Background and activities

Trond Berge holds a Magister art. (1989) and a PhD (1997) in social anthropology from the University of Oslo, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in South Africa, Romania, Norway and among British visitors to the battlefields of the First World War.

 

EDUCATION

"Uniped" (university teaching course): 2009.

Dr.polit./PhD: Disputation date: 15.12.1997.

  • Faculty of Social Science, Department and Museum of Anthropology (IMA) University in Oslo (UiO), Norway.

Magister Artium: 1989.

  • Faculty of Social Science, Department of Social Anthropology, UiO, NO.
  • Subsidary subjects:
    • Criminology
    • Mass Communication
  • Romerike folkehøgskole (people’s college) – The Theater Line (1977-78)

              

 CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS

 Associate Professor:

 Previous positions:

  • 2000-: Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO.  
  • 2002-2005: Head of Department, Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU.
  • 1998: Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute, NO.
  • 1994: UN Observer, during the elections in South Africa.
  • 1991-1997: Research Fellow at The Department and Museum of Anthropology (IMA), UiO, NO.
  • Autumn 1990:
    • Research Co-ordinator (engagement) at The Royal Ministry of Family and Consumer Affairs (FFD), NO.
    • Part-Time lecturer/amanuensis (in «Mass Communication») at The Regional College in Kristiansand (ADH), NO.
    • Lecturer/amanuensis at The Department of Anthropology, University of Tromsø (UiT), NO.
  • Spring 1990:
    • Research Fellow at The Institute of Regional and Urban Studies (NIBR), Oslo, NO.
    • Lecturer/amanuensis at The Department of Anthropology, UiT, NO.
    • Lecturer at The Nursery College, Oslo, NO.
  • 1989: Amanuensis at The Department of Anthropology, UiT, NO.

 

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Present:

  • Board member: Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU.
  • Board member: The Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture, NO (on behalf of NTNU since 2014).
  • Person with responsibility ("Emneansvarlig") for several courses. 
  • Member of the research group: Technology and Society ("Teknologiens antropologi") https://www.ntnu.no/web/sosant/teknologi, NTNU.
  • Member of the research group: Global Inequality https://www.ntnu.edu/sosant/global-inequality , NTNU.

Previous:

  • Head of Department.
  • Deputy in charge.
  • Head of Studies.
  • Deputy in charge, for education.
  • Programme Coordinator, both for the BA and MA programme.
  • Head of the research group (until the spring of 2021): Technology and Society ("Teknologiens antropologi"), NTNU.
  • Member of Head of Faculty Council (Dekanus rådet).
  • Member of the Education Committee at the SU Faculty, NTNU.
  • Vice-chairman of the National Council in Anthropology (Nasjonalt fagråd).
  • Board member: Norwegian Anthropological Association.
  • Board member: Holte Foundation (Holte stiftelsen).
  • Board member: «The Japan programme» NTNU.
  • Board member: Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU.
  • Member of the Programme Board for African studies, NTNU.
  • PhD: Member of several assessment committees.
  • MA: Member of several assessment committees.

 

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Project manager:

  • Pollution and formation of opinion (funded by IMA, UiO).
  • Pollution or unemployment? Responses to industry shutdown in the heavily polluted town of Copsa Mica, Romania (funded by The Research Council of Norway – NFR).
  • The social meaning of work: A study of employment for people with developmental disabilities (funded by NFR).
  • Forums (‘møteplasser’) for families with disabled children (funded by The Norwegian Ministry of Health).
  • Technology and Society. Research strategic project (funded by NTNU).
  • Bridges. Research strategic project (funded by NTNU).

 Co-initiator and partner research team leader / head of the Norwegian partner:

  • ClassroomLab. EEA Grants 2014-2021. “The Education, Scholarship, Aprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship Programme”. In partnership with Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara / West University (WUT), Romania. https://classroomlab.uvt.ro/ .

