Continously evolving since it first went online in 1996, ‘Engaging with the world’ presents Thomas Hylland Eriksen's writings, research and miscellaneous activities, such as music and podcasting. A social anthropologist by training, Eriksen reads, writes and talks in many genres about the contemporary world, what it means to be human and how you and I can make the world a slightly better place. Many of his writings about contemporary and timeless issues, ranging from Darwinian selection and information technology to the climate crisis and cultural diversity, are available on this site. The Norwegian-language subsite can be accessed here.
A university is not a car factory. And our students are not components to be assembled and processed on a production line in the most technocratically efficient manner without a thought for the culture or working environment in which they learn and develop.
Taking a few steps back, I used the invitation to write an essay about anthropology in Norway as a pretext for delving slightly more deeply into the beginnings – from Eilert Sundt to Gutorm Gjessing – than what is usual.
In Gladstone, even the sunset is sponsored by the fossil fuel industry. To watch the sun setting in the west, you must also simultaneously stare at the three tall, symmetrical columns of Gladstone Power Station.
“It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism” – says the famous phrase, often attributed to Frederic Jameson and Slavoj Zizek, and referring to the lack of realistic alternative systems .
In October, 2017, I spoke about Overheating at the annual TEDx event in Trondheim, central Norway.
The world is ‘overheated’. Too full and too fast; uneven and unequal. It is the age of the Anthropocene, of humanity’s indelible mark upon the planet. In short, it is globalisation – but not as we know it.
Episode 5. Medieprofessor Espen Ytreberg snakker med Thomas blant annet om fellesskap og fragmentering i smarttelefonens tid.
Episode 4. Det er viktig å kunne kjede seg, sier Maria Kartveit, som selv er en avansert bruker av smarttelefoner og annen ny teknologi, men også i stand til å legge dingsen fra seg en hel arbeidsdag. Hun deler sine tanker blant annet om personovervåkning, fine apper, personlig ansvar, papirbøker og – altså – kjedsomhet.
Episode 3. Peter Normann Waage: Det er blitt lettere å oversette, men vanskeligere å huske telefonnumre.
Episode 2. Dag Hessen: Synker gjennomsnittsintelligensen på grunn av smarttelefonen?
Episode 1. Eirik Newth: – På Google Maps er du alltid universets midtpunkt!