Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

Fellow in Bergen

Associate Professor, Social Anthropology, University of Bergen

Bertelsen is a social anthropologist working mainly on Southern Africa and Mozambique. His research interests include the issues of violence, state, memory and tradition within political anthropology. He completed his PhD project (2004-2009) on colonial and postcolonial politics, state formation and the traditional field in Mozambique on 17 April 2010. 

As of 16 August 2010, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Dept. of social anthropology, UiB working on the project ‘Social imaginaries of death, suffering and accumulation. Urban spaces of insecurity and poverty in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.’ 

Together with Bruce Kapferer he recently edited an anthology entitled “Crisis of the state. War and social upheaval” (Berghahn Books, 2009) — which is available from most online bookstores like and .