Categorie archief: Multicultureel & migratie

Should we all radicalize? Anthropology in times of capitalist crises

A response to the inaugural lecture of Dimitris Dalakoglou, Chair in Social Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam.

Refugee crisis in Europe, via creative commons

Refugee crisis in Europe, via creative commons

By Herbert Ploegman            As Dimitris Dalakoglou argued in his inaugural speech “Anthropology and Infrastructures. From the State to the Commons”, on the 13th of June, “our humanity and our human lives” are truly at stake in the events unfolding at the borders of Europe. He referred in particular to the people trying to cross the Mediterranean while facing extreme risks of drowning, but also to the modified forms of governance in Southern European countries over the years that we understand as crisis. Lees verder

African-Americans returning to Ghana: A photo blog

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Plaque on the wall of the W.E.B Du Bois Museum

By Marije Maliepaard            My Master’s research is about African-Americans who return to Ghana after their ancestors got enslaved and brought to the Americas during the slave trade. My research group themselves have not physically lived in Africa before but they do have the feeling they return. A famous African-American and Pan-Africanist who also returned was W.E.B. Du Bois. He was one of the founders of the American civil rights organization for ‘colored’ people, NAACP. Eventually, he settled in Accra, Ghana, but passed away three years later. He is buried next to his former house, which is now turned into a museum. Lees verder

The Political Agency of Refugees

Cindy_Horst_tcm249-762996By Matea Curcovic Westendorp        Dr. Cindy Horst is an anthropologist located in Oslo, Norway where she works as a senior researcher at the research institute PRIO. Her main focus for the past 20 years has been on refugees – from spending two years in a refugee camp in Kenya researching Somali refugees, to more recently collecting life stories from refugees residing in Oslo. Lees verder

“I was nowhere”

RefugeesBy Marie Linne    Dalal contacted me during my fieldwork among refugees who aspire to study in the Netherlands. She agreed to meet with me for an interview, to talk about her experiences as a refugee and as a student in the VASVU programme at VU University Amsterdam. It is a 9 month long programme, that tries to function as a bridging programme for international students before they enter a Dutch Bachelors programme. About 80 percent of the students are refugees, and the course provides them with the basics in different subjects. It is mostly set up with the aim to bring everyone to the same level, enabling them to enter a Dutch university programme afterwards easier. At the same time it is already a sort of integrational course, to get students used to the language, pace and the way of studying in the Netherlands. Lees verder

A different kind of pilgrimage

Photograph by Neil Rickards

Photograph by Neil Rickards

By Dimetri Whitfield    The most surprising thing for me about conducting fieldwork is that you encounter all these interesting people that ultimately do not end up in your final project. Alieu Sowe (this is a pseudonym to protect his identity) is one such person. He is Fula by ethnicity, Gambian by nationality, taxi driver by occupation, and refugee by aspiration.

One cool February evening, after his 14 hour work-day, and my 3 hours of writing field notes, we sat down and chatted. Like most 20-something Gambian men, “backway” was on his mind. “Backway” is the illegal method of migrating to Europe, generally via Libya into Italy. He declared, with one index finger pointed to the sky, “by the grace of Almighty Allah, next year I will be in Europe.”  Lees verder

Keulen: een goed begin?

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“Unser Feminismus ist antirassistisch – Reclaim feminism” (12 maart 2016, Keulen) © strassenstriche.net, via creative commons


Door Reinhilde Kōnig en Marina de Regt   
   De discussie over de gebeurtenissen in Keulen doet ons als feministen diep zuchten. Het debat rond seksueel geweld wordt al jaren gekaapt door rechtse politici en liberale onruststokers. Sinds de Amerikanen in Afghanistan oorlog voeren onder het mom dat meisjes weer naar school moeten gaan en de rechtse politieke spits in Nederland alles omarmt wat homo is, is een discussie over het beschermen van ‘onze vrouwen’ gevaarlijk dubieus. Een agenda waarin seksueel geweld en “vreemdelingen” in één adem genoemd worden, is een agenda die vrouwen- en mensenvijandig is en niets met strafvervolging van seksuele gewelddaden te maken heeft. Lees verder

Over ‘anders’ zijn als politicus

Foto: Marcel van Leeuwen

Foto: Marcel van Leeuwen

Door Menno van den Bos

Begin dit jaar werd Khadija Arib voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer. De reacties op internet liepen uiteen. Pakweg de helft was positief, met als strekking: in-spirerend dat een vrouw als zij (Marokkaans, moslim) het tot deze prestigieuze positie heeft geschopt.

Daartegenover stond een even grote lading onderbuikgeluiden. De aanstelling van Arib zou symbool staan voor politiek-correctheid en de lange arm van Marokko. Sommigen bleken in haar zelfs een pion van de naderende islamisering van Nederland te zien. Lees verder