Yasuní Camera trapping photos; the very rare and beautiful melanic jaguar of tropical rain forest. Photo © Conservation International, courtesy of the TEAM Network

The black jaguar and the guardian of the forest

By Maycon Melo and Barbara Arisi In Brazil, a group of hunters killed a black jaguar. Not satisfied with the crime of killing an endangered animal, they made a video where one of them shows the magnificent animal between his arms while threatening the Guardians of the Forest, the indigenous people that monitor the area to defend forest life. Two illegal hunters were arrested on October 20 in the municipality of Arame, 476 kilometres from the state capital São Luís do Maranhão, for killing the animal inside the Araribóia Indigenous Land in the municipality of Amarante do Maranhão. A video by the hunters is circulating on social media in …

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My journey in applied anthropology

From a graduate who thought it was a great idea to study cultural anthropology during an economic crisis to any anthropology student freaking out and wondering ‘…what’s next!?!’ By Joshua van Wijgerden I decided to study cultural anthropology back in 2009, despite a seemingly dark (and unemployed) future looming ahead of me. Why? Because thought anthropology was fascinating. It offered me a refreshing perspective on the world, in which objectivity, self-reflection, compassion and interest in the ‘other’ intertwined in an amazing balance. Anthropology became a mindset for me. A way of viewing the world through a pair of goggles that might …

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“Take your skills to the streets”: Skateboarding and social and physical urban space

by Luiza Fonini Reis and Luisa Voss / Images: Ella Bowler Anthropology is the study of intersections, of community and its inherent conflict between the self and the other, and of the real and the ideal. Urban space hosts and embodies such clashes. In cities like Amsterdam, the infrastructure is used and lived in multiple ways all at the same time. A simultaneity that is ongoing, ever-evolving and, ever-diversifying. In the context of the second-year bachelor course Organizations and Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we viewed the cityscape of Amsterdam through the lens of urban sports. Sports and fitness …

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Summer break!

This past academic year we have continued with our regular content featuring anthropological analyses of current events (the pandemic and the assassination of Peter R. de Vries, for example), some cultural analyses (such as this one) and some tips and tricks for writing your thesis. This year was also a year in which we have started adding some new elements to Standplaats Wereld. We are very excited, first of all, about the podcast we have launched featuring conversations with anthropologists about the added value of our discipline. We have also published more image-based blogs than previous years such as the …

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Het ontstaan van een nationale held

Door Irene Stengs Op plekken waar mensen op een dramatische manier om het leven zijn gekomen ontstaat de laatste decennia vaak een tijdelijk monument bestaande uit bloemen, kaarsen, foto’s, teksten, knuffels en andere, voor de overledene(n) specifieke, attributen. Peter R. de Vries raakte bij de aanslag zwaargewond, maar toch is ook in de Lange Leidsedwarsstraat op de plek des onheils een vergelijkbare gedenkplek ontstaan. Dergelijke plekken vormen als het ware de materiële neerslag van de emoties die door het geweld en het leed dat hieruit voortkomt worden opgeroepen. Hoewel de aard van de reacties evident lijkt is het toch relevant …

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Labeling the Schilderswijk

By Sophie Koolma Many labels are applied to Schilderswijk, a multicultural neighborhood in the city of The Hague. Slum, ‘problem area’, ghetto, disadvantaged, poor. These are all words which people use to describe this neighborhood. Schilderswijk’s young adults are confronted with this negative image of their neighborhood on a daily basis, while searching for an internship or a job, for example, or talking to co-workers. Some even hide the fact that they live in Schilderswijk because they are afraid of people judging them or their neighborhood. However, this neighborhood is seen as warm and welcoming by most of its inhabitants. …

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Listening to your gut

By Senske de Vries     Before the thesis-period actually started I was somewhat hesitant about how this would be. I had heard from others that they hated working on their thesis. They described it as the worst part of their studies because it was very time-consuming and not fun to do. Even though I was quite excited about it, I kept thinking ‘the worst has yet to come’ throughout the whole process. But after having finished it, I am able to say that ‘the worst’ did not come. I was lucky to choose my own topic, so I focused on experiences …

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Myanmar anthropologists dismissed

By Maaike Matelski – In this picture, anthropology students from Yangon University show the ‘three fingers salute’ for democracy. Students and university staff across Myanmar have been protesting against the recent military takeover. Since the coup of 1 February, the military has seized control of dozens of schools and university campuses. It has used lethal force against peaceful protestors, resulting in at least 860 deaths, including many university students. Over 5000 students, teachers, journalists and other dissidents have been arrested, as well as a small number of Westerners. Australian academic (and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD government) Sean …

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Mourning for Amina, mourning for Yemen

By Marina de Regt. “Marina, if I die, will you then forgive me for all the trouble that I caused you?” my Yemeni friend Amina wrote me ten days ago. I have known Amina since my very first days in Yemen in 1991 and was in regular touch with her via Whatsapp. “I am very ill, I have Corona, please help me, Marina, I am going to die, the treatment of Corona is very expensive, please help me”. A few weeks earlier Amina had written me that Corona was spreading in Rada’, the small town in Northeast Yemen where I …

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Writing your thesis – some tips and tricks

By Matthias Teeuwen Over the course of my studies I have received a lot of advice on how to best go about writing my thesis. In this blog, I have curated some of the more helpful bits of advice that have really helped me meet my deadlines, give structure to the way I work and to generally keep on top of things. I present them here in chronological order, but it is common to cycle through them a couple of times during the process because that is just the nature of writing a thesis: it changes over time. Make a …

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