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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Corona choices

BY FREEK COLOMBIJN Rumours, new societal practices, new state policies and self-imposed restrictions by organizations spread as fast as the Corona virus itself. It is almost certain that by the time this blog is published, or even by the time I stop writing, the situation has changed. What is clear: it is the rapid pace of the infection that is the biggest challenge for society, more than the lethality of the virus itself. Health systems run the risk of not being able to give large numbers of patients the necessary intensive care, hospitals are short of respirators, and health care …

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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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Bolivia – terwijl het stof nog niet is neergedaald

DOOR TON SALMAN De mensen in het land demonstreren, vloeken, vechten, tieren en vieren. President Morales, reeds veertien jaar aan de macht, trad gisteren, zondag 10 november 2019, af – drie weken na een omstreden nieuwe verkiezingsoverwinning. Hij lichtte toe dat hij dat deed om verdere confrontaties tussen zijn mede- en tegenstanders te vermijden. Het zag er inderdaad lelijk uit op de Boliviaanse straten en pleinen, de afgelopen weken: leden van “het andere kamp” werden niet alleen uitgemaakt voor rotte vis, ze werden ook gemolesteerd, geslagen, er werd brand gesticht in huizen en partijbureaus. Er vielen drie doden en 200 …

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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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De CEU countdown is begonnen #OccupyKossuth

door Georgette Veerhuis             Het is alweer bijna twee jaar geleden dat ik meeliep met een enorme protestmars in Boedapest, waar zo’n 80,000 man op af kwam, om te demonstreren tegen de verontrustende zet van de Hongaarse overheid, met de Fidesz partij en minister-president Viktor Orbán aan kop, jegens de Central European University (CEU). Hier schreef ik al eerder een blog over. Deze demonstratie kon zoveel momentum krijgen omdat het niet zozeer alleen om CEU gaat, maar vooral om hoe de verwijdering van CEU en andere beangstigende grillen van de huidige Hongaarse politiek. Waar ik mij toen begaf in een hoopvolle …

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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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The dilemma's of public anthropology. Notes on the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series (AALS)

By Matthias Teeuwen            On Earth Day last Saturday thousands of scientists in hundreds of cities worldwide took to the streets for the March for Science. The statement they made was that science should not become subject to political restraints and that it should remain free to investigate the phenomena of this world. It was organised in the face of an increasing scepticism towards science which disregards scientific findings and scientific consensus in public decision-making. What, might we ask, is the proper relationship between science and politics? Should scientists engage with politics? And if so: in what way?

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Dreamocracy: vluchtelingen als expert-docenten op middelbare scholen

Door Freek Colombijn    Mijn ouders waren tieners toen de Tweede Wereldoorlog uitbrak en in de twintig toen Nederland bevrijd werd. Ze hebben aan den lijve ondervonden hoe het is om te leven in een land dat niet meer vrij is. Mijn moeder werkte als koerierster voor het verzet en mijn vader werd te werk gesteld in Duitsland en dook tijdens een verlof in Nederland onder om niet terug te hoeven. Ze hebben hun kinderen zeker niet achtervolgd met verhalen over de oorlog, maar wat wij wel met de paplepel ingegoten kregen was het belang van democratie en vrijheid. Vrijheid is …

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