The (in)correctness of political correctness

by Ton Salman I’ve just finished reading “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie. I enjoyed it: it is amusing, irritating, timely, biting and a delight to read. Of course, I am biased; he has been one of my favorite novelists for years. And he is one of the authors that in audacious ways often addresses the clashes between cultures, religions, ideologies that characterize our current globalizing, fidgety and agitated world, in provocative, foolhardy and sometimes pestering bravado. His novels, in my view, are must-reads for anthropologists. In “The Golden House” he demonstrates his skill again. The novel plays in the …

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Unpicking an (A)moral Anthropological Stance: Ongoing Violence in Myanmar

Introduction by Maaike Matelski In June 2015 the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology organized a seminar on account of the increasing number of Rohingya refugees in South East Asia. Since 2016 and in particular since August 2017 the violence against Rohingya in Myanmar has intensified. More and more horrific stories about murder and torture have come out, and more than 600.000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. As the most prominent representative of the Myanmar government, Aung San Suu Kyi receives fierce criticism, because she does not speak out against these criminal acts. In the meantime the Myanmar government even has …

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Online Open Research – A collaborative approach

By Matthias Teeuwen  –   Some time ago I wrote a blog about the possibilities emerging technologies offer to the practice of qualitative research. Back then, I wrote that ‘it seems that emerging technologies constitute a quantitative change in the way ethnographic research is done, and not so much a qualitative change’. Paolo Favero spoke of emerging technologies as leading to thin description. That is, they enable ethnographers to expand the scope rather than the depth of their research. Think about how smartphones, wearable cameras, and the internet can help researchers during fieldwork to gather larger amounts of observations, stories and …

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My body, my walk

by Georgette Veerhuis Two weeks ago I was catcalled while I was making my way through Hull, a port town located in east Yorkshire. This prompted a reflexive stream of thought on how I consciously and subconsciously moved my body through space. It encouraged me to disentangle both the discomfort I felt and the privileges I enjoy.

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Diversiteitsdenken

Door Thijl Sunier         Multiculturalisme is uit de mode geraakt. ‘De multiculturele samenleving is mislukt’ konden we politici in Europa niet lang geleden horen roepen. Multiculturalisme wordt geassocieerd met wegkijken, met vrijblijvendheid en cultureel relativisme, en met verkeerd beleid. Tegenwoordig zal je nog weinig mensen tegenkomen die er een warm gevoel bij krijgen.

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Summerholidays!

            The editorial team of Standplaats Wereld would like to wish you all a great summer, with lots of new experiences, a break from academic life (or not), trips and travels, reading and writing, and especially a lot of sun! We thank all those who have contributed to our blog and look forward to many new stories, opinioned pieces, fieldwork experiences, and reports of interesting events. We also want to thank Rhoda Woets who will no longer be part of the editorial team. If you are interested in replacing her, let us know! We are …

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