Anthony Giddens is the new Arne Næss Chair

We are proud to welcome Professor Anthony Giddens to SUM.

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Anthony Giddens is one of the most prominent sociologists of our time. Photo: © Nigel Stead.

Giddens’ most recent, prolific work ranges from studies of environmental challenges and climate change, to books on the role and nature of the European Union.

His mind is always in tune with the current Zeitgeist: for the past years he has been working on the digital revolution and AI which, he insists, is “the greatest transformative forces of our age”.

As the Arne Næss Chair at SUM, Giddens will share his experiences and knowledge with researchers and students at the University of Oslo at a webinar on 17 September. He will also feature as the keynote speaker at the Arne Næss Symposium.

Nina Witoszek
Nina Witoszek is director of the Arne Næss Programme at SUM.

Giddens has written profusely on the burning issues of globalization and social justice as well as the current environmental crisis. He is known not just a brilliant thinker but also a "doer", who has tried to actively influence a more "civilized", fair and bottom-up social and environmental politics, says Nina Witoszek, director of the Arne Næss Programme at SUM, UiO.

The Arne Næss Symposium

Anthony Giddens will be the main attraction at the Arne Næss Symposium at the University of Oslo. Depending on the development of the Covid-19 pandemic, we hope to host the Arne Næss Symposium with Giddens present in Spring 2021.

Due to travel restrictions during the pandemic, we will organize a webinar discussion with Anthony Giddens on 17 September: Whats next? Covid-19 and the future world order.


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By Charlotte Kildal
Published June 23, 2020 12:05 PM - Last modified June 23, 2020 2:07 PM