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Conference 2011

Keynote speech by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo

Is the world becoming flatter or rounder? Similarity and difference in world culture
It is a common view that the "shrinking" of the planet caused by globalisation has led to diminishing cultural differences. At the same time, assertions of local uniqueness, often in the guise of identity politics or cultural tourism, are on the rise. These processes are two sides of the same coin, and the general logic is well known: The more similar we become, the more we strive to be different. However, the lecture will address a more complex question, namely whether the apparent homogenisation or "flattening" of culture does in fact take place, or if it is superficial, leaving fundamental cultural differences intact. Examples will be drawn from around the world.


Thursday the 25th of August 2011
10.10-10.55 at The Nordic Library Conference 2011