The three crises of globalisation: An anthropological history of the early 21st century
The latest News from the project:
As Peru’s Glacier Vanish, Villagers Appeal To The Gods
Dec 19, 2014
In October 2011, while I was conducting ethnographic research on water and climate change in southern Peru’s Colca Valley, I was invited to join the villagers of Pinchollo on a hike up to the point at the foot of a glacier where meltwater starts flowing down towards the village.
Economic Crisis Fuels Radical Nationalism?
Dec 11, 2014
Is the recent rise in xenophobia and right-wing populism in Europe linked to the economic crisis? Anthropologist Cathrine Moe Thorleifsson is about to embark on fieldwork in England, Hungary and Norway in order to find out.
– Start with the commonalities!
Nov 29, 2014
“Anthropologists tend to exaggerate differences and to downplay commonalities. It is our moral duty to correct this distorted picture,” said Jeremy MacClancy at the first international workshop of the Overheating project.
Stereotyping Africa: an appeal for a normal people perspective
Nov 25, 2014
The recent Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea has spurred a range of responses from all over the world. Some of these responses exemplify the ongoing stereotyping of Africa and Africans. Public discourse, unfortunately, still has the tendency of addressing Africa as a country, a war ridden space full of sadness and its inhabitants as savage and helpless. But stereotypes are not limited to these images of misery.
Studying flip-flops means studying the hidden backroads of globalisation
Nov 1, 2014
Following the life of the worlds' simplest shoe provides encounters with the biggest migration streams in history, flip-flop smugglers in fast cars or on camels, and anxious company owners who don't want researchers nosing around.
Understanding finance through fiction
Oct 10, 2014
Economic theories are not enough to understand economic processes. At the next Overheating seminar, Nina Boy will show that literary studies can provide important insights into the world of finance.
– An alternative to the classical eurocentric way of thinking
Oct 3, 2014
Learn from Caribbeans and see the world as many small interconnected islands that can only exist as a whole, says Kristian Van Haesendonck, who will speak at the next Overheating-seminar.
When a sleepy fishing village becomes Brazil’s oil capital
Sep 27, 2014
40 years ago it was an insignificant fishing village, now Macaé is Brazil’s bustling oil capital. While the oil rush is widely celebrated, both the favelas of the poor and the gated communities of the rich are growing, says Caroline Inglingstad.
A dangerous struggle for land rights and progress in the rainforest
Sep 17, 2014
Even deep in the Amazon jungle people feel the consequences of global economic policies. In Peru, Margrethe Steinert is studying how the Asháninka indigenous people deal with mining companies, migrants and the neoliberal state.
– Study the powerful to change the world!
Sep 5, 2014
– To achieve a more equitable world, we need to better understand how power works. It’s a pity that only few anthropologists study up, says Tijo Salverda, who will speak at the next Overheating seminar about globally operating investors such as the Norwegian Pension Fund and Coca Cola.