Prof. Thomas Hylland Eriksen: "Does globalization weaken or strengthen the nation state?"


On June 18th, 2014 IIRPS VU in cooperation with The Nordic Council of Ministers' office in Lithuania hosted a public lecture of professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen – „Does globalization weaken or strengthen the nation state?“


For the first time in human history, the vast majority of the world’s population is connected through trade, travel, production, media and politics. Ours is an era of ubiquitous mobile communication, economic outsourcing, mass migration and imported consumer goods. At the same time, people everywhere are concerned to keep their identities rooted and sense of place in the face of momentous change. We all need to know the answer: does globalization weaken or strengthen the nation state?
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.  His books have been widely translated and become the classics of anthropology studies all around the world. T.H.Eriksen is one of the most influential opinion leaders in Norway.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen has for many years studied and written about identity politics, ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation from a comparative perspective. In the last decade, he has, among others, published two books about globalisation (Globalisation – Studies in Anthropology and Globalization: The Key Concepts), a book about anthropology and the public sphere (Engaging Anthropology) and (as co-editor) A World of Insecurity, about human security as an anthropological concept.