Dag Erik Berg

Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences
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Associate Professor
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In the Fall semester, I will be teaching the following two undergraduate courses:

  • Introduction to political theory (SAF140)
  • Globalisation (ADM530)


I am a political scientist with an interest in disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes. I have studied global approaches to hegemony, social exclusion, governance and post-foundational political thought. Much of my work has been focused on caste and legal change in India’s constitutional democracy and international human rights politics, and I have been particularly interested in the history of Dalit movements, articulations and the social and political thought of Bhimrao Ambedkar. My first book deals with dynamics of caste and law in India and is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.


Before coming to Molde University College, I had various positions in research and teaching. I was postdoctoral fellow at Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. I taught Intercultural Studies at NLA University College and Academic Writing at University of Bergen. I have been affiliated with School of Oriental and African Studies and Essex University in research and visiting positions. I obtained my PhD at the University of Bergen.  


Research interests 

  • Constitutional democracy and historical institutionalism
  • Discourse theory and political ethnography
  • Hegemony in global political sociology: casteism, racism and nationalism
  • Rhetoric, frontiers and the construction of the people (Laclau and populism)
  • Global politics, globalisation and international human rights








  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2018). Foregrounding contingency in caste-based dominance : Ambedkar, hegemony, and the Pariah concept. Philosophy & Social Criticism.  ISSN 0191-4537.  44(8), s 843- 864 . doi: 10.1177/0191453717744007 Show summary
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2018). Race as a political frontier against caste : WCAR, Dalits and India’s foreign policy. Journal of International Relations and Development.  ISSN 1408-6980.  21(4), s 990- 1013 . doi: 10.1057/s41268-017-0091-3 Show summary
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2015). Structural mechanism, law, and the Dalit question in India. Asian Journal of Law and Society.  ISSN 2052-9015.  2(1), s 21- 33 . doi: 10.1017/als.2014.14
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2015). Caste, hierarchy and race in a world-historical perspective: Louis Dumont and his critique of Max Weber. Journal of Intercultural Studies.  ISSN 0725-6868.  36(4), s 413- 430 . doi: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1049982
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2014). Karamchedu and the Dalit subject in Andhra Pradesh. Contributions to Indian sociology.  ISSN 0069-9667.  48(3), s 383- 408 . doi: 10.1177/0069966714540242
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2014). Scheduled castes policies in interstate perspective: Constitutional power, argumentative practices, and governance in India. India Review.  ISSN 1473-6489.  13(3), s 235- 250 . doi: 10.1080/14736489.2014.937269
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2010). Skinner og Hobbes' kunstige suverene person som velordnet suverenitet. Internasjonal Politikk - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for internasjonale studier.  ISSN 0020-577X.  68(4), s 589- 608
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2009). Dalit mellom kaste og demokrati. Internasjonal Politikk - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for internasjonale studier.  ISSN 0020-577X.  67(2), s 199- 219
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2007). Sovereignties, the World Conference against Racism 2001 and the Formation of a Dalit Human Rights Campaign. Questions de Recherche / Research in Question.  ISSN 1634-0671.  (20)
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2004). Marginale grupper og domstolens hegemoniske status: Erfaringer fra Dalitene i India. Nordisk tidsskrift for menneskerettigheter.  ISSN 1503-6480.  22(1), s 62- 69

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  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2019). Dynamics of Caste and Law. Dalits, Oppression and Constitutional Democracy in India. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108779616.

