Faculty Profile

Steffen Johannessen

Adjunct Associate Professor - Department of Communication and Culture

Department of Communication and Culture


Steffen F. Johannessen has been employed as lecturer and national course responsible at the Institute for Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School, since 2010. Courses taught include Economic Anthropology, Understanding Culture, Globalization, Social Networks and Communities, and Communication in Organizations. Johannessen has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the German Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg. Johannessen's focus of research has centered on Indian Ocean militarization, culture and politics related to the Chagossian diaspora. Johannessen holds a postdoc position at the University of Southeast Norway, where he is conducting an ethnographic study of the Unesco World Heritage site of Rjukan and Notodden.


Johannessen, Steffen Fagernes (2017)

Dis/Entangled Hubs: Connectivity and Disconnections in the Chagos Archipelago

Schnepel, Burkhard & Alpers, Edward A. (red.). Connectivity in Motion : Island Hubs in the Indian Ocean World

This chapter explores the Chagos Archipelago from a perspective of connectivity and disconnections, and investigates the extent to which different domains of circulation to and from these Indian Ocean islands qualify them as a hub. The chapter explores the Chagos Archipelago as a military hub, a social hub, and an environmental hub, and introduces the concept of dis/entangled hubs to explain how real and imagined hubs, which may appear to work or hub independent of one another, can in fact be intimately interconnected on a political level. In order to protect an area, an island, or an archipelago as a particular kind of hub, parties in power can welcome and support new forms of circulation, at times only to rule out hubs unwanted.

Johannessen, Steffen (2011)

Cleaning for the dead: The Chagossian pilgrimage to their homeland

Evers, Sandra J. T. M. & Kooy, Marry (red.). Eviction from the Chagos Islands: Displacement and struggle for identity against two world powers

Johannessen, Steffen (2010)

From Socialist Uprising to Cultural Genocide: The Emergence of Traditions in Chagossian Struggles for Repatriation

Orientwissenschaftliche hefte, s. 69- 105.

Johannessen, Steffen Fagernes (2017)

Between 'industrial world heritage' and 'heritage of different worlds'

[Academic lecture]. North Atlantic Forum 2017: "Traditions and Transformations in the Sustainability of Rural Communities: Balancing Living Culture and Nature".

Johannessen, Steffen (2015)

From Coconut Trade to "War on Terror": Connectivity and Disconnections in the Indian Ocean

[Academic lecture]. The Art of Hubbing: The Role of Small Islands in Indian Ocean Connectivity.

Johannessen, Steffen (2015)

Protest and Compliance in Pilgrimage Performance

[Academic lecture]. Terror and the Tour.

Johannessen, Steffen (2012)

Limurias Retur: Miljø Versus Menneskerettigheter i Neokolonial Diskurs

[Academic lecture]. SANT-NAF årskonferanse. Tema: Mediering.

Johannessen, Steffen & Jeffery, Laura (2011)

Reflections on the Life and Art of the Chagossian Painter Clément Siatous

[Popular scientific article]. Wasafiri, 26(2), s. 72- 78.

Johannessen, Steffen (2007)

Landscape of Absence

[Academic lecture]. Landscapes of Violence: Memory and Sacred Space.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2016 Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg,Halle (Saale) Germany PhD
2005 University of Oslo Master
2003 University of Oslo Cand.Mag
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2017 - Present University College Southeast Norway Postdoc in Industrial Heritage
2011 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Adjunct Senior Lecturer
2010 - 2010 BI Norwegian Business School Lecturer
2008 - 2009 Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology PhD Candidate
2005 - 2008 Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg PhD Candidate