“The Netherlands Meat Land” Campaign: Towards an Ethnography of Meat

By Irene Stengs On 1 September 2022, the Dutch Central Organisation for the Meat Industry (COV, Centrale Organisatie voor de Vleessector), a partnership consisting of organizations involved in the production and processing of meat (butchers, farmers, fodder companies), launched their online platform Nederland Vleesland (see for the partners constituting the Centrale Organisatie voor de Vleessector [COV]). With the Vleesland campaign the COV started a ‘societal dialogue’ under the slogan ‘The Netherlands Meat Land where tastes differ’ (Nederland Vleesland waar smaken verschillen), in order to tell ‘the story’ of meat in a more nuanced way. The point of departure is the …

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Ramadan as an anthropologist

By Lilian Ebbelaar Ramadan to me was always something that was so interesting. It had this kind of mysterious feeling and always felt strange to me. Why are Muslims fasting? What does it feel like? Does it really bring them closer to Allah? And how are Muslims ‘surviving’ this whole month? I started Ramadan kind of hesitantly; I had said yes very enthusiastically when my friend asked me to participate this year. It sounded good, it would be a challenge, I would be able to recognize and know what Muslims are going through or are feeling every year for a …

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Unearthing a Fragile Root of Democracy

By Pia K. R. Beiermann, second-year student of CADS This Saturday I wake up slowly, a bit later than usual. Still in a morning fogginess best described as half-asleep, half-awake, I mindlessly open Instagram. The first thing I see is a story by Amnesty Norway that reads “It’s heart-breaking what happened in Oslo last night (…)”. Still not in a state to comprehend what I just read, I quickly open NRK, the government-owned public broadcasting company of Norway: At least two people dead and 21 hurt in a mass shooting outside the gay bar “London Pub” This year marks the …

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The Noise of Russian Silence

By Ekaterina Thor Opening our daily news feed on the 24th of February, most of us probably needed a second to realize what was going on. Ukraine, a country generally outside of our daily discourse and with a conflict old enough to have been forgotten about by the general public, was suddenly on everyone`s screens and tongues. Blue and Yellow became the colors we cannot unsee anymore. Kyiv was under attack, and suddenly our attention drifted away – two years of intensive Corona updates were left behind to follow the situation in Ukraine from afar. When I was asked if …

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There and back again

by Shunita Gerritsen With a loud, blunt clonk the ferry arrives. The gate slowly comes down while the flashing lights and loud beeping alert the impatiently waiting passengers. Almost before the way is cleared, people already pour out, while some traffic controllers in neon vests try in vain to guide the controlled chaos. Ever since I first started high school, I use the central station ferry almost every day. As a connection between the bustling city center and Amsterdam ‘Noord’, it’s the only way for bikers and pedestrians to pass the sometimes calm, sometimes rowdy waters of the IJ. With …

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Van VMBO-kader naar een master Antropologie: Het verhaal van Rayn Ramkishun

Door Zoë Tjon A Ten “Geinig, ik zal nooit weten wat die mensen hier doen, waar ze zich mee bezig houden, wat hun interesses zijn, hoe ze praten en hoe ze bewegen.” Dit dacht Rayn bij zichzelf toen hij als jongetje met de metro de VU passeerde. Het lag niet bepaald voor de hand dat hij jaren later een mastertitel in antropologie zou behalen. Hij zat op VMBO-kader en hing veel op straat in Amsterdam-West, de buurt waar hij opgroeide. Studeren leek hem toen nog te hoog gegrepen, en bovendien saai. Sinds kort heeft hij die master echter wel afgerond. …

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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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Opposing Views for a Shared Mission

by Sarah leBarron As I walk into Old School Amsterdam, I feel instantly at home. Coffee vapors float around me, pulling me towards the barista cart. I’m handed a steaming cup of vegan cappuccino, the almond milk infusing a slight strangeness to the flavor as I swallow, a strangeness I have come to appreciate. For some attendees of 02025’s energy breakfasts, the vegan beverages connect the theme of renewable energy back to the earth. But for others, the link to nature is minor compared to the technology itself. Though subtle, this diversity of thought in Amsterdam’s renewable energy community can …

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Lesvos, drawn in the field

From a distance we watch as desperation grows and in awe we witness how people attempt to build new shelters on harsh concrete, prepare food on windy sidewalks and fold pieces of cardboard around their sleeping children. With every cycle of brutal destruction and temporal rebuilding their worlds seem to erode further, and inevitably ours and the things we say we stand for, with it. This piece was drawn and written after witnessing the growing unrest on the island of Lesvos, Greece, in February this year. Following recent events the already fragile and tense dynamics on the island as sketched …

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Art, anthropology and authority

BY FREEK COLOMBIJN “Most anthropologists are failed novelists.” I have forgotten where I heard this quote for the first time or who said so, but it is correct that many anthropologists hope to develop their literary skills. There is perhaps not much difference between anthropologists and novelists, or artists in general. Both anthropologists and artists, or at least most of them, wish to tell something about the world and in their products recreate the world. Both anthropologists and artists begin their exploration of the world by careful observation. Quite a few anthropologists love to experiment with the form in which …

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