Towards a global conversation

  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen


The Internet came into the world in earnest a little more than twenty years ago, and it came with a vengeance, criss-crossing the planet with invisible ties of connectedness and seemingly heralding a new era in global communication. From one day to the next, you could correspond with colleagues and friends on the other side of the planet; you could read newspapers from Australia and Botswana; you could join special interest groups and build professional networks. It was an exhilarating time for many of us, one which appeared to hold out a promise of truly global communication for the first time in human history.

Author Biography

Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a social anthropologist and writer based at the University of Oslo, where he is a professor. He currently directs the ERC Advanced Grant project ‘Overheating: The three crises of globalisation’ and is the author of many books, including Small Places – Large Issues(1995/2010), Tyranny of the Moment(2001), Ethnicity and Nationalism (1993/2010) and Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography (2015)