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Penner   Angelina

Bergen Pacific Studies; ECOPAS
University of Bergen (Norway)
I speak in the following language(s): German, English, Norwegian Bokmål, Russian, Bislama, French

In 2010, I started my undergraduate studies in Ethnology and Sociology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany).There I engaged in the Oceania Working Group and increased my intersts in this region. In 2013 I participated in a field school to Tubetube, Papua New Guinea which was supervised by Dr. Katharina Schneider and Dr. Almut Schneider.
In 2014, my passion for the Pacific led me to the University of Bergen, where I enroled the two-year M.Phil. programme "Anthropology of Development". I became a member of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. Supervised by Dr. Annelin Erikson I conducted a six-months fieldwork in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, where I aimed to grasp how the notion of Gender and Gender Based Violence has been politicized and used in mainstream discourses dominated by agents of Development Cooperation and how this notion differed from the everyday life experiences of Ni-Vanuatu women. My fieldwork was supported and connected to the ECOPAS project "Understanding Gender Inequality Actions in the Pacific:Ethnographic Case-studies and Policy Options" and I had the honor to co-author the chapter "Vanuatu" in the ECOPAS report with Dr. Sue Farran.
I successfully graduated from the University in Bergen in June 2016.

Although I consider myself to be curious about almost anything, my main areas of interestes are:
- Melanesian societies, esp. Vanuatu and PNG
- Gender
- Development Studies
- Discourse analysis
- The notion of Power
- Globalisation

Gender studies
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Historical periods
21st century
Indigenous languages
Bislama, Tok Pisin
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  • Field Research (2013)
    Field School in Tubetube, PNG — University of Heidelberg
    field school for eight Bachelor students at the Department of Ethnology at the Universty of Heidelberg; supervised by Dr. Katharina Schneider and Dr. Almut Schneider; location: Tubetube, PNG; duration: 5 weeks
  • Masters Research (2015)
    Wanem ia jenda? [What is Gender?] Translations and (Mis)Understandings between Development Discourse — University of Bergen; ECOPAS

    Labelled as one of the Least Developed Countries, Vanuatu is a popular place for international Development agencies. The situation of women is particularly often targeted in the Development discourses and buzzwords like women's empowerment", Gender equality" and Gender Based Violence" are commonly used, e.g. in reports and awareness campaigns. The term Gender only recently has a translation in the national language Bislama: jenda, but the concept of Gender is not necessarily understandable because of that. The thesis analyzes common representations of Ni-Vanuatu women in Development discourse. Afterwards, it juxtaposes this discourse analysis with two Ni-Vanuatu key concepts: the concept of angkel and the practice of braed praes, which have often been confused with eurocentric concepts of uncle and bride price. Based on this confusion, important ontological concepts of womanhood, personhood and Gender have been misunderstood in Development cooperation in Vanuatu, I argue.
    keywords: Vanuatu, Gender, women, braed praes, misunderstandings, Development Cooperation in Melanesia, social theater
  • Collaborative Project (2015)
    Vanuatu — ECOPAS
    co-authored with Dr. Sue Farran
    chapter in "Understanding Gender Inequality Actions
    in the Pacific:Ethnographic Case-studies and Policy Options"
    available online: Gender Equity report MN0216385ENN_small.pdf
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