Ankara’s Long Arm: Notes on the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series (AALS)

By Matthias Teeuwen            Last Thursday Professor Thijl Sunier gave a lecture on the backlash in the Netherlands of the coup attempt in Turkey in July. The room was packed with students, faculty members and other people interested in the subject. What Sunier particularly succeeded in, was challenging and debunking the assumption that the concern Turkish-Dutch citizens showed with the coup and its consequences was an indication of failed integration on the part of these Turkish-Dutch citizens. Sunier argued that this is not a case of failed integration; instead, this is a case of the complex and transnational interplay between religion, …

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De Ander en Jijzelf

Vandaag om kwart voor vier verdedigt João Rickli zijn proefschrift over de Protestantse Kerk in Nederland en haar relatie met de Braziliaanse “ander”: Negotiation Otherness in the Dutch Protestant World. Betekenisgeving van jezelf en je eigen organisatie, is nauw verbonden met de manier waarop je kijkt naar andere groepen. De Braziliaanse antropoloog João Rickli laat dit zien in zijn studie naar het netwerk voor missie- en ontwikkelingsactiviteiten ontworpen door Kerk in Actie en ICCO Alliantie en geïmplementeerd in Brazilië.

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A new approach to Human Security

Yesterday, members of our department and Thomas H. Eriksen (Oslo University) presented their new book A World of Insecurity. This collection of essays is the result of years of  fruitful cooperation and debate in the context of the department’s research programme, Constructing Human Security in a Globalizing World (CONSEC), and it provides a captivating sample of the research carried out by our staff. The concept of Human Security was introduced by the UN Development Programme in 1994, in order to expand the scope of development work and research. Human Security was defined as ‘freedom from want and freedom from fear’. …

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