Miriam Ladstein (M.A. student)

Miriam Ladstein holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of Bergen. She enrolled in the University`s MA program in August, 2013, and simultaneously joined the BPS Research Group.

Her BA thesis explores problematized expressions of cultural identities among indigenous peoples in the Pacific, focusing on debates around tradition, continuity and change, and authenticity as they relate to the Maori haka and Hawaiian hula in the present.

Based off her fieldwork in a rural village on Savai’i, Samoa in the spring of 2014, Ladstein’s MA thesis will deal with the epistemological meeting between two very different kinds of ecological knowledge – that of the local and vernacular, and that of Western science in primary school. Her focus is on the nature and transmission of knowledge, the relationship between school and local community, and their respective relationships with nature, weather and climate change.


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