Because I don’t exactly know anymore when I started my own website, both the years 2009 and 2010 have been labelled as celebrating 10 years of blogging. In the last two years I tried to re-direct this site into more like a public anthropology website. A process that started in 2009 with the post Public Anthropology – 10 years from Researchpages to Closer (1999/2000-2009/2010). In this post I review the last two years and give an update on the recent publications.
Een wekelijks portie burgerschap. Met deze week terreurarrestaties.
De nominaties voor de Dr. Kromzwaard Trofee zijn bekend. U kunt nu stemmen!
A weekly round up of writings on the Internet, some relevant for my research, some political, some funny but all of them interesting (Dutch/English). (As usual to a large extent based upon suggestions from Dutch, other European, American and Middle Eastern readers. Thank you all.) This week featuring Christmas.
There are several funny videos on Youtube depicting the story of the nativity by using Facebook and/or other social media updates. By foregrounding particular identities, hegemonies and politics while marginalizing others, the Internet reproduces geo-political but also racial, gender and sexual privileges while at the very same time for example Facebook’s rhetoric suggests that we can connect worldwide without any social boundaries giving it an empowering and liberating potential. The Internet is an ideologically laden network and the digital story of the nativity is a nice example of that.
Een wekelijks portie burgerschap. Met deze week een twittertwistgesprek tussen Nazima Shaikh en Izz ad-Din Ruhulessin
What Wikileaks does is to break the secrets of states so they become open for public deliberation. This action and the counter-reaction of states therefore tell us something about the the limits and extent of state power with regard to Internet activism. Although in general the revolutionairy potential of the Internet appears to be rather limited, in this case the Internet can be a substitute for directed organization certainly in the wake of ‘counter-overreaction’ by the states. In that way the ‘counter-overreaction’ does not only validate the leaks but also directly provokes and feeds the activism against the states’ responses to Wikileaks.
Een wekelijks portie burgerschap. Met deze week allemaal naar de naturalisatie ceremonie.
How should a modern secular State respond to the wishes and principles of religious minorities? A debate at Radboud University about implementation of Sharia’s in Europe. In his lecture, John Witte, specialist in family law and religious freedom, gave his views on these matters. Piet Hein van Kempen and Jan Jaap de Ruiter responded.