Eilin Holtan Torgersen (Ph.D. candidate)

M.A., University of Bergen

Torgersen is currently enrolled in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, and is working as a Research Administrator for the OCEANSTATES project. Torgersen finished her MA in June 2010, with a thesis grounded in a seven month fieldwork in a hālau hula in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, and with the title The Social Meanings of Hula: Hawaiian Traditions and Politicized Identities in Hilo. Following this, she worked for 2,5 years as a Research Assistant and Project Administrator for the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. During this time she had major roles in the running and finalizing of the NFR -funded project Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania, and in the forming and successful application of the EU-funded project ECOPAS (European Consortium for Pacific Studies).

In January 2013 Torgersen was enrolled in the PhD programme, and she is currently working on finalizing her PhD project Lavaland: Vernacular Seismology, Volatile Environments and Cosmologies in Puna, Hawai’i. Her research interests are rooted in Pacific Islands anthropology, with an emphasis on the Hawaiian Islands, environment, tradition, identity, ethnicity, cosmologies, performance and local knowledge. Her PhD project is placed under the umbrella of the ECOPAS programme.

Torgersen’s research appears in:
2018. Waters of Destruction: Mythical Creatures. Boiling Pots and Tourist Encounters at Wailuku River in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. In Island Rivers: Freshwater and Place in Oceania, eds. J. Wagner and J. Jacka. ANU Press, Australia. https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/asia-pacific-environment-monographs/island-rivers


Department of Social Anthropology
University of Bergen
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N-5020 Bergen