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ISEK - Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Ethnologie

Lecture by Thomas Eriksen on 23rd of November

Dear All,

This is to remind you that Prof. Thomas Eriksen will give a lecture in the Ethnologiekolloquium on Thursday, 23rd of November at 4:15 pm. He will speak about "Inclusion and exclusion in an overheated world”. Please note that the lecture will take place in room AND 3.02/06 (one floor below the usual venue).
You are all cordially invited to join!
In the contemporary world, change has accelerated only in the last 25 years: Anything from coal exports to international trade and the number of photos taken annually has grown almost exponentially since the end ot the Cold War. I call this process overheatingh: it is a runaway growth process without a thermostat or regulator.
What are the implications of this accelerated growth for belonging, identification and modes of inclusion and exclusion in complex societies? Generating heat creates frictions – which are the main frictions in contemporary societies, how have they emerged, and how can they best be understood? The lecture will propose an explanation of the new identity movements as overheating effects.
Dr. Sandra Bärnreuther
Oberassistentin Ethnologie