Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to have keynote speeches from some particularly distinguished scholars.

Gregory Jusdanis

Gregory Jusdanis teaches Modern Greek literature and culture at The Ohio State University. He is the author of The Poetics of Cavafy: Eroticism, Textuality, History (1987); Belated Modernity and Aesthetic Culture: Inventing National Literature (1991); The Necessary Nation (2001), and Fiction Agonistes: In Defense of Literature (2010).  He is currently working on a book about friendship.

Professor Jusdanis' webpage| and Twitter|.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen has for many years studied, and written about, identity politics, ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation from a comparative perspective, frequently with an ethnographic focus on Mauritius and Trinidad. He has also published popular books, polemical books and essays on cultural complexity in Norway.


In the last decade, he has, among others, published two books about globalisation (Globalisation – Studies in Anthropology and Globalization: The Key Concepts), a book about anthropology and the public sphere (Engaging Anthropology) and (as co-editor) A World of Insecurity, about human security as an anthropological concept. His textbooks in social and cultural anthropology, especially What is Anthropology?, Small Places, Large Issues and Ethnicity and Nationalism, are still being translated into new languages, and are being read by students across the world.

In addition, Eriksen has, in the period 2001–2011, written a series of books about unintended consequences of modernity. Tyranny of the Moment was published simultaneously in Norwegian and English; the others, dealing with identity, happiness and waste, have not been publised in English.

As from 2012, he primarily works on the ERC funded research project ‘Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation’.

Professor Eriksen's departmental webpage| and personal webpage|.

Sheila Croucher

Sheila Croucher is a Professor of American Studies and Political Science. Her research and teaching interests include: cultural and political belonging, globalization, migration and North American Studies. She is the author of The Other Side of the Fence: American Migrants in Mexico (2009),Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World (2003), andImagining Miami: Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World (1997). Her current work focuses on the varied implications of globalization for the form and content of American nationhood. In 2003, Croucher was awarded the College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator Award and in 1998 the Associated Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award.

Professor Croucher's departmental webpage|.

Alain Dieckhoff

Alain Dieckhoff is senior research fellow at CNRS|. He holds degrees from the University of Paris 10-Nanterre (Ph.D. in political sociology) and Sciences Po|. His research area focuses on politics, contemporary society and transformations of the State in Israel. He also works on the transformations of contemporary nationalism.

He teaches courses at Sciences Po|, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a member of the editorial boards of Politique et sociétésMaghreb-MachrekQuestions internationales|  and Israel Studies. 

Alain Dieckhoff is Head of the Political Science Department of Sciences Po|.

Departmental webpage|

Bo Stråth

Bo Stråth (Curriculum Vitae|) holds a Chair in Nordic, European and World History at the Department of World Cultures| / Centre of Nordic Studies (CENS)|, University of Helsinki. The chair is part of the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme|. In the framework of his chair his research concentrates on two projects, Between Restoration and Revolution, National Constitutions and Global Law: an Alternative View on the European Century 1815-1914 (EReRe|), co-directed with Martti Koskenniemi|; and Conceptual History of the World and Global Translations: The Euro-Asian and African Semantics of the Social and the Economic.  |

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William Callahan (LSE)

William A Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the LSE. Professor Callahan's research examines the interplay of culture and politics in China and Asia, and considers the overlap of domestic and international politics. His books include China Dreams (2013), China: The Pessoptimist Nation (2010), China Orders the World (co-edited, 2012), Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia (2006) and Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations (2004).

Departmental webpage|.

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