My journey in applied anthropology

From a graduate who thought it was a great idea to study cultural anthropology during an economic crisis to any anthropology student freaking out and wondering ‘…what’s next!?!’ By Joshua van Wijgerden I decided to study cultural anthropology back in 2009, despite a seemingly dark (and unemployed) future looming ahead of me. Why? Because thought anthropology was fascinating. It offered me a refreshing perspective on the world, in which objectivity, self-reflection, compassion and interest in the ‘other’ intertwined in an amazing balance. Anthropology became a mindset for me. A way of viewing the world through a pair of goggles that might …

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7 December: VU Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day

What is the value of film as medium for ethnographic fieldwork? With which dilemmas are film-making anthropologists confronted? What is the relationship between visual methods and other methods? What do visual methods contribute to research? The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam presents the Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day during which we will screen ethnographic films and discuss the various theories and methods of visual anthropology. We aim to provide a platform for anthropologists and documentary makers engaging in visual anthropology to show their films and communicate their experiences with, and thoughts on, ethnographic film-making. For …

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