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  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2017). Graded inequality in international perspective : caste, inequality, slavery.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2017). Human rights struggle in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2017). Kastestigma, daliter og Indias kvoteringspolitikk.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2017). Race as a political frontier against caste in international human rights politics: Dalits, India’s foreign policy and the UN. Show summary
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2016). Ambedkar’s revolt against caste in India: studying emancipation outside the anthropological framework of caste and race. Show summary
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2016). Legal changes in the context of caste-based oppression in India : law, discourse, Dalits.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2016). Mechanisms of oppression : Dalits and legal development in India.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2016). Seeking freedom from caste-based domination in India : Ambedkar, revolts among untouchables and misconceptions of Pariah.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2014). Misnøye beveger ikke verden. Salongen : Nettstedet for filosofi og idéhistorie.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2014). Inequality, Identity and Constitutional Forms among Scheduled Castes in India.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2014). Louis Dumont and Max Weber on Caste.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2014). The event of Tsundur : a massacre of Dalits and the legal disputes.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2013). Towards a framework for interstate analysis of policies for the Scheduled Castes in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu: Legal conditions and development policies.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2013). Caste, sovereignty and race : keeping Durban away from India.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2013). Dr. Ambedkar, a symbolic type and the Dalit movement in India.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2012). "Caste, Sovereignty and Race; or Keeping Durban away from India".
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2012). Madiga Dandora and their Demand to Sub-Categorise a Constitutional Category.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2012). Madiga Dandora and their demand to sub-categorise a constitutional category.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2012). On the Relation between Political Theory and Political Science: some lessons from my work on the Dalit (India’s "untouchables") question and its significance for political theory and research.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2012). Social Inclusion vs. Caste and Race in a Global Perspective: Paradigms at Odds?.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2012). "The Dalit Mahasabha, Karamchedu and the Creation of a Dalit Subject in Andhra Pradesh".
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2012). Dr. Ambedkar, a symbolic type and the Dalit movement.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2012). The Dalit Mahasabha, Karamchedu and the creation of a Dalit subject in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2011). Dalits and the Constitutional State. Untouchability, Dalit Movements and Legal Approaches to Equality and Social Justice for India’s Scheduled Castes.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2011). Equality, Inequality and the scope of the ‘Creamy Layer’ in India’s Constitutional law 2005-08.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2011). Hobbes’ kunstige suverene person. Salongen : Nettstedet for filosofi og idéhistorie.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2011). The Politics of Caste and the Language of Corruption.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2009). "Virtual Durban, Dalit NGOs and India’s sovereign rejection of the race concept".
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2008). Chopra, Pran (ed.): The Supreme Court versus the Constitution. A Challenge to Federalism. (New Delhi: Sage Publications 2006). Nordisk tidsskrift for menneskerettigheter.  ISSN 1503-6480.  26(2), s 199- 202
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2007). Dalitenes situasjon: Kaste, hierarki og demokrati.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2007). Dalits, movements and the World Conference against Racism 2001.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2007). Kaste, menneskerettigheter og dalitpolitikken i India.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2007). Myter om "de kasteløse". Vårt land.  ISSN 0805-5424.  s 24- 24
  • Berg, Dag Erik; Børmo, Christian & Fosse, Lars martin (2007). Ville ikke dø som en hindu (Dr. Ambedkar). Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  s 20- 21
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2006). Hva Norge kan lære av India. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2006). Modern Sovereignties and the Use of the World Conference Against Racism 2001 by a Dalit Human Rights Campaign to Raisethe Issue of Caste Discrimination in India.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2006). Njål Høstmælingen (2005): Hva er menneskerettigheter. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0801-1745.  22(2), s 200- 204
  • Berg, Dag Erik & Gressgård, Randi (2006). Hvilke likheter og forskjeller er det mellom Norge og India når det gjelder minoritetspolitiske utfordringer i dag?.
  • Berg, Dag Erik & Gressgård, Randi (2006). Likhetens paradokser. Hva kan Norge lære av India?. Ny tid.  ISSN 0803-3498.  54(49), s 42- 44
  • Gakkestad, Mari; Vambheim, Vidar & Berg, Dag Erik (2006). Overcoming Caste and Oppression. Dalit activists' understandings of violence and violence reduction in South India.
  • Gressgård, Randi & Berg, Dag Erik (2006). Hva kan Norge lære av India?.
  • Gressgård, Randi & Berg, Dag Erik (2006). Likhetens paradokser. Hva kan Norge lære av India?. Ny tid.  ISSN 0803-3498.  s 42- 44
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2005). Det skjulte apartheid?. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2005). Kaste, diskriminering og kirke. Vårt land.  ISSN 0805-5424.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2005). Politics in the making and unmaking of caste discrimination as a relevant issue in the World Conference against Racism 2001.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2005). Tsunamien og de kasteløse. Dagbladet.  ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2004). Caste, Race and Durban. An analysis of a Dalit Human Rights Campaign and the debate in India about the relevance of caste discrimination in the World Conference against Racism in Durban 2001.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2004). Dalits in India and Modern Human Rights Discourse.
  • Berg, Dag Erik (2003). Undertrykkelsen i skyggen av Gandhi. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847. . doi: 11.07.2003
  • Berg, Dag-Erik (2003). Identitetskonstruksjon, undertrykkelse og menneskerettigheter - dalitene i India. REPLIKK – Tidsskrift for samfunnsvitskap og humaniora.  ISSN 0806-8593.  17(2), s 19- 34

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