“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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Identiteitspolitiek tussen recht, rechts en averechts

Door Ton Salman en Marina de Regt  Er spelen al een aantal jaren stevige debatten over de vruchtbaarheid van identiteitsdenken als politieke strategie, als strategie om te strijden tegen onrecht, discriminatie en uitsluiting. Wikipedia omschrijft zulke identiteitspolitiek als “het bedrijven van politiek vanuit de sociale identiteit van een bepaalde groep en de door deze groep gedeelde ervaring van maatschappelijk onrecht”. Bedoelde groepen betreffen onder meer mensen die een bepaalde etniciteit, seksuele oriëntatie, gender, leeftijd, minusvaliditeit, religie, of migratieachtergrond delen. De uitsluiting die deze groepen op basis van hun gedeelde identiteit ervaren, is voor hen de reden om van die identiteit …

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The flea, the canyon, and racism: Reflections on outrage

By Benjamin Koponen On January 22nd, 2022, an elderly white woman punched me in the arm while I, a black man,  was biking to help a friend paint her new apartment. It wasn’t the first time this has happened. Though the physical contact only lasted a second, and didn’t hurt, it felt like she had imprinted something on my forearm. As I biked away I didn’t say anything. Not because I didn’t have the words, but because I did not believe I had the option to speak them. I knew, or believed, that nothing good would come from me speaking …

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We started a podcast!

Standplaats Wereld is expanding with a new component. We will continue to marvel you with our stories, but from now on, we will also explore them in the shape of a podcast. Host Puck de Boer will engage in conversations about the added value of anthropology, the meaning of our studies and discipline to all those involved, and developments in the Netherlands and the rest of the world from anthropological perspectives. Conversations will take place in both English and Dutch, depending on the episode’s guest. In the first episode Puck talks with fellow student and new Standplaats Wereld member Yatou …

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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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A refugee camp in the Netherlands as a public sphere

By Nynke van Dijck     Some weeks ago there was a big storm in the Netherlands. ‘Code Orange’ was issued to tell people to be careful while going on the road or making use of public transport. In the south of the Netherlands, in a city called Nijmegen, a new refugee camp was built which was supposed to host around 800 people from countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea. When the weather got worse, the tents in the camp were shaking, water was leaking through the roof and a loud alarm was going off the whole night. No one in …

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Het boerenbloed kruipt waar het niet gaan kan

Door Ellen de Lange. Een boerderij op het Nederlandse platteland. De geur van mest, kuilvoer en verse melk. Het geblèr van de potlammeren die trek hebben in melk, de boer die ‘kom op’ roept tegen de koeien, en het feit dat het geluid van de voordeurbel vreemd is; die deur wordt namelijk “al meer dan acht jaar niet gebruikt”, je gaat gewoon achterom. Wellicht een wat ongebruikelijke plek voor een MSc student antropologie. Ik heb tenslotte meer dieren dan mensen mogen zien de afgelopen drie maanden. En daarnaast, het eelt op mijn handen is niet uitsluitend van het aantekeningen maken. …

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A Pakistani Mela in Amsterdam

By Mohammed Amer Morgahi. In the month of June it was an unusual rainy day in Amsterdam, however a large number of enthusiast Pakistanis assembled at the ‘Pakistan Mela’. Unusual was also a significant participation of women, young and old, and children in the event. People had come not only from different parts of the Netherlands but also from the neighboring Germany and Belgium. In the gray and damp Sloterpark the smell of Pakistani food and music was covering the whole park, as were the colorful umbrellas of the participants. The word ‘Mela’ or ‘gathering’ or ‘festival’, is a Sanskrit …

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Palestine Online

‘Palestine Online’ VU mini book launch on Friday 24 June. By Miriyam Aouragh The Internet is a key feature in the changing character of Arab politics. This topic has seen an explosive spur since the ongoing December/January Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. But the political utilisation was most apparent since the outbreak of the Palestinian Al Aqsa’ Intifada [uprising] late 2000. The Palestinian Intifada fused with the birth of the internet. Aouragh disseminates two main tensions when studying internet usage amongst Palestinians: mobility vs. immobility and space vs. place. Employing the strategy of a grounded anthropologist, the author enriches online …

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