Institute of Anthropology
Gísli Pálsson is Professor at the University of Iceland and, formerly, Professor at the University of Oslo. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Manchester, England (1982). He has written extensively on a variety of issues, including biomedicine, the new genetics, biobanks, genetic history, arctic exploration, property rights, language, fishing communities, environmental discourse, and arctic history. He has done anthropological fieldwork in Iceland, the Republic of Cape Verde, and the Canadian Arctic.
He is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books, including Nature and Society: Anthropological Perspectives; Beyond Boundaries: Understanding, Translation and Anthropological Discourse; and Travelling Passions: The Hidden Life of Vilhjalmur Stefansson. His latest book is Anthropology and the New Genetics (Cambridge University Press 2007).
|2007||Anthropology and the New Genetics. Series on New Departures in Anthropology. Cambridge University Press.|
|2005||Travelling Passions: The Hidden Life of Vilhjalmur Stefansson. (Translation from the Icelandic Frægð og firnindi). Transl. Keneva Kunz. University of Manitoba Press and University Press of New England.|
|1996||(With Philippe Descola) (co-editor) Nature and Society: Anthropological Perspectives. London: Routledge.|
|1993||(Editor) Beyond Boundaries: Understanding, Translation and Anthropological Discourse. Oxford: Berg Publishers. Paperback edition, 1994.|
|2011||(With Barbara Prainsack) Genomic Stuff: Governing the (Im)matter of Life. International Journal of the Commons 5(2): 259-283.
|2009||Biosocial Relations of Production. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 51(2): 288-313.
|2008||Genomic Anthropology: Coming in From the Cold? Current Anthropology 49(4): 545-568.
|2006||Nature and Society in the Age of Postmodernity. In Aletta Biersack and James Greenberg (eds) Reimagining Political Ecology. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Pp. 70-93.|
|2002||(With Kristín Harðardóttir) For Whom the Cell Tolls: Debates about Biomedicine. Current Anthropology, 43(2): 271-301.|
|1997||(With Agnar Helgason) Contested Commodities: The Moral Landscape of Modernist Regimes. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (incorporating Man) 3(3): 451-471.|