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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The discomfort surrounding talks on historic and present-day racism in class

Image from a Dutch high school history book. Photo by author. By Sientje Trip When browsing through one of the history books of the high school I researched I came across some paragraphs on the Dutch colonial and concomitant slavery history, on the VOC and the WIC. It describes the so called triangle trade between Europe, Africa and The Americas and the way enslaved Africans were fitted with as many as possible in big ships with Dutch flags. Later on in my fieldwork, I asked one of the teachers at the high school if this slavery history can be hard …

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Nationalisme – een kwestie van goede smaak

DOOR TON SALMAN Nationalistische betogen kunnen zelden bekoren. Ze zijn altijd wat gezocht. En wat hooghartig. En contingent. Immers: hebben de Nederlanders nu werkelijk unieke kwaliteiten, van het kaliber waar de mensheid echt wat aan hééft, en waar andere volkeren of groepen zich niet op kunnen beroepen? En zonder het demagogisch bij elkaar te jokken? Zoals “tolerantie”? Of zijn we “polderanten”? Of lekker libertaire en olijke red-light-district-aanbieders? Twijfelachtig allemaal, toch? Hooghartig: zijn we beter of zo? Waarin dan? Rechte slootjes graven? Tweede Pinksterdagen handhaven? Stormvloedkeringen bouwen? Files bestrijden? Gelijkheid voor vrouwen? Weinig redenen om te pochen. En los daarvan: wie …

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ANZAC Parade in Adelaide: a tough nationalist monument with soft edges

BY FREEK COLOMBIJN More than two decades ago I published an article on the urban symbolism of Canberra, the national capital of Australia. When Australian states federated to become an independent state in 1901, it was a nation in search of a national identity. The exploits of Australian troops in the First World War, and in particular the ill-fated landing at Gallipoli in the Bosporus, formed a source of inspiration and the result is that monuments that commemorate the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) loom large in the formation of Australian national identity. The martial imaginary was reinforced …

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Braderie op de Dam

DOOR IRENE STENGS In het kader van de actie ‘Boer Burger Brunch’ stonden er afgelopen 13 december 28 trekkers op de Dam. Doel van dit boerenprotest: het gesprek aangaan met de bewoners van Amsterdam om zo meer begrip voor ‘de boer’ en ‘het boerenbedrijf’ te genereren. De actie was georganiseerd door Agractie (#onzeboerenonsNederland): een organisatie die een algemene ‘herwaardering van de boer’ als missie heeft. In navolging van het zogenoemde ‘goedmaakontbijt’ na het massale boeren-met-trekkers-protest op het Malieveld van 1 oktober serveerden boeren en boerinnen ‘producten van eigen bodem’. Onder de rood-wit-blauwe zeilen van de opgestelde marktkramen werden massaal witte …

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Mass protests in Ecuador: what news media don’t report

BY CAROLINE VAN SLOBBE This week, I have experienced the specific scent and feel of teargas for the first time. It is in first instance itchy, as if someone put pepper in your nose and eyes. Then it starts to hurt. You cannot breath normally and you start to cry. You want to run away, preferably to the nearest fire. The smoke helps, but it takes time before you’re back to normal. That stuff is not innocent, like you often hear on the news about protests, mostly elsewhere in the world. It doesn’t kill initially, but it does make people …

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Speaking out of the cistem, or How to say something outside of the binary?

By Alenka Mrakovčić       We probably agree that language use is among the most taken-for-granted aspects of our daily lives. But what if within the language you use, you cannot find language uses that would represent you and your experience? How, then, does this impact the way you exist in the world? This was one of my main questions when I started working on my master thesis about trans experiences of language use.

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Vrouw in Jemen

Door Marina de Regt           In het Volkskrant magazine van afgelopen zaterdag 26 januari j.l. doet journaliste Ana van Es verslag van haar bezoek aan Jemen. De Midden-Oosten correspondente valt hier van de ene verbazing in de andere: alle stereotypen over man-vrouwverhoudingen in de Arabische wereld worden volgens haar in Jemen bevestigd. Vrouwen moeten zich zwaar sluieren, ze moeten zich onzichtbaar maken, ze worden continu lastig gevallen door mannen, ze worden gedwongen jong te trouwen, ze kunnen niet buitenshuis werken, als ze werken wordt hun geld afgepakt door hun mannen en ze hebben geen enkele politieke invloed. Op ironische wijze doet …

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