De Berlijn Blogs: Fieldwork Documentary

By Mirjam Dorgelo  In my research I examined the practices of place, memory and belonging amongst former political prisoners who now work as tour guides at the very place they used to be imprisoned: the former secret Stasi prison in Berlin Hohenschönhausen. This short fieldwork documentary shows some of the dynamics of spatial characteristics and commemorative practices I observed during fieldwork. It depicts how the visible and invisible, the spoken and unspeakable sometimes become difficult to discern. In my MA thesis I addressed more extensively these dynamics of commemorative and spatial practices and the various paradoxes I encountered.

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Having Your Boerewors Roll and Eating it

By Duane Jethro  The 24th of September marked Heritage Day in South Africa. Inaugurated in 1996, the state figured this public holiday would afford South Africans the opportunity to critically reflect on the post-apartheid nation’s rich cultural heritage and diversity. Responding to this implicit appeal, on the 24th of September 2005, the Mzansi Braai Institute initiated the idea of reframing Heritage Day as being a celebration of the braai, or barbeque.

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On the islamization of a global conflict

By Thijl Sunier Just over a week ago, after a period of relative silence, we could witness the start of another mediated Islam-hype with heated debates, demonstrations and (verbal and physical) violence. The apparent cause this time was the trailer on YouTube of an obscure movie titled “Innocence of Muslims” about the prophet Mohammed. The movie, in which Mohammed is depicted as a violent child molester, a rapist, a con-man and a homosexual, is the product of an obscure anti-Islam activist in the United States. The movie was designed to provoke Muslims deliberately by insulting Mohammed, much in the same way …

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Mag ik een mesties zijn? Por favor?

Door Ton Salman  Meerderheden hebben gewoonlijk geen etnische identiteit. Dat hebben alleen de minderheden, de tribes, of ‘groepen’ of minorities. Thomas Hylland Eriksen wees er terecht op: “nations tend to be dominated by ethnic groups which deny their ethnic identity (instead presenting themselves simply as citizens or humans) and relegate others to minority status or assimilate them” (Eriksen 2001, 51). Maar het kan verkeren, zoals in het huidige Bolivia. Daar wil die ‘meerderheid’ (maar-niet-heus) nu ook een ‘echte identiteit’ hebben.Wat is er aan de hand?

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Tribal peoples for tomorrow’s world

Tribal peoples for tomorrow’s world, a groundbreaking new book by Stephen Corry By Nellie Werner The treatment of indigenous and tribal peoples, the world’s largest minority, is a major humanitarian issue. It shapes world history and raises profound questions about what it really means to be human. Tribal peoples for tomorrow’s world explains who these peoples are, how they live, why governments hate them and why their disappearance is nevertheless far from inevitable. It looks at many aspects of tribal peoples’ lives, including their attitudes to sex, religion, and money. Concepts such as ‘culture’ and ‘the noble savage’ are examined, …

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Bachelorthesis-Festival verslag, juni 2012

Het nieuwe seizoen van StandplaatsWereld beginnen we met een terugblik op de afronding van het vorige jaar.  Op 18 juni jongstleden presenteerden de bachelorstudenten hun eindscripties. Onderstaande tekst doet verslag. Door Ina Keuper, met bijdragen van Sanneke Bolderheij, Anerike Hekman, Rixt Vellenga, Stèphanie van den Noord, Amber Dickman, Tamar Basak, Mar-Lisa Ras, Leonie Cieremans, Renske Fraanje, Yoah Kerkvliet, Vanessa Schwegler, Merel van Grimbergen Op maandag 18 juni was het zover. Alle derdejaars studenten van de bacheloropleiding Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie lieten aan elkaar laten zien en horen waar ze de voorgaande drie maanden zo hard aan gewerkt hadden. Ze presenteerden …

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