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Dissertation Title: Making Welfare "Sustainable": The Language, Politics, and Ethics of Scale-Making in a Norwegian Neighborhood


Janet Connor is a joint PhD candidate in anthropology and linguistics. Her dissertation, based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in a central neighborhood in Oslo, Norway,  explores how people make sense of and talk about the entanglement of climate change and migration across scales in the Norwegian welfare state. The dissertation looks at the linguistically and semiotically mediated processes through which social actors make and deploy different kinds of scales to make political and ethical claims to their fellow neighbors, and to the state.

She is also working on a project about the intersection of language, race, and sound, in particular how people of color are voiced in the Norwegian public sphere.