Background and activities

My research addresses:

  • The anthropology of law and human rights
  • The anthropology of uncertainty and contingency (risk)
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Medical anthropology and Health system research
  • Modernisation and globalisation
  • Global Mental health 
  • Religion

Research project: 

Uncertainties of Contemporary Lives in Neoliberal Tanzania: The Interfaces of Local and Global Forces:

1) Gender Equality before the Law: The interfacces between transnational legal rights and local law/ indeas of justice, and

2) The ethnography of mental health.

Research Group: Global inequality

Leiar av NFR forskningsprosjekt (2013- 2016): Global Soical Inequality: The anthropology of Uncertainty, Contingency and Future Orientation

Some recent publications:

2020: "Bodily Grief Work meets Christian Interioriy. The Meru Case". Death Studies.

2019: Negotiating Gender Justice in Tanzania, in Ethnos.

2018: Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader — 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell 2018 ISBN 978-1119151746. ‘We Are Tired of Mourning!’ The Economy of Death and Bereavement in a Time of AIDS (s. 250-262).

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database


  • Haram, Liv. (2018) Localizing Ontologies of Uncertainty in Neoliberal Tanzania. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
  • Haram, Liv. (2018) ‘We Are Tired of Mourning!’ The Economy of Death and Bereavement in a Time of AIDS. Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader — 2nd Edition.


  • Aspen, Harald; Haram, Liv; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2017) The Hot Lava Edge of Cultural Flows: Global Social Inequality and the Anthropology of Uncertainty, Contingency and Future Orientation. SU-konferansen . Fakultet for samfunns- og utdanningsvitenskap; Trondheim. 2017-03-16.
  • Bjelland, Anne Karen; Haram, Liv; Remme, Jon Henrik Ziegler. (2017) NAT prisen 2016. Årskonferanse i Norsk antropologisk forening 2017 . Norsk antropologisk forening; Lillehammer. 2017-05-05 - 2017-05-07.
  • Haram, Liv. (2017) The politics of emotions: Women's grief work betwixt and between the local and the christian legacy. Towards an Anthropology of Grief; LAMC-ULB (Belgium) . LAbarotoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains; Universite Librere Belgic, Brussels. 2017-03-08 - 2017-03-09.


  • Aspen, Harald; Berge, Trond; Fyhn, Håkon; Haram, Liv; Larsen, Tord; Mele, Lisa Yvonne M.. (2016) Panel: Det skapende mennesket - hvordan er vi?. Antropologidagene 2016 . Linjeforeningen Communitas; Trondheim. 2016-03-03.
  • Haram, Liv. (2016) Commitment-uncertainties in transient conjugal unions and the critical exchange of children. Third ISP Project workshop: The hot lava edge of cultural flows . Departmetn of Social anthropology, NTNU; Trondheim. 2016-04-22 - 2016-04-23.


  • Haram, Liv. (2015) "The troubled matter of gendered violence in Tanzania - Anthropological perspectives". Global Health seminar . Medisinsk teknisk forskningssenter NTNU; Trondheim. 2015-11-26 - 2015-11-26.
  • Haram, Liv. (2015) "Vi må vende tilbake til oss sjølve elles misser vi navlestrengen vår". Når den postkoloniserte snakker tilbake med eiga stemme. Det skapende mennesket : Antropologiske dialoger om tegn, ting og tolkning.



  • Haram, Liv; Yamba, Christian Bawa. (2009) Dealing with Uncertainty in Contemporary African Lives. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. 2009. ISBN 978-91-7106-649-7.