Podcast #3 is online! Guest: Haiyue (Fiona) Shan

In this episode, Puck de Boer talks to Haiyue (or Fiona, her English name) Shan, a PhD student at the Sociology department of VU University. From a holistic, multidisciplinary perspective, she investigates the experiences and challenges of Chinese migrant women in the Netherlands before, during and after they give birth, with a special focus on mental health and postpartum depression. Haiyue likes to experiment with podcasts and documentaries to collect data and disseminate her research outcomes. Topics in this podcast include:-Haiyue’s research, the importance of a multidisciplinary perspective and the role of anthropology within it.-Questions and challenges regarding pregnancy in …

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Podcast # 2 is online! Guest: Aleeha Ali

In this episode, Puck de Boer talks with Aleeha Ali, who studied sociology in Pakistan, did a research master’s in anthropology in the UK and is currently a PhD candidate at the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU. Topics include:-Aleeha’s research on digitization of religious mourning among Shi’a Muslims in Europe – even more relevant in times of Covid-19.-Her experiences in different educational systems.-The diversification of perspectives in a postcolonial anthropology.-What characterizes anthropology and how it relates to other disciplines.-Conducting (digital) ethnographic fieldwork during a pandemic. The close listener might notice a difference in the sound quality …

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Communication at a distance: technology old and new

By Hannah Sibona          In 2020, a face-to-face meeting, more often than not, means screen-to-screen. The global pandemic, social restrictions, and the ‘new normal’ has, for many of us, radically altered our communicative social practices. Only weeks before Europe shut down, I was conducting research on mobile phones among young women working in the garment factories of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The participants stressed the importance of making video calls on their smartphones. This technology allowed them not only to maintain frequent contact with their homes and family in rural villages, but enabled a feeling of closeness because they felt that “they are …

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On the Brink of a Pandemic; “World, jiāyóu”

BY JOP KOOPMAN The city of Wuhan, ground zero of the coronavirus, is 6 six days under lockdown when residents take to WeChat and start to suggest that they should chant uplifting phrases from their apartment windows to one and another. The participants decide that at 20:00 p.m. on the 28th of January the chanting commences. As planned, the participants take to the windows and start to chant: Wuhan, jiāyóu!” from apartment to apartment, to building to building, filling the air with words of solidarity. A sense of harmony that’s unique and powerful in times of crisis.  A video shot …

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Honger in een land van overvloed

Door: Eva van Roekel “Hier, eet.” Ik ben net aangekomen in Caracas en het eerste dat ik voorgeschoteld krijg is een groot stuk ananas. We zitten midden in de grootste economische en politieke crisis van Venezuela. Negentig procent van de bevolking leeft in armoede. Meer dan 4 miljoen Venezolanen zijn gevlucht. Ze zijn veelal op zoek naar eten, medicijnen, veiligheid en schoon water. De afgelopen twee jaar is de ‘gemiddelde’ Venezolaan in de statistieken meer dan 10 kilo lichter geworden. Wat betekent honger in een land van overvloed? Met al deze informatie en vragen in mijn gedachten kijk ik naar …

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Bystander: On a migration experience

By Peter Versteeg A waiting room with benches and very bright light from a fluorescent tube. Clothes and shoes lying all around. There’s sand on the floor. I have to put my shoes in a closet and wait for the alarm to sound. The moment I sit down on a bench I realize I get impatient. And I think to myself: Ah okay, I know what this is. The refugee’s experience has a lot to do with waiting. Not exactly knowing what you are waiting for and why it takes so long. Okay, I understand what they try to get …

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At Europe’s Threshold – Bangladeshi Migrants in Greece

By Jessica van Vugt. This photo-essay is about Bangladeshi migrants in Athens, Greece. Using the case of the Bangladeshi migrants, I wanted to explore how the European discourse of strict immigration and asylum policies on the one hand and the growing deregulating labor markets featured by an increasing employers’ demand for cheap ‘flexible’ laborers, on the other hand, shapes the lives of economic migrants in Greece. The accounts of fifteen young Bangladeshi men together with my camera, which was always hanging on my shoulder, tell the story of how they experience, shape and navigate their lives. This photo-essay is based on that …

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Masterclass: Migratie, Huwelijk en Zelfbeschikking

Door Edien Bartels. Naema trouwde toen ze vijftien was. Haar vader had haar huwelijk geregeld. Ze zag haar man voor het eerst op haar trouwdag. Ze dacht: “oh nee, toch niet hem. Hij was toen 39 jaar, het was geen leuke man om te zien, maar het moest van mijn vader”, zegt ze. Ze waren achtien jaar getrouwd en toen zijn ze gescheiden. Ze hebben zes dochters gekregen. Op één na zijn ze allemaal getrouwd. “Mijn dochters hebben zelf gekozen. Ik heb daar niks mee te maken,” vertelt ze. Fatima kwam naar Nederland toen ze zeven jaar was. Haar ouders …

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From supporting migrants to protesting for change

By Lysanne Vrooman           Almost half a year ago, on the 25th of March 2017, it was the sixtieth anniversary of the treaty of Rome. In 1957 the treaty of Rome was signed by the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Germany and Italy. The treaty was envisioned to open borders, prevent war and create endless economic and trade opportunities. The countries would not restrict each other anymore. Now sixty years later the treaty that was supposed to unite the countries, is looked at with scepticism and frustrations by some citizens of Rome. The current migration-influx has led to …

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Kaaskop in Marokko

Door Edien Bartels en Lenie Brouwer    “Wat nemen Marokkaanse Nederlanders mee op vakantie naar Marokko? Kaas en pindakaas!” Dit vertelt Mohammed Abdel, een Marokkaanse Nederlander uit Rotterdam, enthousiast als we zijn kaasfabriekje bezoeken in Magdahr, een dorpje in het noordoosten van Marokko, tegen de Algerijnse grens. We zijn in dit gebied voor onderzoek naar achtergelaten vrouwen en kinderen en verrast deze man te ontmoeten. Tien jaar geleden heeft hij  voor het eerst bedacht een kaasfabriek op te zetten en inmiddels heeft hij  zijn droom verwezenlijkt. Met een team van zes mensen, waaronder twee remigranten uit Nederland, heeft hij hier de …

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