Escalations: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Accelerating Change

Within the last decade, the world has witnessed a number of escalations sparked by decisive yet often unremarkable events: the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor that prompted the Arab Spring, the bursting of a housing bubble in the US that catalysed a global financial crisis, and the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper that triggered an international controversy. Escalations are rarely anticipated and their outcomes are almost always unpredictable. Their tremendous effects, however, are beyond question. This project aims to understand and theorize such escalating processes from an anthropological perspective.


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Associate professor Anja Kublitz (Aalborg University)

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Independant Research Fund Denmark


Lars Højer
Department of Cross-Cultural
and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen

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