Squeezing one year of fieldwork in New Zealand in three months

By Vivian Mac Gillavry            During the first year of my Bachelor study in anthropology, we were told that the best field research should take at least a year. You might just find out that the two days in which you can collect very relevant information, are in July and in January. It might be obvious that you would not like to miss those days. Unfortunately we only get three months to collect all our data for our master thesis.

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A master student’s shitty first drafts

Door Zeger Polhuis   In the first week of April my fellow students in the master Social and Cultural Anthropology returned from their three months of fieldwork abroad. I was one of the students who stayed in the Netherlands for fieldwork ‘at home’. I look back on three months of research on the experiences of Indian medical professionals in the Netherlands, and simultaneously look forward to the last interviews that I have scheduled for the coming weeks. After having conducted most of my research, I had a muddling mass of data, information, and personal experiences. I had visited and interviewed doctors …

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Anthropology at the VU: socially engaged and passionate

Masters student, Gijs Verbossen, talks about the Master’s in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU, which focuses around the theme of Human Security. Check out the video… In the most recent quality assessment, the Master’s programme was judged to be the best anthropology programme in the Netherlands by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The programme is challenging, tightly organized, and enjoys a high success rate. For more information visit: www.vu.nl/sca See also our series in which Master’s students write on their fieldwork: Fieldwork 2010 and Fieldwork 2011.

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Anthropology alumnus founds NGO for unrecognized refugee women from Burma

  By Ursula Cats When I started my fieldwork as a Master’s student last year, I had many ideals and I mainly wanted to represent the women I was researching as “agents of change”. What I actually experienced was different. As I wrote in an e-mail to my supervisor Ellen Bal towards the end of my fieldwork: “I can clearly see the restrictions these young women have. I can see that they are active agents, but their impossibilities are also becoming painfully obvious.” I have always had the motivation to support people who have fewer opportunities than I do. To …

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