 Project partner:

  • Life history, living conditions and life plans: A study of life careers based on three generations of disabled (funded by NFR).
  • Innovative fishing communities (funded by NFR).
  • Project on racism in Norway (funded by The Norwegian Institute of Regional and Urban Studies - NIBR). Collecting basic data for the book: "Jeg er ikke rasist, men...": Hvordan får vi våre meninger om innvandrere og innvandring? (Brox 1991, Oslo: Gyldendal)  

 

MAIN FIELDWORKS

  • 1986 (2018): Fieldwork in South Africa.
  • 1990: Fieldwork on racism in Norway.
  • 1991-92-93-99, 2018-19: Fieldwork in Copsa Mica, Romania.
  • 2005-8-12: Fieldwork in Belgium and France. On Battlefield-tourism. 

Other fieldworks:

  • 1999: Bodø. - On the work situation for persons with developmental disabilities.
  • 1999: Bodø. - Participant in an in depth interview investigation concerning the life histories of 70 people with various impairments, representing three different generations or age groups. Basic data for the publication: “Loosening Bonds and Changing Identities: Growing Up with Impairments in Post War Norway” (Sandvin, J. 2003, Disability studies).

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

  • Courses at all levels: Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU / IMA, UiO / Department of Anthropology, UiT / ADH / Nursery College, Oslo.

              

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND RESEARCH FELLOWS

  • PhD: 4 - Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU.
  • Master: 19 - Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU / IMA, UiO.

 

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

  • Review assignments: Norsk antropologisk tidsskriftHuman Ecology.
  • Several PhD commitees.
  • Several expert committees.
  • One of the editors of the first volume of The Masterstudents Yearbook (Hovedfagstudentenes årbok).

 

 FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS AND PRIZES

  • 1986: Fellowship, The Research Council of Norway – NFR.
  • 1987: Fellowship, The Nordic Africa Institute – Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 1991-1997: Fellowship, Department and Museum of Anthropology, UiO, NO.
  • 2001: Grant from The Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Assiciation.
  • 2009: Paper awarded by The Norwegian Anthropological Association: Berge, Trond. (2008) Motsatt i ett. Trygg grunn i «verdens mest forurensete by». Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. vol. 19 (1).

 

MEMBERSHIPS OF ACADEMIES / SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • Norwegian Anthropological Association.

 

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

  • For three years, active member of IWGIA – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. During my civil service (siviltjeneste) at the Ethnographic Museum, UiO, 20% of my position was set aside for work for IWGIA. Main focuses: Aborigines in Australia and the situation in East Timor.

As co-initiator and partner research team leader /head of the Norwegian partner:

  • ClassroomLab. EEA Grants 2014-2021. “The Education, Scholarship, Aprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship Programme”. In partnership with Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, Romania. https://classroomlab.uvt.ro/ .

Participation in international proposals:

As project manager:

  • 2019-20: “Pioneer: Empowering Citizens and neighbourhoods by Co-Creating Extended Realities for Low Cost, Energy Efficient answers to Energy Power”. Horizon 2020 Call: H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 (Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: secure, clean and efficient energy).

As co-initiator and partner research team leader / head of the Norwegian partner:

  • 2018-19: “Home alone, Children, Elders and Communities Left behind by the Romanians Working Abroad”. Department of Sociology, Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, Romania. EEA Research Programme.
  • 2018: “Migration in Context. The Discourses of Social Risk and Uncertainty in Personal Life and Media Representation”. Department of International Relations/ Department of Applied Social Sciences, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj / Tîrgu Mureș, Romania. EEA Research Programme.
  • 2013: “Urban Vulnerabilities to Socio-Economic Changes”. Department of Geography, University of Craiova, Romania. EEA Research Programme.

 

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

Member of the organising committee:

  • GRUS (1988)
  • Annual Conference, Norwegian Anthropological Society – Nordland University College, NO (1999)
  • Annual Conference, Norwegian Anthropological Society – NTNU, NO (2005).

Initiator of scientific meetings:

  • Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, Romania (2017).
  • Transilvania University of Braşov, RO (2017).
  • Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, RO (2017).
  • Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj / Tîrgu Mureș, RO (2017).
  • Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, RO (2017).
  • University of București, RO (2017).

