Rio, Knut M.

University Museum
University of Bergen

UiB Programme Committee

Knut M. Rio is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, and is responsible for the ethnographic collections at the University Museum of Bergen. He has worked on Melanesian ethnography since 1995, with fieldwork in Vanuatu. His work on social ontology, production, ceremonial exchange, witchcraft, and art in Vanuatu has resulted in journal publications and the monograph The Power of Perspective: Social Ontology and Agency on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (2007). He has also co-edited Hierarchy. Persistence and Transformation in Social formations (with Olaf Smedal, 2009), Made in Oceania. Social Movements, Cultural Heritage and the State in the Pacific (with Edvard Hviding, 2011), The Arts of Government: Crime, Christianity and Policing in Melanesia (with Andrew Lattas, 2011), Pentecostalism and Witchcraft: Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia (with Michelle MacCarthy and Ruy Blanes, 2017), and Towards an Anthropology of Wealth (with Theodoros Rakopoulos, 2019).