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Edyta Roszko

Research Professor, Principal Investigator: TransOcean (ERC Starting Grant)

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Anthropologist with interest in maritime territorialisation, militarisation of oceans and seas, human security, markets and historical anthropology.

After her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology / Martin Luther University (Halle, Germany – 2011) which focused on religion and politics in Vietnam, Edyta did ethnographic research on Chinese and Vietnamese fisheries and militia in the common maritime space of the South China Sea. Bridging different historical periods and countries, the question of mobility, migration and connectivity of fishers compelled her to historicize fishing communities and to work in relation to and beyond the nation-state, security concerns and territorially bounded fisheries. By combining anthropology, political science, economy and history Edyta seeks to contribute to the wider discussion on globalizing fisheries, maritime enclosures and marine ecologies in past and present.

In the last ten years, Edyta’s research has been funded by various institutions such as Academia Sinica, Berlin Forum Transregionale Studien, Marie-Curie Sklodowska Actions – European Commission, the Danish Research Council for Independent Research, the British Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and, more recently, by the European Research Council. Edyta’s newly awarded European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project Transoceanic Fishers: Multiple Mobilities in and out of the South China Sea (TransOcean) at Chr. Michelsen Institute expands her geographic field beyond Vietnam and China to include other global regions in Oceania and West and East Africa.

Edyta is a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe - a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, advocacy, scientific exchange, and science policy. 

Edyta's monograph Fishers, Monks and Cadres: Navigating State, Religion and the South China Sea in Central Vietnam has been co-published by NIAS Press (October 2020) and the University of Hawai'i Press (March 2021) and in Open Access (October 2021). The interview about the book is available at New Books in Anthropology of  the New Books Networks. 

Fishers, Monks and Cadres has been listed among 10 Best Book in Social Science by ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars) Book Prize 2021 for outstanding publications in the field of Asian Studies. The book has been also nominated for the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Social Science Book Prize 2022 and for Harry J. Benda Prize 2023.


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