About the Gutorm Gjessing Lecture Series
Hosting a new annual lecture series, the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo invites prominent scholars to debate issues of high relevance to the museum's core research areas. The lecture series celebrates the scholarship of Gutorm Gjessing, renowned archaeologist and anthropologist and Head of the Ethnographic collections for a quarter of a century (1947-1973).
Gjessing is broadly acknowledged for his wide-ranging research scope, his combining of past and present perspectives, successfully merging history and the social sciences. Gjessing is remembered as an archaeologist for his ground-breaking research on Stone Age societies, Circumpolar archaeology and Cultural Theory. Gjessing's anthropological education and stature made him a honorary member of the British Royal Anthropological Institute. Among Gjessing's anthropological endeavours, his works on Sami culture is paramount. From early on in his career Gjessing was politically engaged. He was convinced of anthropology's responsibility to critically engage global inequality and injustice, including issues such as the growth and power of multinational corporations and the nature of Western privileges.
Gjessing’s scholarship resonates with core areas of research and engagement critical to the Museum of Cultural History’s interpretation of our role, in academia and society, in the 21st century.