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Professor Oscar Salemink

Oscar Salemink is Professor in the Anthropology of Asia at the University of Copenhagen, affiliated with the KU Asian Dynamics Initiative.


Oscar Salemink is Professor in the Anthropology of Asia at the University of Copenhagen, affiliated with the KU Asian Dynamics Initiative. Until February 2011 he was Professor of Social Anthropology at VU University in Amsterdam. Oscar received his doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam, researching Vietnam’s Central Highlands. From 1996 through 2001 he was responsible for grant portfolios in higher education, arts and culture and sustainable development in Thailand and Vietnam on behalf of The Ford Foundation. His recent book-length publications include Colonial Subjects (1999), Vietnam’s Cultural Diversity (2001), The Ethnography of Vietnam’s Central Highlanders (2003), The Development of Religion, the Religion of Development (2004), A World of Insecurity: Anthropological perspectives on human security (2010) and thematic issues of History and Anthropology (1994), Focaal – European Journal of Anthropology (2006) and the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (2007).

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