Aesthetics or Ethnography? Notes on the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series (AALS)

By Matthias Teeuwen            When one thinks of a Muslim artist in the Netherlands one naturally thinks of someone who, with his or her art, tries to address issues of integration, tensions between Islam and secularism or the clash between Islamic and western society. Because that is what art by Muslims in the Netherlands is supposed to be about. Right? In last week’s AALS lecture Dr. Bregje Termeer came to talk to us about her dissertation research on artistic strategies of young Muslim artists living in the Netherlands. What she discovered was that these artists did not subscribe to the definition …

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Mijn Griekse vrienden van de Gouden Dageraad

Mijn onderzoek naar het electoraat van een politieke partij die in zowel de media als in academische kringen omschreven wordt als neonazistisch en fascistisch vindt plaats op het idyllische eiland Corfu, in Griekenland. De ‘Gouden Dageraad’, die streeft naar een ‘nationalistisch ontwaken’, haalde tijdens de verkiezingen van 2015 op dit eiland rond de 6% van de stemmen, iets onder het landelijk gemiddelde. In heel Griekenland stemden er zo’n 400.000 mensen op deze extreemrechtse, ultranationalistische partij, ondanks dat de partij gelinkt wordt aan geweld tegen immigranten en er al vanaf 2013 een rechtszaak tegen een groot deel van haar parlementsleden gaande …

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Diet as a New Identity

By Gaya Nikolsky       Who are you? No, let me rephrase that to avoid a complicated philosophical debate. What is your identity? Okay, although this question is also quite complex, as an anthropologist I do have more grip on it. Your social identity is who and what you are to other people. Often, at least when regarding identity as a more superficial construction, it would involve different labels that will tell the outside world something about you… Or so it seems. Let’s leave it at that for now: your social identity is what you are to other people and …

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Match-making: the Pakistani way

By  M. Amer Morgahi      Migration has its own dynamic of bringing people together in situations or locations where they otherwise might not have thought of. However, migration sometimes also compels people to take certain steps, occasionally out of sheer desperation, otherwise just to make use of new possibilities created.

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