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Associate Professor

Natalia Magnani

Associate Professor of Social Anthropology Department of Social Sciences
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My research focuses on the role of the body in social transformation and the reproduction of power, especially as this occurs through the materials of everyday life. How do material relations mediate state governance, contestation, and alternative forms of belonging within and beyond national boundaries?

I currently lead the Norwegian Research Council project Arctic Silk Road: Imagining Global Infrastructures and Community Boundaries in Sápmi and the Russian North, which follows the social lives of railways, ports, and northern sea route infrastructure across Norway, Finland, and Russia.

From the study of craft making and cultural tourism in Sápmi, to land demarcation in East Africa, I write about the institutionalized and embodied ways that people experience and act on relations of power and belonging. In doing so, I seek to illuminate how bodily practice can be harnessed to achieve social transformation--both individually and in society at large. See my website for more details.

PhD in Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (2018)

SOA-1003 Communication and Meaning

SOA 1009 Nature and Society

SOA 3001 Theoretical Perspectives in Social Anthropology

SOA 3006 Indigenous Culture, Resource Management and Human Rights



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