Having Your Boerewors Roll and Eating it

By Duane Jethro  The 24th of September marked Heritage Day in South Africa. Inaugurated in 1996, the state figured this public holiday would afford South Africans the opportunity to critically reflect on the post-apartheid nation’s rich cultural heritage and diversity. Responding to this implicit appeal, on the 24th of September 2005, the Mzansi Braai Institute initiated the idea of reframing Heritage Day as being a celebration of the braai, or barbeque.

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Anthropology on vacation: mass tourism, consumerism and Sufism in Central Turkey

Maja Lovrenovi? Somewhere between Göreme and Nev?eher, the towns in the Cappadocia province of Central Turkey, in an underground restaurant carved into the famed regional volcanic sediments, a tightly seated crowd of tourists was awaiting for performers to appear on the stage area in the middle of a huge circular cave-like space. We had all been shuttled there in tourist buses, to enjoy raki, meze and the “whirling dervishes”. We had been told beforehand that the dance performance is not the actual trance-reaching Mevlevi ritual of sema, but in the same note nevertheless kindly asked not to take pictures until …

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Reading a Post-Apartheid Memorial

  Photo by April Killingsworth Duane Jethro Sunday 8 August, 2010: I am on an expedition to find an elusive Sunday Times memorial in Soweto, Johannesburg. On the way, I drive through Vilakazi Street, passing by Nelson Mandela’s former home. It has been transformed into a museum. The precinct surrounding his former domicile is teeming with tourists and a host of locals plying a range of different commercial strategies aimed at cashing in on the spoils of the heritage venture. Further along the way, I pass the monumental Hector Pieterson Memorial and Media Centre, another heritage project erected during the post-apartheid …

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Anthropology graduate wins Thesis Prize

Friday the 8th of January Caroline Seagle, a graduate of the MSc programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU University Amsterdam, won a prize for her thesis Biodiversity for whom? on the local perceptions and experiences of the Rio Tinto/QMM ilmenite mining project  in Ampasy Nahampohana, Southeast Madagascar. The Johannes van der Zouwen thesis prize is awarded every year to the best MSc thesis.

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