Academic Hiring Rituals Podcast by APLA: Hiring in Norway

Presented by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Our third podcast episode explores how Norwegian anthropology departments hire.  Every country has its own traditions of hiring.  There are country specific expectations of what genres belong in a job application, and what information matters the most.  Different countries’ research funding infrastructure can also strongly shape how applicants are evaluated.  In this podcast, we ask academics with considerable experience on hiring committees for an ethnographic account of how the UK hiring ritual unfolds  We address questions such as: How are job ads written? How are long lists decided?  What and how can an applicant negotiate? The full episode transcript is also available:

Norway Hiring Podcast Chapters

You may listen to the full podcast above or on the Apple podcast services. If you only want to listen to specific chapters, you can do so below.

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: The Job Ad

Chapter Three: The Application

Chapter Four: Determining the Long List

Chapter Five: Compiling the Short List

Chapter Six: Job Talk and Interview

Chapter Seven: The Decision

Chapter Eight: Negotiating the Job Offer

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Kerry Ryan Chance is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, and a Non-Resident W.E.B Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her book, Living Politics in South Africa’s Urban Shacklands is published by University of Chicago Press. Kerry’s research examines the politics of urban ecology, particularly in South Africa and the United States. She focuses on different material elements—fire, water, air, and land—to analyze the historical practices and interactions that construct the intersections of gender, race, and class in everyday life. Living Politics in South Africa’s Urban Shacklands, centers on how the urban poor in South Africa, living on the margins without formalized work or basic infrastructure, come to inhabit political roles that transform environmental and economic relationships in the context of liberalism. Her current project, “Habitable Air: Gender, Race, and Poverty in the Time of Climate Change,” investigates how “cancer alley” communities in South Africa and the United States, living in the shadows of a multi-national petrochemical company, manage the chemical and corporeal dynamics of life threatening air.

Don Kalb a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen and a senior researcher at Utrecht University. Don’s books include Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850-1950 (Duke University Press), 1997; The Ends of Globalization. Bringing Society back in, (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), 2000; Globalization and Development: Key Issues and Debates (Kluwer Academic Publishers), 2004; Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn (Berghahn), 2005; Headlines of Nation, Subtexts of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe, (Berghahn) 2011; Anthropologies of Class (Cambridge U.P), 2015. World Wide Mobilizations: Class Struggles and Urban Commoning (Berghahn), 2018 (with Mao Mollona). He is Founding Editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology and of FocaalBlog.

Keir Martin is a Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and was formerly a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.  He is a recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Award for work likely to make an outstanding contribution to social anthropology.   His original fieldwork was on emerging forms of socio-economic inequality in Papua New Guinea. He is currently working on the growth of psychotherapy among new middle class populations globally and is Principle Investigator on a Norwegian Research Council funded project, Shrinking the Planet, that explores this issue. 

Theo  Rakopoulos is associate professor at SAI. His work explores themes in economic and political anthropology, including community boundaries, their transgression, and the grey zones they create.  He has ethnographically focused on agrarian cooperatives that work on land confiscated from Cosa Nostra in Sicily, and on alternative food distribution systems during the Greek crisis. His recent fieldwork project concerns the commodification of citizenship in the Republic of Cyprus. 

Production Staff

This podcast was created by Elisabetta Carosi (sound editor); Jennifer Curtis (editor); Anna Eisenstein (production assistant and narrator); Josh Babcock (production assistant); and Ilana Gershon (producer).

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