27 - 29 October 2014

 International Seminar: 
‘Twenty Years Anniversary Nations Unbound’ 
Location: Room Z-009 Metropolitan building

On 28-29 October, the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Research on Ethnic and Religious Diversity, organise a conference devoted to the twenty years of the transnational migration paradigm, marked by The 20th anniversary of the publications of Nations Unbound by Linda Basch, Nina Glick Schiller and Cristina Szanton Blanc. The conference will be preceded, on 27 October, by a public panel on the political significance of the transnational approach to migration.

The public panel is open for students, PhD's and to everyone interested in issues of migration and mobility. The confirmed participants in the panel discussion are Peggy Levitt, Don Nonini, Nina Glick Schiller, Ninna Nyberg Sørensen and Xiang Biao. The panel will be moderated by Pál Nyiri. 


31 October 2014

What’s Going on in Yemen?

A public seminar about the recent events

Date Friday October 31, 2014, 15.30 – 17.00

At the end of September the Houthis, an insurgence movement from the northern part of Yemen, occupied Yemen’s capital Sana’a. After a few days of heavy fighting a peace agreement was signed between the Houthis and the Yemeni government. However, in the past four weeks the Houthis have successfully occupied other parts of Yemen including the port town Hodeidah. Resistance to the Houthis seems to come mainly from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). What is happening in Yemen? Why are the Houthis so successful? What is the political agenda of the Houthis? And what does their push to power mean for the future of Yemen? Two Yemeni human rights activists will discuss these and other questions. Anyone interested in Yemen is welcome to attend.


Baraa Shiban, Project Coordinator of the UK based human rights organization Reprieve. Baraa is a Business Administration graduate and was involved with a number of civil society organizations in Yemen from 2006-2011. In 2011, he played a significant role in Yemen’s Arab Spring movement. He served as a youth representative in Yemen’s National Dialogue.

Mogib Hassan, investigative journalist and independent human rights activist. Mogib worked as the Public Information Officer for the Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Yemen. He is the International Coordinator for the National Network for Recovering Looted Funds (AWAM) which resulted from the Arab Spring.

Chair: Marina de Regt, VU University Amsterdam

Location: Main building Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081, room HG 05 A 12

More information: m.c.de.regt@vu.nl


5 december 2014

why the world needs anthropologists

Why the World needs Anthropologists

Coming out of the Ivory Tower.

This international symposium attempts to erase the boundary between “pure” and “applied” anthropology, and presents opportunities for establishing long-lasting cooperation between academics and practitioners.

Contemporary demands give us no time to get stuck by internal tensions and divisions within the discipline – anthropologists need to come out of their “ivory towers” and come to terms with the increasingly prominent economic, political and ecological challenges of our world.

The event is free of charge but registration via email is mandatory:, email Meta Gorup (meta.gorup@ugent.be).

Location: Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano, Padua, Italy

The Social and Cultural Anthropology Department is part of the organizing committee.

For more information about the speakers, location etc, click here.

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