Dreamocracy: vluchtelingen als expert-docenten op middelbare scholen

Door Freek Colombijn    Mijn ouders waren tieners toen de Tweede Wereldoorlog uitbrak en in de twintig toen Nederland bevrijd werd. Ze hebben aan den lijve ondervonden hoe het is om te leven in een land dat niet meer vrij is. Mijn moeder werkte als koerierster voor het verzet en mijn vader werd te werk gesteld in Duitsland en dook tijdens een verlof in Nederland onder om niet terug te hoeven. Ze hebben hun kinderen zeker niet achtervolgd met verhalen over de oorlog, maar wat wij wel met de paplepel ingegoten kregen was het belang van democratie en vrijheid. Vrijheid is …

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Aesthetics or Ethnography? Notes on the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series (AALS)

By Matthias Teeuwen            When one thinks of a Muslim artist in the Netherlands one naturally thinks of someone who, with his or her art, tries to address issues of integration, tensions between Islam and secularism or the clash between Islamic and western society. Because that is what art by Muslims in the Netherlands is supposed to be about. Right? In last week’s AALS lecture Dr. Bregje Termeer came to talk to us about her dissertation research on artistic strategies of young Muslim artists living in the Netherlands. What she discovered was that these artists did not subscribe to the definition …

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Diet as a New Identity

By Gaya Nikolsky       Who are you? No, let me rephrase that to avoid a complicated philosophical debate. What is your identity? Okay, although this question is also quite complex, as an anthropologist I do have more grip on it. Your social identity is who and what you are to other people. Often, at least when regarding identity as a more superficial construction, it would involve different labels that will tell the outside world something about you… Or so it seems. Let’s leave it at that for now: your social identity is what you are to other people and …

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Match-making: the Pakistani way

By  M. Amer Morgahi      Migration has its own dynamic of bringing people together in situations or locations where they otherwise might not have thought of. However, migration sometimes also compels people to take certain steps, occasionally out of sheer desperation, otherwise just to make use of new possibilities created.

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