Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Marianne Elisabeth Lien

Title Professor
Academic Institution University of Oslo (UiO)
Academic department Department of Social Anthropology
Country Norway
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About fellow

Marianne Lien is professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, and leader of the research group Arctic Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene (2015-16). With a background in nutrition, her thematic interest spans from food, consumption, marketing and globalization to landscape engagements, human-animal relations and salmon aquaculture. She is particularly interested in how ordering practices render specific life-forms marginalized, and in how materials and other living beings are implicated in the social and cultural realm. Since the 1980’s Lien has engaged in fieldwork in Finnmark, Northern Norway, and has also done extensive research in Tasmania, Australia. 

Lien has directed numerous research projects, mostly funded by research Council Norway, including Transnational Flows of Concepts and Substances (2000-2004),  Newcomers to the farm; Atlantic salmon between the wild and the Industrial (2008-2013), and her most recent project, Materializing Kinship: Cycles of life at the Norwegian ‘hytte’ (2016-19).

Her most recent book is Becoming Salmon, Aquaculture and the Domestication of Fish (University California Press 2015).

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