Eilin Holtan Torgersen (Ph.D. candidate)

M.A., University of Bergen

Torgersen is currently working at the Department of Social Anthropology as a PhD candidate. After having finished her BA in 2008 with a thesis titled Nationalism and Social Protest in the Hawaiian Islands: the Role of Ethnicity and Tradition in the Forming of a National Identity, she joined the BPS Research Group as she started studying for her MA in August 2008. Torgersen finished her MA in June 2010, with a thesis grounded in a seven month long fieldwork in a hālau hula in the town of 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 Officer for the BPS group, during which 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 at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is currently working on her PhD project Vernacular Seismology in the Pacific: Volatile Environments, Cosmologies and Local Knowledge in the Pacific, as well as acting as the Administrative Coordinator for the ECOPAS project. Her research interests include the Pacific Islands region with an emphasis on the Hawaiian Islands, environment and landscape, tradition, Polynesian cosmologies, performance and local knowledge. Her PhD project is placed under the umbrella of the ECOPAS programme.


Department of Social Anthropology
University of Bergen
P.O. Box 7800
N-5020 Bergen