Norwegian Tragedy Talk Nov. 14

Noted Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen speaks at USF Nov. 14.


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2011) –Instant Anthropology and the July 22 Massacre in Norway,” a talk by noted Norwegian public intellectual, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, will be presented Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center, Room 2708, at the University of South Florida, Tampa. 


Eriksen, a professor of anthropology at the University of Oslo, found himself consulted nearly non-stop in the aftermath of the day 80 people were slaughtered over the issue of multiculturalism.


Eriksen said, “As I had written about both Norwegian culture and society, and about diversity, immigration and minority issues, I was one of the targeted domestic intellectuals, and I spent two weeks doing little else than talking to journalists and writing.”


In his talk, which draws on his own experiences in the aftermath of July 22, as well as empirical material, Eriksen will discuss the potential of anthropology in making sense of, and perhaps giving both therapeutic and critical perspectives on, sudden, dramatic events, when meticulous analysis and data collection are not an option.


In addition to his status as one of Norway’s premier public intellectuals, Eriksen is an internationally-known anthropologist, who has published many books, including What Is Anthropology?; Engaging Anthropology; Globalization: The Key Concepts; and Flag, Nation and Identity in Europe and America.


He comes to USF under the auspices of the Department of Anthropology’s Trevor Purcell Memorial Lecture series, which honors the memory of the late USF anthropologist and Africana Studies chair. The Humanities Institute and Department of Communication are co-sponsors.