Moderator workshops:

  • ClassroomLab (2019), NTNU – WUT.
  • ClassroomLab (2020), NTNU – WUT.
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DISSEMINATION

Presentations of papers at anthropological conferences; a number of media contributions, of which about 40 deals with dark tourism, for instance: «The Beauty of the battlefield» (Gemini, international edition), «De jakter på skjønnheten i det grusomme, meningen i det meningsløse og det evige i det forgagne. De kalles ‘dødsturister’» (Aftenposten Historie), «Tett på døden» (Vårt land), «Oppsøker ondskap for å forstå» (Vårt land), «Mørke reisemål» (Dagsavisen), and so on. In addition, I have been interviewed several times on NRK radio. 

 

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS

  • To the extent that anything in my background qualifies as this: Member of the street theater/action group "Glad laks" (fairly well known at the time), as part of the protest movement against the daming of the Alta-Kautokeino river.
  •  As part of my involvement in this movement, I also was Member of the camp leadership in Detsika / Alta, the summer 1980.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 

Books:

  • Berge, Trond (2000): Forurensning eller arbeidsløshet: Reaksjoner på industriforurensning og industrinedleggelse i byen Copsa Mica, Romania. Oslo: Solum forlag A/S.
  • Berge, Trond (1991): Svart i HVITT: «Forkrampete» grenser mellom hvite og svarte i Sør-Afrika. Oslo Occasional Papers in Social Anthropology - no. 23. 

Textbook:

  • Berge, T. (coordinator/co-author), Dinca, M., Crasovan, M., Lustrea, A., Onitiu, A., Fyhn, H., Røyrvik, J., Thomassen, M., Ravn, M., Tvedt, G. 2020: ClassroomLab: Classroom Laboratory Reader. Craiova: SITECH Publishing House.

Bookchapters:

  • Berge, Trond. (2015) Døden, en opplevelse for livet: Åsted og minnested på Vestfronten. Nytt blikk: Fra åsted til minnested. ARKIVET Peace and Human Rights Center.
  • Berge, Trond. (2015) Sammenlikningens økologi: Forurensning og meningsdannelse i «den mest forurensete byen på hele planeten». Det skapende mennesket: Antropologiske dialoger om tegn, ting og tolkning.

Journal articles:

  • Dinca, Melinda; Lustrea, Anca; Atalia, Onitiu; Berge, Trond. (2021) The Effects of Disciplinary Composition on Virtual Learning Group Process Dynamics: Students' Perspectives. Sustainability 13(15).
  • Berge, Trond. (2012) The Worse the Better: On Safe Ground in «The Most Polluted Town on Earth». Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. vol. 21 (1).
  • Berge, Trond. (2008) Motsatt i ett. Trygg grunn i «verdens mest forurensete by». Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. vol. 19 (1).
  • Berge, Trond. (1998) Naturen «bortenfor universialisme og relativisme»: Kritiske bemerkninger om naturens plass i nyere økologisk antropologi. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. vol 9, (4).
  • Berge, Trond. (1992) Livet er et annet sted: Om samspillet mellom fortid, nåtid og framtid, Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift, vol. 3 (3)

Others:

