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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.

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See also our series in which Master’s students write on their fieldwork: Fieldwork 2010 and Fieldwork 2011.

Gijs Verbossen has written here previously on his fieldwork in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. His research focuses on the experience of young Palestinian refugees under the Israeli occupation.

Erella Grassiani is a PhD in Anthropology from the VU, and has also contributed several pieces regarding her activism in Israel and her research on morality among Israeli soldiers.

Pal Nyiri is Professor of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective at the VU University. Read his previous blog posts here.


  1. Jelle Schuilenburg Jelle Schuilenburg

    This film was made by a young filmmaker from Amsterdam, Paul Damen . See for more information:

    • Paul,Maybe that is how 1st time DUI's are hednlad in Monroe County where the special prosecutor hails from.That is not how Marion County or the surrounding counties prosecute DUI's. There better some incredibly insurrmountable problem with the evidence before the deputy prosecutor comes off the DUI.

  2. Bob Bob

    that, the reaosns for the plea down ought to be open and explained on the record. And on the courthouse steps to the news cameras."We can't prove DWI, the machine was defective. Here's the engineering report".Or, "The law requires a written waiver in order to use the test. The police didn't get one before they gave the test, so it's not admissible."Otherwise, plea as charged or have a Jury decide.Because the citizens have a right to VERY TRANSPARENT justice when it's a public official Especially especially if it's law enforcement.I'm very embarassed by Brizzi. This makes him (and since I do the job too) look corrupt. As I understand it, she was a hard worker, sharp, and otherwise a credit to the office. Anyone can have a bad day, and that might be a part of a bigger problem that's now been dealt with.I could BARELY comprehend rehiring her if she took her lumps. But this isn't what happened. How could he be so far from reality to think that this was anything but cruel poison to his former ADA?Combined with the (apparent) sweetheart deal, people in Indianapolis ought to toss him at the next election.I still feel sorriest for the victim, and second sorriest for Miss DePrez.

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