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photographer/social anthropologist

About: Thera Mjaaland

Curriculum Vitae


Associate Professor in Fine Art

Associate Professor in Gender and Development


2008-2012:  PhD-degree, Gender and Development, University of Bergen (UiB)

2001-2004:  Cand. Polit.-degree Social Anthropology, UiB

1998-2000:  Cand. Mag.-degree Social Anthropology and Philosophy (including feminist philosophy), UiB

1977-1980:  Diploma in Photography, Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, UK


2019:  Pedagogical courses (basic module, use of video and oral presentation 20 ECTC), UiB

2017: 2-weeks course in ethnographic film-making, Grenada Centre for Visual Anthroplogy, Manchester University, UK


2023-          Freelance art photogtapher, social anthropologist and filmmaker.

Care worker at ØYA Reception centre for underage refugees, Stokmarknes (40%)

2018-2024: Some teaching/sensoring at Western Norway University for Applied Sciences (HVL)

2019-2022: Social anthropologist and filmmaker affiliated to Fafo

2018-2020: Scientific coordinator for the Bergen Summer Research School, UiB (30%)

2015-2018:  Freelance social anthropologist and filmmaker affiliated to UiB Global and Dept. Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen; Centre for Gender studies, Addis Ababa University; Institute for Environment, Gender and Development Studies, Mekelle University, Ethiopia

2016-2016:  Researcher (3 months temporary position), Dept. Global Public Health and Primary Care, UiB

2015-2015:  Researcher (3 weeks temporary position), CMI

2013-2015:  Associate professor, M-Phil program Gender and Development, UiB

2008-2012:  PhD-candidate (stipendiat), Gender and Development, UiB

2001-2007:  Some teaching, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen)

2003-2004:  Teaching assistant, Institute of Social Anthropology, UiB

1999-2000:  Dean for the Department of Specialised Arts, Bergen Academy of Art and Design

1996-1999:  Assistant professor, Section Photography, Bergen Academy of Art and Design

1992-1995:  Member of Kvinnejournalen’s editorial collective as photographer and assistant, Oslo

1994:           Exhibition leader 'Photography as artistic expression' touring Norway, Riksutstillingene

1991-1995:  Teaching photography in self-organised courses and workshops, Oslo

1988-1992:  Teaching photography courses, Friundervisningen/Open University, Oslo

1988-1989:  Office- and production assistant for Høvik Ballett, Oslo

1985-1986:  Starting and running Gallery Bogenloftet, Stokke

1982             Initiating the start-up of Sunndal Kunstlag, Sunndalsøra

1979-           Art photographer

Academic publications and exhibited art work

Academic publications

Art exhibitions

Other activities and published art work