John Lungu from Lusaka, Zambia
John Lungu sees social anthropology as a tool that can be used to learn and appreciate different lines of human thought, giving them a platform to be heard and understood on their own terms.
John Lungu. Photo: UiO/Erik Engblad
- Why do you study social anthropology?
I chose to study anthropology because it’s able to bring to light alternative narratives of how different populations understand their lives and the world around them. I don’t believe there is a single right way that human beings should live their lives as dominant world views forces us to believe. Study in this field makes me share the idea that we can all learn something from others. It can also discard notions of stereotype with regards to how individuals or groups are perceived. I therefore see social anthropology as a tool that can be used to learn and appreciate different lines of human thought, giving them a platform to be heard and understood on their own terms, says Lungu.
- Why did you apply for this particular MA programme?
Coming from a Bachelor program in development and environment studies, I developed interests in learning about the effects of war. I wanted to understand how people adjust their social and economic lives after experiencing conflict. The MA program provided such an opportunity seeing how flexible it is with regards to choosing a project. In as much as I’m given a guide on methodology, for most of the project planning I get to decide for myself. In addition, the university has a wide library that enables me have access to literature and information needed to develop my project, says Lungu.
- What is the best thing about being an international master student at the University of Oslo?
The university has thousands of students from across the world. It thus offers a platform to mingle with people from many countries without having to travel. I dare to say there is always at least one event each week that will bring students together. The university has also made it easier for international students to adapt to life here with various organisations that enable students to interact and share interests, says Lungu.