  • Berge, Trond. (2001) «Det er ikke bare, bare å bli konfrontert med virkeligheten»: Utfordringer knyttet til metode og tekstutforming. ISBN 82-7446-014-6. Working Papers in Social Anthropology.
  • Berge, Trond. (2000) Innovasjonsrelevant kultur- og næringshistorie: et framtidsrettet perspektiv på fortiden til Båtsfjord, Vardø, Mehamn, Hasvik og Myre. NF-arbeidsnotat.
  • Berge, Trond; Bliksvær, Trond. (2000) «Møteplasser» for familier med funksjonshemmede barn. Nordlandsforskning rapport.
  • Berge, Trond; Lichtwarck, Willy; Sandvin, Johans T. (1999) Arbeidets sosiale betydningSider ved arbeidet for personer med utviklingshemming. Nordlandsforskning (1999-1005).
  • Berge, Trond. (1997): Naturens plass i antropologisk teori: Metodiske problemer og empiriske spørsmål? (Trial Lecture dr.polit., UiO). 
  • Berge, Trond. (1997): Relativitetens relativitet: Naturvitenskapens “transkontekstuelle sannheter” er relative, det er også relativiseringen av disse “sannhetene” (Trial Lecture dr.polit., UiO). 
  • Berge, Trond. (1997) Tiden lager alle sår: reaksjoner på industriforurensningen i byen Copsa Mica, Romania. PhD thesis, UiO.
  • Berge, Trond. (1995): To skritt fram og ett tilbake, ett skritt fram og to tilbake: Teoretiske perspektiver på samspill mellom forurensning og meningsdannelse (essay in Philosophy of Science, dr.polit, UiO).
  • Berge, Trond. (1992) Uten grenser: Meningsdannelse og forurensning i Copsa Mica, Romania (compulsory presentation, The Research Educational Seminar, UiO).
  • Berge, Trond. (1992) Væren og intet (compulsory presentation, The Research Educational Seminar, UiO). 
  • Berge, Trond. (1989) Muligheter og begrensninger ved et semiotisk perspektiv i studiet av kultur (Trial Lecture mag.art.), UiO.
  • Berge, Trond. (1989) Svart i hvitt: Hvordan hvite nasjonalister i Sør-Afrika påviser "grenser" mellom hvite og svarte. Mag.art. thesis, UiO.

 

 

 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Books

  • Berge, Trond; Melinda, Dinca; Crasovan, Mariana; Lustrea, Anca; Onitiu, Atalia; Fyhn, Håkon; Thomassen, Hans Martin; Ravn, Malin Noem; Tvedt, Geir; Røyrvik, Jens Olgard Dalseth. (2020) ClassroomLab: Classroom Laboratory Reader. 2020. ISBN 978-606-11-7452-2.
  • Berge, Trond. (2000) Forurensning eller arbeidsløshet: reaksjoner på industriforurensning og industrinedleggelse i byen Copsa Mica, Romania. 2000. ISBN 82-560-1245-5.

Part of book/report

  • Berge, Trond. (2015) Døden, en opplevelse for livet: Åsted og minnested på Vestfronten. Nytt blikk: Fra åsted til minnested. Årsskrift fra stiftelsen arkivet 2015.
  • Berge, Trond. (2015) Sammenlikningens økologi: Forurensning og meningsdannelse i "den mest forurensete byen på hele planeten". Det skapende mennesket : Antropologiske dialoger om tegn, ting og tolkning.

Report/dissertation

  • Berge, Trond. (2001) "Det er ikke bare, bare å bli konfrontert med virkeligheten: Utfordringer knyttet til metode og tekstutforming.". 2001. ISBN 82-7446-014-6. Working Papers in Social Anthropology.
  • Berge, Trond. (2000) Innovasjonsrelevant kultur- og næringshistorie: et framtidsrettet perspektiv på fortiden til Båtsfjord, Vardø, Mehamn, Hasvik og Myre. 2000. NF-arbeidsnotat.
  • Berge, Trond; Bliksvær, Trond. (2000) "Møteplasser" for familier med funksjonshemmede barn. 2000. ISBN 82-7321-410-9. Nordlandsforskning rapport.
  • Lichtwarck, Willy; Sandvin, Johans T.; Berge, Trond. (1999) Arbeidets sosiale betydning. 1999. Nordlandsforskning, arbeidsnotat (1999-1005).
  • Berge, Trond. (1997) Tiden lager alle sår: reaksjoner på industriforurensningen i byen Copsa Mica, Romania. 1997.
  • Berge, Trond. (1989) Svart i hvitt: Hvordan hvite nasjonalister i Sør-Afrika påviser "grenser" mellom hvite og svarte. 1989.