Tema T Exchange 2017 with Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Eriksen is a social anthropologist well known for his many outstanding contributions to fields of research including identity, nationalism, globalisation and identity politics.

Thomas Eriksen is a social anthropologist well known for his many outstanding contributions to fields of research including identity, nationalism, globalisation and identity politics. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and was the 2015-2016 president of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. 
Much of Eriksen's work has focused on popularizing social anthropology while also proposing how it should reclaim a position as a central intellectual discipline. His pivotal question is what it means to be human and how the world can be a better place. His textbooks Small Places, Large Issues (1995) and Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives (2010) are used in courses in social anthropology at most Scandinavian universities and have been widely translated.

His public engagement includes a criticism of Norwegian nationalism, based on research designed to "redraw the map of Norway" to make it fit the new transnational, complex and globalised realities. One quote from Eriksen became a focal point of the 1,500-page manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, as well as in Breivik's defence speech during his 2012 trial. Eriksen became a frequently interviewed commentator of the Breivik trial, where he was also called as a defence witness.

Watch the Tema T Exchange 2017

We took the opportunity to discuss Thomas Eriksen experiences as a populariser and public intellectual. The 2017 Tema T Exchange was live streamed via our Facebook page.

Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/tema.t.eng/videos/1553178304741733

Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/tema.t.eng/videos/1553211558071741

Thomas Eriksen keynote speaker at Tema T Exchange
Claes-Fredrik Helgesson
Claes-Fredrik Helgesson
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