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Waage, Trond

Institutt for sosiologi, statsvitenskap og samfunnsplanlegging


 Nord Norge, Vest og Central Afrika (Kamerun og Den sentralafrikanske republikk)

Etnisitet, ungdom, globalisering, konflikter og urbanisering

Visuell Antropologi og inkluderende visuelle metoder i forskning. Lokalsamfunnsdialoger




Youth Gaze:

The utelization of "film dialouge" as creative strategy for developing scientific understanding of youths identity and culture in Northern Norway

a collaboration between Visual Cultural Studies, Institute of Psychology and the outgoing social service in Tromsø.

Le frequance du plataux…”

a film research project on journalists working on their ethnic languages a local radio station in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon

The project seek to portray the importance of this radio station plays for peaceful social integration of the highly differentiated population in this multi ethnic region.

'Les Mairuuwa '-Life at a water tap in Urban Africa

United Nations has decided that the fight against urban poverty in third world countries shall be given the highest priority. But what kind of social consequences does it take to be poor in urban Africa?

The project have followed a group of young men/boys, coming from Chad and The Central African Republic to Ngaoundéré, in Cameroon to work at a watertap in a Muslim quarter, over several years. What these boys have is their bodies to work with ant the friendship with other boys like themselves. In 2009 where 6 months film fieldwork conducted following their everyday activities and their network over long time

The project wants to contribute to a analysis of the various ways of adapting among the extreme poor in a fast growing African city. We have learned those perceived the most “successful” are those living lives that are perceived as respectful and legitimate by the local/native population.  They are conducting the work of the former slaves and as such contributing to both reproducing the ancient social system but also to social stability and security in the quarter.  Those who “choose” illegitimate life strategies are forced to move on, to the next quarter or the next city.

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Biografiske data

Trond is associated professor at VCS and holds a Ph.D in Social Anthropology with specialization in Visual Anthropology. Trond has done research in Northern Norway and Northern Cameroon, where he has explored the themes of youths, urbanisation, ethnicity, gender, religion and visual anthropology.

He defended his PhD thesis on youth culture and urbanisation in the highly heterogeneous town Ngaoundéré in Northern Cameroon in September 2003. In this work Trond has worked intensively with seven different youth milieus, consisting members of eleven ethnic groups, Muslim and Christians, students and illiterates, immigrants and "natives", all this to identify development of identity and group dynamics in this culturally highly complex setting. All these milieus have been studied through the use of different visual tools.

His Ph.D work includes a thesis consisting of photos from all these milieus, two films and one photo-documentary. The first film is about motorsycletaxidrivers in Ngaoundéré, titled: "Se débroiller dans l' illégalite: Baba Uba un mototaximan". This film is made with associated professor at University of Maroua, Cameroon, Mahmoudou Djingui. The second film is about a schoolteacher working in a village where the population are sceptical and reluctant towards western education, this film is called: "The Master said that". Thirdly the photo-documentary with a soundtrack that is made together with the unemployed man photographed, titled "Struggle for a living". The film can be seen here:

Trond has worked at the Department of Social Anthropology and been connected to Visual Cultural Studies since 1994, participating in the development of the programme and teaching different subjects. Since 2006 has Trond also teaching experience in Visual Anthroplogy from University of Bamako, Mali.

Arbeider i CRIStin

  • Waage, Trond. Confronting realities through reflexive visual storytelling. Ethnographic film courses for teenage girls. Editions des Archives Contemporaines 2016 ISBN 9782813002457.s 105 - 119.

  • Waage, Trond. Mutual dependency: Young male migrants from the Central African Republic in urban Cameroon. Die Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 2015; Volum 140 (1). ISSN 0044-2666.s 111 - 130.


  • Waage, Trond. Seeing Together. Towards a Shared Anthropology with Visual Tools. Liverpool University Press 2013 ISBN 9781846318917.s 157 - 173.

  • Wang, Catharina E.; Hope, Siren; Wright, Reni Jasinski; Waage, Trond. Ungdomsblikk: Selvrefleksivt filmkurs som terapeutisk metode. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening 2012; Volum 49 (9). ISSN 0332-6470.s 861 - 869.

  • Waage, Trond; Hope, Siren. Ungdomsblikk. Identitetsforhandling på film. Orkana Forlag 2012 ISBN 978-82-8104-218-6.s 105 - 116.

  • Waage, Trond. Om bilders potensial i samfunnsforskning. Sosiologi i dag 2007; Volum 36 (1). ISSN 0332-6330.s 95 - 104.

  • Waage, Trond. Coping with Unpredictability: "Preparing for life" in Ngoundéré, Cameroon. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet 2006 ISBN 91-7106-578-4.s 61 - 87.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Laget film om et fiskeværs kamp for å overleve. 2016.

