Tereza Østbø Kuldova, PhD


E-mail: tereza.kuldova@oslomet.no / tkuld@oslomet.no



Work Research Institute

OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University 


Tereza Kuldova, PhD is a social anthropologist and Research Professor at the Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University. In her concluded research she studied the elite segment of the Indian fashion industry and the relations of production. She has recently finalized an individual research project ‘Gangs, Brands and Intellectual Property Rights: Interdisciplinary Comparative Study of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Luxury Brands’ funded by the Norwegian Research Council. She is the author of Luxury Indian Fashion: A Social Critique (2016) and editor of Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism (2013), as well as Urban Utopias: Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia (2017) and Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street Gangs: Scheming Legality, Resisting Criminalization (2018). She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology.
Work experience

Research Professor (Forsker I)

November 2020 - 

Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University 

Senior Researcher (Forsker II)

September 2019 - November 2020 

Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University 


August 2016 – September 2019

Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History, University of Oslo


Senior Visiting Researcher

August 2016 – July 2018

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna


NFR Mobility Research Grant: The project ‘Gangs, Brands and Intellectual Property Rights: Interdisciplinary Comparative Study of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Luxury Brands’ has received funding from The Research Council of Norway through a FRIPRO Mobility Grant, contract no 250716. The FRIPRO Mobility grant scheme (FRICON) is co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under Marie Curie grant agreement no 608695. 


Guest Lecturer

September 2017

Department of Ethnology, Charles University, Prague

Intensive Course: What Meets the Eye: Lessons in Visual Anthropology (6ECTS)


Guest Lecturer

March 2017 – August 2017

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

Standard Course: Making Ethnographic Exhibitions: Theory and Practice (4ECTS)

Postdoctoral Fellow

2014 August - July 2016

Department of Archeology, Conservation and History

University of Oslo


International HERA project - Enterprise of Culture 

For more information about the project click here


Research Fellow & Curator 

2013 May - 2014 June

Museum of Cultural History

Department of Ethnography

University of Oslo 


'Stairway to Heaven' (together with Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty, as part of the exhibition 'Ja vi 'Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism' (opened 13th September 2013) and Research and curating of following exhibitions: elsker', opened 16th May 2014)


PhD Fellow 

2010 January - 2013 May

Museum of Cultural History, Department of Ethnography, University of Oslo

PhD research project - 'Designing Elites: Fashion and Prestige in Urban North India'



Research Interests ​

biker subculture, outlaw motorcycle clubs, vigilante groups, economy, political economy, psychoanalysis, desire, poverty, philanthropy, material culture, fashion theory, structural violence, craft, design, art, capitalism, value theory,urban studies, business history, luxury markets, nationalism, identity politics, economic anthropology, patronage, aesthetics and ideology, branding and marketing, critical theory


South Asia, Central Europe, Northern Europe

Applied Expertise

museum exhibition design, museum collections and archival systems, project leadership, loan negotiations, teaching and public lectures, press releases, conference organization, academic publishing, ethnographic filmmaking, film editing










2013 PhD degree in social anthropology

University of Oslo, Norway 

Thesis title: Designing Elites: Fashion and Prestige in Urban North

India (supervisors: Thomas Hylland Eriksen & Øivind Fuglerud) 


2009 Master degree in social anthropology

University of Oslo, Norway 

Thesis title: Networks that Make a Difference: The Production of Social Cohesion in Lucknow, North India (supervisor: Christian Krohn-Hansen) 

International Collaboration

2018 – now

Convenor of the EASA Anthropology of Security Network





Founder of Extreme Anthropology Research Network



2014 - 2016

Post-doctoral fellow at HERA project

Enterprise of Culture 


2011 – 2012 October – February

Research Fellow at HERA project

Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement 


Grants Awarded


EASA Funding for the Anthropology of Security Network Conference, ‘Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives’, 28.-29.3.2019, University of Oslo (funding from the European Association of Social Anthropologists, 1000EUR, funding from the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, 1500EUR)



Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich, Projekt Nr. P17-2876, Extreme Masculinities: Internationale interdisziplinäre Konferenz. (6000 EUR)



Norwegian Research Council in collaboration with COFUND Marie Curie – 3-year mobility research grant (400 000 EUR), current research position


Peder Sather Grant (24 000 EUR), for research trips & conferences (principal investigators: Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo and Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, UC Berkeley: ‘Gangs, Brands and Intellectual Property Rights: Outlaw Bikers, Luxury Brands and Legal Battles over Trademarked Insignia’



Ethnographic exhibition ‘Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism’, (35 000 EUR), Museum of Cultural History, Oslo.



Ingmund Kirkerud’s Legat (3 500 EUR), ethnographic filmmaking


Journal of Extreme Anthropology (interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open-access journal, University of Oslo, nivå 1), for the editorial board and latest issues please visit:




The Journal of Culture (Institute of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague), ISSN 1804-3240, http://www.journalofculture.cz/en/


Continental Thought & Theory (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), ISSN 2463-333X, http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz



Qualitative Market Research

Journal of Design History

Crime, Law and Social Change

Social Anthropology

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Journal of Extreme Anthropology (editor-in-chief)

The Journal of Culture (on editorial board)

Continental Thought & Theory (on editorial board)



2016 – 2018

Visiting Senior Researcher, University of Vienna (FRIPRO Mobility Grant)

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley (Peder Sather Grant)

Peder Sather Grant for one-year collaboration with colleagues at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley


Visiting Research Fellow

School of Oriental and African Studies, London

External PhD thesis supervisor: Caroline Osella, SOAS

2010 - present

2010 - present