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Edvard   Hviding

Professor
Department of Social Anthropology, Bergen Pacific Studies
University of Bergen (Norway)
Website(s):
[ https://pacific.b.uib.no/ ]


About
Edvard Hviding is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, and the founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. During 2012-15 Hviding was the scientific coordinator of the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and 6 participating institutions). During 2008-12 he directed the international research programme Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania (funded by the Research Council of Norway and 12 participating institutions). He was Chair of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) 2012-13. Since 1986 Hviding has carried out 40 months of fieldwork in Solomon Islands, mainly in the Marovo Lagoon. He has also travelled and worked in many other parts of Oceania, and in the 1990s was engaged in regional projects of fisheries management. For developing vernacular environmental education and research dissemination in the Western Solomons, Hviding was awarded the Silver Medal of the Order of Solomon Islands in 2010. Most recently he has initiated a programme of comparative anthropological research on vernacular models of, and Pacific policies concerning climate change. Hviding is an honorary adjunct professor of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, where he works with the resident performing art ensembles to produce stage dramas and films conveying Pacific perspectives on the human dimension of climate change.
Specialities
Discipline(s)
Anthropology
Environmental sciences
Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Melanesia
Solomon Islands
New Georgia Islands
Marovo Lagoon
New Georgia
Vangunu
Nggatokae
Historical periods
21st century
20th century
The Colonial time
First and Early contacts
Anticipatory
Indigenous languages
Marovo, Pijin, Roviana, Bislama
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Experiences
  • Field Research (1985 to now)
    Long-term field research in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands — University of Bergen and Solomon Islands National Museum
    Edvard Hviding has carried out 40 months of fieldwork in Solomon Islands since 1986, mainly in the Marovo Lagoon. His research record covers many interrelated topics in social, environmental and historical anthropology, including fishing, agroforestry and the customary tenure of sea and land; kinship and social organization; the cultural history and languages of New Georgia; colonial encounters; environmental knowledge and epistemology; customary law, leadership and dispossession; and the local manifestations and consequences of globalization. Most recently he has initiated a programme of comparative anthropological research on vernacular models of, and Pacific policies concerning, changes in environment, weather and climate.For his efforts in developing vernacular environmental education and research dissemination in the Western Solomons, Hviding was awarded the Silver Medal of the Order of Solomon Islands in 2010. His anthropological research has taken place in cooperation with colleagues at the Solomon Islands National Museum, University of Hawai'i,the University of the South Pacific, James Cook University, the University of Cambridge, the British Museum, and UNESCO.
  • Masters Research (1986 to 1988)
    M.A. in social anthropology based on field research in Solomon Islands — University of Bergen
  • PhD Research (1989 to 1992)
    PhD in social anthropology based on field research in Solomon Islands — University of Bergen
    The PhD project resulted in the thesis "Guardians of Marovo Lagoon: The Sea as Cultural and Relational Focus in New Georgia, Solomon Islands" (1992) (later published in revised version by University of Hawai'i Press, 1996)
  • Consulting Work (1991 to 1992)
    Studies of Customary Marine Tenure Systems and Fisheries Management in the Pacific — Forum Fisheries Agency, South Pacific Commission
    A series of comparative studies of customary marine tenure systems in the Pacific Islands and their relationship to contemporary challenges of fisheries management in Oceania, carried out with R.E. Johannes (CSIRO, Australia) and Kenneth Ruddle (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan). Extensive literature surveys; field research in Solomon Islands; fact-finding missions to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, and New Caledonia. Reporting to the Forum Fisheries Agency and the South Pacific Commission.
  • Academic Position (1993 to 1999)
    Associate Professor of Social Anthropology — University of Bergen
  • Academic Position (1999 to now)
    Professor of Social Anthropology — University of Bergen
  • Collaborative Project (2003 to 2010)
    Reef and Rainforest: Vernacular Environmental Education in Marovo, Solomon Islands — UNESCO and University of Bergen
    A UNESCO pioneer project in vernacular education focused on marine and terrestrial biodiversity, founded in Hviding's bilingual book "An Environmental Encyclopedia of Marovo, Solomon Islands", and developed into an online wiki-based programme at www.marovo.org.
  • Collaborative Project (2008 to 2012)
    Director of the international collaborative project 'Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania' — The Research Council of Norway
    See http://pacific.b.uib.no/projects/main-projects/pacific-alternatives/973-2/
  • Collaborative Project (2008 to now)
    Western Solomons Research Database — University of Bergen, Research Council of Norway, Solomon Islands Government
    A fully open-access database covering the research profiles, reports and publications of more than 50 scholars worldwide who have carried out field research in the Western Province of Solomon Islands. It is primarily an offer of access for Solomon Islanders to a body of documentation and experience not readily available to Solomon Islanders through formal development assistance. The database covers a wide range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences and humanities. www.westernsolomons.uib.no
  • Collaborative Project (2012 to 2015)
    ECOPAS - European Consortium for Pacific Studies — The European Union, Seventh Framework Programme
    Scientific Coordinator of ECOPAS (European Consortium for Pacific Studies), a multidisciplinary project designed to provide coordination and support to research and policy communities on issues connected to climate change and related processes in the Pacific Islands region, in order to define better options for sustainable development. www.ecopas.info
  • Collaborative Project (2014 to 2016)
    "Moana: The Rising of the Sea": Stage Performance and European Tour — European Union, University of the South Pacific, University of Bergen
    A stage drama about climate change in the Pacific.
    Performed by the Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika Voices.
    Writer and Producer: Vilsoni Hereniko
    Director and Choreographer: Peter Rockford Espiritu
    Musical Director and Composer: Igelese Ete
    Lead role and cultural protocol: Allan Alo
    Executive Producer: Edvard Hviding
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