Het verhaal achter haar Ugandese haar

Door Esther Platteeuw            Op een warme dag in maart loop ik in de straten van Jinja Town op weg naar het internetcafé ‘The Source’. Met Oegandese radiomuziek in mijn oren zonder ik me af van de blikken, handgebaren en het ‘Mzungu’ geroep waar je als blanke veel mee geconfronteerd wordt in deze Afrikaanse stad. Ik ben net een straat overgestoken waarna mijn aandacht van een Oegandees popliedje naar de realiteit op straat wordt getrokken, ‘Esther’, ‘Esther’ hoor ik opeens. Automatisch draai ik mijn hoofd om en zie daar de stralende lach van een Ugandese meid van ongeveer dezelfde leeftijd als …

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7 December: VU Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day

What is the value of film as medium for ethnographic fieldwork? With which dilemmas are film-making anthropologists confronted? What is the relationship between visual methods and other methods? What do visual methods contribute to research? The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam presents the Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day during which we will screen ethnographic films and discuss the various theories and methods of visual anthropology. We aim to provide a platform for anthropologists and documentary makers engaging in visual anthropology to show their films and communicate their experiences with, and thoughts on, ethnographic film-making. For …

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Pregnancies, high-school drop-outs and personal struggles: The joys of anthropological fieldwork

By Laetitia Simorangkir     Now that I completed my thesis (on care arrangements in South African communities), I can really say that I love anthropology and do research. But there were times I did not like my work at all. In this blog I will explain why. “Naoko told me that Salma had come to tell her that she was pregnant. Although the women were not related, Naoko seemed to take a parental-role towards Salma.” A fellow student, who reviewed the draft of my thesis, commented on this statement saying that I should explain more about the parent-child relationship: “Don’t leave it …

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Tussentijd

Waarom vonden de Keulse aanrandingen juist op Oudejaarsavond plaats? Een antropologisch antwoord. Door André Droogers       In alle culturen worden overgangen ritueel begeleid. Denk aan een bruiloft, bij ons van vrijgezel-lenfeest via de huwelijks-sluiting tot de huwelijksreis. De overgang gaat gepaard met afwijkend gedrag, zoals aparte kleding, maar soms ook moreel afwijkend, zoals bij het vrijgezellenfeest kan voorkomen. Een ander voorbeeld is carnaval, als overgangsritueel naar de vastentijd. Daarbij wordt allerlei normaal gedrag omgekeerd. Deel van het spel is dat de burgemeester de sleutels van de stad overdraagt aan Prins Carnaval. Mannen verkleden zich als vrouw. Bij carnaval hoort de …

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Time to look at girls differently

By Sophie Pape            Are you happy with your life? The way you have constructed it? What if you were born in another country? Would it be the same? It is likely that it will be quite different. Questions like these popped up while watching the documentary Time to look at girls: Migrants in Bangladesh and Ethiopia, which was shown by Marina de Regt during the EASA Anthropology of Children and Youth Seminar on 19 November 2015. Since June 2009, this EASA Network organizes monthly meetings, which bring together students, researchers, NGOs and policy makers working with children …

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Twee Ethiopische heldinnen

Door Marina de Regt    “Deze film moet iedereen zien”, was de reactie toen we Time to Look at Girls: Migrants in Bangladesh and Ethiopia afgelopen woensdag aan een groep jonge sekswerkers in Addis Ababa lieten zien. Ze hadden doodstil naar de film zitten kijken, sommigen konden hun tranen niet bedwingen, anderen keken af en toe slinks naar Tigist, een van de hoofdpersonen in de film. Tigist had de film al meerdere malen gezien en liet geen emotie zien. Na afloop legde ze uit waarom ze had besloten aan de film mee te doen en vertelde ze welke problemen ze bij …

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“No faggot, just nuts”

by Pál Nyíri Around ten years ago I took some Chinese friends to the former royal castle in Gödöllö, near Budapest. We came upon a photo studio where you could dress up in costume from Queen Sisi’s era. My friends’ daughter, then around ten, donned the garb of a noble young lady; I dressed up as her governess. The photo was a hit, and recently it got into the hands of my three-year-old son. He wanted one too. The castle’s website informed us that the studio was still there. Off we went with my wife and my son.

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A regular club night, but not for me

By Ila Luijten         For my master’s research I’ve gone to Bali, Indonesia, to do fieldwork. My aim is to get an insight into the lives of sex workers, mostly freelance sex workers; the girls who go to clubs in the tourist destinations of Bali to look for money by spending a night with a guy. Here I will describe one night of fieldwork. In the second week of fieldwork, I came in contact with Lola (23) and Dewi (22)*, two Indonesian friends living in Kuta, Bali. One Thursday evening in January I went for a night out with …

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Kinship and Taboo: Three Stories about Two Brothers and One Territory

Krisztina Rácz     On October 14, the Serbia-Albania football game made it to the news worldwide. The reason was not the excellent game but rather the fact that during the match a drone, or more precisely a banner with a map attached to a drone, was flown around in the stadium. It is a matter of dispute whether the map represents merely territories where Albanians live, or the politically charged Greater Albania; one would assume though that it is the latter because for instance Italy, a country with a large Albanian emigrant population, is missing from it, but it does include …

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