professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. She visited the Department of Anthropology between 2-6 February. 

Marianne gave a formal talk Escapee, homeless and those that wander off: Salmon as rubble in Norwegian rivers on the 5th of February.


In Norway, human and salmon have guided each others’ lives in a fluid evolutionary tapestry that predates historical records. More recently, industrial development, hydroelectric power, and salmon farming have added new layers to this tapestry, and we see some salmon flourish while others are under threat.  My paper traces salmon stories from the shores of the Vosso river, where the original Vosso salmon are returning in great numbers, as a result of recent cultivation efforts.  Salmon returns provide not only prey for anxious anglers, but data too, and as such they help to ‘domesticate’ a river, making it legible for biologists in charge.  In my paper I search for the cracks and the openings where the data become less certain, more indeterminate, and don’t add up.  Tracing the movements of salmon that ‘wander off’,  I try to tell a story of the river that remains sensitive to the generative capacity of underwater lives. 

The seminar took place on 5th February (Thursday), F61.