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Sonja Irene Åman, PhD, University of Oslo
My name is Sonja Åman and I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. My background is in political ecology and I am currently part of a research group called ‘Whales of Power’. My thesis focuses on human-whale relationships and the practice and policies of indigenous subsistence whaling and whale-watching. My aim is to trace how local indigenous knowledge interacts with the national and global policies and public narratives in the case of whaling among the Makah tribe in the US, and the Maori-led whale-watching in New Zealand’s South Island.