Thomas Hylland Eriksen: Overheated identities

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Overheated Identities: Ideological Frictions in the World of 2019

The main political division in many parts of the world has shifted from class to identity politics. As a result, new political movements have entered the field, often successfully – from Modi's India to Trump's USA, from the Brexit chaos to the return of ethnic nationalism in Central Europe. This lecture argues that the shift towards "nativist" politics is a result of ungoverned accelerated change and neoliberal globalisation, that is to say, "overheating". This has alienated large segments of the population, who rightly feel that they are not being taken seriously by increasingly distant politicians. In order to counteract the tendency of xenophobic, polarising identity politics, it is necessary to recognise that the complaints are reasonable, but that the simple solutions offered by populists will not address the problems adequately.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

is a Norwegian anthropologist, professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, as well as the 2015-2016 president of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

In 2011, Eriksen was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. Under the heading "OVERHEATING", he directed research on three major crises of globalisation—economy/finance, environment/climate, and identity/culture. This project is both comparative and interdisciplinary. Starting in late 2012, it was completed in 2017. Eriksen is an honorary doctor at Stockholm University, a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and an External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society. He received the University of Oslo Research Prize in 2017. (Wikipedia: )

Thomas Hylland Eriksen writes about identity politics, the creole world and cultural dynamics in complex societies; his recent research has concerned local responses to accelerated change and global crises across the world. Using the metaphor of "overheating", he is interested in accelerated (but uneven) change and ways of dealing with it. (

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Information for students

The lecture is a part of the course DVE062 Nationalism - A Rephrased Problem? For registering ONLY for the lecture by T. H. Eriksen, please register the course DVE064 Overheated identities: Ideological frictions in the world of 2019 (Thomas Hylland Eriksen).

Meet Thomas Hylland Eriksen also at Scandinavian House.

20.3.2019 18:30 at Moravian Library.


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