  • Waage, Trond. Finnes Boko Haram? Om terrorisme sett nedenifra. Norsk Antropologisk Forenings årskonferanse 2016-05-06 - 2016-05-08 2016.

  • Waage, Trond; Mouazamou, Ahmadou. LIVING WITH BOKO HARAM. Ethnographic film 35 min. 2016.

  • Waage, Trond. Inventing Order - Migrants at a street corner in Urban Cameroon. Third ISP Project Workshop: The Hot lave Edge of Cultural Flow 2016-04-22 - 2016-04-23 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Let's build a waterfall (English version of the documentary Så bygg vi oss en foss). 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Screening of documentary: Let's build a waterfall. Nordic Rurailities 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-24 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Stories of resistance. A study of mobilising place narratives in a countercurrent fishing village. Nordic Ruralities. Crisis and resilience 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-24 2016.

  • Waage, Trond. Viser dokumentar fra UiT-forsker på NRK. 2016.

  • Waage, Trond. Les Mairuuwas - Vannets mestere. 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Superaktuell film om ei lita bygds motstandskamp. 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Så bygg vi oss en foss. 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Nå skal dokumentaren til Tromsøforskerne vises på NRK. 2016.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Viser film om Bleik. 2016.

  • Waage, Trond. Kreative barn i Kjøllefjord på filmkurs: filmer eget liv. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Presentation une film anthropologique fait a Ngaoundere: 'Les Mairuuwas - les maîtres de l'eau'. Invitert forelesning og filmvisning på Universitetet i Ngaoundere 2015-11-22 - 2015-11-22 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Screening of my film: 'les Mairuuwas- Masters of Water. Voice for Thought – Art and Knowledge. Connecting in Times of Duresss 2015-08-27 - 2015-08-28 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Screening of my film: Les Mairuuwas - Master of Water. Gender dimension of Migration: Material and social outcome of South-South Migration 2015-06-30 - 2015-07-02 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. ’Film dramaturgy and Anthropological knowledge’. Ethnographich Filmmaking and Anthropology 2015-02-20 - 2015-03-26 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Visual representation of poverty at a African Street corner with screening of: 'Les Mairuuwas - Master of Water'. Visual Friction 2015-02-10 - 2015-02-11 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. 'Le Monde n'a pas change' - Radio Père, traditions et vitalité culturelle chez le peuple Pèrè. Association Culturelle Père anual meeting 2015-11-22 - 2015-11-22 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. 'Le Monde n'a pas change' - Le frequence du plateau, Radio Père et vitalité culturelle a Adamaoua. Visning av min nye film 'Le monde n'a pas change' for CRTV stab 2015-11-11 - 2015-11-11 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. 'Le Monde n'a pas change'. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. KOLOFATA. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Var forskningsobjekt. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Les Mairuuwas . Les Maîtres de l'eau Presentation and screening of film.. Festival International du Film Mixte (FIFMI) 2015-10-20 - 2015-10-24 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Masculine Identities: Between being independent and needing protection. Male migrants from the Central African Republic to Ngaoundéré in Northern Cameroon. Gendered Dimensions of Migration: Material and Social Outcomes of South-South migration 2015-06-30 - 2015-07-02 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Visual Ethnography, studying Masculinity Young male migrants from the Central African Republic in Urban Cameroon. Gender dimension of Migration: Material and social outcome of South-South Migration 2015-06-30 - 2015-07-02 2015.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. så bygger vi oss en foss! ekstravisning. filmvisning og diskusjon 2015-06-25 - 2015.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Så bygger vi oss en foss! Filmpremiere. Bleiksdagana 2015-06-20 - 2015.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Nær 300 på filmpremiere. 2015.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Verdenspremiere på "Så bygger vi oss en foss". 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Boko Haram and Perceptions of Formal education in Northern Cameroon. EuPRA Conference 2015-09-02 - 2015-09-04 2015.

  • Waage, Trond; Arntsen, Bjørn; Holtedahl, Lisbet. Livet er så mange steder - sammen som en. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond; Arntsen, Bjørn; Holtedahl, Lisbet. Livet er så mange steder - Lyden av penger. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Nigeria kan ikke bekjempe Boko Haram alene 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Les Mairuuwas. Charte Blanche a Eva Joly 2015-01-31 - 2015-01-31 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Boko Haram - fra skoleprotest til skremmende terrororganisasjon. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Boko Haram: Slik ble protestbevegelsen mot dårlige skoler til en av verdens voldeligste terrorgrupper. 2015.

  • Waage, Trond. Hvem er Boko Haram og hvordan har de blitt så sterke?. MENNESKERETTIGHETSUKA I TRONDHEIM 2015-03-02 - 2015-03-08 2015.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Filmpremiere om Bleiksfolket på Bleiksdagan. 2015.

