We started a podcast!

Standplaats Wereld is expanding with a new component. We will continue to marvel you with our stories, but from now on, we will also explore them in the shape of a podcast. Host Puck de Boer will engage in conversations about the added value of anthropology, the meaning of our studies and discipline to all those involved, and developments in the Netherlands and the rest of the world from anthropological perspectives. Conversations will take place in both English and Dutch, depending on the episode’s guest. In the first episode Puck talks with fellow student and new Standplaats Wereld member Yatou …

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Webinar: Ethnographic encounters with morality, crisis and extractivism in Venezuela

The complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has caused more than five million Venezuelans to flee their country. In turn, Venezuelans that stay have developed multiple subsistence strategies, ranging from remittances, emergency gold extraction and resale of dollars and gasoline. These improvised survival practices create opportunity and insecurity in multiple sites of economic and environmental activity. In a webinar organized by the ISR lab Infrastructure, sustainability and commons we investigate what anthropology can add to the timely debates on economic crisis, natural resource extraction and environmental threats. In conversation with social anthropologists Iselin Åsedotter Strønen (University of Bergen) and Matt Wilde …

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Half for me and the rest for the bees

This short essay is based on IDFA documentary Honeyland. By Salma Bel Lahdab El Hommad Hatidze Muratova, a fiftyish-year-old Turkish speaking woman, accompanied by her old mother and her precious bees, lives in the middle of a mountain in Macedonia. Hatidze is very careful and patient with her bees, she gently talks to them, extracts the honey that she needs from them and replaces the bees in their hive.“Half for me and the rest for the bees”, she says. This is her philosophy to take honey from the bees. Once she has prepared 5kg of raw honey, she goes downtown …

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Opposing Views for a Shared Mission

by Sarah leBarron As I walk into Old School Amsterdam, I feel instantly at home. Coffee vapors float around me, pulling me towards the barista cart. I’m handed a steaming cup of vegan cappuccino, the almond milk infusing a slight strangeness to the flavor as I swallow, a strangeness I have come to appreciate. For some attendees of 02025’s energy breakfasts, the vegan beverages connect the theme of renewable energy back to the earth. But for others, the link to nature is minor compared to the technology itself. Though subtle, this diversity of thought in Amsterdam’s renewable energy community can …

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Lesvos, drawn in the field

From a distance we watch as desperation grows and in awe we witness how people attempt to build new shelters on harsh concrete, prepare food on windy sidewalks and fold pieces of cardboard around their sleeping children. With every cycle of brutal destruction and temporal rebuilding their worlds seem to erode further, and inevitably ours and the things we say we stand for, with it. This piece was drawn and written after witnessing the growing unrest on the island of Lesvos, Greece, in February this year. Following recent events the already fragile and tense dynamics on the island as sketched …

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Face masks as freedom and belonging

By Quirina Geijsen Face masks, you can see them everywhere now. They come in different shapes and sizes and are offered in multiple choices of the most beautiful and fashionable patterns. Wearing non-medical face masks is not something new. They were ahead of COVID-19, gaining popularity in hip-hop culture. Especially, at local hip-hop festival Woo Hah!, they represent a sense of fashion, of togetherness and a feeling of ultimate freedom. There, participants of the festival wore face masks for both fashionable as practical reasons. Wearing Face masks in a fashionable sense at hip-hop events probably started with two American rappers …

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Panelgesprek VANAVOND 19.00 | Schaamte, seks en identiteit

Mijn feministische antropologische kijk DOOR GEORGETTE VEERHUIS [TW: verkrachting] Schaamte is een natuurlijke emotie die in alle culturen voorkomt. Maar we mogen er niet zomaar vanuit gaan dat ervaringen met seks, consent, verkrachting, en de schaamte die deze ervaringen sluiert in taboe en stigma, zomaar voor iedereen hetzelfde is. Wáár je je voor schaamt is, “het verhaal” van jouw schaamte, kan heel anders zijn van persoon tot persoon. Schaamte is intrinsiek verbonden aan de (levens)ervaringen die jouw identiteit vormen, de intersectionele privileges en onderdrukkingen die je ervaart, en je cultuur. Dus wat zijn onze verhalen van schaamte? Waarin komen we …

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Summer Break!

Standplaats Wereld is going on summer break. We appreciate all the contributions to our blog this year and would like to wish everyone a great summer! Below a little recap of what’s happened on SpW since the start of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has left a significant stamp on this year. Like many other anthropology blogs, Standplaats wereld has published reflections on the virus’ impact across the world. There are blogs about fieldwork during the pandemic, about lockdown and the ‘new normal’, and about how the pandemic differs across countries. Besides this, Standplaats wereld featured a short series on …

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Anthropology students’ achievement at the municipality of Amsterdam

By Puck de Boer What greater thing could happen to students in their Bachelor than doing a research that actually has impact in real life? Exactly this happened to four students from the VU Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. In the course Organisations and Anthropology, students do research for the municipality of Amsterdam. Afterwards, they translate their knowledge into a concrete policy advice. Rieky, Joost, Roos and Charlotte evaluated the municipality’s policy by researching the extent to which residents can participate in decision-making processes. They spent a month doing fieldwork at the Ringdijk and Weesperzijde to discover the effect …

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While we live – a compass to connection

Musical journalist Andrea Voets maakte een sociale roadtrip door Griekenland, op zoek naar uitwegen uit een sterke onderstroom van eenzaamheid in de samenleving. Samen met 150 jonge Grieken ontcijferde ze drie sleutels tot contact uit de Oudheid, die we hard nodig zullen hebben in het Nederland van 2020. Tijdens de corona-crisis krijgen eenzaamheid en vervreemding veel aandacht. De meeste analyses focussen op het gebrek aan aanraking en fysiek bezoek, maar dit zijn slechts twee van de talloze onderdelen van betekenisvol contact. Voor al die mensen die écht chronisch eenzaam zijn, is de afgelopen weken niets wezenlijks veranderd: de rest krijgt …

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