Background and activities

I am a social anthropologist and conduct research in, among other things:

  • Presence: What does it mean to be present? What does it mean to be present over distance?
  • Robotization and digitization: What does it mean to be human in the age of technology? Is there anything about us humans that cannot be replaced by machines?
  • Control room and presence: Ever and more of society is controlled from control rooms, and the control room’s peculiar ontological relationship between what controls and what is controlled seems to spread among us.
  • Collaborative processes and dialogue in working life and organizations: what does it take for us to be able to talk to each other?
  • Crafts as an entrance to understanding man
  • Climate, environment and cultural change
  • Meeting points between art and research

Short biography

I defended my PhD in 2011 with the dissertation "Meeting with presence: Between form and emptiness in product development, aikido and anthropological understanding". I have previously worked with product development, development of online meeting technology, performance and studies of religious experiences. I have researched transformations related to climate measures, with special emphasis on the role of craftsmanship. I am currently concerned with forms of cooperation and culture in organizations, especially in the construction industry and industrial plants, as well as control room operators in space, with emphasis on the operator’s craftsmanship. In y latest project is Autowork, we study robotics, digitization and automation in various work life sectors. Put to the point, it's about understanding the people who work side by side with the robots that one day will take over their jobs.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Fyhn, Håkon. (2010) Sniff the rat visits Trondheim; neurons showing the way. Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. 2010.


  • Fyhn, Håkon; Aspen, Harald; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2018) Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty. Lexington Books. 2018. ISBN 978-1-4985-8407-4.
  • Fyhn, Håkon; Rønning, Barbro. (2016) Høyblokka Post-Mortem: Teater som ritual. Novus Forlag. 2016. ISBN 978-82-7099-864-7.
  • Fyhn, Håkon. (2009) Kreativ tverrfaglighet: Teori og praksis. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2009. ISBN 978-82-519-2433-7.

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