“Take your skills to the streets”: Skateboarding and Social and Physical Urban Space

by Luiza Fonini Reis and Luisa Voss / Images: Ella Bowler Anthropology is the study of intersections, of community and its inherent conflict between the self and the other, and of the real and the ideal. Urban space hosts and embodies such clashes. In cities like Amsterdam, the infrastructure is used and lived in multiple ways all at the same time. A simultaneity that is ongoing, ever-evolving and, ever-diversifying. In the context of the second-year bachelor course Organizations and Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we viewed the cityscape of Amsterdam through the lens of urban sports. Sports and fitness …

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“This garden is who I am”

by Ola Plonska This month the Master thesis ‘This Garden is who I am’ has been awarded as the best thesis written on Latin-America and the Caribbean in 2016/2017 by NALACS (the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies).  ‘These gardens are spaces that reflect more about the world then generated them, then one would first assume or the eye can tell.’  My inspiration for doing fieldwork in Cuba started a long, long time ago. Being an inspiration to me, in many aspects, my father would tell me stories about how he traveled to Cuba when he was younger …

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Every 12 seconds

During the 8th Annual Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research held this year at the VU (28-30 August) keynote speaker and political scientist Timothy Pachirat talked about his undercover, ethnographic research at an industrialized slaughter house on the kill floor. Timothy, who is Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research, wrote a book about his research, ‘Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight’, in which he explores how industrialized violence at an American slaughterhouse is organized, disciplined, and reproduced. At the slaughterhouse, 2,500 cattle are killed per day – one every 12 …

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