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Edyta Roszko | Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

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Edyta Roszko
Senior Researcher

(+45) 3532 9500
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Edyta’s research takes a broader perspective on maritime disputes, fisheries and militia in relation to and beyond territorially bounded states and economic and security interests. By combining anthropology, political science, geography and history Edyta seeks to contribute to the wider discussion on globalizing fisheries, maritime enclosures and marine ecologies in past and present.

Keywords: maritime territorialization, fisheries, maritime mobilities, marine ecologies, transoceanic connections, thalassography, South China Sea, China, Vietnam


Edyta Roszko is a Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, where she develops a new research direction on oceans. 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, she did 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 mobility, migration and connectivity of fishers compelled her to historicize fishing communities and to work beyond the nation-state, security concerns and territorially bounded fisheries. 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.