Engaging with the world

Eriksen's site

  • facebook
  • wordpress
  • yu
  • Academia
  • Nflag





Since 2012, I have devoted most of my time to an ambitious attempt to understand globalisation in the early 21st century, that is the ‘Overheating’ project, funded by the European Research Council. We are a team of anthropologists with strong interdisciplinary interests, who carry out fieldwork in six continents in order to understand how local communities cope with, adjust to and deal with accelerated change.



Overheating has its own website with links to blogs (including videoblogs), interviews, publications, invitations for seminars and so on. Go to the website for updates and background!


A couple of years before the Overheating project was developed into a programme for research, I wrote this article introducing the term and arguing its broad relevance in the attempt to come to terms with the 21st century.


Some other recent and current research in which I'm involved may be mentioned:


European Strains


The economy in Europe is marked by crisis and the European welfare state provides insufficient protection for its citizens. Is the European integration built on fragile compromises that only work in times of prosperity or will European institutions show more stability once they pass the phase of trial and error? Overheating collaborates with European Strains, and has a postdoctoral researcher (tba) engaged in comparative research on responses to the European crisis as it is perceived locally in communities in three European countries.



Inclusion and exclusion in the suburb

A collective, multidisciplinary effort based on research in a suburb in eastern Oslo, partly a somewhat underfunded descendant of Culcom, this project aims to explore the significance of place for identity and belonging. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, has its own website with links to activities and publications.  


• The Bateson institute


Gregory Bateson (1904–1980), a Renaissance man and one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century, left a rich intellectual legacy, which today can serve as a crucial source of inspiration for coming to terms with, understanding and dealing with the crises of the contemporary world and mind. I am involved in the establishment of a Bateson institute aiming to organise interdisciplinary activities, defined as collective learning processes where the ultimate outcome should be to make ‘stuck’ systems become ‘unstuck’. The driving force behind the institute is Bateson's daughter Nora Bateson, whose acclaimed film ‘An Ecology of Mind’ presents Bateson's thought and enduring legacy.