De grens bereikt: leraren staken!

Door Ike Haasjes          Donderdag 5 oktober is het zover: voor het eerst in jaren gaan basisschooldocenten een hele dag staken op een schooldag. Zij hebben symbolisch geko-zen voor de Dag van de Leraar en trekken dan in groten getale naar het Malieveld om de volgende eisen kracht bij te zetten. 1. Een eerlijk salaris: het primair onderwijs wordt structureel onderbetaald. 2. Een investering in het onderwijs voor minder werkdruk.   Toen ik in 2015 mijn masteronderzoek deed en mijn scriptie schreef over hoe basisschoolleraren omgaan met grote onderwijshervormingen (Haasjes, 2015), heb ik deze ‘eisen’ veelvuldig langs horen …

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Living Text: Written messages outside and inside a West Bank peace project

This photo essay gathers statements from both outside (West Bank/Jericho area) and inside the peace project EcoME (“Ecological Middle East”) in the contested Palestinian Territories. The texts and their contexts portray the dynamic relation between outside hopes, fears and separation policies and the project’s inner striving for connection, warmth and openness. (The author wishes to stay anonymous). While studying sociology and cultural anthropology, the author has spent more than half a year participating in and researching the ecovillage-inspired peace project at hand. Currently, she is writing a master’s thesis about its relationality with the outside world of conflict and cultural …

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In the eye of the storm

By Dimetri Whitfield It is the morning of Wednesday, September 6, 2017. My eyes are only open through trepidation. I was barely able to get more than an hour of sleep the night before. Hurricane Irma, the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, is barrelling through the North-Eastern Caribbean. The core of her 185 mile-per-hour winds sweep across Saba, St. Maarten, Anguilla, St. Kitts, among many other places. Places where I have numerous acquaintances, friends, and family members.

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Fighting a silent killer in the slums

  By Vera van Rijn     Although the media frequently reports on African children dying from malaria or HIV, it is actually pneumonia that is the biggest killer in children under five. With nearly 1 million annual deaths, pneumonia kills more children than HIV, diarrhea and malaria combined. Pneumonia is called ‘the silent killer’ because even today little attention is paid to this disease. In 2015 I joined a research team in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, in search of a way to stop children from dying of this disease.

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Only looking forward?

By Maaike van Nus       “My initial expectation before meeting them was that they would be more, ehm, that they wouldn’t be as assimilated as they are, I mean it’s a good thing that they are, but it seems they all have cell phones, and they all have grown fairly accustomed to the life here” This was told to me in an interview with one of my informants about the North Korean refugees he’d just met. For my master in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU I conducted three months of fieldwork in Seoul, South Korea. I worked …

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‘What if they were really extreme’

Hayate Ait Bouzid is a Master student Anthropology at the VU who did her research about the environmental behaviour of middle-class people in Brunei Darussalam. A country that is often not known by the large public or at best misconceived. She is sharing her story about how the preconceived view of Brunei made her question her trip to this Southeast Asian country. Being back from my three months fieldwork in Brunei Darussalam, it feels like I have never been there really, it all seems like a dream. With emphasis on the word dream, not nightmare. To be honest, in the beginning I was quite afraid of this country, …

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Ik (b)en de Ander

Door Irene Smouter     Afgelopen jaar kreeg ik de kans om een half jaar te studeren in Johannesburg, Zuid Afrika, waar ik als antropologe in de dop enorm veel waardevolle ervaringen heb kunnen opdoen. Want wat wist ik nou echt over het land voor ik ging? Ik kende de verhalen over Apartheid, extreme ongelijkheid en de hoop op een ‘Rainbow-nation’, waar ieder-een gelijk zou zijn. Maar de realiteit leerde me meer, en bracht antropologische begrippen als ‘The Other’, ook wel de ‘De Ander’ in een nieuw daglicht. Als antropoloog heb ik een verlangen om ‘De Ander’ te kunnen begrijpen, dit …

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Living with the End

By Peter Versteeg          Recently Chris Cornell, singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audio-slave, died. Soundgarden is probably best known for their early nineties song ‘Black Hole Sun’, which is the invocation of a sort of natural disaster which will swallow everything that is ugly and false. It is a cry to be released from a depression that is caused by an awareness that life has become hollow and that the earth has been delivered into the hands of frauds, crooks and idiots. Cornell took his own life. Announcing his tragic death, news shows showed exactly this …

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