Section for Contemporary and Historical Times

Section for Contemporary and Historical Times

  • Maria Øien

    Section Manager

    Maria is a social anthropologist and Section Manager for Contemporary and Historical Times. Her responsibilities are personnel, research supervision and facilitation, dissemination, exhibition production, lecture series, adequate preservation of our collection and culture-historical building, and protection of cultural heritage.

  • Eva Dagny Johansen

    Ph.D. fellow

    Eva is a social anthropologist and a Ph.D. fellow in museology at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. She focuses on the local aspect of the return of cultural heritage. The title of her research project is ”Sami cultural heritage is returning home – what happens locally?”

  • Hans Christian Søborg


    Hans Christian has a masters in archeology with supplementary subjects in geology and history, in addition to complementary studies in museology. Hans Christian works with the recent history of Alta (such as Kven culture and the history of northern lights research), as well as dissemination. He produces exhibitions concerning the natural history of Alta and the exploitation of rock in prehistoric time for our new permanent exhibitions.

  • Merete Ødegaard


    Merete is a social anthropologist and works with the recent history of Alta. Her area of expertise is the Alta river and salmon/sport fishing. She also has tasks linked to exhibition work and preservation of collections. Up until autumn of 2018 she is working with an external book project on the quartzite operations in Alta.

  • Ann-Silje Ingebrigtsen


    Ann-Silje is an art historian in charge of the registration of our museum collection. She also works with preservation of collections and exhibitions. She can also disseminate in Norwegian sign language.

  • Lena Karlstrøm


    Lena is a historian and works with the preservation of collections, as well as dissemination and exhibition production. She is responsible for the museum's collections of objects, photos, archives and historic buildings. Any question regarding the museum’s collection may be directed to her.

  • Kristin Nicolaysen

    Museum Lecturer

    Kristin is a visual anthropologist and is co-producing our new permanent exhibition. She also works with dissemination of various projects concerning Den kulturelle skolesekken (DKS).

  • Daria Polishchuk


    Daria has a background in visual anthropology and cultural project management. She is working on renewing our permanent exhibitions, educational offer for schools about the Alta conflict (DKS Altasaken) and various projects.