Workshop Multisited Ethnography

By Leonore van den Ende I recently took part in a workshop on ‘Multisited Ethnography’ at the VU given by Professor Nina Glick Schiller, a prominent anthropologist in the branch of migrant studies. I took part in this workshop because for the past two years I have been uncertain about the ‘ethnographicness’ of my PhD research. My research, in organizational anthropology, is about the practice and meaning of transition rituals in project-based organizations. Specifically, I studied six momentous transition rituals in three different projects in the Netherlands, where I have ‘zoomed in’ on each ritual followed by a process of …

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A ‘Rite de Passage’ in the Construction Industry

By Leonore van den Ende    A while ago, I witnessed the baptism and name-giving of a tunnel-boring machine used to excavate part of the North-South metro line of Amsterdam. This phenomenon stems from a long-standing ritual traditionally practiced by mine workers and tunnel builders for safety against hazards during the construction process. On this occasion, the ritual signified the launch of the third phase of tunnel construction, attended by a large group of project managers, employees, contractors, stakeholders and members of the press. This same ritual is held cyclically, every time the project enters a new construction phase. It became …

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