Edyta Roszko is a Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, where she is developing a new research direction on oceans. After her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany (2011), which focused on religion and politics in Vietnam, she completed ethnographic research among Chinese and Vietnamese fishing communities in the common maritime space of the South China Sea. Bridging different historical periods and countries, the question of the mobility, migration, and connectivity of fishers compelled her to historicize fishing communities and to work beyond the framework of the nation state and area studies. Edyta’s newly awarded European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project, TransOcean, at the Chr. Michelsen Institute expands her geographical field beyond Vietnam and China to include other global regions in Oceania and West and East Africa.
Edyta’s scholarly articles have appeared in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Nations and Nationalism, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and other journals. Her monograph, Fishers, Monks and Cadres: Navigating State and Religious Authorities along Central Vietnam’s South China Sea Coast, is in press with NIAS Press, Copenhagen.