  • Wang, Catharina E.; Hope, Siren; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. Filmer seg ut av ungdomsproblemene. 2014.

  • Waage, Trond; Holtedahl, Lisbet; Arntsen, Bjørn. LIVET ER SÅ MANGE STEDER - Preminerevisning av årets masterfilmer fra Visuelle Kulturstudier. 2014.

  • Waage, Trond; Arntsen, Bjørn; Holtedahl, Lisbet. Livet leves så mange steder - VI bygger Oslo. 2014.

  • Waage, Trond; Holtedahl, Lisbet; Arntsen, Bjørn. Livet leves så mange steder - Skolliales - om rev, menn og erfugl. 2014.

  • Waage, Trond; Holtedahl, Lisbet; Arntsen, Bjørn. Livet er så mange steder - Så lenge du vil. 2014.

  • Waage, Trond. Screening av: Our Struggle (rough cut). BEYOND THE FRAME THE FUTURE OF THE VISUAL IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DIVERSITY 2014-04-07 - 2014-04-09 2014.

  • Waage, Trond. Les Mairuuwas - The Masters of Water. 2014.

  • Waage, Trond. Runaway kids from the Central African Republic at seemingly unorganized street corner, in Ngaoundere, Cameroon. Dags konferanse 2014-05-19 - 2014-05-19 2014.

  • Waage, Trond. Character driven ethnographic film in the study of social persons in urban Cameroon. The art of being Ready. The Future with/of Anthropologies 2014-05-15 - 2014-05-18 2014.

  • Holtedahl, Lisbet; Waage, Trond; Sundsvold, Bente; Mankova, Petia. Blikk på Tromsø - fortellinger fra yttersia og fra innersia. Forskningsdagene 2014, filmmaraton med innledning 2014-09-25 - 2014-09-25 2014.

  • Waage, Trond. Dependent on Trust Refugees from The Central African Republic in Urban Cameroon. The second "Hot lava edge" workshop 2014-10-30 - 2014-10-31 2014.

  • Waage, Trond. OUR STRUGGLE. Runawy kids from the Central African Republic at a seemingly unorganized street corner in Ngaoundere, Cameroon. Producing Multicultural Communities 2014-05-19 - 2104-05-19 2014.

  • Wang, Catharina E.; Hope, Siren; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. Filmer seg ut av ungdomsproblemer. 2014.

  • Førde, Anniken; Waage, Trond. Forsker på og filmer bleikshistorier. 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. Place narratives and local mobilization! a film project in Bleik, Vesterålen. Digital Narratives & Visual Knowledge 2013-05-13 - 2013-05-15 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. Visuelle Kulturstudier jakter fortsatt på finansiering fra Universitetet. 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. Fra Kabelvåg til Kamerun. Om å lage dokumentarfilm for å lære og bidra til kryss-kulturell forståelse. Filmfest Lofoten 2013-02-14 - 2013-02-17 2013.

  • Holtedahl, Lisbet; Waage, Trond; Øye, Inger-Elin. Krig og demokrati; representasjoner av krigførende vestlige land og land de kriger i. Representasjoner 2013-05-03 - 2013-05-06 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. ‘To be alone not having a home’. Foreign pagan migrants in Muslim urban Cameroon. Opening workshop of the project “The Hot Lava Edge of Cultural Flows” (prosjekt) 2013-04-18 - 2013-04-19 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. Nøtt til å bli en suksess. 2013.

  • Hope, Siren; Wang, Catharina E.; Wright, Reni Jasinski; Waage, Trond. Meg. Ungdom skaper seg selv ved å filme seg selv for å finne seg selv. I Kamerun, Afghanistan og Norge. 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. UiT fra Manndalen til Kamerun: Institusjonsbygging, nettverksbygging og revitalisering. UiT i Manndalen 2013-08-29 - 2013-08-29 2013.

  • Waage, Trond. Innvandrere, banditter og terrorister. Norsk antropologisk årskonferanse 2013-05-03 - 2013-05-05 2013.

  • Waage, Trond; Holtedahl, Lisbet; Arntsen, Bjørn. Et universitet med visjoner?. Bladet Nordlys 2013.s 40 - 40.

  • Waage, Trond. Sensing respectability: Researching globalization processes in urban Cameroon, using film as a reflexive tool. "Experience, Sense and the Lens: Anthropological filmmaking and the transcultural knowledge" 2012-08-23 - 2012-08-26 2012.

  • Waage, Trond; Smith-Simonsen, Christine. UiT North-South Portal 2011.

  • Waage, Trond. Anthropologie visuelle dans la recherche de problèmes de santé et de la diffusion de la recherche en santé. « Quand les professionnels de la santé parlent aux professionnels des Sciences Sociales » 2011-11-28 - 2011-12-02 2011.

  • Waage, Trond; Domo, Joseph. Identités mobiles Images et formations identitaires au Cameroun du nord. Écritures visuelleS des ScienceS SocialeS en miroirs 2011-11-22 - 2011-11-24 2011.

  • Waage, Trond; Smith-simonsen, Christine. Uit North-South Portal 2011.

  • Waage, Trond; Abelsen, eva brit; Buch, Andreas; Boman, Arild. Vår mangfoldige verden. - Serie fra Visuelle kulturstudier, Universitetet i Tromsø. Sendinger på Kunnskapskanalen: Prosjektledere: Trond Waage, Eva-Brit Abelsen, Andreas Buch, UiT. Sendekoordinator: Arild Boman, UiO. 2010.

  • Waage, Trond. Urbanisation et multietnicités: Le procesuss du créolisation est les défis méthodologique. Université Internationale d'ete: Créolite/Créolisation: Etats de la question 2010-07-04 - 2010-07-09 2010.

  • Waage, Trond. Criminality or respectability? Young immigrants in Ngaoundéré, a fast growing city in Northern Cameroon. The Nordic Africa Days 2010 2010-09-30 - 2010-10-01 2010.

  • Waage, Trond. Teaching youth self reflexive films: Experimental Anthropology?. Perceiving Children. Visual Anthropology of Childhood 2010-08-28 - 2010-08-29 2010.

  • Waage, Trond. Dilemmas of culture in African schools: youth, nationalism, and the transformation of knowledge. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2010; Volum 16 (1). ISSN 1359-0987.s 169 - 170.

  • Waage, Trond. "Youth research, Goffman and Visual Anthropology". The visual presentation of self in situations and interactions 2009-11-25 - 2009-11-27 2009.

  • Arntsen, Bjørn; Waage, Trond. Media and development - new working strategies. NFU's årskonferanse 2009-11-23 - 2009-11-24 2009.

  • Smith-simonsen, Christine; Waage, Trond. Forstemmende samstemt. Bistandsaktuelt 2009 (3). ISSN 1501-0201.

  • Waage, Trond. “Learning and representing culture trough narrating with images”. Visual Narratives 2008-10-23 - 2008-10-26 2008.

  • Waage, Trond. An audio-visual approach working with marginalized groups, or can research and problem solution be a part of the same process. Restoring Peace and Justice: Exploring methodological and theoretical challenges 2008-09-17 - 2008-09-19 2008.

  • Waage, Trond. Sparks of hope. When life stands still among youths in Ngaoundere, Northern Cameroon. Youth and Hope 2008-10-08 - 2008-10-10 2008.

  • Waage, Trond. La informantene få filme sjøl. Nye grep i feltarbeidsmetode. Norsk antropologisk forenings årsmøte 2007-05-04 - 2007-05-06 2007.

  • Waage, Trond. Blikket, kamera og filmfortellingen som redskap i etnografisk kunnskapsproduksjon. Homo Faber. Norsk Antropologisk forenings årsmøte 2006-05-19 - 2006-05-21 2006.

  • Waage, Trond. Selvrefleksive dokumentarfilmkurs for risikoutsatt ungdom. I møte med volds- og traumeutsatte; sosiale og psykologiske perspektiver 2006-11-13 - 2006-11-14 2006.

  • Waage, Trond. Ungdomsblikk - fra klient til filmskaper. Om refleksive filmkurs for risikoutsatt ungdom. Skolen som helsefremmede arena for utsatt ungdom 2006-10-05 - 2006-10-06 2006.

  • Waage, Trond. Respectability in integration processes of Youths in a fast-growing African city - Ngaoundéré in Northern Cameroon. Youths in African Cities 2005-02-10 - 2005-02-13 2005.

  • Waage, Trond. The Social Significance of Formal Education. Shared Meaning and Local Initiatives. A Researhc and Film Project from Northern-Cameroon. Bridges of Knowledge. Strategies and Relevance for Cooperation in Higher Education 2005-09-29 - 2005-09-30 2005.

  • Waage, Trond; Holtedahl, Lisbet. “We” are dependent on “Them” TRANSFERENCE OR SHARED MEANING IN CROSS-CULTURAL LEARNING PROCESSES. "Cultures and training programs" - Training of actors of civil society and public awareness in Europe 2005-11-23 - 2005-11-25 2005.

  • Waage, Trond. Offentlig Henging. Repotasje i Fredagsmagasinet i Dagbladet. 2004.

  • Waage, Trond. Chez nous on se débrouille. Om håndtering av uforutsigbarhet. Fortellinger fra syv ungdomsiljøer i den polyetniske byen Ngaoundére i Nord Kamerun. (omtale) 2003.

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